Family vacations keep bonds strong between family members of all ages. But when traveling with kids, you’re offering eye-opening experiences that cannot be experienced through textbooks and travel shows.
If you’re wondering where to go next with your whole clan, we have the answer for you – Lisbon!
Lisbon offers a wide range of fun things to do with kids that won’t break the bank.
1. Climb Belem Tower
Kids can spend all day wandering through Belém, the “capital of the Portuguese Discoveries.” Some of the highlights of Belem are Jeronominos Monastery, Monument to the Discoveries and Belem Tower.
We suggest taking the kids to explore Belem Tower. Let their imagination run wild as they step on top of Belem Tower with views of the Tagus River and beyond. It was in Belem that famous Portuguese explorers, Vasco da Gama, and his predecessors set sail to the Far East.
This 16th-century tower is an important landmark in Lisbon, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a monument that symbolizes the vital role Portugal had in the Age of Discoveries.
2. Visit the Maritime Museum (Museu de Marinha)
Learn about the early maritime exploration and voyages of Vasco da Gama and other famous explorers at the Museu de Marinha. This specialized museum takes you through the Portuguese glorious naval days with illustrations, and complete with a variety of maritime artifacts – naval equipment, ship models, canons, naval uniforms and more. The Maritime Museum has over 17,000 objects.
The museum has a special kids’ section that will inspire your kids. Kids can see the conditions the explorers had to endure and how they achieved their goals despite all the obstacles.
3. Take a tuk-tuk ride
Tuk-tuks are not only found in Thailand and Sri Lanka. They are all over Lisbon too. The narrow and hilly streets of Lisbon is suitable for tuk-tuk rides. Rest those tired legs and let the kids have a grand time riding on a tuk-tuk around the city.
You can join a tuk-tuk tour or get a tuk-tuk to take you wherever you want to visit in the city.
4. Join a family-friendly Lisbon walking tour
Viator offers family-friendly walking tours of Lisbon. One to choose is the Essential Lisbon four-hour walking tour. It introduces the key historical sights of the city. Your family can walk through the neighborhoods and listen to dramatic stories of the kings, queens, and castles in Lisbon.
This tour includes riding on the tram and a traditional elevator. Lisbon is a city on seven hills and lifts were necessary during the olden days. During the tour, you’ll have a chance to ride on one of the old elevators. These old elevators are considered Lisbon’s National Monuments. The most popular is Elevador de Santa Justa, offering views of the city.
On your free time, check out Elevador da Gloria, Elevador do Lavra and Elevador da Bica.
5. Ride the tram
Riding on an old tram through narrow and steep streets is a fun way to see Lisbon, but it is not for everyone.
Tram number 28, the most popular tram in Lisbon is often crowded, and you must keep a watchful eye on your belongings. This tram starts and ends at Martim Moniz and Campo Ourique. It passes through favorite tourist places like Graça, Alfama, Baixa, and Estrela. It’s one of the cheapest and most exciting ways to tour around Lisbon especially in Alfama.
You can hop on trams at any of the tram stops. You can read more about tram number 28 on VisitLisbon’s website.
6. Eat pasteis de nata
It’s no surprise that kids love sweet treats and that these treats make them happy. Treat yourself and your kids to a daily dose of pasteis de nata, Portugal’s sweet custard tarts. We recommend these three places for your treats:
- 1. Antiga Confeitaria de Belem – Most guided tours to Belem include a stop at Antiga Confeitaria de Belem, commonly known as Pasteis de Belem. This pastry shop sells about 20,000 pasteis per day.
- Manteigaria – There are two in Lisbon. One on Rua do Loreto in Bairro Alto/Chiado neighborhoods, and the other is in Mercado da Ribeira.
- Confeitaria Nacional – Founded in 1829 by Balthazar Rois Castanheiro, Confeitaria Nacional is the oldest pastry shop in Lisbon.
7. Benfica and Sporting football stadium tour
Kids who love sports, particularly soccer would enjoy a trip to Estadio Jose Alvalade, Sporting Clube de Portugal football club’s stadium, and Estadio da Luz, Benfica football club’s stadium. Both are the top football (soccer) clubs in Lisbon.
The tour includes visiting the locker rooms, conference room, and the stadium. We suggest adding the museum tour too.