Visiting the city of Porto and its surroundings but needs some tips on the most essential things to do in Porto with the kids? I have shortlisted 15 activities that can be enjoyed all year round during your holiday in Porto with the family.
With direct flights from major European airports (low cost airlines included), Porto has seen more and more families exploring the second largest city of Portugal in the recent years.
Of course, the town is famous for its Port wine drink that is appreciated before a meal or with cheese. But what are the best attractions to do with young children or teens on your visit in Porto? Let’s find them out now!
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1. 6 Bridges Douro River Cruise
There’s no better way to see Porto than from the water, so when looking for things to do with kids in Porto, this is an effortless choice. Head on the Douro bridges cruise on a typical “rabelo” boat that travels down the water between the riverbanks of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. This cruise takes 50 minutes and enables you to see all the sights.
2. Marionetas do Porto
If you are interested in theatre and the creative arts of puppetry then the Puppet Museum of Porto needs to be a must on your list of things to do with your children when you are here. It was first opened in Rua dos Flores in 2013 before being moved to Rua de Belomonte in 2016. There are three floors and you can see a host of beautiful creations with over 1,200 pieces on display including puppets, masks, props, and more.
3. World of Discoveries
The Porto World of Discoveries is a must-see attraction that offers visitors the chance to find out about the extraordinary history of Porto. At 5000 square metres you can travel through an exhibition of history, finding out about the odyssey of the Portuguese navigators back in the day. There are a host of technological and interactive features and the whole experience should take around 1-2 hours to complete.
4. Electric Tuk Tuk City Tour
Exploring the city on foot can often be tiring when travelling with children, so why not find a more fun way to do it? With Porto’s electric tuk-tuk city tour, you have an entirely new and entertaining way to soak up the history and culture without worrying about tired little legs. You can ride on a tuk-tuk driven by an expert guide who will help you to learn all about the history and culture of the city such as the San Bento station, Clergios tower, and Lello bookshop.
5. Spiritus Multimedia Show
For something that the whole family is sure to enjoy, head to the iconic Clerigos Church in Porto where you can watch Spiritus – a unique multimedia show. Available every day of the week it utilises lights and technology to bring together a completely immersive show unlike anything you have ever seen before. Designed to transport you on a sensorial journey through different magical universes it is designed to awe and inspire and your children will certainly be impressed!
6. Immersivus Gallery Porto Experience
For any art lovers or those that are looking for something a bit different to do as a family, Immersivus gallery is a no brainer. The first space in the city that is dedicated to immersive art experiences, it has a 360 degree projection system as well as a range of temporary exhibits for you to experience. Open every day of the week except for Mondays it’s a great child friendly activity in Porto.
7. Porto Legends – The Underground Experience
Porto Legends the underground experience is an immersive and virtual show that offers the chance for visitors to discover the intricate history and culture of Porto. During your experience, you will get to see an immersive show that is narrated by the voices of Pedro Abrunhosa, great Portuguese author, and Jeremy Irons, an Academy Award-winning actor for “Best Actor”. You can expect jaw-dropping graphics, actors and music that brings the whole thing to life right before you.
8. Serralves Foundation
The Serralves Foundation is a cultural institution and a brilliant child friendly place to visit in Porto. Aimed to promote contemporary and Portuguese art it is a large house that you can wander around which also features an auditorium, gardens, and more. You can spend a lot or a little time here depending on what else you have planned for your day and you’re guaranteed a great time.
9. Santo Inacio Zoo
The zoo is one of the most family-friendly activities that you can do in Porto and it’s something you and your kids are guaranteed to enjoy. The Santo Inacio Zoo is the largest and most green zoo in North Portugal and houses over six hundred different animals for you to look at. From lions to giraffes, it’s a fantastic day out for you to all enjoy as a family.
10. Parque da Cidade do Porto
If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the main city with your children, head to Parque de Cidad where you can let off some steam. One of the largest green spaces in the area, it’s ideal to head for a picnic, to play some ball games, and to relax in the sunshine. You could ride bikes, walk around and just enjoy the views.
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11. Jardins do Palacio de Cristal
Jardins do Palácio de Cristal is a beautiful botanical garden that was first designed in the 19th century. It is a large space with a host of different lawns and garden spaces to view. There are fountains, Douro River views, and observatories for you to enter where you can see an array of beautiful plant life.
12. Sea Life Porto
Sea Life Porto is part of the famous Sea Life centre group and offers a unique look into aquamarine life in Porto. You can expect to see a host of fish and other marine life such as sharks, crabs and so much more. This is a great activity for any weather and is something that people of all ages can really enjoy.
13. Museu do Carro Electrico
The Museu do Carro Electrico – also known as the Tram Museum is a fascinating place that first opened in 1992. It resides in a former thermoelectric power station and has a host of tram-related memorabilia, facts, and displays for you to learn about.
14. Parque de Sao Roque
Parque de Sao Roque is another public park that is fantastic for a family-friendly activity Here you can expect beautiful grass areas to wander around as well as a playground, gardens, and a hedge maze to take part in.
15. Quinta do Covelo
Quinta do Covelo is one of the most popular places for people to go with children in Porto as it is not only well located but has plenty to do. With beautiful pathways and walks, it is a park with different play areas and a popular bistro terrace where you can all grab a bite to eat.
That’s a wrap! I hope you have found this guide on the best things to do in Porto with kids useful during your stay in the Portuguese city. No doubt there are more activities to explore in Porto when it rains or on a beautiful sunny day. Enjoy your family holiday break in Porto. Obrigado!
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