Lisbon is a popular city break for British families, thanks to its mild climate, beautiful architecture and great restaurants. However, the Portuguese city is hilly, so best not to attempt it with a pram – pack the baby backpack instead.
There are lots of Lisbon attractions that you can try with young children, and the beach is only 30 minutes drive away too.
BabyBreaks has listed the best child-friendly activities, so you can enjoy a great day out in Lisbon with the kids.
1. Jardim da Estrela
This is one most beautiful gardens in Lisbon, which boasts two great playgrounds for the kids. If you take Tram 28, it stops nearby, on the way to Graça. There’s a swan lake overlooked by a lovely café too. This is a great place to relax with a coffee whilst the kids burn off some energy.
Opening Hours: daily from 7am until midnight
2. Costa da Caparica beaches
One of our top Lisbon Attractions is surprisingly, the beach! That is to say, in just 30 minutes you can be on the beautiful Costa da Caparica. So take a taxi and spend a morning or afternoon or whole day at the family friendly Costa da Caparica beaches. Even in the winter, these beaches are beautiful enough that you can walk on the sand and not being cold at all.
Address: Costa da Caparica beaches
3. Jardim Zoológico
The Jardim Zoológico (Lisbon zoo) is one of the best zoos in Europe. It has a unique attraction: a cable car that takes you on a 20min journey throughout the whole park so you can watch your kids pointing at all the different animals it offers. You can also enjoy in the summer a selection of family friendly meals at the Savanna restaurant. There is also a baby care centre and activities for kids.
Opening Hours: check website
4. Tram 28
Probably the most popular attraction in Lisbon, Tram 28 is a great way to get introduced to the Portuguese capital without putting a foot on the road. The yellow tramway has been photographed and painted a million times. Don’t be worried if you see some local kids following the tram behind, it’s part of their game.
5. Monsanto Forest Park
Located in the West side of Lisbon with over 1,000 ha of green, Monsanto Forest Park is a great way to escape the busy town and take a big breath of fresh air. In the Summer/Spring, you can also have a picnic in different parts of the park like Mata de Sao Domingos, Parque da Pedra or Vila Guine.
Inside the Forest Park you can also find restaurants, child-friendly playgrounds, different sport facilities (tennis courts, football and basketball fields), mountain bike trails, climbing facilities, a skate park and even a camping site!
If you are interested to take on a private family tour and learn about Lisbon history and culture with your kids (between 6 and 12 years old), have a look at this great tour guide specialised for families. Little Lisbon has amazing reviews on TripAdvisor with a 5* rating score among their customers.
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