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Lisbon Family Tour

A fascinating full-day itinerary in the Portuguese capital to interest kids of all ages
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 8.5 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Portugal has always been a good place to take the kids and Lisbon, with its trams, elevators, funiculars and ferries, is a wonderland ... more »

Tips:  The Vasco da Gama shopping centre at Parque das Nações has a good range of lunchtime options for all the family, ranging from the... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parque das Nações

The former Expo 98 site now known as the Parque das Nações (Nations Park) can be reached by train from Entrecampos station in Lisbon (price €1.55 for adults and €0.80 for kids) alighting at Oriente station followed by a two-minute walk. An economical family ticket is available at weekends. The Metro red line also serves Oriente. Note that the... More

2. Knowledge and Live Science Pavilion

Lisbon's popular science and technology museum is a paradise for kids with a fantastic series of permanent interactive exhibits designed to explain how science works in a fun and informative way. Catering for every age group, the centre bursts with gadgetry and wizardry to woo youngsters with simulations, experiments and inter-related activities. ... More

The highlight of any visit to the Parque das Nações is without doubt the sight of the huge sharks and other formidable sea creatures at the Lisbon Oceanarium.
Built to an innovative design by American architect Peter Chermayeff, Lisbon’s star tourist attraction was the centrepiece of the Expo ‘98 World Exposition and represents the eco-systems of... More

4. Cable-car

Linking the 145-metre-high Vasco da Gama Tower (now a five-star hotel) with the luxury marina, the waterside cable-car provides a striking perspective of the Parque das Nações as a whole. Taking about five minutes from beginning to end, it offers head-spinning views of the Vasco da Gama bridge and mighty Tagus river basin, as well as the Lisbon... More

5. Lisbon Zoo

The second part of the Lisbon family full-day tour takes us by train to the zoo on the other side of the city.
Tickets cost €1.55 for adults and €0.80 with an economical family ticket available at weekends. It's only six stops and trains run approximately four times an hour.
Set in the sprawling gardens of the Jardim Zoológico in the Sete Rios... More

6. Colombo Funcenter

A short three-station metro train journey in a north-westerly direction on the Blue Line (alighting at Colégio Militar/Luz station) brings you to the mammoth-sized Colombo centre, the largest shopping centre in the Iberian Peninsula. The Funcenter on the second floor is a mini theme park for the kids with a range of attractions such as a roller... More

7. Stadium of Light

For families with young soccer fans in tow, it would be a crime to visit Lisbon's Benfica district and not take a look inside the Stadium of Light, one of the largest in Europe. Located just across the road from the Colombo centre (accessible via a foot bridge), the stadium is home to the world-famous Benfica football club and has hosted many... More