Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in the world, is located in western Portugal. Apart from being the country’s capital, it is also a major tourist center with over 3 million visitors every year.
From delicious food to picturesque locations, there’s so much in this city for you and your toddler to explore.
Here are the top 7 things you can do in Lisbon with your tiny tots.
1. Watch Wonderful Wildlife
Visiting a zoo comes with both recreational and educational benefits. It teaches your toddlers to be compassionate towards all creatures, improves their cognitive abilities, and obviously, observing animals is fun.
Founded in 1884, Jardim Zoológico de Lisboa is home to over 300 species including reptiles, birds, and mammals. Since the zoo is actively involved in the conservation of endangered species, your toddler gets to say hello to a lot of rare animals.
2. Observe An Oceanarium
Kids can never get enough of watching animals, particularly creatures that swim.
Oceanario de Lisboa is the largest indoor aquarium in Europe with a whopping collection of 450 marine species. The sunfish, a bulky fish weighing tons, is a major attraction that will surely catch your child’s attention. But that doesn’t mean the nearby sharks, penguins, and starfish are any less fascinating.
3. Grab Lip-Smacking Treats
I love how Time Out Market managed to bring the best of all kinds of Portuguese food to one place. Along with it, they also offer super tasty burgers, sushi, and even steak!!!
Toddlers can be picky eaters, but we are always trying to find new ways to tickle our taste buds. If your toddler doesn’t seem to enjoy new food, you can buy them a juicy burger while you devour an octopus hot dog.
You’ll also find the city’s longest-running fresh produce vendors. Buying fresh meat may not be a choice for you, considering you’re on a vacation. But do buy your child a bouquet of local flowers on your way back to the hotel.
4. Go Shopping At Centro Colombo
If you’re looking for the best shopping experience on your Lisbon trip, your itinerary must include Centro Colombo.
This mall has the highest number (340, to be exact) of stores compared to other malls in the country. It also has a bowling alley and an aesthetic garden. Plus, it is easily accessible by metro.
Psst…if it’s your lucky day, you may find a bargain at international stores like Zara in the mall. Don’t let the day’s later plans stop you from stealing such deals. Shop to your heart’s content and find a service like Vertoe for luggage storage in Lisbon to drop your bags and enjoy your day as you had planned earlier.
5. Tour In Hills Tramcar
Hop-on hop-off tramcar rides are perfect to travel with kids because you can hop off anywhere you want for lunch, and get back in when the kids are ready for more sightseeing.
Hills Tramcar is a famous family-friendly sightseeing ride in the city. It takes you through the ancient streets of Lisbon and on your way, you’ll come across popular tourist attractions like the Lisbon Cathedral.
6. Visit A Castle
Sand castles are children’s paradise. Why not make this Lisbon trip extra memorable by taking your children to a real castle?
Located in the city’s center, São Jorge Castle is an attraction with historical prominence. This place offers several viewpoints. So, you’re in for a treat too.
7. Enjoy The Aerial View In A Cable Car
Let’s be honest. Grownups are as excited as toddlers to ride in a cable car.
Once you’ve enjoyed touring the city by the local transport, take it a level higher with a cabin car ride. Watching the city’s surreal architecture from the top is a breathtaking experience for everyone.
Keep in mind that Lisbon cable cars operate only during the weekdays.
I hope this list comes in handy the next time you visit Lisbon with your kids. Remember, it’s never too early for them to begin exploring the world.
What did you love about your Lisbon trip? Share your thoughts in the comments section.