There are many things to do as a family in the most western capital of mainland Europe. From fantastic food to historical castles, Lisbon has a lot for families to do and enjoy the sunshine. All prices are in Euros (approx 1USD to 0.8 Euros).
As the setting for some of the most infamous and risk taking navigational expeditions ever to take place in the history of the world, there are countless monuments and museums dotted around Lisbon paying homage to those that braved the seas in seek of fortune.
1. Pavilhão do Conhecimento
This science museum's name translates to the Knowledge Pavilion and is a great stop for families. They regularly host weekend afternoon workshops for everyone ranging from life cycles to coding and also has an amazing section just for 3 - 6 year olds. They have a permanent exhibition dedicated to celebrating the role of Portuguese women in science and currently has a tinkering and makerspace area for children. The family ticket (2 adults and 2 kids) will set you back €24 and if you go in after 5pm tickets are half price.
2. Museu Nacional dos Coches
This amazing and unique museum displays intricate Portuguese Royal coaches dating as far back as the 16th century. The museum focuses on teaching about the restoration and the history of the elaborate coaches. There are 2 buildings to this museum so don't forget to continue your visit into the second building. On the first Sunday of the month there are family events here that allow children and parents to participate in educational activities. Children under 12 go free and tickets are €8 per adult.
3. Museu do Dinheiro
The Money Museum looks at the history and development of money in Portugal and throughout the world. Through interactive displays, this European Museum of the Year nominee aims to educate aspects of money such as bartering, the origin and production of money and it even has a treasure room. Free admission but closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so plan around this.
4. Museu Berardo
This contemporary art museum is a great place for children to be introduced to the concept of modern art. They hold weekend workshops for children and families and look at many aspects of art, such as what it means to be a collector and workshops on shape, colour and form. Tickets are €5 per adult, €2.5 for children over the age of 6 and free for under 6's. After visiting this museum, smell your way to the delicious Belem pastry shop and wander over to see the Torre de Belém.
Portuguese food is often cheap and always delicious and whether you are looking for excellent meat, fresh fish or unbelievable vegetables, Lisbon has it all.
5. Pasteis de Belém
Just mentioned above and a you-cannot-leave-Lisbon-without-trying-one experience, the Pastéis de Belém pastry shop is the place to go to eat a warm, fresh out of the oven Belém pastry. These fabulous custard tarts are just the right dose of ooziness and you will easily eat more than one so order double the amount you think you want straight away. You can order coffees, teas and juices to wash one pastry down but the recommendation is really to just wash one pastry down with another pastry!
6. Pois Café
This quirky cafe is a lovely place for families! It has free wifi, a range of magazines you can read whilst munching on a range of delectables and they usually host art exhibitions from local artists.
7. Café Império
This cheap and historic restaurant has a designated kids play area and the best steak in town. Make sure you take your camera to this restaurant as the iconic and vintage decor should be recorded.
8. Pop Cereal
This awesome café takes parents back to their childhood! Pop Cereal has an eclectic decor including bunk beds to delight your little ones to eat whilst in bed! They serve about 100 different types of cereals and their walls are covered in comic strips. Worth a visit! After popping in here, check out the neighbourhood, Bairro Alto, one of the coolest neighbourhoods around.
9. Parque Florestal de Monsanto
This 900 hectare municipal protected forest is a fantastic place to take full advantage of Lisbon's sunshine. There are bike tracks around the property, a skate park, climbing wall and a basketball court to entertain all sports enthusiasts. Take a picnic and enjoy!
10. Parque Eduardo VII
This park is located on an incline and at the top of the park you can have a beautiful view of Lisbon and the river Tagus in the background. This is a lovely place to come and relax and allow the children to have a run around. It is small but worth a visit for the views.
Of course there are loads of other things to see and do: the Oceanarium, the EXPO 98 area by the Tagus river, the Vasco da Gama Bridge, the News Museum…. aim to spend a few days here to try and tick a lot off your list!