Lisbon with a Baby or Toddler

There are many activities that young children can enjoy in Lisbon.

Young children can enjoy in Lisbon such as the Jardim Zoológico. This is a great zoo with dolphin shows and may be the highlight of the city for older babies and toddlers. The Expo 98 site has an Aquarium, restaurants and cafés with esplanadas and sidewalks along the river.


You can enjoy seafaring history at the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Torre de Belém or Museu da Marinha in Belem:

Jerónimos Monastery, Praça do Império – Open 10AM-5:30PM in winter, 10AM-6PM in summer. Try to avoid the morning rush of tour parties (with pushy tour guides) as admission is slow and you could queue for a while. Free entry to the church, €10 for the rest of the monastery
Monument to the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos) – There is a well-concealed pedestrian subway in line between the Monastery and the Monument. Entry fee €4.  
CCB (Belém Cultural Center), Open Tu-Su. The modern CCB holds a permanent contemporary art exhibition, from the Berardo Collection – it features works from Picasso, Dalí, Duchamp, Magritte, Andy Warhol, among others.  
Coach Museum (Museu dos Coches) – Housed in the former riding school of the palace, don’t miss the world’s largest collection of coaches and royal vehicles.
Statue to Afonso de Albuquerque. In front of the former Royal Palace of Belém, now the Presidential Palace, there is a massive statue looking out to sea, representing Afonso de Albuquerque, second ruler of Portuguese India in the early 16th century.  

A stroll around its many gardens enjoying the river’s bright blue is also a must.


Most museums, sights and attractions don’t  charge for small children, while under-12s get in for half-price. Most of Lisbon’s museums and monuments (especially those in Belem) close on Mondays.