Porto with kids
The most popular activities for families in Porto
Recommended places so that the little ones can also enjoy the visit.
Get ready to have fun and get the most out of your family trip to Porto.
First, some useful Portuguese words for parents:
Diapers = Fraldas
Milk = Leite
Pacifier = Chucha
Kids = Crianças
Baby = Bebé
Baby changing tables = Muda Fraldas
Toilets = Casa de banho
Infant feeding/car chair = Cadeirinha
Hospital is the same.
What to do in Porto with children
Porto can be a story of ships, pirates and castles.
See the "pirate ships" at the Ribeira
Rabelos are the boats where Port wine was transported. Children love to see them and take a ride on. They can be found in the Ribeira district.
Palacio de Cristal
A urban park near the center. It has a playground, a library, a kiosk and captivating views over the river.
The Serralves museum has an 18-hectare park with activities that take full advantage of its biodiversity.
Traveling by streetcar
Although less used than Lisbon’s tramway, Porto also has an old tramway that is still in operation and is popular among youngsters.
Gaia cable car
The ride takes only five minutes, but the kids love it. The views are dazzling, the cabin safe and comfortable. Here is all the info: riding the Gaia Cable Car.
Parque da cidade
The biggest park of the city. Great for jogging, walking around or have picnics by the lake. In addition, it is next to the sea.
Sea Life Porto
No child can resist the thrill of seeing sharks, sea turtles, manta rays and penguins. Info + tickets here
Pavilhão da Água
An interactive space for families with activities focused on water. Located inside Parque da Cidade.
World of Discoveries
Interactive museum and theme park. It represents the odyssey of the Portuguese navigators, during the Age of Discoveries.
Porto Tramway Museum
A collection of restored streetcars. You will find vehicles that were pulled by horses to electric models dating from 1960. Children have fun admiring the streetcars. In the store you can buy miniature versions.
Going to the Beach
When the weather is nice going to the sea. Bike rides, playing in the sand or taking a surfing lesson with the family are among the most popular activities.
Santo Ignacio Zoo
Well-kept park with kangaroos, lions, cheetahs, otters, deer, llamas, lynx, reptiles, monkeys, dwarf hippos, penguins and more.