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Top 7 Things To Do With Kids in Lisbon When it Rains

Estufa Fria / Lisbon Greenhouse

Let’s hope you’re not having to read this post, but say it’s raining in Lisbon! Unfortunately you can’t just hideaway in a tasca sipping on red wine and listening to Fado for hours on end with your little ones (unless they’re into it of course), so what are you going to do with the kids in Lisbon when it rains?

Lisbon sees an astonishing average of 280 days of sunshine a year, ideal for wandering the city’s labyrinthian streets and alleys, exploring the castle, enjoying al-fresco lunch, or simply playing on the beach. But a city so incredibly spoiled with sunshine does sometimes struggle when the weather turns. For ideas and our top tips on child-friendly indoor activities to do in Lisbon when it rains, keep reading, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Oceanário | Lisbon Aquarium

Oceanario Lisboa via onetinyleap all rights reserved

Lisbon’s Aquarium is one of Europe’s largest, and one of the best activities to do with children in Lisbon. Divided into two huge floors, with a giant central 5 million litre tank, the Oceanário is home to a vast collection of marine creatures including black tip sharks, sting-rays and the huge ocean sunfish. You’ll also be able to meet some friendly otters and penguins, and learn about protecting the Earth’s oceans. Find out more about visiting the Oceanarium with children. 

How to get to the Oceanário:

The aquarium is located in Parque das Nacoes, where the Expo ’98 took place, at the edge of the city. The best way to get there is by metro (red line – exit Oriente) OPEN MAP. You can also get a taxi, which will set you back considerably more, probably over €10 depending on where you are in the city.

What else to do in Parque das Nacoes:

If it’s raining you could also pay a visit to the amazing Science Museum (Pavilhao do Conhecimento), located a short walk from the aquarium, or do a spot of shopping at the Vasco da Gama Shopping Centre. If the sun decides to come out, then you’re truly spoilt – from a cable car ride, to landscaped gardens perfect for little ones, your family is sure to have a blast here.

MAAT (Electricity Museum)

Museu da Electricidade Lisboa via @onetinyleap 

The Electricity Museum has recently been incorporated into the new breathtaking MAAT space – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology. Located a short walk from Belém, the Electricity Museum is one of our family’s favourite spots. Impressive industrial architecture, history, science and excellent child-friendly interactive exhibitions – this museum has it all. The new space has a variety of exhibitions and talks, and the building itself is definitely a must-see.

How to get to the Electricity Museum:

If you’re travelling by public transportation, tram 15 is your best bet to get to the Electricity Museum. It’s a short walk (including having to go up an overpass – beware if you’ve got a buggy) from the stop, so if it’s raining a lot, I’d recommend picking up a taxi or an Uber.

Admission:

Entry prices depend on which exhibitions you’ll be visiting, but if you’re just going into the Electricity Museum, entry is €5. You can find out more here. The museum closes on Tuesdays.

Estufa Fria | The Greenhouse

Estufa Fria / Lisbon Greenhouse

Lisbon’s Greenhouse is one of the city’s most beautiful spaces. Located in Edward VII’s Park – next to one of our favourite playgrounds – the greenhouse is the perfect escape for a rainy day. Divided into the ‘cold room’ ‘hot room’ and ‘sweet room’, my son absolutely loves running around, learning about the wonderful collection of exotic plants and, well, playing hide and seek a lot!

How to get to the Greenhouse: 

The Edward VII Park is located just by Marques de Pombal, the epicentre of the city. You can take virtually any metro line to get here, and many buses. If you’re pushing a stroller, or have limited mobility, get a taxi as the steep park can be difficult for those with walking difficulties.

Admission:

€3.10/adults | €2.33/child / Under 6s go free

Open all year round, except for 1st of January; 1st of May and 25th of December

Find more details here

Carris Museum

Things to do with Kids in Lisbon Carris

Lisbon’s Tram Museum is a wonderful experience for the whole family. Located near Belém, the museum invites you to learn about the city’s transport history, before boarding a historic tram and going to see the real-life vintage trams and buses. Needless to say this is a massive winner with children! We have written about it already – find out why we think the Lisbon Tram Museum is a great experience for children.

How to get to the Carris Museum:

Take tram number 15 (the one that takes you to Belém) or 18E and exit at Largo do Calvário.

Admission:

€4/adults / €2 6-18 / Under 6s go free

Museu dos Coches

Coches with Children Lisbon

Visiting the coaches museum is one of the most vivid memories I have from my childhood. The museum has been recently moved to a brand new, modernist building, a stark contrast to its collections. The beautiful coaches range from the 17th century to the 19th century, with several types of vehicles – all of which will should interest your children.

How to get to the Coaches Museum:

Take tram number 15 and exit at Palácio de Belém or Belém.

Admission: €6 

Planetarium

Lisbon planetarium with kidsStockPhotosArt / Shutterstock.com/

Lisbon’s Planetarium is conveniently located in Belém, and offers a variety of sessions for children of aged 4 and above. For more information on the sessions, please go here.

How to get to the Planetarium:

Take tram number 15 and exit at Palácio de Belém or Belém.

Admission:

€5 / adults / €2.50 / up to 18 years old

Closed on Mondays

Pavilhao do Conhecimento

pavilhao do conhecimento

This science museum is fantastic for children aged 4 and up, full to the brim with exciting exhibitions and interactive displays perfect for curious minds. Located in Parque das Nacoes near the Oceanário, it’s ideal for education and entertainment, especially on rainy days!

How to get to the Pavilhao do Conhecimento:

The science museum is located in Parque das Nacoes, where the Expo ’98 took place, at the edge of Lisbon. The best way to get there is by metro (red line – exit Oriente) OPEN MAP. You can also get a taxi, which will set you back considerably more, probably over €10 depending on where you are in the city.

Admission:

€9 / adults | €6 / 6-18yrs | €5 / 2-5 years | 2 and under go free

Closed on Mondays

TIP: The museum has free entrance on the 18 May (Intl Museum Day), 25 July (Museum’s birthday), 24th November (National Science Day)


I hope these ideas of indoor places to go with children in Lisbon will keep you and the kids busy on a rainy day! Do you live in Lisbon? Have any other recommendations?


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  • Phoebe Thomas

    I found you through #citytripping and clicked through because we’re going to Lisbon this summer. I hope very much that we don’t have to make the most of these tips and that we get some of those sunny days but I know what it’s like living in a sunny summery place when it rains as I live on the Côte d’Azur and yes, it rains here too sometimes! Thanks for these tips, and for all the other posts you’ve written on Lisbon, I’ll be taking a good look around.

  • AModernMother

    What a perfect list!

  • I just visited Taipei and it rained on us almost every day we were there! It makes you realize how important it is to have some fun rainy day activities planned when you travel (even just for adults! haha)

  • It rains in Lisbon? 😉 As I went through your list, I was thinking to myself, I want to do that and that and that and that. 🙂 It’s a great list! #citytripping

  • I was on honeymoon in Lisbon, so maybe one day I return with my kids:) #city tripping

  • This is so useful – I love LIsbon, easily one of my favourite cities, although I’ve only ever seen it in sunshine. When I finally get there with my daughter, the aquarium is likely to be top of her list but I think she’d enjoy everything on here if Sintra, Belem and all my other favourites are not an option. Each time I read your posts, I think I must book a trip back here… Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

  • Jaillan Yehia

    This is a genuinely useful post – and can I go to the Electricity Museum even if it isn’t raining please? #nerdalert

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