Lisbon is fast becoming one of Europe’s most exciting family destinations, full of great outdoor spaces and fun, quirky museums that are perfect for both kids and parents. If you’re looking for unusual things to do with kids in Lisbon keep reading!
The Lisbon trams are arguably one of the most iconic images of the city, and the Carris Tram Museum is one of those gems that often stay out of the radar of visitors to the city, but is most definitely worth a visit, especially if you’re travelling with vehicles-obsessed children (or parents!).
Taking you on a visual and physical journey to the Lisbon of yesteryear, the Carris Museum’s visit is divided into two sections: you start your visit with a modest exhibition where you can learn more about the city’s public transportation history and system, before you embark on a journey through time. Step aboard the antique tram, you’re going for a ride!
The short ride takes you to the city’s old tram depot, where you’ll find a couple of large pavilions filled with several original antique trams and buses – some you can actually see and walk inside – fantastic for the little ones or the mum or dad that fancy themselves a bit of a conductor!
We spent a couple of hours in the museum, most of it spent playing around the antique trams (there are even horse-drawn trams!) and buses, which my son fell in love with. For me, it was a trip down memory lane, with some of the buses straight out of my childhood (they used to be orange in the 1980s).
TIP: The short visit is perfect for visiting en-route to Belém. If you can, try to fit in a walk/lunch around LX Factory before hopping back on the tram E15 to Belém.
(VERY) USEFUL INFORMATION:
Location: Carris Tram Museum is located in Alcantara, on the route of tram 15E, near Belém and LX Factory.
Price: Adults: €4 | 6 – 18: €2 | Under 6s go free
Cafés: Plenty nearby in Calvário, or for a special lunch/dinner go to LX Factory.
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I hope you’ve found this article helpful in planning your family holiday to Lisbon. I’m always happy to help you, so do just drop me an email if you have any questions about a particular area/street.