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Free things to do with kids in Lisbon

Here are some activities for you to wear out your kids' energy without digging deep into your wallet.

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Time Out editors
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Staying home with the kids is not an option, but often neither is spending a pretty penny on them. If the previous conundrum seems too hard to figure out, put that negativity aside. Just rack your brain a bit and find simple yet fun activities. Firstly, remember that many of the best possibilities are on the streets, a real open-air museum for all ages. But the list goes well beyond urban art. That is why we present  you this list of free-of-charge activities for kids - going to a museum, climbing trees or discovering plants and animals in a garden

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Free things to do with kids in Lisbon

  • Kids
  • Active events
  • Cascais

Wood, aluminium, plastics, cloth and paper, all inside a renovated former hothouse in the middle of the Marechal Carmona Park in Cascais. Ohficina is a place for children to explore by themselves or in the company of an adult. Weekend workshops for kids and parents are paid, but visits to the open area are free.

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Bike down the Marginal
Fotografia: Joana Freitas

Bike down the Marginal

Just bring the bikes. Take the kids to the riverside area between Docas and Belém and bike down the Marginal. The path is closed off to cars, wide and paved. There is plenty of space for you to ride next to your kids, with a view to the river, the Lisbon sun - and a fine sporty afternoon.

  • Museums
  • Baixa Pombalina

In a nice bit of irony, the Museum of Money has free admission. Make the kids feel like kings by minting a coin with their likeness. You can also hold a 12-kilo gold ingot, visit temporary exhibitions and take part in Saturday family activities. All of that without spending a cent.

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  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens
  • Estrela/Lapa/Santos

As long as it doesn't rain, Lisbon weather is always good for parks, and parks are good for picnics. This is a way for kids to replenish some of the energy they will expend. Take them to the Tapada das Necessidades, bring a blanket and a basket, and lie under the sun while they feast on the delicacies you prepared.

  • Museums
  • São Sebastião

Every Sunday after 2pm, the Gulbenkian museum has free admittance, and it is a great place for a family Sunday. This is a good excuse for a walk among the Gulbenkian gardens; keep your eyes peeled for art, since there are many temporary exhibitions there. While the kids are running around the garden, look out for the bird and tree of the month, announced at the Gulbenkian Foundation's website.

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  • Museums
  • Belém

The architectural shapes of the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology made an impact in the city in 2016, drawing big crowds to the Belém area. The crowds remain  thick. Even if your kid is not yet old enough to take pictures of the beautiful curved building in the sunset, there is plenty for them to do there. Especially considering that those younger than 18 get in free of charge.

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  • Things to do
  • Literary events
  • Alcântara

Entering a bookshop is free, no matter how trendy the bookshop is. If you haven't taken your kids to Ler Devagar, inside the Lx Factory compound, we suggest you do it quickly. We can't promise you they'll turn into bookworms, but at very least they will ask about riding the flying bike.

Best of Lisbon

  • Attractions

As one of the greatest cities in the world, frankly it's a wonder that we managed to narrow down all the best things to do to a list of just 52. Think of our selection as a taster – something to satisfy your initial cravings and leave you wanting more.

Take Belém Tower, for instance, this waterfront landmark makes for a great introduction to Lisbon's numerous nearby UNESCO World Heritage sites. Or climb up to Miradouro da Graça to take in one of the city's many magnificent views. And don't forget to visit the Time Out Market, of course, for a literal taster of the delicious culinary offerings. 

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  • Travel

The newest edition of Time Out Lisbon for Visitors is digital, so you can take it anywhere you want, right there in your pocket. Where to eat, where to drink and where to have fun, from the authentic city to the trendy places, from beaches to country walks, all in a single digital magazine.

Lisbon is recovering the dynamics that made it one of the main tourist destinations in the world, and which it was forced to discontinue in the last year and a half. Neighborhoods are once again alive, bright, effervescent, with new restaurants, bars, rooftops, shops and a cultural offer that is, once again, reclaiming its space – in museums and galleries, theaters, concert halls and even nightlife is slowly making a comeback.

The tourists are also back, and with them the essential guide to discover the city from end to end: Time Out Lisbon for Visitors, edition 2021/22, for you to have the best possible experience on your trip to Lisbon. It's a digital magazine to carry in your pocket without the extra weight and without cluttering your backpack with paper. On your phone, it's always available – and you are less likely to forget about it on a park bench. One more advantage? Keep your hands free for what really matters (hello, custard tarts!).

Lisbon is a multicultural, LGBT+ friendly city, committed to combating climate change – but those aren’t the only points of interest in the region. In the neighbourhood, a short distance by car, tram or train, there are beaches with vast sands to spread your towel and soak up some sun, like in the Arrábida Natural Park, beaches perfect for water sports (in the beautiful city of Sintra) and even beaches in the middle of the aristocratic village (Cascais ). Time Out Lisbon for Visitors takes you there and tells you all the secrets you need to know to make the most of your trip, without wasting time on research or getting caught in tourist traps.


Get your Time Out Lisbon for Visitors here, for just €3,50.

Free things to do in Cascais
  • Things to do

Let's be honest here. There is nothing better than being able to head out town without breaking bank. So don't worry too much about setting budgets yet, there are many ways of exploring the city without spending one euro. It seems that the best things in life actually do come free - in Cascais at least they do. Whether it be going to museums or enjoying beautiful landscapes. There is a bit for everyone. Recommended: The best way to spend 48 hours in Cascais

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  • Things to do

With its world-class restaurants, excelling in seafood, its reputation for style and long pedigree in art and culture, Portugal’s first city remains high on every discerning weekend-breaker’s hit-list. Want to know what to do in Lisbon? Wether you’re just here for a short visit (and if so, be sure to check out our best hotels list for a place to stay), or thinking of extending your stay permanently, this checklist will help you find the very best of Lisbon. Discover the landmarks, get a taste of some of that typical Portuguese food or uncover world flavours in the most typical neighbourhoods around the city. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere.   Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.

  • Things to do

Sintra is a postcard. A postcard full of places cramming with tourists, of course, but also of quiet places to contemplate. And, above all, many tables to rest from the tour and refill your energy. With its fine architecture, significant monuments and museums and hidden treasures, is maybe the best choice for you if you are looking for some out-of-town hours. So save one day on your schedule, put on your hiking boots and visit Sintra, less than one hour away from Lisbon. You won’t regret it – scout's honor!

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  • Restaurants

The first Michelin Guide gala to be held in Portugal dictated just two more stars for Lisbon restaurants in the 2018-2019 season. In total there are now eight restaurants in the great Lisbon area that can proudly boast this star from the most important gastronomic guide in the world. You can find them from downtown Cascais to a quick trip to Sintra, or just by walking up and down Chiado, now considered the center of high gastronomy in Lisbon. All of them are, of course, on our meticulously compiled list of the best restaurants in Lisbon, so be sure to check it out if you’re looking to find some more affordable, yet still delicious options in the city. If you want to try the best of the city, all under one roof, then the Time Out Market is the place to visit. Recommended: The 148 best restaurants in Lisbon

  • Art

Vhils, Bordalo II, Aka Corleone, Tamara Alves or Mário Belém are some of the most impressive names in the urban art scene in Lisbon. In recent years, the city has become one of the world's capital of urban art, with major names like Obey Giant, Eduardo Kobra or Os Gémeos leaving their mark at Lisbon's walls. But seeing all the best works in one day might be difficult, so embark with us on an alternative tour around the city.

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21 dishes you need to try at the Time Out Market Lisboa
  • Restaurants

Ten thousand square feet. Tens of restaurants. Famous and award-winning chefs. The Time Out Market can be quite a challenge for the indecisive. If this is your first trip and you still don't have a favourite spot (or if you have been to several stalls in the food hall, but like to try new things), take our tips. Here are 21 dishes you absolutely must try at the Time Out Market, from soups and appetizers to desserts, including traditional Portuguese and international entrées.

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  • Hotels

Are you in for a quick stay or a longer one? Did you come for romance or to hang out with friends? Is the family in tow or are you by your lonesome? Lottery winner or penny-pincher? Whatever your tourist profile or your ideal vacation are, you will find something to like among our collection of the best hotels in Lisbon. Make your pick and enjoy your stay. Recommended: Best things to do in Lisbon

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