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Porto is well known for its nightlife, Port lodges, Museums, monuments and cuisine. What's often overlooked are the captivating elements of Porto which delight family members of any age. The colourful streets are full of urban entertainers. There's an abundance of cake shops and ice cream parlours to recharge energies. MADABOUTPORTO.COM is your friendly knowledgeable guide to the best family-friendly attractions and activities.

The historical centre of Porto is relatively small and compact, making it easy to experience in a short time. Public transport is also easy to use and fun to ride, allowing you to pack in more things. In the city, children under four can ride the metro and buses free of charge. If travelling outside of Porto there are plenty of discount options on the trains and coaches.


Fun ways to get around Porto
World of Discoveries - Skip the Line Ticket
Yellow Bus Tour

The picturesque narrow cobbled streets of Downtown Porto are part of the city's charm. They are, however, quite steep in places and tiring on feet, both old and young. Luckily there are many fun ways to get around. Porto's historic trams still run three different lines throughout the city, including Tram #1 that follows the riverfront between the historic centre and the garden of Passeio Alegre. Passing the Tram Museum [ ► ] along the way. Another amusing way to see the city is to take a Tuk Tuk guided tour that passes the main attractions of Porto. More About [ ► ]

Road trains are a common sight in most touristy cities around the world. Porto's road rain chugs its way past most of the emblematic landmarks and also stops at Real Companhia Velha port lodge with admission included. The whole tour takes about 100 – 120 minutes. More About [ ► ]

There are also some good Hop-On Hop-Off tour bus options available in Porto. Citysightseeing is a well known and trusted global brand. There are several tour options in Porto, including 24 and 48-hour tickets. Tickets include visits to a Port lodge of your choice. More About [ ► ]

Yellow Bus is a Portuguese tour company owned by Carris and operate in the top cities of the country. They provide a broad range of tours in Porto and Nothern Portugal. More About [ ► ]

If you really want to be a savvy traveller, you can buy a combination ticket. It comprises of a Hop-On Hop-Off option on the old trams as well as a tour bus, wine tasting and even includes a river cruise. More About [ ► ]

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Sea Life Centre Portor


With this entrance ticket you can gain entry to the SEA LIFE Porto at your leisure. Buy online before you arrive to avoid queues and have the convenience of the e-ticket on your phone. Children under three get in for free. Book with confidence with FREE CANCELLATION.

Monday - Friday: 10h00 - 18h00, Weekends: 10h00 - 19h00
Adult: €14.95, Child & Concessionary: €9.50

The Sea Life Porto is one of Porto's top family attractions and is home to about 5,600 marine creatures. Sea Life Porto is divided into twelve different distinct areas and 32 aquariums. The aquatic creatures live in various habitats, from freshwater landscapes to Atlantic and tropical oceanic and rugged coastal environments.

To celebrate 10 years of Sea Life Porto's existence seven Humboldt penguins have taken up residence on their own designated island within the aquarium grounds. One of the unique themed areas is dedicated to the unique eco-system of the Douro River. Within the Rockpool exhibit, you'll be able to touch a sea urchin or a starfish. Walkthrough Portugal's first underwater tunnel for a fish-eye's perspective of the 500,000 litres of water contained within the main tank. Home to hundreds of species, including a green turtle Mariza who weighs over 130kg, friendly rays and black tips sharks. See the animals being fed; sharks at 11h00 and 14h30, rays at 1h00 and 16h00. More About [ ► ]


Trips on the river are a great way to see Porto from a unique perspective and to cool down during the hottest hours of the day. There is no shortage of companies offering river trips and tours of various duration, from a basic fifty-minute "bridge Tour" to longer full-day tours and multi-day cruises up the Douro Valley to Régua and beyond. The main touring season is between March and October, most frequently in the summer months. Short duration trips depart from both banks of the river; the Ribeira in Porto and the quayside in Vila Nova de Gaia.

Xtreme Jet Boat - River Safari

The 400hp jet-boat experience speeds its passengers upstream on the Douro River. It is modelled on speed boat adventures found in New Zealand. The thrill starts at the Cais da Ribeira and takes you on a range of adrenaline-filled adventures up or downstream of various lengths and prices. The tours are operated by Tomaz do Douro and offer a 15% discount for holders of the Porto Card. Children between the ages of four and ten can join in with the fun but must be accompanied by an adult. | Daily: 10h00 - 18h00

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Contact Details
5 Praça da Ribeira, 4050-513 Porto, Portugal | 41° 08' 25.6" N | 08° 36' 46.7"W
+351 222 081 935 | |  Website

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Boat Trips
Porto Premium 3 in 1: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, Tram Tour and Guindais Funicular

Porto Premium 3 in 1

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, Tram Tour and Guindais Funicular.

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3-Hour Old Town & Riverside Bike Guided Tour

3 Hr Old Town & Riverside Bike Tour

Cycling with a guide through Porto ensures you explore the best bike routes through Porto. Cycle alongside the river and discover old neighbourhoods in the historical centre designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about its economic significance as a port city, stop for coffee and pastries, before passing through two lovely city parks en route. You'll explore the Ribeira, Miragaia, and Foz Velha along the way. Helmet and bottled water are provided for your comfort and convenience.

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Historic Guided Tour - Electric Bike (Half day)

Historic Guided Tour - E-Bike (1/2 day)

Those who wish to explore the old town of Porto away from the river and coast may prefer to have the advantage of a powered assist. Our electric bikes are easy to ride and environmentally friendly! We will go through the entire city centre, passing through the most emblematic places. After we head to the beaches, not without first going through the most modern area of the city, Boavista. The tour ends in the iconic Ribeira area, where we will arrive via the cycle path that runs alongside the Douro River! This is the perfect tour for those who like culture and cycling!

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Porto and Atlantic Coast Bike Tour

Porto and Atlantic Coast Bike Tour

The Porto and Atlantic Coast path allows you to get to know dynamic and versatile Porto, touring the city's historic monuments by bicycle and also changing the landscape with the journey along the Atlantic coast swapping the frenzy of the city for the calmness of the coast, culminating in a pine forest and beaches. A true sensory experience for the whole family.

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The World of Discoveries is an Interactive Museum and Theme Park which re-enacts the amazing adventures of the Portuguese navigators, crossing oceans to discover previously unknown worlds. World of Discoveries is a much-needed addition to Porto's long list of attractions. It aims is to create a family-friendly experience which both educational and fun.

Walk in the footsteps of Portugal's famous and charismatic characters in Portugal's age of discovery such as Infante Dom Henrique of Portugal, Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco da Gama, Pedro Alvares Cabral and Bartolomeu Dias. Hop on-board a galleon and re-live their adventures through interactive multi-sensory exhibits, including a nine metre long tunnel which replicates the Cape of the Good Hope. Live theatre performances from park staff dressed in 15th-century costume is a fun way to bring history to life. Experience how it felt to see un-known lands for the first time such as Ceuta, the Cape of Storms, Black Africa, tropical forests, India, Timor, China and Macau, Japan and Brazil. By-pass the queue at the entrance hall and purchase your skip-the-line ticket here on-line before your visit. More About [ ► ]

Sunday - Tuesday: 10h00 - 18h30, Friday - Saturday: 11h00 - 23h00, Monday: CLOSED
Adult: €13.00, Concessionary: €10.00, Child 4-12: €7.00, Infant 0-3: FREE

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Porto Legends: The Underground Experience


With this entrance ticket you can gain entry to the Porto Legends: The Underground Experience at your leisure. Buy online before you arrive to avoid queues and have the convenience of the e-ticket on your phone. Children under three get in for free. Book with confidence with FREE CANCELLATION.

Porto Legends is an immersive audiovisual attraction that takes place beneath the Porto Customs House. Projecting spectacular visual effects, animations, and virtual live-action actors onto the walls, the show tells the incredible history and myths of Porto and northern Portugal like never before. Narration is provided by Pedro Abrunhosa and Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons.

Learn about the history of the Undefeated City and Northern Portugal with an immersive cinematic experience in the atmospheric underground beneath Porto's Custom House.
Tuesday - Sunday: 10h00 - 19h00, Mondays: CLOSED
Adult: €10.50, Child & Concessionary: €5.50, Child 0-3: FREE


Zoo Santo Inácio is the largest and greenest zoo in Northern Portugal, ideally located only ten minutes away from Porto in Avintes, Vila Nova de Gaia. The zoo houses more than 600 animals, across 200 species, in 15 hectares of spacious and green habitats. Visitors can attend demonstrations (such as feeding sessions) showcasing the natural behaviour of certain animals. The zoo also has a restaurant, three bars, a picnic area and a shop where you can buy gifts.

Zoo Santo Inácio first opened in 2000 and has become one of the major family attractions in Northern Portugal. As well as being an entertainment venue, Zoo Santo Inácio other main concern is the awareness of wildlife protection and animal welfare. Zoo Santo Inácio is internationally renowned for quality and is one of the few Portuguese Zoos which participates with EAZA (European Aquarium and Zoo Association) in European programmes of preservation for endangered species who live at the zoo, such as Asiatic lions, snow leopards, Humboldt penguins, cheetahs, camels, pygmy hippos, Siberian tigers and more. More About [ ► ]

Summer: 10h00 - 19h00, Winter: 10h00 - 17h00
Under 3 Years: FREE, 3-12 Years: €10.50, 13-64 Years: €15.90, OAP: €14.50, Family of 4: €47.90

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