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Slowly exploring labyrinthine cities such as Lisbon can prove daunting for energetic kids constantly on the lookout for the next adventure, but that won’t be a problem in a city as diverse as this one. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors have picked the five most fun things to do with children in Lisbon, from riding cable cars to traipsing ancient castles:
1. Lisbon Zoo: Yes, you might be able to visit a zoo back home, but we’re guessing it doesn’t compare to this one. Kids will enjoy the normal spectrum of zoo activities, plus cool extras including cable cars, the Animax amusement park and one of the most impressive dolphin shows you’ll ever see.
2. St. George’s Castle (Castelo de São Jorge): Visible from most areas of the city, St. George’s Castle has roots dating back to medieval times and is the former home of Portuguese royalty. Much of the castle has deteriorated over the years, but it still looks like a scene from a fairy tale. Kids will love climbing around on the towers – as well as the views from the top of them.
3. Park of Nations (Parque das Nacões): Kids and adults alike will enjoy exploring this thoroughly modern part of Lisbon, which was revamped in 1998 when the city hosted Expo ‘98. The site includes water gardens, cable cars, striking views of the Vasco da Gama Bridge and tours of the area on toy trains.
4. Carousel: Located at the entrance to the Lisbon Zoo, the opulent carousel is a fun and easy ride for everyone before or after a visit to the zoo.
5. Lisbon Oceanarium: The city’s oceanarium is the largest aquarium in Europe and home to more than 8,000 plants and animals. Kids can get face-to-face with sharks, stingrays and a variety of other wildlife that live in the giant tanks representing four oceans. Guided tours are available, and this is also a great place for an outdoor picnic.