Exploring Porto with kids in tow can be child's play with a little know-how. What could be more family-friendly, after all, than screeching through the streets on a vintage tram, devising your own Harry Potter trail in the city that once inspired JK Rowling, hitting the beaches in Foz, or finding adventure in the footsteps of great Portuguese navigators?

Museu das Marionetas

Puppets on strings are in the spotlight at Ribeira's Museu das Marionetas.

Serralves

Check out the activity-driven family weekend workshops at Serralves' Museu de Arte Contemporânea. The expansive gardens are also kid-friendly.

Rua das Flores

Give them a scrapbook and pencils for a self-guided street-art tour.

Foz do Douro

Hop aboard tram 1 to Foz for ice cream, lighthouse snapshots, a paddle in the Atlantic, and marine life encounters at the whopping Sealife Porto.

World of Discoveries

Slip into the shoes of a swashbuckling explorer at the World of Discoveries.

Parque da Cidade

Kids love letting off steam in Porto's biggest park, and it's also perfect picnic territory.

Harry Potter

See where JK Rowling got Hogwarts inspiration at Livraria Lello, with its enchanting double staircase.

Need to Know

  • Accommodation Hotels are often geared up for families and many will squeeze in a cot for no extra charge.
  • Babysitting Hotels and guesthouses should be able to advise on sitters.
  • Eating out Nearly all restaurants welcome children, appealing to little appetites with kids' menus or a meia dose (half portion).
  • Discounts Museums offer free or discounted entry for under-14s or under-18s, and public transport is free for tots under four.