What to do in Porto with teenagers

When I was a teenager my parents took me and my sister to Madrid. What could have been a lovely…

Sara Riobom
23 de February de 2024

When I was a teenager my parents took me and my sister to Madrid. What could have been a lovely family trip ended up in this horrible memories of my father dragging us to three / four museums per day under 40º C. Ever. Single. Day. One day the women united and decided it was time to do some proper shopping. Revenge felt good! 😛

I am telling you this story to give you an advice: if you’re travelling to Porto with teenagers, give them a choice. You might have a clear idea of what monuments to see and restaurants to go, but let them choose between riding a bike by the beach or going to a city park, visit a museum or doing some street shopping.

This way, they’ll enjoy more, and they will let you enjoy more as well 😉 So, this is my list of what to do in Porto with teenagers. And if it is not enough, check also my Porto bucket list.

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And the best things to do in Porto with teenagers are…

Drive the hills of Porto on a Buggy

couple and teenager driving buggy family activities porto

Recently I rode a Buggy at Serras do Porto Natural Park and I had SO MUCH FUN 😀 I was a bit worried about safety but 1) the guides are very professional but 2) the equipment is new and in good conditions.

Once I got it out of my head I got into our buggy and enjoyed the ride – we crossed some rivers and some bumpy courses with holes, always enjoying the most beautiful panoramas of the region.

And, if your teens are anything like I was in their age and get tired of museums and walking in the city, riding a buggy is a fun, adventurous and safe activity to do in a pos pandemic world 🙂 If you want to give it a go, just get your online ticket to the Buggy Ride in Porto’s hills!

Visit FCP Porto Stadium & Museum

fc porto football stadium
I don’t know what your teenagers are like, but if they are like I was at their age, the more interactive the museum is, the better. For this reason – and because it is a cultural and sports reference in the city – I recommend visiting FC Porto Stadium & Museum as it is one of the best activities to do in Porto with teenagers.
On this guided tour you will go through 27 interactive areas, see the trophy room and the changing rooms, in addition to the stadium itself. It is an unforgettable experience for those who like football in general and FC Porto in particular 🙂
I recommend that you buy the online ticket for the FC Porto Stadium & Museum because there are always lots, lots of people waiting.
How to get there: the subway Estádio do Dragão is just across the street.

Do the 6 bridges cruise

6 bridges cruise porto
© Porto Moments

One of the best things to do in Porto is to take the famous 6 bridges cruise, a leisurely 1h boat ride in Douro river. It allows you not only to see Ribeira, the Unesco’s protected neighborhood, but also to check the magnificent bridges of Porto.
It is perfect if you need to relax, if you are traveling with kids & teens or if you have some time to kill in between other activities.

How to avoid the queue to the 6 bridges cruise in Porto

It is easy – just get the online ticket to the 6 bridges cruise!
You can also buy the combo ticket to the Hop On Hop off bus tour + 6 bridges cruise + Port wine cellar. If you make the math it’s a pretty good deal, because if you buy the tickets for the three activities separately you’ll spend around 50€.
You can also get the combo ticket to the city train tour + 6 bridges cruise + Port wine cellar which is quite similar. It is a great combo if you want to get the most of a single day and it’s very cheap – only 29€.

Another option is to skip the 6 bridges cruise and do a private river cruise – make sure to check my article about the best river cruises in Porto to discover the best options for you!

Prices & Tickets to the 6 bridges cruise (2024)

Go for a bike ride in Gaia

© Expresso

If you have run out of ideas on what to do in Porto with teenagers or if you simply want to escape the crowds of the city, why don’t you just rent a bike and go ride by the ocean side?
There are several amazing bike lanes in Porto, but the best (and more easily accessible) ones are in Gaia, right after Afurada, the magic fishermen village. My suggestion is to have a grilled fish at one of the unpretentious restaurants in Afurada and then start the ride along the coast.
senhor da pedra chapel
Don’t stop until you see Capela do Senhor da Pedra, the stunning chapel built on the beach, which is approximately 10 km away from Afurada. At this point, if you or your family is too tired to keep riding, simply take the train back to Porto from the station Miramar or Francelos, that are very close by.
How to get there: the subway station Aliados is a 15 minutes walking distance from the bike rental place.

Have a surf lesson in Matosinhos

surf lesson porto teenagers

There is a beach near Porto where you can easily – and safely – take a surf lesson for a reasonable price, which is definitely one of the best things to do in Porto with teenagers.
At Praia de Matosinhos there are several surf schools, but Fish Surf School has the highest ratings and two classes a day, taking place at 11h and then at 15h. Their prices are the best, too.

If you want a premium service, with pick up and drop off from your hotel in Porto, then go for Pura Vida Surfing School as it is the best option (albeit more expensive).

How to get there: the subway station Matosinhos Sul is a 5 minutes walking distance from the beach.

Learn how to cook the famous pastel de nata pastry!

kid learning cooking class porto

If your kids love to cook (I always loved to, since I am a kid 🙂 then why not taking them to a pastel de nata cooking class? For those unfamiliar with it, pastel de nata is the most famous pastry of Portugal and trust me, once you try it you WILL want to know how to make it a home 🙂

This pastel de nata cooking class is quite cool because it follows an ancient recipe that belongs to the host’s grandmother, who is this sweet old lady that takes time to welcome people at her own home. It’s so sweet 🙂

Try to Escape the Room

exit games porto with teenagers
Another fun thing to do in Porto with your teenagers is to give it a go at Porto Exit Games, where you are the main characters of a thriller game and the main goal is to get out in time.
There are several rooms at the Porto Exit Games, each one with a game with a specific difficulty level. Up to 5 players can get inside a room, which makes it very suitable for families. Nonetheless, extended versions of all the games are available for groups between 6 and 10 people.
The prices range between 49,90€ and 59,90€ (normal version, 2 to 5 players) and between 89,90€ and 99,90€ (extended version, 6 to 10 people), so the more people the better 🙂
You can book the ticket to the Porto Exit Games or simply show up and wait for the next available slot.
How to get there: the subway station Aliados is a 5 minutes walking distance.

Go to a swimming pool / park

In the last couple of years Porto has been enjoying (or just enduring, im my case…) very high temperatures during Summer (June to August) and even during Fall (September to November).
If you’re travelling to Porto with teenagers it might be wise to include a day off at either one of the best beaches in the city. All the beaches that are mentioned of the article have a life guard and a flag to tell you if you can or cannot swim on a particular date. There is this urban myth that the best beaches are in Gaia, just across the Douro river, but to be fairly honest I find them all pretty much the same.
Please keep in mind that we’re facing the Atlantic ocean, so the 1) the water is f****ng cold and 2) there are strong currents that might endanger a less prepared swimmer. Depending on how old are your kids, you might want to take them to some of the nice swimming pools in Porto, like Piscina das Marés (the one on the picture above) or Quinta da Conceição.
How to get there: it depends on the beach that you chose.

Have a picnic at the city park

picnic city park porto with teenagers
If you’re family is like me and simply hates the idea of spending the day at the beach (seriously people, there’s so much to do in life rather than getting tanned!), why don’t you organise a picnic at one of the most beautiful gardens in Porto?
There are many parks and gardens at the city but I reckon that the most versatile one is the city park. There you can make a picnic, do some jogging, walk the dogs, ride a bike, feed the ducks on the lake… you can also take advantage of the proximity of the city park to the Atlantic ocean and spend some hours in the park and then go to watch the sunset by the beach. It’s a lovely afternoon plan if you’re staying in Porto with teenagers.
How to get there: you can take the subway to Casa da Música and from there take any bus that goes down Avenida da Boavista.

Climb the Arrábida bridge

A really nice activity to do in Porto with teenagers is to climb the Arrábida bridge from within. Don’t be dismay by the 262 stairs that you’ll have to climb as they are very short, as hence don’t require an excellent physical shape or a lot of effort. In fact, you’ll arrive very shortly at the top, where you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful view over the Douro river, the Crystal Palace gardens and some Port wine lodges.
Currently the ticket to climb the Arrábida bridge costs 17,50€ (it is a bit expensive for what it is, to be honest).
It’s not mandatory to make a reservation, but if you’d like to do so, just contact the company at +351 929 207 117 or send an email to info@portobridgeclimb.com.
How to get there: simply take the tram 1, it’s a beautiful ride 🙂

Have a drink with them (seriously!)

© Revista Evasões

I am not encouraging juvenile drunkenness, relax! But given the fabulous weather that you’ll most likely enjoy during your stay in Porto, why don’t you take some time to simply enjoy a light meal or a drink or two at one of the amazing rooftops and urban esplanades in the city?
There are two in particular that I find very suitable if you’re travelling in Porto with teenagers, which are Miradouro Ignez (the one on the photo, with a great terrace overlooking the Douro river) and BASE, the cosmopolitan open air terrace very close to Lello bookshop and to the Clérigos tower.
How to get there: it depends on the place you chose.

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