Parks and the Zoo, Lisbon
For many years taking advantage of Portuguese presence in Africa, the Zoo keeps being a nice place to an easy contact with many animals, kept in an adequate ambiance.
It's location, near central Lisbon and the ease of public transport help to assure the good frequency that it registers and justifies, pleasing children and adults.
Built for EXPO 98, this huge aquarium is a marvel of conception, and a mandatory visit to every child (and adults also!).
More than the large collection, covering all the world, the way they reproduce the environmental conditions of each species, it's almost perfect.
Around it, the other remains of the exhibition justify several hours of strolling relax, with all kind of events nearby.
No one visits Lisbon without passing by Eduardo VII park.
Most people opt for a superficial visit, only to enjoy the superb views from its top; but the appreciators of Nature, and those who want to know all the details, may stop a while and visit the greenhouses in the park.
Initially a cold greenhouse, after several additions (warm and sweet greenhouses) it shows today a large variety of plants, some of them exotic, and composing a beautiful garden that you may see in a short and relaxing time.
The entrance is free... I think! A 3€ ticket was announced, starting...
The area adjacent to the entrance is now used for... occasional meetings, however, it seems to be safe during the day.
The park Eduardo VII marks the northermost and highest point of Pombal's Lisbon. It is a beautiful park, with excelent views over Lisbon and the River.
There you may see the discussed (easy to understand why) monument of the 25 th April, the Estufa Fria, and the beautiful oldest sport pavillion of Lisbon.
This zoo is quite expensive.I paid 14 Euros even with a senior discount.Nevertheless.I enjoyed it and appreciated the animals and the way rhey were displayed.I especially liked their okapi,giraffe,chimpanzee,gorilla,gembok,and white tiger exhibits.This zoo is in the process of further renovation.It has improved a lot since my last visit in 1988.
You can get to this park by underground by getting off at Parque or Marquis de Pombal Station on the blue line. If you get off at Marquis de Pombal you are at the bottom of the park and you will walk through it by walking up the hill. The park was a pleasant enough place for a stroll and had great views from the top. We found an interesting building with tile covered walls that had once been an exhibition hall to the right hand side of the park as we climbed up. At the top of park there is a monument and fountain. There is also a small park across the road at the top of the park. It had great views, a lovely restaurant on a duck pond and an interesting motherhood statue. In the English Court Shopping mall nearby there was a big supermarket.
Parque Eduardo VII is the largest public park (26 hectares) in Lisbon, and is located north of Praça do Marquês de Pombal and Avenida da Liberdade. It was originally named Parque da Liberdade, but later renamed after Edward VII who visited Portugal in 1902.
The park is a really nice place for a walk. Huge green areas, greenhouses (I didn't visit), the old Carlos Lopes sports pavilion with beautiful tiles on the façade, a couple of restaurants, and the “Monumento ao 25 de Abril”. The monument is very big, and honours the 1974 Revolution. There is a nice view of the city from the monument.
Expo is the new Lisbon. It was rebuilt and rehabilitated for the Expo 98 event and since then is one of the biggest leisure spaces in Lisbon and is quite appreciated by everyone for a weekend stroll because it lies on a strip of land 5 km long by the river Tagus and has a lot of green spaces.
It is home to some of the most modern architectural designs (Oriente train station), sculptures, interactive gardens and museums (live science museum). Expo also has lots of restaurants and a big shopping center.
It’s a good place to spend a few hours away from the city center and relax.
Best way to get there is Red Line, Oriente Stop
Amazing park, don't miss it. Perfect for a hot summer day.
Really cool place and park vegetation and really large trees give it a really different light and mysterious atmosphere. Very popular among the locals, specially during the summer.
I am always surprised by the continuous struggling of all the big cities in the World to personalise their zoo, to make it special.
I thought that it would not be so easy to be impressed in Lisbon as we’ve seen a lot of better advertised “zoos” in Europe... but, surpriiiise...
The “Dolphins bay” was the “thing” in Jardim Zoológico which has really impressed us.
Nice show with smart dolphins playing with some fascinated (fascinating) young ladies, swimming together and showing us that were are not alone here on Earth.
I t is really amazing to observe how smart are those dolphins and how enthusiastic they were to make us happy... and this is not a joke.
They have really enjoyed our applauses and few times during the show I had the impression that everything is “conducted” by them.
The zoo have something else, also special… the cable car.
It is really impressing how they have managed to design it, even if somehow I felt unsafe being suspended with my son in that basket, hanging above the big cat’s cages.
For my son was really exciting, as he doesn’t believe that the cats below are always prepared for a juicy desert-like us :)
What I didn't like... the apes in cages.
They are too smart to be kept in cages. They need intimacy, they need space-they are smarter than we can accept.
If you'll catch their sights (which is not recommended) you'll see their intelligence behind.
We MUST let them be free.
We have paid 17,5 euro for an adult and 12,5 for kids but we have enjoyed the visit.
It is a must see, especially if you're travelling with a kid.
Our son filled his batteries for few days at the Oceanarium.
And, of course we have emptied our batteries trying to follow him everywhere :)
After all, it was a nice experience together with the park and the surrounding area.
For more details about what you’ll find there, check the link bellow and take a look at our photos too.
The Oceanario De Lisboa is located in "Oriente" area and you can go there by train, Metro, local buses or the open touristic buses (the blue line-Oriente).
I found that, as the prices were small here and if you'll be more than 3 persons, it will probably be cheaper and faster to take a taxi.
I really loved it! i was awake the whole time and my dad kept me in his arms to show me all the wird fish and other species....there was a red one, my dad called it and octopus that was really strange and staring at me....at the end i got a present a small turtle!!!a day I will remember the place is perfect for kids
It was Monday and our plan was to go to Sintra because almost everything is closed on Mondays in Lisbon. But it rained the whole night and when we woke up it still didn't stop. So we decided to go to Parque das Nações and visit Oceanario. When we came out of the Metro station it wasn't raining too much and we procceded to Oceanarium.But from minute to minute it rained more and more and we came to the entrance totally wet even thouh we had umbrellas with us.
After all I've heard about the Oceanario I expected more that I saw.((((: I found nothing so special.In comparison to other similar Ocenarios in Europe I must say i was a little dissapointed.
Entrance fees are pretty high.
The zoo is always a challenge. With a menagerie of 2,000 animals from more than 370 species, the Zoological Gardens is always a popular spot. Admission is pricey, but in addition to the usual habitats and enclosures there's a children's zoo, with miniature houses and small animals.
A nice and interesting day trip, with a lot to see and learn and if you are not to tired in the end, you have the opportunity to do some shopping.
Arriving by underground brings you directly to the Vasco da Gama Shopping Centre. If you don't like shopping, you might be interested in the architecture. It's a huge building, flooded with light because it's covered with a glass-roof. The floor shows maritime mosaics. Leaving the center on the other side brings you to an information desk where you can buy the PdN card. (www.parquedasnacoes.pt/en/destaques/cartaoparque.asp) Prices: PdN card 14€ / 7€
On the area you find the Oceanarium, gardens, science pavillons, a tower, an excursion train and a cable car.
Next to the entrance of the Oceanarium is a souvenir shop and a cafe. The last one offers quite good cafe and apple-pie to normal prices which was a nice surprise.
It's a very pleasant area, take a book with you and have a rest next to the river sitting in the shadow of one of the trees.
Children will definitely have fun in the oceanarium, using the excursion car and exploring the gardens.