When it comes to fun in the sun, you can’t beat a visit to a theme park. Typically, Portugal theme parks tend to revolve around getting wet, as quickly as possible, and then hitting the ice-cream stalls, rinse, and repeat. However, it’s not all about nerve-shredding waterslides and heart-stopping flumes; there’s plenty for younger visitors too, making Portugal theme parks perfect for a family day out. Trying to figure out which ones to go to can be daunting, as there’s so many great theme parks on offer. So we’ve made it a bit easier for you, and put together our list of the top 10 Portugal theme parks.
Slide and Splash Waterpark
Located in the Lagoa district, the Slide and Splash Waterpark is the perfect way to cool off in the hot summer sunshine. With 17 acres’ worth of rides and slides such as the Black Hole and the Kamikaze, and almost 10 acres of parkland in which to relax, it’s definitely one of the top 10 Portugal theme parks.
Aquashow Aquatic Park
Thrill-seekers looking for theme parks that really pack a punch should make their way to Qarteria, home of the Aquashow Aquatic Park. In addition to pools, slopes and flumes, the park also houses Europe’s biggest, water-based rollercoaster. Not for the faint-hearted.
If you’re travelling with children then you’ll find that the Waterpark Scorpio, in Guimaraes, ticks all the right boxes. The park is divided into two sections. For youngsters, Fantasyland keeps everything on the right side of exciting and fun. For adults and older kids, the Waterslide section is where the action is.
While the Amarante Waterpark, situated near Porto, might be one of the smaller of the country’s theme parks, it still provides kids of all ages a great day out. Offering pools for both youngsters and adults, with three exciting waterslides, it’s an easy way to spend an afternoon.
To spend a full day out, the Norpark Waterpark in Nazaré, has everything you could possibly need. In addition to several swimming pools for both grown-ups and kids, slides and rides, the Norpark also offers a terrace bar, a football pitch, and an onsite entertainment team who are experts at keeping the little ones amused.
The Wood Aquapark, set in sun-splashed Santa Cruz, is one of the bigger water parks in Portugal. With the capacity for 1,000 visitors, it has all the usual waterpark attractions, such as the Lazy River, Black Hole and waterslides. However, in addition, it boasts four racetracks for those who fancy trying their hand at go-karting.
Madeira Thematic Park
Not all the top 10 Portugal theme parks are water-based. Head to the Madeira Thematic Park and you can learn about the history and culture of the island of Madeira while having some fun at the same time. With a replica of the original train between Monte and Funchal, ox and carts, stunning flowers, a lake and a wining maze, it’s a fascinating experience for visitors of all ages.
Zoomarine is one of the few theme parks that combines conservation with education and entertainment. Effectively a gigantic rescue centre that’s open to the public, it acts as home to huge selection of birds, animals, and marine creatures, allowing you to see them close up.
Fratelli Aquapark is for the more adventurous. Located just off the coast of Fafe, the park is a giant, inflatable obstacle course, floating out at sea. Struggle up slopes, slip own slides and even test your luck on the trampolines. Great fun for older kids and adults.
Dino Parque Lourinha
To take a trip back in time, head to Lourinha and visit the Dino Parque Lourinha. Offering expansive forest, packed with concealed sculptures of dinosaurs, this Portugal theme park is ideal for any budding palaeontologists.