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Guide to Sao Paulo for Families

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It may be one of the biggest, busiest cities in the world, however Sao Paulo still has plenty to offer families. From great interactive museums, to tranquil parks, wildlife and cozy restaurants, Sao Paulo offers something for every member of the family, whatever their age.

Good for
  • Family
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker

8 Places

4 City Tips

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8 Places

Museu Catavento

Science Museums

Sao Paulo Aquarium

Aquariums

Pacaembu Stadium

Arenas & Stadiums

Butantan Institute

Zoos

Villa Lobos Park

Parks

Zoo Safari

Zoos

Parque Da Agua Branca

Parks

Oficina de Pizzas

Restaurants

Anja H's City Tips

  • Restaurants are generally very accommodating to children and will do what they can to make you comfortable.
  • Morning and late afternoon traffic can be quite heavy, so aim to go out early or in the middle of the day.
  • When in the metro, follow the blue line on the floor; it indicates accessibility for prams/pushchairs.
  • Do ask for help if you need it. People are very welcoming, especially to families.
  • Museu Catavento
    Science Museums
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    Anja H Says:

    A really popular museum with both locals and tourists. The interactive exhibitions cover four areas: Earth, Life, Ingenuity and Society. There is a DC-3 plane on display outside the building, which is a particular hit with the kids, and inside they can get to touch a real meteor!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The museum can get quite busy on weekends, so try to go there on a weekday to avoid queues at the displays.
    • The Municipal Market nearby is a good option for lunch.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 937 things to do in Sao Paulo
    • Tecnologic art! 17/03/2021
    • Amazing Museum!!! 07/10/2020
    • Museu Catavento
    Address:
    Av. Mercurio, s/n
    Parque D. Pedro II
    Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 03003-060
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 11 3315-0051
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$10
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
  • Sao Paulo Aquarium
    Aquariums
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    Anja H Says:

    Aquariums are usually a hit with children and in Sao Paulo you can get close to species that are native to the country. The Amazonian fish are particularly fascinating, but the highlight is the shipwreck from which you can look at salt water fish, including sharks.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Must See
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Older children will enjoy a night visit to the aquarium. They will be equipped with a flash light and get to look at the fish in the dark.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #78 of 937 things to do in Sao Paulo
    • Great for young children 21/09/2021
    • Great family time 19/01/2020
    • Sao Paulo Aquarium
    Address:
    Rua Huet Bacelar 407
    Ipiranga
    Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 04275-000
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 11 2273-5500
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
  • Pacaembu Stadium
    Arenas & Stadiums
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    Anja H Says:

    The Pacaembu Stadium is home to the national Football Museum and is one of the arenas used by the Palmeiras team. A visit to the stadium and museum is a must for any sports crazed family.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The Football Museum is free to enter on Saturdays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #82 of 937 things to do in Sao Paulo
    • Iconic Home of Corinthians FC 11/08/2019
    • Impressive Football Stadium 28/06/2018
    • Pacaembu Stadium
    Address:
    Praca Charles Miller s/n
    Pacaembu
    Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01234-900
    Brazil
    Phone:
    (11) 3664-4650
    Other:
  • Butantan Institute
    Zoos
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    Anja H Says:

    Prepare to spend the better part of a day in the Butantan Institute on the University of Sao Paulo campus. This institute is a working bio-medical research center where you can get up close to scorpions, lizards, snakes and other reptiles. There are also educational trails for older children, and the park itself is a great place for a walk among the tropical plants.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Try a hot dog from one of the carts in the park. It comes with a variety of toppings — including mashed potatoes — and is a meal in itself.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 937 things to do in Sao Paulo
    • Sadly underwhelming - less show, more education please. 22/07/2022
    • Science and Nature 07/03/2020
    • Butantan Institute
    Address:
    Avenida Doutor Vital Brasil 1500
    Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 05503-900
    Brazil
    Phone:
    (011) 3726-7222
    Hours:
    Sat - Sun
    7:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Other:
  • Villa Lobos Park
    Parks
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    Anja H Says:

    You can spend hours at Villa Lobos Park, playing in the playgrounds, exercising, having a picnic, or riding bicycles. The park is a large oasis in this busy city and a great place for the children to run around in.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The park opens early, and it is worth getting there before the traffic and the heat get too intense.
    • Try the caldo de cana (sugar cane juice) and popcorn with provolone cheese from the street vendors at the entrance.
    • There is a bicycle rental station by the entrance.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 937 things to do in Sao Paulo
    • Great place for families 26/01/2020
    • Great place for outdoor activities! 31/07/2019
    • Villa Lobos Park
    Address:
    Avenida Professor Fonseca Rodrigues 2001
    Alto de Pinheiros
    Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 05461-010
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 11 2683-6302
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    5:30 am - 7:00 pm
    Other:
  • Zoo Safari
    Zoos
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    Anja H Says:

    Zoo Safari is located right next to the Sao Paulo Zoo and offers you the chance to experience animals running free. It is a nice alternative to a traditional zoo.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Must See
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can either go in your own car or in a van provided by the park.
    • You can feed the animals from the car window, but make sure you check with the staff what food is allowed.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #144 of 937 things to do in Sao Paulo
    • Not a safari at all 28/04/2018
    • A Good,Private Zoo 20/11/2017
    • Zoo Safari
    Address:
    Avenida do Cursino 6338
    Vila Moraes
    Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 04169-000
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 11 5073-0811
    Price range:
    US$45 - US$45
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
  • Parque Da Agua Branca
    Parks
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    Anja H Says:

    Agua Branca is another great park that offers more shade than Villa Lobos. It is a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors, and there are horses, turkeys and chicken that children can feed. On weekends the park hosts an organic market which is extremely popular.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Go on Saturdays for breakfast from the market. The Bolo de Fuba (corn cake) is delicious.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #79 of 937 things to do in Sao Paulo
    • Wonderful park 08/02/2020
    • Nature within havok 05/10/2017
    • Parque Da Agua Branca
    Address:
    Avenida Francisco Matarazzo 455
    Água Branca
    Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 05001-900
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 11 3803-4200
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Other:
  • Oficina de Pizzas
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza)
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    Anja H Says:

    Located in the bohemian neighborhood of Vila Madalena, Oficina de Pizzas serves traditional Brazilian pizza with interesting toppings. The atmosphere is relaxed, the rooms are decorated with branches, which the kids find funny. There are high chairs available for babies and nobody bats an eyelid if your little one throws the cutlery on the floor.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Family
    Tips
    • The restaurant is located on a steep hill and is best accessed by car or taxi.
    • Brazilian pizza is one of a kind. The Maria com Tomate Seco pizza is particularly delicious; dried tomatoes and fresh rocket leaf topping.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,277 of 19,258 restaurants in Sao Paulo
    • Not great 15/05/2017
    • Great restaurant! 25/05/2015
    • Oficina de Pizzas
    Address:
    Rua Purpurina 517
    Vila Madalena
    Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 05435-030
    Brazil
    Phone:
    +55 11 3816-3749
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 pm - 12:00 am
    Other:
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