Amazing Tourist Destinations in Lagos Nigeria
July 31, 2019
by Oluwatobi Dipe
Lagos- Nigeria’s Commercial Hub is a very distinct state and has many unique features; it is home to some of the largest multinationals in the world, it is one of the most densely populated cities in Africa, and by extension the world. It is also home to some of the best beaches and tourist sites in Nigeria.
The first time I saw Lagos through the eyes of a tourist was at night which has always been my favorite time of the day. Everything is more beautiful at night. Imagine for a second the moon casting a gentle glow on your shadows painting the ground, with the wind blowing through your hair softly while your fingers are intertwined with your lovers as you’re taking a stroll through somewhere lit up by the faint flickering lights of street lamps. The first time I felt it was when I went to the famed Lagoon Front during my second year at the University. It is by far most beautiful at night particularly when the street lamps are reflected on the Atlantic Ocean. Below are some top tourist destinations in Lagos, Nigeria;
Apapa Amusement Park
Perhaps you want to get your adrenaline pumping with either your friends or family or both, this is one place to do that. It has a very outdoorsy feel and is home to decent side attractions. I went there with friends and after our last ride, we were thankful that we didn’t eat before we got there. We went on 3 rides with difficulty levels I’ll state as mid-high, very mid, and high-high. Concessions are also available if you’d want to indulge in the proverbial family or friend snack together, before or after going on your rides. Entry fee is 4,000 (about $12) [(i.e. 1000 for the care and 3000 for credits you can use for any of the rides which range from 500 (lowest) to 1200 (highest)]. This card can then be used for subsequent entries and can be topped up for as many rides as you want.
Lekki Conservation Centre, Lekki
I vividly remember taking some of our global leaders from AIESEC to LCC when they insisted on getting immersed in the natural attractions of Lagos.
This is by far one of the most exciting tourist attractions in Lagos and one that many foreigners always want to explore during their time in the South Western state.
LCC is a bundle of nature, from the swamps where we’ve been told that crocodiles live, to the monkeys and the proud peacocks that greet you upon your entrance.
There are two packages; the regular walk which goes for 1,000 (roughly $3), and the canopy walk which goes for 2000 (roughly $6). This canopy walk has been touted to be the longest in Africa and is not for the fainthearted.
Freedom Park, Lagos Island
The famed former prison located at Lagos Island that housed notables like Herbert Macaulay, Michael Imodu, Anthony Enahoro and Obafemi Awolowo amongst others. A former symbol of oppression now a major attraction in Lagos. It was transformed from a prison to a very creative space in the early 1990s and since that time has hosted many amazing spectacles including Felabration, the Lagos International Poetry Festival and, Rocktober Fest. It also features live performances, a sleuth of historical heritages and even a store where you can buy souvenirs. There are about 3-4 entries and the gate fee is about 300 (which isn’t even up to $1). There are a variety of restaurants that serve everything from continental to intercontinental dishes. Dramas, music, poetry, good food, serene environment, this is one place you wouldn’t want to miss out on.
Ground Zero, Ebute Metta
Fun on a budget. This is as literal as it gets. Ground Zero is located in Ebute Metta, a very distinct place in Lagos because everywhere looks alike. The city is like a chessboard. Why is Ground Zero fun on a budget? With 1, 000 (roughly $3), you get access to everything there is; from 3D movies to a 7D experience, to console gaming, motion-activated gaming, chair massages, pool… It’s a bundle of excitement. Nothing screams fun on a budget than this place, so if you’re looking for where to engage the energy of young ones, you should check this place out.
Tarkwa Bay, Lagos Island
One of the reasons I really like Tarkwa Bay is the boat ride that leads there. It just may be the main attraction as it probably is the only beach in Lagos where you have to ride a boat to get to. The boat ride is about 1000 (roughly $3) and the entry fee is 200 naira and tables go for 100 while chairs cost 300. You will also have to pay for space you plan to occupy.
Johnson Jakande Tinubu Park, Ikeja
One of my favorite places currently. The serenity of this place is simply outstanding, primarily because of its location; it is right next to the Lagos State House of Assembly. This park is relatively new and was launched by the former Governor of Lagos State: Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode to pay honor to the past Governors of Lagos State; Brigadier Mobolaji JOHNSON Rtd., Alhaji Lateef JAKANDE, and Senator Bola Ahmed TINUBU, hence the name Johnson Jakande Tinubu Park. This park is awesome for many reasons like; free WiFi which isn’t a staple in Lagos, but JJT Park is an exception, and it works. Its name is even apt ‘Lagos WiFi,’ and you can use it in any of the sheds located in the sprawling 21, 800sqm.
Entry is free, and you will definitely be tempted to take pictures because the park is nothing short of beautiful with busts, waterfalls, flags et al. however you’d need to get permission for photo-shoots with a professional camera.
The level of serenity, however, is dependent on when you visit it; for overwhelming serenity, it is advised to visit there during the week, because it’s usually very filled up during the weekends with different families and mini-events.
Overall, it’s one of the best places in Lagos to hang out with your friends and family.
Generally, Lagos is a fun and beautiful place to be once you know your way around, and should you visit, there are many more places to go to for fun, food, and relaxation.
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August 2, 2019
This is a beautiful write up. Now I have places to visit when next I come to Lagos
August 2, 2019
Quite interesting! With your vivid description and personal experiences,i am tempted to visit one or these places or two with friends soonest. Thank you!