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Lagos is a metropolitan city with lots of interesting sights to behold. Below are the top 35 spots to visit in Lagos.
Bogobiri is located in the high brow area of Ikoyi. It is one of the many spots to visit in Lagos that come alive mainly at night. It’s a unique place where food meets arts. You would want to go to Bogobiri on Thursday nights for ‘freedom hall’ and Friday nights for ‘Taruwa’. If you’re a lover of spoken word and good music – from jazz to Highlife and AfroBeat – then Bogobiri is for you! Interestingly, it also offers space for occasions like bridal showers, birthdays and more.
There are a lot of beaches to go to in Lagos- Eleko beach, Kuramo beach, Oniru private beach, Elegushi beach, Atican beach, the list is almost endless. Get your swimsuits ready and head on to any of these beaches. You will need to keep to the edge of the waters as the waves can be brutal and there are no solid safety measures in place. However, it’s still a great place to hang out with friends and even host parties.
3. Freedom Park
Freedom Park is a memorial and leisure park area in the middle of downtown Lagos. Built on a road that was formerly the broad street prison, it has now evolved into a leisure park where people organize shows and concerts. The Park was constructed to preserve the history and cultural heritage of Nigerians as seen in its strategically placed monumental figures. It’s definitely one of the spots to visit in Lagos.
4. Omenka Gallery
This is a contemporary Nigerian art gallery owned by Oliver Enwowu, son of one of Nigeria’s leading 21st-century artists, Ben Enwowu. The gallery showcases the works of established and contemporary upcoming Nigerians as well as international artists. Right outside the gallery is a chilled and quiet waterside hangout spot where you can sit and relax, free from the worries of the world.
5. Ikeja Shopping mall
This is the busiest relaxation spot in Ikeja and arguably, Lagos. It’s your best option for shopping, entertainment, and leisure, all in one place! It has a variety of restaurants, a cinema, a bookstore, clothing stores, bars, banks, hair salons and makeup studios. Located at Alausa, this mall is a one-stop location for your needs. Is it one of the fun spots in Lagos? A visit will convince you, as visiting the mall would give you the opportunity to see a movie, do some shopping and enjoy great cuisines.
6. La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort
This is a private beach resort located at Ikegun Ibeju, Lekki. It prides itself in intricate African designs, hospitable staff and iconic views. The resort lies at the edge of the Atlantic ocean so you’ll do well to go with very light clothes, and if you’re not a fan of water, they offer hangout spots with undeniably tasty meals. A great escape from the regular Lagos hustle and bustle and a great place to wind off during the weekends or holidays. They also have well-furnished chalets where guests can lodge in. If it’s a fun intended trip, have your squad come along with you for the ride there is quite a long one!
7. National Theatre
Constructed in 1976, it is the cultural center for performing arts in Nigeria. The well-equipped hall has the capacity to hold 3000 people. It hosted the Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) in 1977. The building has a bar, a restaurant, and 2 grand cinema halls. The great cultural performances coupled with the theatre’s architectural grandeur have pulled the attention of people from various walks of life.
8. Jazz hole
An offspring of Glendora books, the Jazz hole is one of the amazing spots in Lagos. It is located at Awolowo Road, Ikoyi. It is a place where literature meets good music. There’s a plethora of African artwork in the hole to help create a relaxed atmosphere. It’s known as one of the best cultural music shops in the country. It has a snack bar with great coffee and yummy sandwiches among other snacks.
9. Liam and Noel’s Book Club
This bookstore is home to children’s books, the sweet smell inside the building makes reading inviting. It’s a great place to take children, especially if they love to read. Registration costs N40,000 per year and N20,000 for 6 months. However, the books can also be borrowed at prices ranging from N200-N300.
10. GET arena
It is located directly opposite the Palms shopping mall. Go-karting is a typical example of a break from the norm and children will also attest to this while they enjoy it. They also have a bar and an arcade with a wall climbing section. Worried about what fun spots in Lagos to visit? The GET arena would be an awesome choice.
11. Lekki Leisure Lake
Encourage your children to get active and engage their muscles by jumping on the Quad bikes. They can also get on the Jet Ski with a guide. This place is equally enjoyable for adults. There are benches and chairs to sit on while enjoying food at the lakeside. Lekki Leisure Lake is a great place to visit on weekends and holidays.
12. Nike Art Gallery
owned by Nike Davies Okundaye, her inspiring story from humble beginnings without a University degree to delivering lectures at Harvard University has increased the popularity of the gallery. For all things, paintings, drawings, stones, beads, adire and wholesome arts, Nike Art Gallery is a great place.
13. Lekki Conservation centre
Our list of top spots to visit in Lagos won’t be complete if we don’t mention LCC. This 21-year-old conservation centre is run by the Nigerian conservation foundation (NCF). If you appreciate seeing plants and animals in their natural habitat then this place is a must visit for you. There’s a lot of exploration themed activities to carry out there, not forgetting the fearless canopy walk. You will have a time of your life discovering the nature park and appreciating its splendor. Beware, there’s a lot of walking around to be done at this park, so be ready!
14. Fun turf
From its name, it’s a fun park for children and even adults to visit. There are a host of exciting activities like football, basketball and it is in general, a great place to hang out during the weekends or holidays when the kids are around. There is also a fun shop in the building to purchase sportswear and equipment.
15. Paint and bake
This place creates an opportunity for children to hone skills in drawing, painting, sculpting, and pottery. They provide all the materials to be used whilst encouraging a fun and creative atmosphere. If you want to ignite the interest of your children in Arts and craft, Paint and bake are where you should take them. They are open every day from 8 am to 6 pm.
This is another amazing place designed to gain the interest of children. Even adults also get an opportunity to release the inner children in them. It’s a recreational park where families can come to do three things –have fun, have fun, and have more fun. There is a wide array of exciting activities to choose from- swimming, games, bouncy castles, exhibitions and much more.
17. Lekki Ikoyi link bridge
This bridge was commissioned by former Lagos State governor -Babatunde Raji Fashola. It covers a distance of 1.358 kilometres and links the Phase 1 area of Lekki with Ikoyi. It’s not just a link bridge, but has also become a renowned Jogging spot in recent times; Even Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg has jogged on this bridge. The bridge bears quite a similarity with the popular Eiffel Tower in Paris and is now being regarded as one of the most photographed places in Lagos.
18. New Afrika shrine
Located at Ikeja, the shrine is definitely one of the fun spots to visit in Lagos and is currently the host location of the Felabration music festival, an event held yearly in honour of the musical legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. It displays photo galleries of Fela and there are musical performances from different musicians especially Femi and Seun Kuti. So if you’re looking for a break from regular hip-hop, go to the New Afrika shrine to experience a musical genre of its own.
Terra Kulture is an art gallery, theatre, arts and craft store mashed up in one building. It was founded by Bolanle Austen Peters. They have occasional art exhibitions and feature numerous stage plays. It is the host location of popular Nigerian stage play ‘Waka the musical’. If any of these have not convinced you to visit Terra Kulture, then you should know that they have a food lounge that serves many delicacies. Their ‘to-die-for’ Jollof rice is a must-eat!
20. Play Barn
Play barn creates a safe and compelling environment for children to engage in a diverse selection of fun activities from table tennis, to hairstyling, pottery and much more.
21. The Palms Shopping Mall
It is located at Lekki, it has a cinema and a diverse number of shopping stores which visitors usually shop from. For your number one shopping experience and window shopping, visit the Palms.
22. National Museum
The museum is situated in Lagos, and has a relateable history, hence its position as one of the top spots to visit in Lagos, as it says a lot about the state and Country. Founded in 1957 by Kenneth Murray, the Nigerian National Museum is located in the city of Lagos. The museum boasts of a varied collection of prominent Nigerian art, including pieces archaeological and ethnographic exhibits. It’s a great place to learn about Nigerian history.
23. Banana Island
This is an artificial island off the foreshore of Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria. It is renowned for its exceptional architectural grandeur, intricate designs and creative composition of structures It’s also home to some of Nigeria’s elite. How about a trip to “The Nigerian Beverly hills?”
Badagry is a small town located between Lagos and the Seme border and is now renowned for its slave trade museum. Many Nigerian schools bring their students to the Badagry museum mainly to learn about the slave trade era. The museum features relics like slave chains and other items used for exchange between the colonists and African leaders. You’ll get to see the first high rise building in Nigeria. You will also get to cross the lagoon in order to begin ‘the journey of no return’ but not to worry, it’s named that in honour of slaves who made the journey to foreign countries and never returned home. Badagry town binds fun with historical knowledge and with their rather interesting guide, you can be sure to have a fun-filled day!
25. Jhalobia Recreation Park and Gardens
The Jhalobia Recreation Park and Gardens is located along Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road, Lagos and is has made our list of the top 35 spots to visit in Lagos. It’s one place that’s yet to be discovered by many. Its ambience and versatile display of horticulture are what sets it apart. The 2- acre park features ponds, waterfalls, fountains and even a play corner for kids. If you love nature-flowers specifically, then this place is a must see. It’s also a suitable venue for outdoor weddings, engagements, picnics etc.
26. Silverbird Galleria
Visit Silverbird Galleria to see a movie. There are also a host of shops there to shop at and nice restaurants to satisfy your food cravings.
27. Kalakuta museum
Kalakuta Republic was the name of the place where Fela, alongside his band and family members lived. On February 18, 1977, the house was attacked by military officials and burned down. Now, it has been turned into a museum to honor Fela and his impact on Nigeria and the world at large. Kalakuta Museum is a place for people who want an insight into the world of Fela and one of the top spots to visit in Lagos
28. Ikoyi club
Located at Alfred Rewane, Ikoyi Lagos, the Ikoyi club is a product of two clubs- The European Club and The Lagos Golf Club which became one on September 29th, 1938. If you’re a lover of Golf, tennis, Swimming, Squash, Badminton, and Snooker you will find solace at this club. It is definitely one of the spots to visit in Lagos for sports lovers.
29. Empire sports paintball
This is a speedball airfield located at Elegushi Beach Lekki Lagos. A recreational center for family and friends. It prides itself on being the most recognized name when it comes to paintballing in Nigeria. Also serves as a suitable venue for children’s birthday parties and small occasions.
Federal Palace Hotel is a 150-room hotel established in 1960. The hotel overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and is located in the commercial hub of Victoria Island in Lagos. The hotel is regarded as one the top spots to visit, as it brings this air of class and luxury, and just smells money! all the way.
31. OSH Gallery
Established in 2013, Osh is a privately owned art gallery in Lagos located at Herbert Macaulay road, Yaba. If you’re an art enthusiast who has adrenalin rush at the thought of having topical discussions on art, Osh is calling you.
32. Rele gallery
Rele gallery is located at Onikan, Lagos. Opened in 2010, it is a gallery which delights itself in showcasing artworks of young contemporary artists with unconventional arts exhibitions.
33. Tafawa Balewa Square
The 14.5-hectare (35.8-acre) ceremonial ground is located at Onikan, Lagos and is popularly referred to as ‘TBS’ is one of the top spots to visit in Lagos. This square is particularly significant as this was where Nigeria’s independence celebration took place. It has served as host locations for big events in Lagos including gospel show called the experience, Lagos carnival, Lagos international trade fair, and more.
34. The soul lounge
The Soul Lounge is a cool and in-vogue place and one of the top spots to visit in Lagos. Located within The Palms Shopping Mall, the lounge offers food and drinks in a revitalizing environment. They have special TGIF packages every Friday and it’s open daily until 3.30 am.
35. The Escape Room
This is the first live adventure game in Lagos. It is one of the spots to visit in Lagos if you crave some dark time and secret adventure. Participants (usually 2-6 at a time) are locked in a room where they are given 60 minutes to use clues, puzzles, brain teasers to set themselves free. Each is set around selected themes tailored for family occasions, romantic outings etc. Not to worry the game can be ended at any time by the participants pressing a panic button in the room. If you want fun mixed with wit, this is definitely a great escape!
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