Lagos, Africa’s most populous and fastest growing city is a place that is akin to Dolly Parton’s popular hit track Coat of many colours. The city, located on the West Coast of Africa is simply known for aquatic splendor. We introduce to you 50 sights that make Lagos Africa’s Mecca for tourists.
1. La Manga Luxury Beach
This is a piece of paradise nested along the Atlantic Ocean on the beautiful and alluring Island of Ilashe in Lagos. It borders the Badagry Creek and surrounded by luscious, towering coconut trees. It has villas, each with lavished suite with rooftop Jacuzzi and private lounge, sizable swimming pool, massage room, beachfront living room with open lounge, furnished kitchen, bar and poolside barbeque grill area.
2. National Museum
Located in Onikan, Lagos, the National Museum displays contemporary arts and historical monuments.The main attractions at the museum are the Nok Terracotta and galleries dedicated to brasses from Benin City, etc. Another gallery dedicated to traditional symbols of power contains carved ivory and a host of royal crowns. The museum also houses the bullet-riddled car in which the country’s former Head of State, late General Murtala Mohammed was assassinated in 1976.
3. Nike Art Gallery
This is a privately owned Art Gallery. Nike Okundaye’s gallery is arguably one of the top art galleries around. She took this initiative with the core principle to inculcate cultural heritage into the people of Nigeria. Each and every branch of the art gallery includes a mixture of the culture of ethnic, contemporary, orthodox and traditional artworks.
4. Apapa Amusement Park
For years, Apapa Amusement Park was one of the thrilling sights in Lagos. The park spans an area of approximately 7.7 acres. The park reopened after a three-year closure and complete makeover in 2015. Since then it has remained one of the best fun spots the state can boast of. It is indeed a tourist’s attraction.
5. Lekki Conservation Centre
This recreational sight has enjoyed growing popularity for over twenty years of its establishment. It is located on a large expanse of land around the Lekki Peninsula. The reserve is a resort that provides the serenity and beauty of nature in a world class environment. First timers to the resort have the opportunity of seeing a rare collection of beautiful pictures of endangered species of animals. In the trees are Mona monkeys and other species of monkeys while the open grasslands are home to bushbucks, Maxwell’s duikers, giant rats, hogs, mongooses and an impressive variety of birdlife. Park rangers are readily available to be your guide into the reserve.
5. Inagbe Grand Resort
Set on the tranquil banks of the magnificent Lagos Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean, Inagbe Grand Resorts and Leisure, a modern Lagos leisure resort that offers total comfort and relaxation ranks among numerous amazing sights that set Lagos ahead of other coastal states. This Lagos beach resort offers pristine beauty especially for those that love nature at its best.
6. Lekki Leisure Lake
Lekki Leisure Lake is located along the Lekki Peninsula in Lagos, it overlooks the Atlantic. Lekki Leisure Lake parades as one of several nice destinations for safe, authentic outdoor fun in Lagos. Tucked away along the Lekki peninsula shoreline, the resort’s cool tranquil lake is host to thrilling aquatic attractions including jet skiing and other exciting watercraft activities. The Leisure Lake is designed for seaside activities where kids and adults can indulge themselves in thrilling and adventurous activities like quad bikes, jet skis, wave boat, pontoon boat, pedal boats.
7. Freedom Park
Freedom Park is a memorial and leisure park in the middle of downtown Lagos. It is a site to behold owing to the history that backs its existence. Freedom Park was formerly Her Majesty’s Broad Street Prison. It was designed by the Architect Theo Lawson. The Park was constructed to preserve the history and cultural heritage of Nigerians. Monuments in the park reveal the Lagos colonial heritage and history of Her Majesty’s Broad Street prisons. It was built to commemorate the 50th independence anniversary celebration in October, 2010. Today, Freedom Park is a venue for diverse social events and recreational entertainment.
8. Cathedral Church of Christ
Just like Freedom Park, Cathedral Church of Christ is a site that has historical backing, hence a monument that is not just a tourist attraction but one of the numerous outstanding sites in Lagos. The foundation stone for the first cathedral building was laid on 29 March 1867 and the cathedral was established in 1869.Construction of the current building to designs by architect Bagan Benjamin started on 1 November 1924. The foundation stone was laid by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) on 21 April 1925.It was completed in 1946. It is popularly known as the Cathedral Church of Christ Marina. It is the oldest Anglican Church in Nigeria. It is currently the seat of the Bishop of Lagos.
9. Tarkwa Bay
Tarkwa Bay sounds echoes even far beyond the shores of the nation. That has made it a destination of tourists and revelers. Tarkwa Bay is an artificially sheltered beach located near the Lagos harbour. Due to its island status, it is only accessible by boat. The beach, popular with swimmers and water-sports enthusiasts, also has a welcoming resident community.
10. Iga Iduganran
Dating back to the 15th century, Lagos Island was originally owned by the island’s first inhabitant, Chief Aromire, an Ile-Ife nobleman, who used it as a fishing post and pepper farm. The ancient palace was initially built in 1670 for Oba Gabaro (1669-1704) and the modern part was completed and commissioned on October 1, 1960 by the Prime Minister of Nigeria, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. The Portuguese added to the ancient building around 1670. Most of the materials used were brought in from Portugal. Recently modernized by the late Oba Adeniji Adele II and Oba Adeyinka Oyekan II, it underwent additional modernization in 2007/8 by the present Oba Akiolu in conjunction with the Lagos State Government and the National Museum.
11. Eleko Beach
Eleko Beach no doubt ranks among Lagos’ breathtaking sites. It has been consistent in being a top ranked recreational spot with lots of peculiarities that make it fascinating. The beach became functional in 1989 as a serene and private beach in the Lekki Peninsula, about 30 miles east of the Lagos Island. Away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis, it usually has an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.
12. Silverbird Galleria
Silverbird Galleria can’t be waved aside as far as excitement in Lagos is concerned. The movie theatre, Silverbird Cinemas, which revolutionized cinema in Nigeria pioneered the first five-screen Cineplex in sub-Saharan Africa.
13. Elegushi Beach
One of the most popular recreational spots in Lagos is Elegushi Beach. Its special attributes have made it a site many would love to catch a glimpse of. Situated around Ikate area of Lekki, It also hosts Copa Lagos, a world famous beach soccer tournament that features best teams from all continents.
14. Kalakuta Museum
This is a museum dedicated to the life and times of the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti. It is located at his former residence at Gbemisola Street, Ikeja Lagos. The museum was renovated by the Lagos State Government and driven by the Kuti family’s steadfast efforts to promote Fela’s music and legacy in Nigeria. As can be expected, on visiting this museum, vestiges of how Fela lived, ranging from his bedroom, sitting rooms, photographs and many of Fela’s clothes are on display.
15. National Art Theatre
Constructed in 1976, National Arts Theatre, which hosted the Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) in 1977, is a multi-purpose national monument for the preservation, presentation and promotion of Nigerian arts and culture.The building is termed “the culture house” which represents one of the most identifiable national symbols about Nigeria arts and culture.
16. Badagry Slave Trade Centre
Badagry, a coastal town in a suburb of Lagos is another notable site. It was a major slave trade departure center between Nigeria, Europe and the Americas. It was a major slave outpost and market during the centuries of slave trade. Badagry is now a long standing thriving tourism site that attracts people of African descent from all over the world who want to experience the history of the slave trade.
17. First Storey Building
The foundation of the building was laid in 1842 while the house was completed in 1845. The white one-storey building has its corrugated iron sheet roof overlooking the marina waterfront. It is the most popular mission house in Badagry because the first sets of missionaries in Nigeria settled at the building. It has six big rooms, four stores, two big sitting rooms, and a safe where precious items were kept. History also has it that it was a place where returnee slaves lodged. Samuel Ajayi Crowther, a returnee slave lived in one of the rooms of the building. From the outside, the building looks old and frail but the wooden staircase looks as strong as ever. In the upper floor of the building, there is a glass containing the English and Yoruba versions of the Bible that was translated by Bishop Ajayi Crowther.
18. Tafawa Balewa Square
The much-celebrated Nigeria independence was achieved with the lowering of the Union Jack and replacement with the green white and green flag of the new nation seconds into October 1, 1960. This glamorous and memorable event took place on the grounds of Tafawa Balewa Square, (TBS), Lagos. It was called Race Course.
Tinubu Square (formerly Independence Square), is an open space landmark located on Broad Street, Lagos Island. It used to be called Ita Tinubu in memory of Madam Efunroye Tinubu, a slave trader and business magnate before it was named Independence Square by leaders of the First Republic, and subsequently Tinubu Square. The square with two flowing fountains, flowers and tropical trees in it has been upgraded to an enviable status by the Lagos State Government. It also contains a life-size statue of Madam Tinubu on a cenotaph.
20. Coconut Resort Beach
Located on the coastal town of Badagry, west of Lagos State, the beautiful beach, as its name implies, is surrounded by coconut trees. It is about twenty miles towards the Nigeria/Republic of Benin border. With the kind of tropical sun that could be enjoyed within the environment, Coconut Beach is an ideal destination for and holidaymakers.
21. Whispering Palm
Situated in a beautiful seaside location, surrounded by palm trees and lush sand, all aiming to create a soothing atmosphere, Whispering Palm Beach Resort has over the years remained choice of revelers and tourists, and as such one of numerous beautiful sites Lagos State boasts of.
22. La Campagne Tropicana Beach
This Africa’s most visited beach resort has everything bright and beautiful. Its location defies all forms of noise, pollution and distractions. This resort offers a unique blend of natural environment that includes a fresh water lake, accessible mangrove forest, a savannah, extensive sandy beach and the warm Atlantic sea. The beach is second to none with 24 hours security.
23. Oniru Beach
Oniru Beach is one thrilling site around. It has proven to be a perfect destination for people looking for a serene, clean and secured environment. The beach is located on Victoria Island and it has a number of bars and beach huts. The most attractive thing about the beach is that it has a secured waterfront which prevents people from getting too far into the Atlantic waters.
24. Suntan Beach
This is another alluring site that is making the Centre of Excellence proud in the Badagry axis of the State. Suntan beach is a place that could be referred to as a hidden jewel for all it boasts of. As with most beaches in the axis, Suntan is covered with beautiful palm trees and huts for people to sit, eat and watch the ocean waves. The quietness is surreal and transports you to another world far away.
25. Epe Resort
Epe Resort is a luxury resort in Lagos nestled in the lush green hillside of a tropical forest, bordering the Lekki Lagoon. This resort is popular among tourists who love nature. Epe Resort and Spa, Lagos is a world class resort which boasts of 40 rooms designed with stonewalls and has a rich dark wood interior. Epe Resort & Spa’s on-site restaurant serves local and continental dishes made from the freshest ingredients bought from Epe’s famous fish market. Guests can also enjoy cocktails by the pool deck.
26. Hermitage Resort
Hermitage Resort is a secluded resort on the untouched Lekki/Ajah Peninsula, a top tourist and vacation destination. Marvel at the luminous beachfront and watch when you put your hands in the water how it magically glows. The luxurious mini-villas which offer wonderful ocean views with its own balcony ranks among striking sites that Lagos is proud of. Watersports are the order of the day. Hermitage simply affords opportunity to explore the interesting nature trail and romantic sunset to round off a perfect day in paradise.
27. EkoTourist Beach Akodo
Eko Tourist Beach Resort is a privately-managed beach that provides fun seekers and picnickers an alternative to the hustle and bustle of conventional city. It’s one of long standing sensational sight that has done Lagos proud.
28. Lekki Beach Resort
Lekki Beach Resort prides itself on superb golf facilities and deluxe accommodation. The resort ranks among Lagos’ breathtaking tourist attractions. The golf course is painstakingly landscaped and is adjacent to the wild Atlantic Ocean front. The exquisite beach is conveniently located off the Epe Express Way.
29. Lekki, Ikoyi Link Bridge
The Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge is a 1.36 km cable-stayed bridge in Lagos. It links the Phase 1 area of Lekki with Ikoyi District of Lagos. It has a 9-metre headroom above water level in order to allow for the flow of maritime traffic.
30. Ikoyi Gulf Club
Ikoyi Club is a private member family club that occupies an enviable area of approximately 456 acres of land and provides first class facilities for about 10, 000 members. On September 29, 1938, Ikoyi Club 1938 officially came into being through the merger of the European Club and Lagos Golf Club. Ikoyi Golf Club, which is one of the oldest sports clubs in Nigeria is one of tourists attractions and a wonderful site Lagos state boasts of.
31. Third Mainland Bridge
It was the longest bridge in Africa until 1996 when The 6th October Bridge located in Cairo was completed. The bridge starts from Oworonshoki which is linked to the Apapa-Oshodi express way and Lagos-Ibadan express way, and ends at the Adeniji Adele Interchange on Lagos Island. There is also a link midway through the bridge that leads to the Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba. The bridge was built by Julius Berger Nigeria PLC and opened by President Ibrahim Babangida in 1990.It measures about 11.8 km in length.
32. New Afrika Shrine
The New Afrika Shrine is an open air entertainment center located off Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos State. It serves as the host location of the annual Felabration music festival. New Afrika Shrine is owned by Femi Kuti and managed by Yeni Kuti. It’s believed to be a replacement of the old Afrika Shrine created in 1970 by late Fela Anikulapo Kuti that was burnt down in 1977.
33. Terra Kulture
Terra Kulture is over a decade in existence. This center became a place to reckon with as a tourist attraction almost immediately it was founded due to its nature. It is a leading art, culture, lifestyle, and educational center. Located in the heart of Victoria Island’s buzzing business district, Terra Kulture serves as the recreational and cultural hub of the neighborhood
34. JJT Park
Named after three former chief executives of Lagos state. JJT which stands for Johnson, Jakande and Tinubu is one of the newest and biggest parks recently opened by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in Alausa Ikeja. It has a water fountain and a scenery that is behold to enjoy. It is opened to public free.
35. Kamp Ikare
Kamp Ikare is a spectacular retreat facility providing the best that Lagos beach life can offer. It is privately owned by Anuradha Mahbubani, an interior designer and entrepreneur. The retreat is situated in a coastal village called Ikare, approximately 45 minutes by speed boat from Lagos mainland. It’s the ultimate beach experience! This spot has been a perfect getaway for couples, friends and even corporate executives.
36. Lagos Boat Club
This is the most popular and one of the highest profile boat clubs that has served as an attraction in Lagos state for many years. Lagos Motor Boat Club (LMBC) is a members-only boating club in the heart of Lagos, Nigeria. The LMBC was founded over 60 years ago and has been a symbol of the city’s well to do. Housed in a white colonial-era building and boasting a view of serene lagoon, the Lagos Motor Boat Club has an unmistakable nautical theme-the wood-paneled bar with a large boat wheel as its centre-piece.
37. Hardrock Café
The evening is enhanced when one takes dining and entertainment expectations to a whole new level at Hardrock Cafe Lagos. Although the cuisine is out of this world, one can do more than grab a bite to eat here. Hardrock Café boasts of state-of-the-art features that includes more than 200 seats, a stage for live performances, and a swimming pool area for adults and kids.
38. Jaekel House
Built in 1898, ‘Jaekel House’, which was set on a large expanse of landscaped land was named after the late Francis Jaekel OBE, a former superintendent of Nigerian Railway Corporation, who retired in the seventies after almost thirty years of service for the corporation. Jaekel House was formally the residence of the General Manager and was later converted to a senior staff rest house. Standing for over 100 years old, the house is an example of classic colonial architecture that was painstakingly restored by Professor John Godwin in 2010.
39. Atican Beach
The Atican Beach Resort is a private beach lying off the Atlantic Ocean in Lagos. The beach, which is situated on Abraham Adesanya Road, Ajah, is beautiful and known for its clean, white sand. Aside from the comfortable lodge, it has over the years served as hub of recreation to fun seekers who love the natural cool and serenity.
40. Funtopia Water Park
Also among attractive sites in Lagos is a complete entertainment park on 2 hectares of land and packed with lively activities for all age groups, Funtopia Water Park, Ibeju-Lekki. It offers 3 giant water slides and 3 interconnecting pools which include an in-pool bar for adults. There are arcade and computer games in ‘Cusco City’, billiards and table tennis in ‘The Shed’ and a wide variety of other activities.
41. Peninsula Resort
Combining modern amenities and historic charm, Peninsula Resort gives privileges of an unforgettable vacation. Peninsula Resort is a top-class resort in Ajah, Lagos. It has well over a decade flown the flag of Lagos as an amazing tourists paradise.
42, Lagos Central Mosque
This architectural edifice in central Lagos used to be the National Mosque until the capital city was moved to Abuja. A commanding structure, it has existed for over 160 years, undergoing renovations and expansions till its present glory. As a site of attraction, it is open to the public except during prayer hours when it admits only Islamic faithfuls.
43. The Palms
The Palms in Lekki, Lagos State has for a long time contributed to leveraging Lagos State’s leading status in its capacity to give a unique feel of fun, leisure and shopping. The high profile The Palms could be described as the pioneer in services provided by mall as it has been a one stop mall that boasts of various facilities to cater for different activities that range from groceries stores, cinema, restaurant, bar and so on.
44. Eko Hotels &Suites
Eko Hotel & Suites is the most prestigious international hotel in Lagos, strategically positioned in the heart of Nigeria’s economic activities. Built on the exclusive Victoria Island, the hotel is spread over three buildings and has spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Kuramo Lagoon. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and magnificent African landscaping, Eko Hotel & Suites has proven to be the place to beat over many years and is no doubt a center of attraction.
45. Jhalobia Recreation Park and Gardens
This is definitely another tourist attraction that has helped keep Lagos at the top of the hospitality industry for many years. The Jhalobia Recreation Park and Gardens is located between the Hajj Camp and Ajao Estate along the Muritala Mohammed International Airport Road, Lagos. A Visit to Jhalobia Recreation Park and Gardens guarantees a tranquil garden experience one cannot forget in a haste.
Bogobiri House is an African-themed Boutique hotel and restaurant located in Ikoyi, Lagos. There’s a library, a gallery, and an art shop in the building. It is a site to behold and appreciate the creative mind.
47. Marina Skyline
Lagos is the most heavily populated and one of the most economically developed cities on the African continent. A concentration of high rise buildings and ongoing mega projects is natural in such cities. With Marina being the axis of Lagos where majority of these high rise buildings are concentrated, it makes for tourist attraction where visitors to the state might love to visit to catch a glimpse of hundreds of high rise buildings in the area.
48. Glover Hall
Located right in the heart of the central business district of Lagos Island on Customs Street, Marina, Glover Memorial Hall, with its one hundred and five years of history in Lagos, is of course a monument that plays a significant part in the history of a people. Its capacity as one of the sites to behold in Lagos can’t be over emphasized.
49. Polo Club, Ikoyi
The Lagos Polo Club is the origin of Polo in Nigeria. It was introduced in the 1900s by British naval officers and was played on an air strip that was shared between Lagos Polo Club and Ikoyi Club. The game of Polo has long gained ground in Nigeria and Ikoyi Polo Club has pari pasu grown in strength as a major place where the game is played.
50. Badagry Black Heritage Museum
The museum is housed in the former district officer’s office, built in 1863. Badagry Black Heritage Museum, founded in part by the Nigerian Cultural Commission, preserves artifacts and records from the slave route that once ran through Badagry. The hundreds of artifacts and historical relics it houses chronicle more than 300 years of the movement of slaves through Lagos.