Top 17 Places to go and things to do in Uyo

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The most popular city in south-south Nigeria, Uyo is a local government area and the capital of  Akwa Ibom- ‘Land Of Promise’, a major oil producing state.

An activity-packed destination featuring culture, outdoor activities, fine museums, attractions and miles of beaches, Uyo  presents a picture of enchanting coastal, mangrove forest, beautiful sand beach resorts, and other interesting places one can visit.

Whether an adventure seeker , movie lovers, golfer, foodie,  shopaholic or collector of random facts, you will find there are so many things to do while visiting. And if you are worried you would not know what to do for fun, Jumia Travel, Africa’s No.1 online hotel booking site has curated a list of the top 17 places to go and fun things to do in Uyo.

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1. Unity Park (Cenotaph):

Unity Park also known as Cenotaph is a popular attraction in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Located at Udo Udoma Avenue close to Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Complex, the public park doubles as a cenotaph for fallen heroes. The Armed Forces Remembrance Day, which is an annual event is held at the Unity Park, Uyo.

You can visit the Unity Park for free during your stay in Uyo. The park is open for social events and recreational activities. The must suitable day of the week to visit for maximum fun is Saturday. Join other tourists and locals for activities ranging from sports to parties.

2. Le Meridien Ibom Hotel & Resort:

Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort, Uyo is the largest Golf Resort in Nigeria. The resort spans over 135 hectares of land and boasts of adequate recreational facilities. Le Meridien Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort, Uyo is a spectacular delight featuring a large outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre/ gym, a sauna, a steam bath, a boutique, golf shop, as well as an exquisite restaurant & bar. Ibom Resort boast of the Marina club which plays host to a number of leisurely activities like Lawn tennis, table tennis, squash, snooker, table soccer and board games. To book a stay at the luxurious rooms at Le Meridien Ibom Hotel, you can make a reservation online and enjoy great deals through Jumia Travel.

3. Amalgamation House:

The Amalgamation House in Uyo is a one storey cottage which holds an historic importance as it was where Lord Lugard proclaimed the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern protectorates of Nigeria in 1914. It is an historical relic of the colonial era and a major point of interest in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Amalgamation House serves as the premier administrative headquarters in Akwa Ibom State before it was moved to the city of Calabar.

4. Presybterian Church Uyo:

The Presybterian Church Uyo is frequented by tourists from around world. The church was built by “Mary Slessor”, the famous missionary who helped stop the killing of twins in the region. The Presybterian Church has become a museum where people come to see the tomb and learn learn about the life and history of Mary Slessor. The church is a tourist attraction and place of interest open to the public for free.

5. Ibom Connection:

Located at the city centre of Uyo, Ibom Connection is an exquisite monument that symbolizes the unity of the people of Akwa Ibom. This magnificient place of interest in Uyo boasts of exquisite art works, aesthetically pleasing flowers. If you are visiting Uyo, check out this amazing landmark to see great pieces of art works, take exciting pictures and learn about the culture and history of Akwa Ibom people.

6. National Museum of Colonial History:

The National Museum of Colonial History which was established 1989 is located at Wellington Bassey Way, P.M.B 1109, Uyo, Akwa Ibom within the Governor’s Office Complex.

The museum boasts of an education centre, a research library and a museum shop.

National Museum of Colonial History features ethnographic pieces, antiques, artefacts, carvings archival and personal items, several publications and the history of Akwa Ibom State creation. The museum also features a spectacular view of boats on the creeks from its shaded waterfront garden.

7. Akwa Ibom International Stadium:

Akwa Ibom International Stadium also known as Godswill Obot Akpabio international Stadium is a 30,000 seater, multi purpose sport complex in Uyo. The ultra mordern stadium is modelled after Allianz Arena in Germany. Regarded as one of the best stadiums in Nigeria, it lays host to several social, religious and cultural events. Some of the facilities at the Akwa Ibom stadium include media facilities, box office, floodlights, a helipad, dressing rooms, generator, 400m standard tracks, emergency exits, 30,000 capacity main bowl, VVIP and VIP areas, warm up facility featuring 6 lane 400m tracks. The stadium is popularly referred to as the champions nest. It is a sports enthusiasts delight.

8. Ekpe Festival:

Enjoy Ekpe Festival annually held in the month of december. Experience the vibrant display of the cultural heritage of Akwa Ibom people during this festival. Ekpe masquerades are usually clad in leopard attires and the masquarade is said to be an ancestral spirit that lives in the jungle. Experiencing this festival will leave you with a memorable experience on Akwa Ibom, its people and culture.

9. Discovery Park:

An idea place to enjoy the perfect blend of a great scenery, fine music and tasty local delicacies, visit the Discovery Park in Uyo to enjoy a relaxing and exciting evening with friends and locals. An ideal place to meet people and make friends, discovery park is features restaurants and stalls that offer delicious local dishes ranging from suya to goat meat peppersoup. The park is usually open daily from 8am to 11pm but opens 1pm and closes 11pm on sundays.

10. Oron Museum:

Are you an art enthusiast visiting Uyo, Akwa Ibom? Oron Museum will leave you with memories to cherish, visit the museum to see various art works, antiques, traditional instruments, attires, pottery and masquerade costumes.

Several carvings and unique historical relics can be found in Oron Museum, you can also a serene view of nearby creeks with boats from the museum.

11. Explore the Uyo Nightlife:

Check out any of the various pubs and nightclubs in Uyo and enjoy live performance from some popular or upcoming music artists. Various alcoholic beverages are in endless supply and there exclusive bars for VIP guests at some of the top night clubs. Many of the pubs also offer delicious barbeque services and are usually open all night till the early hours of the morning.

12. Dog Meat Treat:

Fancy trying a dog meat treat? It is a special delicacy in Uyo, perfect for your tastebuds if you are feeling adventurous. Check out any of the major restaurants in Uyo that offer tasty dog meat cuisines you will relish.

13. Spend some time playing Golf

Le Méridien Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort is a top hotel in Uyo and one of the best hotels in Nigeria as a whole and definitely the most prestigious destination within Uyo City. Aside from the lodging space, restaurants and bars, the Golf resort stands out as an ideal location for any golf enthusiasts and professional alike. The lush greens of the world class 18 hole golf course, creates the right atmosphere for the most challenging memorable golfing experience. Visit the resort and experience a breathtaking view and Tee-off on West Africa’s Premier lush green Golf Resort. The rates start from  N34,500 per room per night in the Deluxe Room or N37,500 per room per night in the Executive Room and the packages include : Unlimited Golf and Complimentary Internet access.

14. Go shopping at Ibom Plaza

Spend the afternoon browsing the incredible deals at Ibom plaza during your fun-filled excursion to Uyo. Along the way, make a stop at the intriguing monument symbolizes the unity of the people of Akwa Ibom state and keep your eyes peeled for some famous local personalities.  The Ibom Plaza also has an open theater and a double-rolled water fountain within the Plaza. Aside from shopping at its shopping centre, you get an opportunity to appreciate modern history, as the unique thing about Ibom Plaza is that it stands out as the first of its kind in the history of city modernization in Nigeria.

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15. Visit Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Center:

Created in the image of Sun City of South Africa and the famous Disneyland in Orlando, Florida, USA, the Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Centre is a marvel.  The center, which is a modern leisure and business resort, stuns every visitor. There is usually a crowd at this location and most times, you are bound to make an acquaintance while strolling through it myriad corridors. Meeting someone new is a good way to create fun memories of any place. All you need is your purse and possibly a selfie stick for picture-perfect moments.

16. Go sight seeing:

This may sound boring as it is a basic tourist activity, but with Uyo, it can yield a rewarding experience. Visit the National Museum in Uyo L.G.A to view some of the finest carvings, relics, artifacts, and other valuable antiquities such as masquerade costumes, traditional instruments, and pottery; the Ibom International Stadium an all-seater national sports stadium home to the Nigerian Super Eagles as well as a center for various social, cultural, and religious events; Lord Lugard’s residence; the presbyterian church; and so many other interesting sites. You are bound to learn so much more about the city, its history, culture and way of life.

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17. Explore Ibeno Beach

A 30 km-long beach of clean sea sand, Ibeno beach is a destination in Uyo that attracts visitors ,not just from neighboring states and cities, but tourists from outside the country on a regular basis. This beautiful sand beach provides recreational facilities with excellent opportunities for water sports. A couple of similar beaches are at Ikot Abasi, Abadia, Nwaniba, and Oron.

If you are not keen on doing anything hectic, such as surfing, you can just have a nice picnic  with friends or play beach volleyball. Either way, you are bound to have fun.

Do you need an ideal place to stay during your visit to Uyo, Akwa Ibom State? You can find the best Hotels in Uyo online through Jumia Travel!

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