Lagos Travel Guide: Top 10 Things to Do and See in Lagos

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Experience Lagos “the city that never sleeps” and see why it is the second fastest growing city and entertainment hub in Africa. Made up of two major parts, Lagos Mainland and Lagos Island are connected by “the third mainland bridge” which is the longest bridge in West Africa. The bridge extends from the mainland, over lagoons and provides a welcome to this city of over 16 million people.

With several must-see attractions, exotic beaches, some of the best hotels in Lagos and an enviable nightlife, Lagos city offers you an enjoyable and unforgettable experience.

When visiting a new city, we realize it’s hard to stay on top of what’s happening and the pressure to see and do a lot of things can be overwhelming. That is why a list of the top fun things we think every visitor to Lagos should see and do have been curated just for you.

Top things to do and see in Lagos

1. Attend Concerts:

Lagos plays host to several mega concerts, its mostly hard to keep up. If you are looking for fun and excitement, here is an opportunity to confirm the saying “there ain’t no party like a lagos party”. You will find some of Africa’s biggest music stars and celebrities performing at most of these concerts, especially during the festive period and holidays.

Multi-award winning artistes and A-list celebrities are ready to thrill fun seeker. “One Lagos Fiesta”, “Lagos Mainland Concert” and “Live in Lagos concert” are some of the biggest concerts held annually in Lagos. Join other fun seekers yelling their favorite musical lyrics at the top of their voice.

From musical performances to fashion exhibitions and visual arts, many of these events offer something for everyone.

Concert

Concert ©mikewallimages/Pixabay

2. Go Kayaking:

Kayaking

Kayaking ©Feyisayo Adeyemi

If you are looking for things to occupy yourself in Lagos other than the night life, kayaking is perfect for you. See the bustling metropolis from another angle and take advantage of its shoreline for public enjoyment and relaxation. There is a brief tutorial available for first timers. Kayaking is a refreshingly different way to spend time in the city of Lagos.

3. Relax at a Beach Resort in Lagos:

Although a commercial mega city, Lagos is known for its beach resorts. They serve as an ideal getaway from the hassle and bustle of daily life in the city. There are several beautiful beach resorts in Lagos perfect as holiday destinations and romantic getaways.

At beach resorts in Lagos, you can engage in exciting fun activities like beach football, canoeing, beach volleyball, hiking, swimming, fishing and horse riding.

Some of the best resorts in Lagos are;

Beach Resort

Resort ©rmac8oppo/Pixabay

4. Motorcycle Riding in Lasgidi:

Bike Riding

Biker ©Skeeze/Pixabay

Even the traffic capital of the Africa, Lagos hasn’t been able to resist the fun of motorcycles and maybe you won’t, either. If you are looking for adventure, try taking a bike riding course for beginners at any of power bike training school in Lagos. Learn how to ride safely and with practice become a graceful and effortless rider.

5. Visit Art Galleries:

Explore the richness of Nigeria’s different culture portrayed through art. Visit any of the art galleries in Lagos and find various pieces of art works by amazingly talented Nigerian artists, some of who have garnered international recognition.

With the rise in number of new art galleries popping up in Lagos, every art enthusiast will have the opportunity to see a fine selection art works from both established and emerging contemporary Nigerian and international artists.

Some of the major art galleries in Lagos are;

  • Rele Art Gallery
  • Alexis Art Gallery
  • Nike Art Gallery
  • Red Door Gallery
  • Rashad Art Gallery
  • Nimbus Gallery
  • Negro Art Gallery
  • Omenka Gallery
  • Nkem Gallery
  • Mydrim Gallery
  • Monsoon Gallery of Art
  • Art Twenty One Gallery
  • Terra Kulture

6. Explore Hi Impact Planet Lagos:

Visit Hi Impact Planet, an amusement park and resort located on the outskirts of Lagos. It is a spectacular themed park that lies on a large area of about 185,000 acres of land space with all the facilities needed to have an exciting time.

The facilities at the amusement pack range from over 60 exotic rides to animation studios and water-mania. You can also enjoy games like table soccer, bowling and snookers. Watch movies in the 12D cinema, enjoy indoor games and fly in the 10-seater Hi-Impact air plane. A visit to the park promises to be so much fun.

7. Museums:

Discover the remarkable history of Nigeria and its people by visiting any of the museums in Lagos.

Museums are the perfect place to best experience Nigeria’s history, art and culture. Visit any of these museums for a quick burst of culture and entertainment.

Find a notable collection of arts, ancient wonders, archeological and ethnographic exhibits from across Nigeria. See beautiful carvings, historical statues and monuments.

Some of the major historical museums in Lagos are;

  • The Legacy Nigerian Railway Museum
  • Nigerian National Museum, Lagos
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Lagos
  • Didi Museum
  • Kalakuta Republic Museum
  • Black Heritage Museum, Badagry
  • Awolowo’s Prison Home

8. Try out various Local Culinary Delights:

Are you looking to try out the famous “Nigeria Jollof Rice” or other amazing African meals? Thankfully, Lagos boasts of a vibrant culinary scene with several bars and restaurants, each with its own signature touch. Visit one of the restaurants in Lagos for a taste of Nigerian Cuisine.

Nigerian Jollof Rice

Nigerian Jollof Rice ©Africaranking

African food has evolved over the centuries, reflecting influences from various places around the world. The typical African menu will include meals that combines the best of European and Asian foods molded to suit local taste. From spicy soups to full course African dishes, enjoy various African meals and cuisine from across the world.

9. Ikeja Saddle Club:

Horse Riding

Horse Riding ©Lindasay/Pixabay

Are you an adventurous spirit? Check out Ikeja Saddle Club and enjoy a world of equestrian activities. There are a variety of equestrian sports to keep you engaged at the 8 hectares green land.
From horse riding and vaulting to dressage, polo practice, jumping, stick and ball. You can be assured on a delightful and memorable experience.

10. A Boat Picnic on Lagos Waters:

A boat picnic epitomizes the saying “Time spent on water is time well spent” and food just seem to taste better when its eaten outside. Picnic Boat Lagos offers a traditional yet relaxing cruising experience. Enjoy the scenic views, the aquatic splendor and experience the unique tranquility that envelops you from the moment you step on board.

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