Fun Things to do / places to visit in Lagos, Nigeria
Have you ever wondered why despite the liveliness of Lagos, people still literally search for fun things to do in Lagos? Who would think that a certain portion of Lagosians is literally in search for fun places and spots to visit.
I will take a wild guess: stress!
Stress has its notorious way of blocking out your fun nerves. After the daily hustle and bustle, creativity is so out the window.
After the mad Lagos traffic, all you want to do is lay in bed all day until you begin to pant for some fun to cool off.
Whether you are a long-standing Lagosian or you are coming into town for the first time, this list is everything you need to catch fun in Lagos.
Trust this one to be as useful, comprehensive and as informative for you.
Visit the beach
Lagos beaches are one of the most popular places to visit in Lagos. This looks to me like one of the options that quickly jumps out at people who want to do fun things in the city.
So strap up your beach sandals, we are going for some sea side fun.
If you don’t have an idea of where to start from or what set of beaches to explore, don’t worry, I have got you covered.
I have a very lush list of Lagos beaches that have been reviewed, I will put their links just below. You can check their addresses, find out their gate fee and how to get there in the reviews. Just click on each one of them for all the information you need
Some of the fun things you can do while at any of the Lagos beaches are to go horse riding, pack coral sea shells, take photo shoots, build sand castles, play on the sea bank, play games, dance, get involved in group competitions and make new Lagos friends.
Kayaking in Lagos is becoming popular by the day. A lot of people are beginning to overcome their fear of the sea.
If this will ever be the first time you are kayaking in Lagos, take it from me, it is going to be an experience.
If you are really interested in going for kayaking and you are wondering how to get this started, where to go to and other stuff, say so in the comments section.
I can recommend a few kayaking tour guides that I trust to bring you the best of kayaking experience in Lagos. Your budget is going to be between 3,000 Naira and 10,000 Naira. This depends on how long you want to kayak for and the package it comes with. Packages like feeding, photos etc..
If however, you want to go solo, here are a few spots to try for kayaking in Lagos:
Omu resort – Omu Resort Ibeju Lekki, Address, 1 Asiwaju Bola Tinubu Way, Ibeju, Lekki
Inagbe resort – 13, Abimbola Okunlaja Close, off Oladimeji Alao, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.
Phone numbers to call: 08170885223, 08170885261,08170885231,08170885245, 08170885270
Email address: email@example.com
Lil Zanzibar – Eleko, Lagos, Nigeria; 0909 040 8147; www.lilzanzibar.com
La Campagne Tropicana – Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos; La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort Ibeju-Lekki, Address ; 0805 222 5226
Go to a restaurant you haven’t visited before
Restaurants in Lagos can be very cool if you know where to look. You might want to go based on a recommendation.
If you are up for this, check out reviews of popular Lagos restaurants before you visit any. This will give you an idea of places you are certain to enjoy on the first-time visit.
Some of the restaurants you might want to check out;
RSVP Lagos– 9 Eletu Ogabi St, Victoria Island 101001, Lagos
The Yellow Chilli – 27, Oju Olobun Close, Off Bishop Oluwole Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. +234 17100958
Eko sky restaurant and lounge – 1415 Adetokunbo, Ademola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. +234 1 2772700
Bungalow restaurant – Plot 1296 Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.+234 803 403 0129
Rodizzio – Rodizzio, 29, Isaac John Street, G.R.A. Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria. +234 703 004 4414
Veggie Victory – Freedom Park – Old Prison Ground Broad Street, No.1 Hospital Road, Lagos, Nigeria. +234 808 975 0576
Domino’s pizza – Check out full information, including all the branches of domino’s pizza here
Visit a park or conservation centre
One of the most popular conservation centres in Lagos Lekki conservation centre. People literally go to this spot for weekend fun and mini vacations.
You should have seen LCC during the holidays. Why wouldn’t they though?
Lekki conservation centre is where we have the longest canopy walk in Africa. You don’t even want to visit and come back without climbing.
For full details, everything you need to know, things to take along and what to do at Lekki conservation centre, click here.
Other parks and centres you might like to visit
- Freedom Park, Lagos
- Lufasi nature park
- Jhalobia Recreation Park & Garden
- Funtopia water park
- Dreamworld Africana
- Apapa Amusement Park
- Muri Okunola Park
- Kernel park
- Lagoon view gardens
- Eden parks and gardens
Well, this may have a lot to do with your pocket but if you don’t mind, shopping in Lagos is a whole new experience for you. With the inexhaustible list of shopping malls in Lagos, trust that you are going to have fun walking around.
If you are not going to spend, how about window shopping? Thankfully, you have a lot to window shop for in Lagos shopping spots.
It would make the most sense to go with a friend or a group of people if you don’t want to miss out on the fun.
A few shopping malls in Lagos to try out:
1. Shoprite shopping mall
2. Maryland shopping mall
4. Adebola shopping mall
5. Leisure Mall
6. Tejuosho ultra-modern shopping centre
7. Jaja complex
8. The Palms shopping mall
10 Ikeja city mall
Visit the cinema
The cinema happens to be top of my favorite fun spots in Lagos. It’s no wonder really, I kind of dig into movies a lot.
It’s much more relaxing for me when I go alone. You can go alone or with people, your choice.
Check out movies you want to see before visiting or go for an impromptu movie date with someone or with yourself.
A list of popular cinemas in Lagos
- Ozone cinemas
- Genesis cinemas
- Silverbird Cinemas
- Filmhouse cinemas
Take a train
I bet this would be fun. Commuting in a train within Lagos is a whole new experience on its own.
You can try to find out the closest/nearest train station from where you are and board it just for fun to somewhere else.
Because train rides are not the best of rides to experience all by yourself, you might want to go with people. Remember to take pictures if this is your first time.
A much less daring fun is to board the yellow Lagos danfo buses for a whole day. No Taxify, Uber or personal car ride. Please note that this kind of Lagos fun is for the restless and courageous.
Go to the market
Well, not everytime online shopping. Lagos markets are a totally different world. It is in Lagos markets you understand what your mum means by Lagos sharpness.
You will learn how to haggle, negotiate and be your own security guard all at the same time. Additional goodness is that you might find really good deals you never ever thought of.
One thing about Lagos markets, large or small is how much of impromptu buying goes on. That in itself is so much fun.
I would like to mention that computer village is that one market you don’t want to forget to enter.
It is a whole new experience and dimension on its own. If you can do crowd, don’t mind noise and are up for some haggling and market insults, visit computer village. That may be the fun you need for an evening.
Here is a brief list of popular markets in Lagos to try
- Alaba international market
- Balogun Market
- Bar Beach Market
- Lekki Market
- Mushin market
- Oyingbo Market
- Mile 12 Market
- Oshodi Market
- Rauf Aregbesola Market
- Téjúoshó Market
- Computer Village
- Ekpe Fish Market
- Ikotun Market
- Idumota Market
- Isale Eko Market
- Jankarra Market
- Ladipo Market
- Yaba market
Visit University of Lagos
You don’t want to be in Lagos and not visit the popular UNILAG in Akoka. A one time visit is enough.
Try to do this when the students are in session. If you have the luxury of time and favorable distance away, you might want to visit the University of Lagos in the night.
This is a totally different world on its own. The kind of energy, food choices, slangs, culture, and shenanigans of the campus is a good place to start for some Lagos fun.
Hopefully, you get to make a few random friends. Don’t forget to take pictures.
A brief guide is in order especially if you are visiting for the first time. Here are some interesting things to do in Unilag: visit the radio station (Unilag 103.1 fm), check out the lagoon front, sit and gist at the Senate love garden, visit Adetokunbo Sofoluwe park, go for a morning/evening run, check out the coffee shop.
Attend Lagos Owambe
Lagos owambes are a must attend. If you never ever check out anything or anywhere in Lagos, please make sure to attend an owambe in Lagos.
If you want to be fully involved and are up for it, buy the aso ebi and give to a good tailor. Have yourself some Lagos party fun.
A note of warning: owambes are better attended in groups. You want to have people to take your pictures, tease you and do event gossip with.
This one thing you would never miss at Lagos owambes, Yoruba demons. And of course, slay queens. Lagos owambes are a whole new experience, trust me.
Visit the museum and other cultural centers
The Nike art gallery stands out among a few. The National Museum in Lagos is also one nice place to visit.
Others to check are
- Kalakuta museum
- Mindscapes children museum
- Didi museum
- Terra Kulture
- Nimbus gallery
- Rele gallery
What did I miss? Please share other fun things and spots to visit in Nigeria in the comments section. You can also ask questions in there. If I cannot provide answers, someone else wil definitely be able to.