Lagos, Nigeria is always a vibe all year round! Lagos, sometimes mistaken for the capital city of Nigeria, is the largest city and serves as a bustling hub for business, arts, technology, fashion, entertainment, politics and also a powerhouse of economic activity.
Lagos is not just a beautiful and chaotic city for me; it’s also a place I call my second home and being a British Nigerian is very much part of my identity. Lagos is a testament to the industrious spirit of the nation, offering a unique taste of its vibrant culture. Our energy as people is truly unmatched. It’s the city that never sleeps! Nigeria, often hailed as “the Giant of Africa” with a population exceeding 190 million, solidifies its status as the most populous nation on the continent.
Whether you’re a first-time visitor to Lagos, a local wanting to explore more of your city, or a Nigerian in the diaspora returning for Detty December and beyond, I share 24 unique and fantastic things to do in Lagos. From exploring fun places in Lagos to engaging in the best activities that capture the city’s spirit, this guide ensures your visit becomes an unforgettable experience. Discover the best of Lagos as I showcase both fun places and things to do, making your stay truly memorable. Don’t worry, I’ve also got families covered with kid-friendly activities to do in Lagos.
How To Stay Connected While in Lagos, Nigeria
Whether you’re using taxis and Uber or exploring Lagos, you’ll want to make sure you stay connected to the internet while you move around. Ajo makes it easier to do this with their e-SIM technology which gives you a digital SIM card that allows you to enjoy seamless data connection without the need for a physical SIM card or worrying about roaming fees across the African continent. Using Ajo is simple to install on your phone and you can get 5% off your data bundle using my code TRAVELWITHJOYCE. You can get started and give it a try with 1 GB of data.
It’s a great and reliable solution for people who are not in Lagos for a long time and are just there for Detty December or Easter. It’s a new technology travellers like me are using which is super convenient. I remember the last time I was in Nigeria, getting a physical SIM card was a bit of a hassle, involving passport registration and was truly a tedious process. Ajo helps you avoid high roaming charges, and stay connected for security, and the best part is you can add, remove, or change networks & data plans instantly. The great thing about Ajo is that you can purchase your e-SIM beforehand. That way when you land at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), having the internet sorted is one less thing to worry about. I also know how much of a pain it is to connect the wifi at the airport.
How Ajo Works:
- Choose your destination (Ghana or Nigeria) and package. Using my discount code TRAVELWITHJOYCE for money off.
- Install your sim using a QR code.
- Activate your sim to stay connected, create new memories & enjoy Nigeria.
What devices are compatible with Ajo’s eSIM?
For iPhone lovers, from iPhone 11 and up, you’re in luck. Android enthusiasts, including Samsung, Google, Huawei, and more, are also covered. Just make sure your phone is unlocked! Even Windows 10 laptops like Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Surface devices are eSIM compatible.
Instagram Pages To Stay Updated with New Places to Visit and Events In Lagos
I always tell people Lagos is an all-year-round destination and not just for a visit to Lagos in December because there’s always something to do in Lagos. I’m always looking for the latest events in Lagos and like discovering new spots to explore when I visit Lagos. These are the following pages I follow for a calendar of events, the newest openings of restaurants, hotels and other places to visit:
- Fomo Lagos – @Fomo.lagos
- Enjoy Ng – @enjoy.ng
- The Lagos Weekender – @thelagosweekender
- AWE Lagos – @aweLagos
- Nothing To Do In Lagos – @nothingtodoinlagos
- Seee Lagos Nigeria – @seeelagos
- The Navia App – @thenaviaapp
- Lagos On A Budget – @lagosonabudget
- My Crawl App – @mycrawlapp
- Lagos Events – @Lagos_events
- Lagos City Info – @lagoscityinfo
Top Things To Do In Lagos
Visit West Africa’s Biggest Art Gallery, Nike Art’s Centre
Start your morning exploring Nike Arts Centre, West Africa’s largest art gallery. There’s a collection of about 8,000 stunning artworks and a must-visit when in Lekki, Lagos. It’s free to enter and opens 10 am – 6 pm on Monday to Saturday and 1 pm – 6 pm on Sundays. You are not allowed to take direct photography on the artworks but you can take pictures and videos of yourself with your phone in the gallery. I had the pleasure of meeting Nike Davies-Okundaye, the owner of Nike Art Centre and she’s one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet. If you want to make the most of the day and save time waiting for other travellers, enjoy the personalised service of a guided private tour.
Go shopping at Lekki Arts and Crafts Market
Just a few minutes’ drive from Nike Arts Centre you can go on a shopping spree in Lekki Arts & Crafts Market to shop for some authentic art, handmade bags, sculptures and more. It is a great place to visit to shop for local artisan goods which make lovely souvenirs too. The prices are quite reasonable but don’t remember to bargain a little bit.
Experience Live Music At Bogobiri House
If you want to see how gifted Nigerians are, come to Bogobiri House in Ikoyi, Lagos to experience an open mic night of talented musicians, artists and comedians every Thursday from 7:30 pm. This is one of my favourite places as it’s a hidden gem and I love live music. There is usually an entrance fee at the door for this event for 2000N (£1.75 /$2.22). Bogobiri House is a one-stop experience as it offers a laidback ambience and is Afrocentric with a restaurant, art gallery, mini library, and a boutique hotel with 16 rooms.
Walk The Longest Canopy Walkway in Africa
- Adults – N1500
- Children below 10 years old – N500
- Walkway trek – N1500
- Canopy Walk – N1500 per person (this amount excludes the entrance fee)
Observe monkeys, crocodiles, and a variety of birds during your visit. Dive deeper into the region’s knowledge by spending time in the centre’s library. Engage in activities such as playing human chess, unwinding under the raffia, exploring fish ponds, and more. Don’t miss the chance to snap a selfie with the 96-year-old tortoise. Challenge yourself to spot various species, including peacocks. You can enjoy the convenience of private, air-conditioned transportation for hotel pick-up and drop-off with a private tour.
Take a Day Trip To Badagry To Learn The Important Black Slave History
Take a Stroll The Freedom Park
Enjoy the beautiful scenery while you relax, sip and watch the convergence at the Freedom Park for a night of entertainment. This is a great place to take nature walks. It’s a simple and free way to soak in the holiday spirit. Other parks to visit are JJT Park, Ndubuisi Can’t Park, Shodex Gardens and Muri Okunola.
Day trip to Abeokuta and Climb Olumo Rock
Get away from the hustle and bustle of Lagos and take a day trip to Abeokuta in Ogun state. You can opt to do a private tour of Olumo Rock Mountain for one of the best panoramic views of Abeokuta. It’s an excellent way to avoid crowds as you travel in a comfortable vehicle equipped with Wi-Fi. Upon reaching Olumo Rock, your guide will share stories about Egba warriors and accompany you on the climb to the peak. I have fond memories of visiting Olumo Rock as a child with my family and learning the important history of how this landmark was used as a natural fortress for the Egbas during inter-tribal warfare in the 19th century.
The tour also highlights the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library and historical artefacts. You will be safely guided through Olumo Rock with a guide to lead the way, travel comfortably in an air-conditioned vehicle, and stay energised for your hike with included snacks.
Go Restaurant Hopping
I may be biased as a Nigerian but Nigeria has some of the best food in the world. There’s a diverse food scene which varies from region to region. You can’t leave Lagos without trying our local foods. From fine dining, and local street food to budget-friendly restaurants, there’s something for everyone. For local food, I recommend going to Ofada Boy (Surulere), and Glover Court Suya (Lekki) and chop Amala at one of the best local food spots at Mama Toyin Foods. Some of my other favourite restaurants are Nok, The Cactus Restaurant, Kingfishers and more.
Relax At The Beach
Lagos is blessed with a long coastline along the Atlantic Ocean and has an abundance of beaches with so many new beach clubs popping up every couple of months!
The newest beach clubs are Wave Beach Club and the Good Beach. Most beaches have an entry fee Also for Detty December, there is always a monthly calendar full of events, parties, and festivals. There is something for everyone! You’ll be spoilt for choice trying to figure out which one to attend. Did you know Lagos has over 30 beaches?
Here’s a list of some of the best beaches to visit in Lagos:
1. La Campagne Tropicana
La Campagne Tropicana is my personal favourite as it offers a variety of activities such as horse riding, kayaking, and jet skiing and is very beautiful. This Beach Resort is not just one of the best beaches in Lagos, but in the whole African continent as well. It spans up to 60 acres on the Atlantic Ocean coast and is surrounded by coconut trees bordered by a lagoon and mangrove forest. La Campagne is the ideal place for an escape. It’s a bit of a drive from central Lagos and recommend getting there early in the morning so you can make the most of your day trip there.
Gate fee: NGN 2,000-NGN 6,000 per person.
2. Box Beach (Sol Oniru by Boxmall Beach)
Box Beach stands out as one of Lagos’ finest private beaches, distinguished as a top-tier beach promenade in Nigeria and the largest container park across the African continent.
The Box offers an immersive experience, functioning as a lifestyle mall, entertainment village, and open forum. Visitors have the opportunity to engage in diverse leisure activities, explore shops, savour meals at restaurants, and unwind along the picturesque beachfront situated on the Atlantic.
Gate Fee: N3,000 – N5,000.
3. Landmark Beach
The Landmark beach in Victoria Island is arguably the most popular in Lagos and a prime spot in Lagos where the sea meets fun and activities all year round. It’s home to popular venues like the Hard Rock Cafe, Shiro restaurant, and the Landmark Event Centre, providing leisure and recreational activities for adults and children.
Gate fee: N3,500 per person.
4. The Good Beach
The Good Beach, situated in Lagos, is a delightful beach club designed to provide a tranquil escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. This trendy beach club offers a perfect setting for immersing yourself in the soothing ocean breeze, soft white beach sands, and a serene atmosphere. Enjoy the calming ocean breeze and gaze at the azure blue sky that hosts beautiful birds. Spanning the Atlantic coastline, Good Beach serves as the ideal destination for a weekend retreat, whether you’re seeking solitude or planning a getaway with friends.
Gate fee: N4,000 – N5,000.
5. Moist Beach
Moist Beach is a private beach in Lagos; it’s a calm but thrilling beach that draws you in with its ambience and wonders. They do a lot of cool events here. One of my most memorable times was spending New Year’s at their beach club and it was such a vibe.
Gate fee: N1,000
Explore Lagos With Exp Lagos on the Danfo Bus
EXP Lagos is a tourism co. that aims to connect ppl with experiences within their city. Via local resources, they keep connections unique & affordable. Every first Friday of the month you get on a bus with a group of strangers and enjoy different food and fun activities as they shuttle you around Lagos. This is a unique experience I really enjoyed in Lagos and is a great way to meet other young people. The fee is N3,500.
Attend a Nigerian Wedding or Owambe Event
Owambe is a Yoruba word which translates to “it is there”. It is the general name used to refer to parties thrown in Nigeria, especially by the Yoruba people. Yoruba people love to party. I promise you won’t leave a Nigerian wedding empty-handed. They go all out to celebrate anything worth celebrating, be it wedding ceremonies, birthdays, housewarming, retirement, funerals of the old and aged, and even graduations. Nigerians love to celebrate everything.
Enjoy Nightlife in Lagos’s Many Nightclubs, Bars and Lounges
One thing Lagos is infamous for is the nightlife! Nigerians can party all night until the sunrise. With Nigerian music reigning in afrobeat and globally, you’re spoilt for choice with many places to enjoy music in Lagos. Some clubs I recommend visiting are Zaza and The Library. If you’re looking for a different scenery I recommend visiting waterfront lounges such as Kingfisher, Bolivar, Redbar, and the View Rooftop lounge in Lekki. For other night events and bars, go to The Sky Bar and Obi’s House.
Watch a Live Play at The Terra Kulture
If you’re into theatres and live plays, you can enjoy immersive and fun plays at the Terra Kulture. They have plays running throughout the year with tickets starting from N7,000. You can check their website and Instagram page for more information on the latest shows.
Visit The Kalakuta Republic Museum
Explore the Kalakuta Republic Museum, a distinctive speciality museum that delves into the singular subject of legendary Afrobeat icon, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s life and legacy. Situated at the very place Fela called home, the current location of the museum preserves every facet of his final days. From personal items like toothbrushes and soap to clothing items like pants and shoes, the museum showcases an extensive collection, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to step into Fela’s world and relive his experiences. Kalakuta Republic Museum also houses a boutique hotel (which I had the pleasure of staying there), gallery and rooftop bar. If you do stay at the hotel, you can visit the museum for free.
Channel Your Inner Picasso in a Sip and Paint Class
Shop Local at Lagos’s Biggest Open-air Market
At Balogun market, you can find almost anything at Lagos’s biggest open-air market. From household goods, fruits and vegetables, Ankara fabric and so much more. Visiting this market can be overwhelming if you are not used to large crowds so I’ll recommend making your way here early in the morning with a local.
Decorate Your Own Pottery or Enjoy a Basket-weaving class
If you’re looking for fun arts & crafts activities such as Basket weaving and pottery class to do by yourself, with friends or as a team-building exercise, then Breather is recommended. They offer social and private events and they also do arts and crafts for kids at Kids Craft ng. if you prefer painting with ceramics, Paint and Bake is the first ceramic café in Nigeria that offers this kind of activity.
Relax at OMA Spa
If there’s anything guaranteed in Lagos is the crazy traffic and a well-deserved spa afternoon at Oma Spa makes sense to unwind and relax. If you’re into fitness and wellbeing, they also offer pilates reformers classes.
Enjoy a Candle-making Experience at The Chandler Bar
Lohn is a Chandler bar in Lagos where you can experience personalised candle-making classes. Class takes a maximum of 10 and a minimum of 2 people and you must book 24 hours in advance. Children who are 10 years old and above are also welcome. It’s a fun activity for a date night, a special occasion or even a team bonding activity with friends.
150 grams candle vessel – N40,000
380 grams candle vessel – N70,000
Explore The Art Scene and Culture With a Visit To These Galleries
Lagos has an incredible and thriving scene which has grown considerably over the last few years and it’s sometimes hard to keep up with all the new galleries here in Lagos. If you an art lover, you have to immerse yourself in the beautiful artworks are these art galleries. Some, but not all of these listed galleries are free to enter.
Visit the following art galleries:
- O’Da art gallery – @o.da_art
- Soto gallery – @sotogallery
- Ko Art gallery – @ko_artspace
- Art twenty-one – @arttwentyone
- Alliance francaise de Lagos – @af.lagos
- 16by16 – @16by16
- Thought Pyramid Lagos – @thoughtpyramidlagos_
- Mydrim gallery – @mydrim_gallery
- Windsor Gallery – @windsor.gallery_lagos
Watch a Concert at The New Afrika Shrine
The New Afrika Shrine is an open-air entertainment centre located in Ikeja, Lagos State. It serves as the host location of the annual Felabration music festival. It is run by the Fela Kuti family to keep Fela Kuti’s legacy alive and you can enjoy a like concert from Femi Kuti, Made Kuti and sometimes Seun Kuti.
Enjoy an Evening Boat Trip and Seafood at Kingfishers
Head down to Kingfishers before sunset on Thursdays for their tropical Thursdays, enjoying seafood with a live DJ bringing the best Afrobeat music to you. There’s also a boat cruise you can do for N10,000 from 9 pm. You will need to enquire and make a reservation.
Wine Tasting With The Wine Club Lagos
Immerse yourself in the delightful world of wine tasting in Lagos. Discover the city’s rich cultural tapestry through the diverse flavours encapsulated in each glass. Whether you’re a seasoned wine enthusiast or a newcomer, the Wine Tasting Club is a Private Members’ Club that provides a unique and enjoyable experience in Lagos.
Try Your Hand at Golfing at Lakowe Lakes
Lakowe Lakes Golf & Country Club in Lekki offers a nice getaway in Lagos with an exclusive 308-hectare residential golf estate. The Lakowe Lakes Golf Course is an 18-hole, par-72 championship course that offers a golfing experience suitable for both seasoned golfers and beginners alike. You can book a stay here and enjoy the scenic view of the lake, go for a swim, or make use of the tennis court or gym. The Room rates range from N110,000 – N290,000 depending on your accommodation choice. transportation within the resort is free, you can always walk or call to get picked up. You can relax on a boat ride and they offer different packages from N8,500 – N20,000 with some packages coming with food.
From its bustling fun activities to its rich cultural heritage, Lagos is a city that truly never sleeps. As a Nigerian who visits this city bi-annually, I can attest to its unique energy and enjoyment Lagos has to offer. Whether you’re in Lagos for Detty December or any other time, the city’s dynamic atmosphere ensures an unforgettable experience. From exploring fun places to engaging in unique activities, this guide provides a comprehensive glimpse into the heart of Lagos. Whether it’s exploring art galleries, relaxing at beautiful beaches, or attending a Nigerian wedding, Lagos caters to a wide range of interests. The city’s thriving cultural scene, showcased through events like Felabration at the New Afrika Shrine and live plays at the Terra Culture, adds another layer to the Lagos experience. Hope you found this blog post useful.
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