Top Tourist Attractions & Things to do in Lagos State

Top Tourist Attractions & Things to do in Lagos State
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Are you new in Lagos State or planning to visit the state? This piece on Top tourist attractions and things to do in Lagos state will help you with the basic things you need to know about Lagos hotspots.

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Tourist Attractions & Things to do in Lagos – An Introduction


I have never spoken with Christopher McDougall, but I believe this famous quote from his book – Born to Run, would have been inspired by living in Lagos.

Lagos, popularly known as ‘Eko’ is a megacity, a commercial nerve, and one of the most populated states in Nigeria.

It provides residents and visitors with endless sights, sounds, and activities. There are tons of recreational places like beaches, resorts, museums, art centers, markets, malls, etc.

There’s also an abundance of historical and cultural landmarks in Lagos.

Comprehensively, Lagos is a tourist attraction for everyone, whether you’re there alone, with friends, or with family.

This article will cover the top Lagos attractions when it comes to tourism in Lagos, Nigeria. 

Before we proceed, let’s do a quick preview of the map of Lagos State.

Map of Lagos State

Map of Lagos State - Information to Know
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Top Tourist Attractions and Things to do in Lagos State

The National Museum

You may not know a lot about Nigeria until you visit the National Museum that is located around the Muson Center in Onikan.

It is a historical and cultural destination in the country and an excellent place to see ancient distinguished Nigerian archaeological and ethnographic artworks.

It was established in 1957, just before Nigeria gained independence, and has been a source of tourism in Lagos, Nigeria.

This museum houses the bullet-ridden car of the country’s former Head of State – late General Murtala Mohammed, who was assassinated in 1976, during one of the military coups in Nigeria.

It also has galleries dedicated to brasses from Benin City, Nok Terracottas, etc.

You can also take mind-blowing selfies here if you are the picture taking person.

 The Lekki Conservation Center

Tourists having fun at the Lekki Conservation Center. (Video Credit: Black and Ginger)

The Lekki Conservation Center, located at Lekki Conservation Centre Road in Lekki Peninsula, is a 78-hectare (190-acre) natural resource tourist attraction in Lekki, Lagos state.

It is the best place to see natural savannah habitats and swamps that have wildlife activities and is located in one of the best areas to stay in Lagos.

You get to immerse yourself in the beauties of nature on the amazing tour of this center.

You can even climb above tree canopies on the longest canopy bridge walk in Africa.

The canopy walk is about 401-meter long and is amongst the most visited tourist attractions in Lagos Island, Lagos State.

It is an engineering feat and a wonderful suspended swinging bridge walkway.

The family Park is a world-class picnic haven and offers nature walks, picnic & sporting facilities that other tourist attractions in Lekki don’t offer.

The New Afrika Shrine

Inside the New African Shrine (Video Credit: Goge Africa)

The original shrine was built by Afrobeat Legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti in 1970 and was unfortunately burnt down in 1977.

The New Afrika Shrine, which is amongst the top places to visit in Lagos Mainland, was built as a replacement and is managed by his children.

The New Afrika Shrine is an entertainment sanctuary. It is the host location of the annual Felabration music festival.

The tourist center is among the fun places in Ikeja Lagos, an area with several top-class hotels, and mentioned as one of the top places to stay in Lagos.

Fela shrine is a place to catch real fun as it showcases photo galleries of Fela and music performances by Femi Kuti and Seun Kuti, thus making it a top tourist attraction in Lagos.

You can visit the shrine on Thursday night for a free show with Femi Kuti.

Similarly, on the last Saturdays of the month, Seun Kuti, the last of the Fela’s boys, does his thing on stage.

You can get a drink for less than N2000 here and enjoy afrobeat music.

This open-air entertainment center is located on Adeleye St, Ikeja, Lagos.

The best time to visit is during the annual Felabration music festival. But you can also stop by on Thursday and Sunday when Femi Kuti plays and the last Saturday of the month when the energetic Seun Kuti plays.

When you’re there, know that you’re having a good time at one of the most visited tourist attractions in Ikeja Lagos, Nigeria.

The Freedom Park

Freedom Park Lagos Nigeria - Information to Know
Freedom Park, Lagos, Nigeria

Architect Theo Lawson designed and constructed the park and it was structured to preserve the history and cultural heritage of Nigerians.

The Freedom Park is a memorial and leisure park area in the middle of Lagos Island, Nigeria, formerly Her Majesty’s Broad Street Prison.

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-anniversary independence celebration in October 2010.

The Park serves as a National Memorial, a Historical landmark, a Cultural site, Arts and Recreation Center.

It has an open-air stage, museum, amphitheater, and Wole Soyinka Gallery.

Most events that happen here are free, but the entrance fee is N200, and the food and drinks prices are reasonable.

Although built as a conservative of culture and heritage, the park has also become a venue for social events and a top tourist attraction in Lagos, Nigeria.

Nike Art Gallery

A view of Nike Art Gallery (Video Credit: Anyiko Owoko)

You can rarely discuss tourism in Lagos, Nigeria, without mentioning this art gallery.

Nike Art Gallery is arguably the most extensive art gallery in West Africa, and Nike Davies-Okundaye owns it.

The art gallery is on No. 2, Elegushi Road, 3rd Roundabout, Epe Expressway, Lekki Lagos.

Housed in a five-storey tall building, it boasts of a collection of about 8,000 diverse artworks from various Nigerian artists. The gallery offers a total Nigerian experience.

Tourists are welcomed with drumming and singing by the hospitable staff of the gallery in full Nigerian costume.

Even for local tourists, the experience at Nike Gallery is exciting.

First, there is the adire/batik crash workshop that trains visitors on how to make batik, then, the taste of traditional Nigerian delicacies like akara and puff puff.

There is a dance class that tests one’s flexibility and foot dexterity.

The biggest thrill is roaming the place filled to the brim with old, classic, and modern Nigerian artworks in different media.

One could spend hours moving around the work. Nike Gallery experience is always something tourists look forward to.

Fortunately, the gallery is open seven days a week, often holding art exhibitions, workshops, and cultural days. 

Terra Kulture

Terra Kulture is the one-stop tourist attraction for creative arts. This includes literature, language, drama, visual arts, comedy, culinary, music, film, fashion design, and dance.

You can’t get all that art in one place anywhere else in Lagos.

This artistic place is on plot 1376, Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, Eti Osa, Lagos.

Terra Kulture promotes the richness and diversity of Nigerian languages, arts, and culture.

It has several arms that aim to do that. The arms are;

  • The Language School
  • The Craft Shop
  • A Reading Centre with current books on Nigeria
  • A Gallery,
  • A Multi-purpose Hall.

The hall has facilities for drama presentations, conferences, and seminars, and the place has a cozy restaurant portraying the richness of Nigerian Cuisine.

It offers some delicacies you can’t find in other restaurants in Lagos.

TK is the home to contemporary visual arts and theatre arts in Nigeria.

It houses over one thousand collections of art pieces from all across Nigeria. The TK also hosts book reading events and organizes exhibitions and excursions for school children, foreigners, and Nigerian.

It has hosted book readings by renowned authors such as Chimamanda Adichie, Sefi Atta, and Wole Soyinka in the past.

With its 250-seater hall for Nigerian arts and culture, it is undoubtedly one of those popular tourist spots in Lagos Nigeria.

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Conclusion on Top tourist Attractions and Top Things to do in Lagos State

Lagos is truly a beautiful and vibrant city with lots of tourist attractions and things to do.

If these top tourist attractions and top things to do in Lagos state don’t catch your eye, Lagos noise and people will.

So, if you’re looking for things to do in Lagos this weekend, you sure have options to choose from.

Note that there are several hotels in Lagos State where you can lodge while in the city.

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