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Lagos is one of the crown jewels of Africa, and a must-see for anyone on a trip to Nigeria. This active, multi-faceted city has a little something for everyone to enjoy. Here are the top 5 things to do on your first (or next) trip to the beautiful city of Lagos, Nigeria.

Visit Freedom Park

Freedom Park is a huge cultural hub in downtown Lagos Island. The old colonial prison grounds have been revitalized into a center thrumming with art, culture, and recreation. You can find a gallery, a food court, museum, and much more. Annual events like the Lagos Reggae Festival and Eko Theatre Carnival are also held there. There’s always something to do in Freedom Park, guaranteed!

Bask in the Nightlife

In Lagos, the night never really ends on the weekends. On Victoria Island, you’ll find the streets packed with bars and nightclubs, with other highly-regarded establishments in Lekki, Ikeja, and Ikoyi. Some nightclubs make a point to operate on Sundays for tourists and locals alike who are still looking to dance and enjoy the nightlife as much as possible before Monday hits.

Take In The Art Scene

Lagos’ art, music, and literature scene can be found at two fantastic venues: The Jazzhole and Bogobiri. Live music, literature, and great food and drink can be found at both. If you’re an art enthusiast itching to see what the Nigerian art scene has to offer, these are two fantastic starting points among many.

Scuba Dive

Divers, rejoice! Lagos has some beautiful diving locations for certified scuba divers. Check out the Jet Ski Club on Victoria Island for directions to diving hotspots or joining a local dive group if you need a dive buddy for your next underwater excursion.

Enjoy An Owambe Party

Owambe (lit. “it is there” in Yoruba slang) refers to some of the most colorful and fun social events you can find in Lagos, and can include weddings, birthdays, and even remembrance parties. These gatherings are often attended by socialites who are ready to let their hair down in beautiful traditional garb. This, paired with tons of food and drink, live indigenous music, dancing, and general merriment, makes for some extravagant parties in Lagos all year round. Most of the time, pretty much any well-dressed person can participate in an owambe!

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Nigeria is a beautiful country with a lot of fun to offer travelers. You will need both a valid passport and travel visa for entry to the country. Tripadvisor has put together some of the best things to do in Lagos when you visit.

Source: Nike Art Center
  1. Nike Art Center
    This is not only an outstanding art gallery but also a textile museum, run by Nike herself.  The gallery is open 7 days a week often holding art exhibitions, workshops and cultural days. If you’re feeling creative you can take an art course with Nike or go on one of her week-long retreats outside of Lagos in Osun state (Osogbo), Kogi state (Ogidi) and Abuja, all of which you can visit with ‘Nike Tours’. The tours offer overnight accommodation at her guesthouses and partake in creating traditional African crafts such as adire, batik, indigo, beadwork, painting, or carving.

    source: Tripadvisor.com
  2. The Lekki Conservation Centre is a great way to spend the day bird watching, exploring dense jungle areas, taking in the mangrove forests, and viewing aquatic fauna in a natural habitat setting.
    source: Tripadvisor.com
  3. Lekki Market
    Get your shop on at this market where you can find a huge number of bargains. There are paintings, jewelry, fabrics, and more. The key to buying in this marketplace is to haggle and bargain on everything.

    source: Tripadvisor.com
  4. Ikeja City Mall
    This is an indoor collector of shops, grocery store, mobile phone kiosks, and movies. It is a great way to spend an afternoon with the family and a good place to go when the weather is too hot or rainy to explore Lagos outdoors.

    source: Tripadvisor.com
  5. Freedom Park
    A trek through this oasis nestled in Lagos will give you a cultural narrative and historical context that will clue you into the richness and diversity of Nigerian Culture. It is an artistic nirvana from modern to traditional outdoor sculptures. Take a stroll or grab a bite and take in the sites. It’s also a well-known music venue and if you are there at the right time you can catch a show.