Hello there! As we are all very well aware, it’s the Yuletide season already. It’s a time to be together with family and relax, and as such, we would be taking you through a list of Holiday hangout destinations. Check out the list below:
1.) TERRA KULTURE
This is fun spot tilted towards arts aficionados. Over the years, it has filled a niche for art lovers who want to appreciate art, particularly African art.
Tucked at the Victoria Island area of Lagos, the privately-owned center boasts of a library and is fully equipped with Internet facilities with an art shop that displays traditional crafts including batik materials, pottery, tie and dye and mat weaving.
A visit to the center offers one the rare but pleasurable opportunity to see and appreciate Nigerian arts and crafts. Also an attraction is the food court which serves Nigerian and African dishes in abundance and so for fun and art lovers who wish to pay a visit to the center to see the exhibitions or do excursions for school children. It’s a beautiful place for the family to hangout!
2.) LA CAMPAGNE TROPICANA
Hidden in the belly of Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, the unique selling point of this center is its traditional feel. With cabins made from bamboo to monkeys swinging from one tree to the other, the name “Tropicana” really best suits the recreational center.
As of some years ago, the forest inhabits over 7000 monkeys, with a mangrove forest. The cabins each have a talking drum which serves as a doorbell and are all en-suite with a clear view of the ocean.
But one of the most attractive spots is a mini restaurant serving locally made dishes such as yam fries and akara amongst others. Also is the ‘Bole Kaja’, a funky spot which promotes relaxed eating spot, right in front is the Yoru’ Bar.
In this a la carte meals are made to the delight of the visitors and freshly made palm wine is served as drinks.
3.) WHISPERING PALMS
A conference resort center is the Whispering Palms occupying about eight acres of land located in Iworo, Badagry. Lying on the shoreline of the lagoons, the palms offers the beach experience with uninterrupted sounds of the breeze and the gentle waves on the beach.
The Whispering Palms resort is an ideal destination for a family getaway, to bond and spend some quality time with family.
4.) HERMITAGE GARDEN RESORT
With its gleaming beach front, one of the selling point of the Hermitage Garden Resort is its luxurious mini-villas which offer a beautiful view of the ocean.
Located at Lekki/Ajah Penninsular area of Lagos, it has become a top site for vacation. It also boasts of a nature trail for nature lovers who want to commune with nature.
5.) NATIONAL MUSEUM
Touted as one of the oldest tourists centre in Nigeria and Lagos in particular, the National Museum, located at Onikan, Lagos, which was established as far back as 1957, is one great fun spot that never ceases to appeal with its great collections in archaeology, ethnography and traditional art.
6.) EKO TOURIST BEACH RESORT
The resort is a privately-managed beach located along the Lagos-Epe Expressway. Otherwise called the Akodo Beach, the beach has chalets, amusement parks, swimming beach, as well as good furnished rooms and suites.
7.) KAMP IKARE
Another awesome fun spot is Kamp Ikare, a beach resort, which offers a home away from home services. Located at Ikare Village in Lagos, the attraction is the rustic environment and it’s only accessible by boat.
Surrounded by miles and miles of sea, although the resort has a main communal beach house, it also has a six-duplex cabin for visitors and a fully stocked bar.
8.) SILVERBIRD GALLERIA
Although it does not boast of an ancient pedigree like the National Museum and other older fun spots, the Silverbird Galleria, however is a must spot for fun lovers.
Equipped with a modern cinema, shops, boutiques and recreational centres, the galleria, has all the packages of all round entertainment where you can see the latest movies, live concert and shows.
Established in 2004, the five screen-cinema in Lagos has continued to provide Nigerians and fun lovers with entertainment in a package.
Furthermore, it boasts special themes and features for families to come with their children and experience the Yuletide season.
9.) NATIONAL ARTS THEATER
Also one of the old structures that has continue to be a tourist site, the National Arts Theater which was constructed in 1976 to host the popular Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) in 1977.
The multi-purpose national monument, which has continued to serve as a preservation and promotion of Nigerian arts and culture, is located in Iganmu and is the primary centre for the performing arts in Nigeria.
With two cinemas, food court, bars, a 3000-seat capacity auditorium, and a large expanse of green grass, the National Theatre is a wonderful tourist destination and hangout destination for the Christmas holidays.
10.) FREEDOM PARK
Although its practically a newcomer, Freedom Park has certainly come to stay. Located on the site of the colonial prison where prominent Nigerians were jailed then during the colonial era, this site has now been turned to a public space where people throng to relax.
Established by Theo Lawson, the park which is located in the Lagos Island, Lagos, he worked out his vision to transform the colonial prison to a symbol of freedom, as the prison had in times past been used by the British colonial masters to torture and hang in the gallows those that opposed colonial rule of Nigeria.
Determined to ensure that the labours of the heroes past are not forgotten, Lawson designed and built the park in such a way that it would preserve the Lagos colonial heritage and history of the Old Board Street prison.
11.) TAKWA BAY
White sands, whispering pines, and crystals clear water comes to mind once the name Takwa Bay is mentioned. It’s the true wonders of nature displayed. Located at the Atlas cove, the island lives up to the ideals of fun and pleasure.
For fun lovers who want privacy, Takwa Bay is the place to be because it is cut off by a huge wave breaker, which shields the people of the beach. Although primitive in nature, the beach’s attraction is that it is still unspoilt and remains one of nature’s best in Lagos with its white shorelines and foamy bubbles.
12.) LEKKI LEISURE LAKE
Lekki Leisure Lake is a place to relax and enjoy the ambience of the ocean waves in Lagos with some friends, devoid of miscreants and noise, without having to travel too far.
The resort overlooks the Atlantic in the Lekki peninsula area. It is the best destination authentic outdoor fun in Lagos. The resort is a safe and tranquil destination suitable for a family outing, a group adventure or even a fun day out with your significant other.
There you can partake in thrilling adventurous activities like quad biking, jet skiing, zip lining, floats, water crafts and much more! The resort is operated and managed by Optima Leisure, a leisure and hospitality company based in Lagos.
Although the resort management doesn’t permit external food on the premises, this isn’t really a problem because all the food and drinks you might want are available for you.
13.) GET ARENA
Located off Lekki – Epe Expressway, Lagos, GET Arena is the top Go-Kart destination in Lagos. It’s ideal for a family outing or a group hang out. GET Arena also boasts of arcade games and a bar/ restaurant that serve delicious meals.
You can create your own racing league; enjoy corporate competitions or tournaments for the adults and the kids. After an exhilarating ride, you can feast on a salivating spread of fine dishes and most sumptuous cocktails. Activities at the arena run from Tuesday to Sunday but most fun seekers prefer weekends.
14.) THE PALMS SHOPPING MALL
The Palms Shopping Mall located at various parts of Lagos and other states in Nigeria has so many stores and fun spots that one can have an unforgettable experience this Christmas.
The mall is the place to be with the family and friends this season. There is a store for each member of the family – shopping for the adults, food and treat shops for the kids, movies for all and a food court for everyone to grab a bite.
The large display screens will show you what movies are presently showing (or coming soon) at the Genesis Deluxe Cinema. You can pick something from snacks, ice cream, pizza, chicken to full meals.
There are a number of shops that cater to your wardrobe, beauty as well as those of the kids amongst the variety of stores that you will find in the mall.