Ibadan is the largest city in West Africa as well as the host city of the first University in Nigeria, the University of Ibadan. It was the most populous city in Nigeria, however, it is now the third most populous city in Nigeria after Lagos and Kano. Not many people outside Ibadan are aware of the many interesting places in this city. If you live in Ibadan, or are visiting for the first time, there are lots of places in this city that can help you have the moment of your life. This article contains some of the most interesting places to visit in Ibadan
Zoological Garden, Ibadan
The Zoological Garden Ibadan has been in existence for about 6 decades. However, in 1974, it became a recognized zoo. This zoo is located in the University of Ibadan and is considered a world-class zoo. Although it was established for educational purposes, it is now one of the most visited tourist sites in Ibadan. If you love animals, then, this is one place in Ibadan that you just have to visit.
National Museum of Unity, Ibadan
Do you want to know more about Nigeria and her history, then you should pay the National Museum of Unity a visit. The National Museum of Unity is a place that holds a lot of information about Nigeria’s past and is open to visitors between 10 am and 5 pm.
Fun Factory, Ibadan
Located at Osuntokun Avenue Ibadan, Fun factory is an amazing recreational center that was built with children in mind. Although children make the bulk of visitors to this place, adults can also have fun here as well. Your next visit to Ibadan will not be complete without a visit to this amazing recreational center.
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan
Unlike most of the other interesting places that you should visit in Ibadan, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture is not exactly a fun place. It, however, is a research center and is one place that you will get a lot of knowledge about agricultural processes.
Cocoa House, Ibadan
Cocoa house is Nigeria’s premier high -rise building. It is an obvious landmark in Ibadan and was built by the late Obafemi Awolowo in 1965. This skyscraper is 105 meters tall and was built with the sole aim of serving as an office for the export of cocoa.
Ibadan City Mall, Ibadan
Ibadan city mall houses the largest shop-rite store in the whole of Nigeria. It is a place that should be visited at least once by everyone in Ibadan that has a thing for shopping. Apart from housing shop-rite, Ibadan city malls also house lots of other stores where you can do your shopping conveniently.
The Bower’s Tower, Ibadan
Named after captain Robert Lister Bower, Bower’s tower is one of the highest spots in Ibadan. This tower is 60 feet tall and sits on the hilltop of Oke Are in Igbo Akala. The Bower’s tower provides some of the most amazing views that can be gotten in Ibadan. From the top of this tower, important landmarks such as the University of Ibadan and Cocoa house can be seen.
Trans Wonderland Amusement Park, Ibadan
This park was once considered the Nigerian Disney world. Although it is no longer what it was known for, it still houses most of the gadgets that made it what it was. In as much as you might no longer get all the fun that you will be hoping for from this park, it is still a great place for some sight-seeing.
Mapo Hall, Ibadan
Designed by Engineer Robert Taffy Jones, Mapo hall could almost pass for a museum. Contained in this hall are the pictures of all the kings that have ever ruled in Ibadan as well as remains of some of the chains that were used during slave trade.
The Ventura Mall, Ibadan
A visit to Ventura mall is a perfect way to end your tour of Ibadan city. After you must have seen all the amazing and historic sights that Ibadan has to offer, you can crown it all by seeing a blockbuster movie in the film house in Ventura Mall.
Liberty Stadium, Ibadan
You can’t be a football fan and visit Ibadan without checking out the Liberty stadium. Liberty stadium, also known as Obafemi Awolowo stadium was once the biggest stadium in Africa. It has a capacity of 25, 000, was opened in 1960 and is located at Ring Road.
Amala Buka, Ibadan
Your visit to Ibadan would be considered incomplete if you do not have a taste of the Amala and Ewedu that is sold in Amala Buka. This Buka is one of the biggest restaurants in Ibadan that is known for making local meals available whenever they are needed. If you love amala, but will not eat it in a local restaurant, then Amala Buka has got you covered.
The University of Ibadan, Ibadan
The University of Ibadan was established in 1948 and is arguably the best university in Nigeria. This university is the almamata of lots of prominent Nigerians and is very well known for the high standard of medical practitioners that it releases into the society yearly.
Agodi Gardens and Leisure Park, Ibadan
Agodi gardens is located at Secretariat Road, Mokola Hill, Ibadan. This garden covers 159 acres of land and provides a serene environment for as many that want to stay off the city for a while. It is a nice place for a family get together or reunion. This park has activities that are suitable for people of all ages and personalities.
Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan
Lekan Salami stadium is the home stadium of Shooting Stars FC, a professional football club in the Nigerian premier league. It is an 18,000 capacity stadium and is one of the few places in Ibadan that will be ideal for football lovers to visit.
West Nigerian Government Broadcasting Corporation, also known as WNTV was the first TV station in Tropical Africa. It was established on the 31st of October, 1959 and went on to become NTA. Unknown to a lot of people that were not born at independence, WNTV is the only TV station that existed before The Nigerian Television Authority.
Latitude Café, Ibadan
Ibadan is not just the biggest city in Nigeria, it also boasts of some of the most amazing bars to hang out. One of such places in Latitude Café. If you are looking to enjoy some karaoke or even partake in one, then, Latitude Café is a place you have to visit when next you find yourself in Ibadan.
The Old Oyo National Park, Isokun
The Old Oyo National Park is a place that brings you really close to nature. It is a habitat for lots of endangered animals. Some of these animals include the roan antelope, the African dog, the crested porcupine, etc. If you are keen on seeing some of the most endangered animal species in Africa, then the old Oyo National Park is he place to find them.
Oke Ibadan Hill, Ibadan
Oke Ibadan is a major part of Ibadan History. It is believed that this hill is home to the deity that shielded the people of Ibadan during inter-tribal wars. From the top of this hill, you can have a clear and pleasing view of the ancient city of Ibadan
Irefin Palace, Ibadan
The Irefin Palace is over 200 years old and is one of the few remaining palaces in Ibadan. This palace was built with mud and has over 185 rooms. This palace might be very old, however, it still serves as a shelter to some people. A visit to this palace will give you an idea of what life was before the coming of the Europeans.
The above-named places might not be the only places in Ibadan that you should visit, however, they are some of the most spectacular places in Ibadan