Abuja is Nigeria’s capital city. It became the capital of Nigeria in 1991 and is located right at the middle of Nigeria. When compared to other major cities in Nigeria, Abuja is considered a little uninteresting. Well, Abuja might be considered boring and uninteresting. However, if you have to live in this city, then you will have to spice up your life. There are lots of places in Abuja where you can get all the fun that you so crave for without drilling a hole in your pocket. Contained in this article are some of the most interesting places to visit in Abuja. If you are visiting this city for the first time or are a resident, then, you should make out time to check out a couple of these places.
That said, below are the top 20 interesting places to visit in Abuja.
Pedam Lake, Pedam
Stretching towards Nasarawa state, Pedam Lake is arguably the biggest lake in northern Nigeria. It is located behind the presidential villa and is one of the few relaxation centers in Abuja that a lot of people are yet to discover. Although Pedam Lake is not perfectly developed for tourism, it is definitely a great place to relax after a stressful week.
Millennium Park, Maitama
Conceived and designed by Italian architech, Manfredi Nicoletti, Millennium Park is the biggest public park in the fct. It is a nice place to luxuriate in the serenity that nature has to offer. Millennium Park is located in the Maitama district of Abuja, is excellently groomed and surprisingly is completely free.
Aso Rock, Asokoro
Most people that live out of Abuja associate the phrase “Aso Rock” with the presidential seat of power. Well, unknown to lots of people, Aso Rock is the most gigantic structure in Abuja. It is located at the outskirts of the city and is 400 meters high. If you live in Abuja or are visiting, find time to hang-out around this magnificent rock.
Magical Amusement Park, Durumi
Formerly known as Wonderland Park, Magical Amusement Park is a nice place for people of all ages to have a nice time. In this park are restaurants, rides and gardens. You can get all the fun you want at this park by paying a gate fee of N300. This park is always open to members of the public and has top notch security.
IBB Golf Club, Maitama
IBB internatonal golf club is located on Aso drive. It is a major tourist site in Abuja and has 18 holes. If you are a lover of golf, then this is one place that you should definitely visit. Also, you do not have to love golf to visit this tourist attraction. You can hang out with family and friends in its serene environment without any form of disturbances.
Jabi Lake, Jabi
Abuja is not a coastal city. The implication of this is; there are no beaches in this city. However, if you want anything close to the “beach experience”, then you should visit Jabi Lake. There are lots of things that can be done on this lake. You could decide to go for a boat ride, read a book or ride on a horse. Irrespective of your personality and preferences, you will definitely find Jabi Lake to be so much fun.
Abuja City Gate, Musa Yar’Adua Road
Abuja city gate was erected in 1991. It is located at Musa Yar’Adua way and represents entry into the FCT. As at when it was constructed, Abuja City gate was the only noticeable edifice in Abuja city. Although a lot more edifices have been constructed, this gate still remains one of the places to visit if you find yourself in Abuja city.
National Children’s Park and Zoo, Asokoro
If you are a lover of wildlife, then this is one spot in Abuja that you should visit. National children’s park and zoo in located at Asokoro, just under the shadow of the Aso rock. There are lots of animals in this zoo to keep you staring for a whole day. In this park are camels, giraffes, tortoises, zebras, wild cats, monkeys and crocodiles.
Zimbabwe, Satellite town
Do you love giving yourself nice treats occasionally? If yes, then, Zimbabwe is one spot in Abuja that you would love to visit. Zimbabwe is located about 35km from Abuja city. It offers its guests very affordable drinks and food. You can get lots of local delicacies as well as local cuisines at Zimbabwe. If you live in Abuja or are on a visit to Abuja, make out time to pay this place a visit.
Silverbird Cinemas, Jabi
As a movie lover, there is no better way to spend your weekend after a hectic week than at Silverbird cinemas. Silverbird cinemas is located at Jabi lake mall and is a nice place to spend some time with friends and watch some movies while you have some drinks and popcorn.
Eagle Square, Phase 1
If you have ever watched any major National celebration on television, then you should be familiar with Eagle square. Eagle square was built in 1999 for the sole purpose of serving as the platform for the official inauguration of the 4th republic of the Federation of Nigeria. Although there is not much to be seen at Eagle sqaure, if you love Nigerian history, then this is certainly a place you should visit.
Gurara Falls, Gurara
Located at , Gurara falls is certainly the most amazing waterfalls close to Abuja city. It is a place where you can have a nice time with family and friends or alone time if you are tired of the hustle and bassle that is associated with living in the city.
Yankari National Park, Yankari
Yankari National Park is located close to Abuja and is an ideal place for people who like nature to hangout. You are guaranteed to have loads of fun at this park in addition to seeing many wild animals that you probably have not seen before.
Zuma Rock, Suleja
Technically, Zuma rock is not located exactly in Abuja city. However, it is one of the places that can be visited by residents of Abuja city. This rock is one of the major tourist attractions in the FCT and is a beautiful sight to behold.
Wiki warm Springs, Yankari
Wiki warm springs is a perfect getaway from city life. There is a lot that can be done at Wiki warm springs, you can either decide to visit this place alone to get your thoughts into one piece or come with friends and family to have a nice time. Whatever activity you prefer, you will definitely enjoy every single moment spent at Wiki warm springs.
Grand Square Super Market, Central Business District
Grand square super market might not have much to offer the average Nigerian. However, it is one of the most visited spots by foreigners. Reason being; this supermarket has a lot of items that can not be gotten in lots of very highly rated Nigerian super markets.
Abuja National Mosque, Central Business District
The Abuja National mosque is otherwise called the Nigerian National Mosque. This mosque is on the list of the Top 50 Most Beautiful Religious centers in the world. You do not have to be a Muslim to visit this mosque as it is also open to tourists that come for sight seeing.
National Assembly, Garki
The National assembly complex is one of the many edifices in the FCT. It is also one of the places that should be visited by both residents of Abuja city as well as visitors to the FCT. As a first time visitor to the National assembly complex, you can take a walk around the National Assembly building and get to meet some of the most important people in Nigeria.
The Trukadero Place, Wuse
Do you love bowling? If yes, then, the Trukadero place is definitely a place in Abuja that is worth your visit. In as much as the Trukadero place is kown for ball spinning, you do not have to love bowling to visit this place. There are lots of other interesting games that can be played at the Trukadero place.In addition to this, there is a restaurant and amusement park for children.
The Secret Garden, Wuse
Although the reason why this garden was named the secret garden remains unknown, it still is a nice place to hang out with friends. The secret garden arguably offers the best shawama in town and also has a spot where kids can play if they are uncomfortable to adult activities.
Now that you know the top 20 most interesting places in Abuja, next time you visit Abuja, make an effort to visit one of these places and you will be glad you did.