Akwa Ibom state is one of the oil-rich states in Nigeria and is situated in the coastal southern axis of Nigeria. This state is bordered by Rivers state, Cross River state, Abia state, and Cameroon. Just like neighbouring Cross River state, Akwa Ibom state is one of the cleanest and most beautiful states in Nigeria and is a state with lots of tourist attractions.
Ibeno Beach, Ibeno
You perhaps did not know before now that Ibeno beach is the longest beach in West Africa. It stretches from Ibeno to James town. This beach is one of the many tourist attractions in Akwa Ibom state. Ibeno beach is one of the places in Akwa Ibom that cannot be perfectly described with words. The soothing feel of its breeze coupled with the sound of the roaring waters makes Ibeno beach one place that is a must visit for everyone.
Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo
Akwa Ibom stadium is the most recent stadium in Nigeria. It was designed and built by Julius Berger in 2014 and was patterned after the home stadium of German football giants, Bayern Munich. The Akwa Ibom international stadium is the home turf of Akwa United; a professional football team and one of the biggest teams in the Nigerian Premier League.
Ibom Plaza, Uyo
Ibom Plaza, also known as the heart of Uyo is a tourist attraction that was established in 2001. It was built to provide relaxation both for the locals as well as visitors. Ibom plaza presently occupies the former independent square, the site formerly occupied by the British flag; the Union Jack. It is also responsible for the growing nightlife in Uyo.
House of Tara, Uyo
House of Tara, Uyo is one of the most established beauty salons in Uyo. It is located at no 4, Lane Traffic Light 264 Oron Road. A visit to House of Tara might not mean much to everyone. However, if you are in the beauty industry, then, House of Tara is a place that is worth visiting.
Ibom Specialist Hospital, Uyo
Ibom specialist hospital is a medical Mecca in Akwa Ibom state. It is a world class hospital and even has a higher status than most teaching hospitals in Nigeria. If you are in the medical profession, then this might just be your chance to get to see medical facilities that are not existing in most Nigerian hospitals
Lord Luggard’s Residence, Ikot Abasi
Not very many people are aware of the existence of this building. Lord Luggard’s residence is just opposite the Amalgamation house. This house is a small one-story cottage and is one of the destinations that are worth visiting if you have a keen interest in Nigerian history.
Raffia City Plaza, Ikot Ekpene
Raffia city plaza is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Ikot Ekpene. This plaza is not just a place to get affordable stuff, it is also a place where children can have fun while the adults do the shopping. Raffia city plaza features a football viewing centre and a place to see movies.
Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Center, Uyo
Ibom Tropicana entertainment centre is a world-class resort that was perfectly designed for both business and leisure. It features a five-star hotel, a shopping mall, a cinema and a convention center. Irrespective of the reason you are in Akwa Ibom, business or pleasure, Ibom Tropicana entertainment center is always open to meet your needs.
Ibom e-Library, Uyo
If you have never been to a digital library, then a visit to Ibom e-library is non-negotiable. Ibom e-library is situated in Uyo and is the first and biggest digital library in the whole of West Africa. This e-library is definitely not a place for leisure. However, it could be the extra spice to your visit to Akwa-Ibom. It was built by Godswill Akpabio and commissioned by Goodluck Jonathan.
Vista Restaurant, Uyo
Are you in Akwa Ibom and in search of a place to have your local dish in a world-class restaurant? If yes, then, you should pay Vista restaurant a visit. In this restaurant, you can have a well-cooked meal while you enjoy the beauty that Akwa Ibom is known for.
Silverbird Cinema, Uyo
In search of a place to view the latest movies, then, you should find your way to Silverbird Cinema, Uyo. This cinema occupies a section of the Ibom Tropicana entertainment center and is located at Udoudom Avenue. At Silverbird cinema, Uyo, you do not only get to watch the latest movies with a bowl of popcorn, you also get to meet with fun and interesting people.
Bridge of No Return, Ikot Abasi
The bridge of no return was given its name by the people of Ikot Abasi. This bridge brings to mind the pains of slave trade and was usually the last point of contact between slaves and their lands before they were put on big ships and sent to work on farms in America. Although the bridge of no return is very infamous among the people of Ikot Abasi, it is a major tourist destination in Akwa Ibom.
Ibiobio Museum and State Park, Uyo
Ibiobio Museum and state park is the no 1 place to visit if you are interested in knowing more about the Ibiobio people and their way of life. This museum contains artifacts that will help you understand the history of the Ibiobio people. If you are not cut out for museums, you can also have a picnic in the gardens surrounding this museum.
National Museum of Colonial History, Uyo
This is for all lovers of history and arts. The National Museum of colonial history is located at Wellington Bassey way. This museum contains lots of artifacts that relate to the people of Akwa Ibom and how they fared during the period of slave trade.
The Amalgamation House
If you have read a lot about the history of Nigeria in books, then, this is your opportunity to see some facts for yourself. The amalgamation house is a cottage which was once the administrative headquarters of the southern protectorate. In this building, Lord Luggard decreed the amalgamation of the northern and southern protectorates.
The Playground, Uyo
Just as its name states, the playground is one of the most famous relaxation spots in Akwa Ibom. This spot welcomes its visitors with the sweet aroma of grilled meat and the sounds of soft music. If you are a vegetarian, then, this is not a place you should find yourself because you could just give up on some of your vegetarian beliefs.
Presbyterian Church, Uyo
The Presbyterian Church might sound like a spot for only Christian faithfuls. However, contrary to what a lot of people believe, the Presbyterian Church is a tourist destination for people from all over the world. This church was built by Mary Slessor and is open to the public.
Discovery Park, Uyo
What better place to visit in Akwa Ibom if you want to enjoy a blend and good music and some of the finest local dishes than Discovery Park. This park is a perfect place to hang out with your old friends and also meet new people. Discovery Park is open from 8 am to 11 pm during the week and 1 pm to 11 pm on Sundays.
Oron Museum, Oron
Oron museum is endowed with a lot of artworks, traditional instruments, and masquerade costumes. This museum will help your knowledge of Efik history come alive. If you are a fan of arts, next time you are in Akwa Ibom, make it a duty to visit Oron museum.
Le Meridien Hotel, Uyo
Are you in Akwa Ibom and want to spend some time at the golf club, then Le Meridien hotel is just the ideal place to go. Le Meridien hotel is one of the most recognized hotels in Nigeria and the most prestigious in Akwa Ibom. The golf course in Le Meridien hotel features 18 holes and is one of the first golf courses in West Africa.
You might not be interested in visiting all the 20 places mentioned in this article. However, just a visit to one of this places will provide you with maximum satisfaction.