Abuja is a truly beautiful place; it is the capital of Nigeria and boasts of many things, scoring high in the rankings of most beautiful cities in Africa. Therefore, if you are to visit Abuja, you are definitely going to look for places to pass time or visit in this great city. I am here to help you with that search as I am going to give you a list of the best tourist attractions in Abuja.
MAITAMA AMUSEMENT PARK
Ranking among one of the best tourist attractions in Abuja, this park is perfect when it comes to keeping children occupied and entertained. It has a wide selection of exquisite restaurants, merry go rounds, cool bumper boats, and slides. There are many fun things to do in this amusement park so I recommend you visit.
CHAD BASIN NATIONAL PARK
This is one of the best tourist attractions in Abuja and Africa as a whole. It is located not far from the main Abuja Town, the park is better known as the conventional basin of Lake Chad. It is a haven of adventure where visitors have a variety of fun activities to engage in. The most popular event that the park has had is hosting Prince Charles and Princess Diana in the year 1990.
Millennium Park is one of the biggest and best tourist attractions in Abuja. It was actually inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom in 2003; it is located close to the presidential palace and administrative buildings of Abuja. Its most iconic feature is the river that runs across it, thus dividing it into two parts. One part is reserved for nature as a reserve, which must never be disturbed. While the other is dedicated to the scientific knowledge of the natural environment and hosts a research station.
ABUJA NATIONAL MOSQUE
The Abuja National Mosque is one of the best tourist attractions in Abuja. The mosque is located on Independence Avenue, opposite the National Christian Centre. Its key features include the office for salami Center, a conference centre capable of serving 500 persons, and residential facilities for the Imam and the muezzin.
DURBAN STREET NEIGHBORHOOD PARK
This is A fun hangout spot and is one of the best tourist attractions in Abuja, the park attracts all and sundry in the FCT. Its location is along the Ahmadu Bello Way in the Central Area district. It is definitely one of the best places to visit if you don’t know where to relax in Abuja.
MAGIC LAND AMUSEMENT PARK ABUJA
This park was formerly known as the Wonderland Amusement Park, Magic. It is definitely worthy of mention in this list of best tourist attractions in Abuja. It is on a huge piece of land and is equipped with modern facilities. It is the best place for kids and young adults. It is located near the National Stadium in the FCT.
SARIUS PALMETUM AND BOTANICAL GARDEN
Sarius Palmetum and Botanical Garden is one of the best tourist attractions in Abuja and definitely is worth a visit. Its main attraction is a nursery where people can purchase exotic plants especially palms. It is a great place to sit and relax under the sun while munching on snacks in the company of your friends or family.
SHEHU MUSA YAR’ADUA CENTER
This centre is dedicated to the legacy of Shehu Musa Yar’adua (one of Nigeria’s best presidents). It is definitely one of the best tourist attractions in Abuja; its most interesting feature is the unfinished bridge. The bridge is a symbol of Shehu Musa Yar’Adua’s life, and legacy and was designed to immortalize him. The centre is open to the public so anyone can visit and I recommend you give the site a try. You can take a stroll in the beautiful gardens or view the multimedia exhibition displayed about Shehu Musa Yar’Adua’s life.
ABUJA ARTS AND CRAFTS VILLAGE
The Abuja Arts and Crafts Village is definitely one place to visit if you require a trip to one of the best tourist attractions in Abuja. It is located behind the Silverbird Galleria in the Central Business District of Abuja. There are lots of displayed artefacts and handmade crafts at Abuja Arts and Crafts Village, for visitors to see and buy them.
IBB GOLF COURSE
This Golf Course is one of the most courses in Africa and is one of the best tourist attractions in Abuja. It possesses several lakes and ponds with about 25 bridges. It is located near the Nigerian National Assembly and the Presidential Villa. It is the only place in Abuja where animals such as monkeys, crocodiles and pythons are found in their natural habitat. These animals share their habitat with golfers and visitors.
NATIONAL CHILDREN’S PARK AND ZOO
This attraction is located Asokoro District, behind the Presidential Villa, It is a haven for animal lovers. It boasts of a large number of animals like giraffes, crocodiles, elephants, monkeys, tortoises, ostriches, zebras and wild cats. It also houses several domestic animals, thereby making it a great attraction for children to visit; they can play with the cute fluffy animals.
Written By: William Nwokoji