Port Harcourt city popularly called PHC is one of the most exciting and lively cities in Nigeria. Notwithstanding its industrial activities, the city boasts of a large number of tourist attractions in the country. Port Harcourt city has some of the best places to visit in Nigeria. The Garden city has a lot to offer and is the perfect place to visit if you have a taste for the good things of life as there are a myriad of recreational and fun spots that will give you a fun-filled experience.
From the white sand beautiful and well maintained Port Harcourt beaches to the zoo, market and amusement parks, here are the top places to visit in Port Harcourt.
- Portharcourt Tourist beach
- Ifako beach
- `Bonny Island
- Portharcourt zoo
- Portharcourt city mall
- Mile one street market
- Portharcourt cultural centre
- Bole King restaurant
- Portharcourt golf club
- Garden city amusement park
Port Harcourt Tourist Beach
The Port Harcourt tourist beach is definitely one place you have to visit when in Port Harcourt. This beautiful beach located in the Kolabi creek in old Port Harcourt is the most popular of the many creek-lined beaches in the city. Just like any other beach in Lekki, you can play in the cool water, listen to the local sounds of highlife and modern music from any of the bush bars on the beach.
Local delicacies of palm wine, assorted spicy meats, and local dishes are some of the treats to expect at this sandy beach. Some of the fun things to do in this Port Harcourt beach are playing volleyball, beach football, taking boat rides, horseback riding, watch boat races or just diving into the cool waters. The serenity of this clean sandy beach makes it the perfect place to sit and watch the sunset for the day.
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Ifoko beach is a popular hangout spot in Port Harcourt.Unlike the Port Harcourt Tourist beach, this is not manmade. Well maintained by the local residents, it is one of the best beaches Port Harcourt has to offer. This beach is the source of livelihood to local fishermen in the area. Tourists are treated to freshly caught seafood at local restaurants close to the beach.
Take a walk along the shore and enjoy the exotic scenery, you just might get lucky to catch sight of a whale.
Bonny Island is about one of the most popular places in Rivers state. 1 hour 45 minutes on a boat or about 1-hour speed boating over the Bonny river takes you to this island. It is surrounded on the west and south by long stretches of beaches which attract tourists and fun seeking inhabitants alike on sunny days and festive periods. Finima beach and nature park are some of the calm places to visit in Port Harcourt for fun and excitement purposes. Social events and engagements are even held on the long stretching beaches of Finima. December 26 and 31 are the peak visit periods on this island as thousands of visitors and tourists visit for beach carnivals. The presence of an airstrip on the Island makes for convenient and fast mobility to Abuja, Lagos, and PH City.
Meanwhile, Bonny Island at the southern edge of the state is home to various oil companies like Shell, NLNG among others. The Finima beaches are mostly used by the staffs of these oil companies as well as the local people.
Port Harcourt Zoo
Port Harcourt zoological garden is a delight of tourism lovers in the state as it receives a host of visitors during the public holidays and festive periods. Located at Trans Amadi, the zoo is a place to visit if you care for exotic and wildlife animals that include the drill monkey, elephants, ostriches, lions, crocodiles, gazelles, peacocks, gorilla and several other animals.
Weekends are the time of the week the zoo is most patronised because on Sunday visits you get to witness the feeding of the animals, especially the lions. It can be a thrilling sight watching majestic lions in a feeding frenzy. A major attraction spot in the zoo is at the museum where two large lions and lioness were embalmed. The creatures were killed by electrocution when they angrily attacked and ate the zoo attendant who came for a feeding round and forgot to lock the cage.
Port Harcourt City Mall
The Port Harcourt City Mall popularly called PHC Mall is one of the latest attractions in the city. This mall is located on Azikiwe road beside the Government House. Like in most big cities such as Lagos, this mall is the hub of activity and allurement for fun seekers. The shopping complex, cinema, and various food courts at the mall ensure that there is a bit of something for everyone.
Mile One Street Market
The mile one street market is the most popular market in Port Harcourt. This market is a bustling and sometimes chaotic. Offering everything from dried crayfish to cheap suitcases and fairly used clothes, this is the market to get a souvenir of your trip to Port Harcourt. While things sold in the market are extra cheap, there is no return policy.
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Traditional African wears can be bought in both small and large quantity at the market. The markets open early as the cock crows at 6 am and closes late in the night at 9 pm. If you’re an adventurous visitor, a visit to mile one market should be on your list as it would certainly leave lasting memories you would not forget in a hurry.
Port Harcourt Cultural Centre
The Port Harcourt cultural centre is a great place to appreciate the culture of the city. Located on Bonny street, the cultural centre is entirely sold out to exhibiting the rich diversity of the Port Harcourt people and their culture. Local artifacts that date as far back as before the creation of the city are some of the exhibits found at the centre.
African figurines and pottery as well as a theatre where cultural dances and plays are regularly held also characterise this cultural centre. You can purchase easily purchase local artifacts at this centre as a show that you visited Port Harcourt.
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Bole King Restaurant
Bole King is a restaurant place in Port Harcourt where the famous Bole and Fish is exquisitely served. A trip to Port Harcourt is incomplete without a taste of this local cuisine. Bole and Fish is a significant meal of the Rivers people made from a recipe of roasted plantain and fish slathered in the most delectable peppery, palm oil sauce.
Almost at every street corner in Port Harcourt, you can find indigenous women prepare this snack over hot charcoal. Bole King is one of the best places by popular opinion to have this local cuisine in Port Harcourt, especially if you do not fancy the idea of buying food off the streets. Palm wine and fruit juices are served alongside this local meal at the Bole King restaurant.
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Port Harcourt Golf Club
The Port Harcourt Golf club is a prime recreational destination in the old eastern region of Nigeria. It was established as far back as 1928 even before Nigeria gained independence. The 18-hole golf club is open to the public all year round. Located within the Old GRA region of the city, the golf club is a perfect haven for tourists, especially golf lovers.
Even if you do not play golf, there are other facilities to enjoy within the club such as the table tennis hall, the bar, the clubhouse, swimming pool, football pitch, tennis, squash courts, restaurants, lounge area, internet facilities and gym facilities. The golf club is no doubt a one-stop for sporting and relaxing activities.
Garden City Amusement park
The Garden City Amusement park is one of the best recreational centres in Port Harcourt. It is a cool hangout spot where you can relax, catch fun and enjoy time spent with families, friends and loved ones alike. Located at GRA Phase 1, Port Harcourt, Rivers state in Nigeria, you will be thrilled by the children’s funfair, bouncing castles, fun fairs, kiddies park games among other exciting activities that take place in this park.
During the weekdays, the park opens from 1 pm to 6 pm and on weekends, visitors start to troupe in from 11 am until all events wind down at 7 pm. Visiting Port Harcourt city with your kids, a trip to this park is sure to wow them.