Once the largest city in West Africa, Ibadan ranks next to Lagos in population. This town blends old world charm and modern attractions to give you a quaint relaxing atmosphere. Situated in south-western Nigeria, it is the Oyo State capital.
Many refer to the city of Ibadan as a “dead town”, meaning it is completely and utterly boring which is totally untrue as it is as much fun as other cities like; Lagos or Abuja.
Thinking of visiting or relocating to the city with tons of brown roofs anytime soon? Or are you are already there and you are tired of visiting the cinemas or just sitting at home? Here are a few places you can go just to unwind, relax, have fun;
1. Agodi Gardens and Leisure Park
Located on Parliament road lies one of the most attractive places in Ibadan that attracts over hundreds of people daily. Agodi garden has a large park filled with lovely shrubs and flowers and a lake where one can go boat cruising. There is also a swimming pool, a restaurant, play areas for kids and a mini zoo. Agodi garden is definitely one of the amazing places to visit in Ibadan.
2. University of Ibadan Zoological Garden
University of Ibadan has arguably the best zoo in Nigeria! It has a healthy number of animals, ranging from monkeys, snakes, birds, lions to different other animals. The zoo was recently upgraded to a world class zoo. This is an interesting place to visit with friends and family.
3. Fun Factory
Located in Oshuntokun avenue in old Bodija, is a recreational facility that is so much fun! Fun factory is a family friendly spot that offers creative and exciting games for children. You can also have special events like birthdays and family hangouts.
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4. IITA Forest Reserve
This is a breath-taking tourist attraction in Ibadan, from wild to warm, the experience is totally awesome. With the rainforest having sporting facilities like; a 9-hole golf course, badminton court, swimming pool, football pitch, and a lawn tennis court amongst others,this reserve would help you revive your sporty lifestyle all over again.
5. Ibadan City Mall
Ibadan City Mall is the biggest Shoprite in Nigeria! Asides taking Instagram-worthy pictures, there’s so much to do for fun in the mall and so much shopping to do as there are a whole lot of stores at this mall.
6. Latitude Café and Lounge
Ibadan is a great place to hang out at Bars just for the fun of it. Latitude Café and Lounge is the best place to do some Karaoke with your crew the next time you step out in Ibadan. It is nestled at the Ventura Mall, Samonda, Ibadan
7. Cocoa House
This is one of the tallest buildings in West Africa. Built by the late Obafemi Awolowo in the 60s, this building is the first skyscraper ever to be built in Africa and it was constructed from the proceeds of cocoa sold for export, hence the name. It also has a restaurant, bar and a pool
8. Mapo Hall
You can’t afford to miss this colonial edifice located right beside Bere Market in Ibadan. The building, which was just recently refurbished is a colonial style city hall. Visitors will be taken aback by the outstanding pillars of the building and the general structure.
9. Bower’s Tower
The over 60 feet tall tower is on the hill top of Oke Are in Igbo Agala (Agala forest) area of Ibadan. It is the highest hilltop in the city and it has about 47 spiral staircases.The tower gives a panoramic view of all the important places in the ancient city. One can see a bird ’ s eye view of the University College Hospital (UCH), University of Ibadan, Cocoa House , Dugbe Market , Agodi Gardens , Iwo Road, Ife Road, Olorunsogo and the defunct Lagos/ Ibadan Toll Gate . Other far- flung places like Adamasingba , Felele, and many more become visible. Some of these places are far away but standing atop the tower gives one a bird’s eye view of them.
Without a doubt, Ibadan is a town ripe with culture and rich history and no one should ever miss out on the fun this city provides.
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