Fun In Ibadan: 15 Popular Places For Hangout

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Ibadan, a city rich in history and culture, also boasts a surprising number of fun and exciting places to explore. Whether you’re a resident looking for a new hangout spot, a couple seeking a romantic escape, a student or a tourist eager to discover hidden gems, Ibadan has something for everyone. This guide will show the city’s rich offerings, from historical landmarks to family-friendly attractions and romantic escapes.

Nature’s Delights: Beautiful Places

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1. Agodi Gardens

This sprawling park is a popular haven for nature lovers and families. Lush greenery, a serene lake, and a children’s play area make it perfect for picnics, strolls, or simply soaking up the sunshine. Take a refreshing dip in the pool or enjoy a game of basketball. The affordable entrance fee makes it a budget-friendly option. Perfect for students.

2. IITA Forest Reserve

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Calling all adventurers! This expansive reserve managed by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture offers a unique blend of nature and recreation. Hike through the lush forest, teeming with various plant and animal life, or tee off at the scenic golf course. Pack a basket and enjoy a picnic amidst the tranquillity of the reserve. See Land for sale near IITA and the University of Ibadan.

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3. Mapo Hall

A symbol of Ibadan’s history, Mapo Hall stands proudly atop Mapo Hill. See the colonial-era architecture and learn about the hall’s pivotal role in the city’s development. The nice views from the hilltop offer a breathtaking peek of Ibadan’s sprawling landscape.

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4. Bower’s Tower

Take a trip back in time to Bower’s Tower, a magnificent structure overlooking Oke-Are Hill. Built-in 1936, the tower commemorates Captain Bower, a British Resident who contributed significantly to Ibadan’s growth. Climb to the top for stunning lovely views of the city and capture unforgettable pictures.

5. National Museum Ibadan

Step back in time at the National Museum in Ibadan! This museum is packed with cool stuff that tells the story of Ibadan, from way back in the day to the present.

Here you’ll find all sorts of interesting things, like:

  • Ancient tools and objects people used in everyday life
  • Artwork that gives a glimpse into Ibadan’s history
  • Stories and information about how Ibadan became a powerful trading centre

If you’re curious about Ibadan’s past and how it became the city it is today, this museum is a must-see.

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6. The Cocoa House

The Cocoa House is one of the biggest and most impressive buildings in West Africa. It was built in the 1960s by a famous leader named Obafemi Awolowo. The money to build it came from selling cocoa beans to other countries, which is why they called it the Cocoa House. It was the very first skyscraper, a super tall building, ever built in all of Africa.

7. Visit the hills

Ibadan is a city built on several hills. So while you’re there, why not check them out? Here are two of the interesting hills you can visit:

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  • Oke Mokola: This hill is where Ibadan’s first hotel, Premier Hotels, is located.
  • Oke Mapo: This hill is where the Mapo Hall is located. Some buildings may even allow you to climb to the rooftop and get a great view of the city.

8. Irefin Palace

It was established in the 19th century, this palace complex welcomes visitors to see into Ibadan’s history and witness traditional Yoruba rites.

9. Ibadan Cultural Center

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See the first cultural centre in Nigeria at Ibadan Cultural Center, located on Mokola Hills. With its compelling display of theatre and artistic works, it stands as a highly explorable cultural hub.

Even without seeing the interior, the centre’s status and architectural design are captivating, satisfying the curiosity of respective tourists. It’s a testament to Ibadan’s commitment to promoting artistic endeavours.

10. Oke-Ado Mountain

Get ready to see Oke-Ado Mountain in Ado-Awaye. This isn’t your typical mountain hike. Here you’ll find a one-of-a-kind suspended lake called Iyake Lake, shrouded in mystery.

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The mountain sits near Ibadan, Nigeria. Hike to the top and enjoy amazing views of the surrounding town of Ado-Awaye and even the distant city of Ibadan. If you’re looking for something unique and exciting, this is the trip for you.

Family Fun: Places to Make Memories with Your Loved Ones

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11. University of Ibadan Zoological Garden (UI Zoo)

Want to see amazing animals up close? The UI Zoo at the University of Ibadan has a whole adventure waiting for you. They have all sorts of cool creatures, both from Nigeria and other parts of the world. You can see everything from lions and monkeys to giraffes and birds with all the colours of the rainbow.

They even have special talks and tours to teach you fun facts about all the animals. So come on down for a wild day out, perfect for everyone in the family. This is a nice hangout spot for students since it is in the University and best of all, it is cheap.

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12. Fun Factory: Recreational Bliss

A perfect spot to enjoy quality time with loved ones, Fun Factory offers a range of activities for kids and families. Whether it’s playing arcade video games or enjoying a family vacation, this recreational haven ensures a memorable experience.

13. Trans Amusement Park

Calling all fun-seekers! Get ready for a day of laughs and maybe even a few screams at Trans Amusement Park. There are super exciting rides for grown-ups who love a good thrill, and tons of fun activities for the little ones too. Play games, win awesome prizes, and gobble up delicious treats – it’s the perfect recipe for a family adventure you won’t forget.

13. Ventura Mall

This modern mall offers a one-stop shop for entertainment, shopping, and dining. Catch the latest movie at the cinema (Filmhouse), challenge your friends to a thrilling game at the arcade, or let the kids loose in the play area. Grab a bite at one of the many restaurants or indulge in some retail therapy at a variety of stores.

Romantic Getaways For Couples

14. The Ibadan Polo Club

Do you like horses and exciting games? Then the Ibadan Polo Club is a great place to visit!

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Here’s what you can do there:

  • Watch polo: This is a fast-paced sport where people on horseback try to score goals with a mallet. It’s like horse hockey.
  • Go horseback riding: For a small fee, you can take a ride on a horse yourself and enjoy the beautiful green scenery.

15. The Jericho Mall

Another excellent option for a romantic date night is The Jericho Mall. This upscale mall boasts a sophisticated atmosphere, featuring trendy boutiques, art galleries, and high-end restaurants. Browse unique art pieces, find the perfect outfit for your special someone, or enjoy a candlelit dinner with breathtaking city views.

There’s a big shopping mall in Ibadan called Ibadan City Mall. Opened in 2016, this retail giant houses over 150 shops, a theatre, and a food court. It has the largest Shoprite store in Nigeria. This means you can not only go shopping there, but also take cool pictures inside the mall with your lover and show them off on social media like Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and whatever else you use. Pretty neat, huh?

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17. Lekan Salami Stadium

Hosting major sports events, festivals, and performances, this stadium received a makeover in 2021. It stands as a testament to Ibadan’s commitment to sports excellence.

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18. Bodija Market

Beyond souvenirs, Bodija Market offers a lively display of local life. From clothing to technology, it’s an excellent spot to experience the diversity of Ibadan.

Sources: Pulse

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