Fun Places In Abuja
Do you live in Abuja, or are you a regular visitor to the capital city? After working hard all week-long, or after implementing a rigorous business contract, regardless of the kind of job or business you do, there are several places you can unwind, relax and catch fun, alone, or with family and friends.
Let’s take a drive round the city and view 10 of such exciting places.
1. Jabi Lake
Jabi lake is a large body of water surrounded by land. This land has been developed over the years, into a park called, Jabi Park. It is located in Jabi district and recently welcomed a mall called Jabi Lake Mall, making the place a triple-fun destination.
The Jabi Lake is accessible from different parts of the main road and no fee is charged on entry. On a regular day at the Lake, one could get a speed boat ride for as low as N500 and for a family N1, 500 and horse ride cost N300 per trip. There is also a skiing facility for those who enjoy to ski.
A lot of people use the Jabi Park to celebrate one occasion or the other, e.g, wedding receptions. Picnickers are often found at the Jabi Park too. Hawkers of items ranging from snacks, soft drinks to trinkets are often found in the park, trying to get people to buy their wares.
The most exciting part of this location is the new Jabi Lake Mall. There are varieties of things one could get in the mall, from clothes, shoes, jewelry, food items, fruits, electronics, to cosmetics and health related medications at affordable prices. The mall also houses a Silverbird Cinema and Shoprite, two favourite fun spots for a lot of visitors. A movie tickets plus a drink and Pop Corn cost N2, 500.
At festive periods, there are special offers for both children and adults at the Cinema and also at the stores.
2. Magicland Amusement Park
The Magicland Amusement Park is located at Ikukwaba Hills, opposite the National Stadium Abuja. The Amusement park used to be known as Wonderland Park. It is promoted as the Nigerian version of Disneyland and it attracts both adult and children.
Day or night, the park is open, between the hours of 9am and 9pm at a low gate fee of N300. There are dozens of rides for both adult and children such as the Carousels, Roller Coaster, Water Splashes, Horse rides, Bumper cars, Train and Bee, Super spin, Pirate ship, Flying tower, Fire fighter, Jungle truck and a host of others. These rides cost between N300 and N600 per ride.
The Arcade Game Centre is a separate building on the property, flooded by children, teens and also adults.
Like in every other park, there are drinks and snacks stalls selling various kinds of mouth-watering food and non-alcoholic drinks.
3. Abuja Arts and Craft Village
The Abuja Arts and Craft Village is set in between the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre and the Silverbird Entertainment Centre with Sheraton Hotel behind it in the Central Business district. It is not really a village in the Nigerian sense of the word, but, all the shops and stores in the place are built with mud and thatched roofs with colourful paintings and art on the walls depicting the African culture.
If you are someone fascinated by art, driven by optimistic inclinations about the Nigerian artistic growth, you will enjoy being here. A tour into the village opens you up to sculpted warriors and horses, colourful beaded necklaces, bracelets and ear-rings, African traditional masks, traditional leather bags, wooden and bronze sculptures, leather artifacts, tie and dye (Adire) and several other relics and objects that represent the Nigerian and African culture.
Aside from coming here alone or with friends on an outing, it is also good to bring the children here as that will provide them with the opportunity to learn more about the history of different tribes in the country.
There are also quite a lot of stores where one can get food, snacks and different kinds of soft and fruit drinks. There are no charges of a fee at the entrance.
4. National Children’s Park and Zoo
The National Children’s Park and Zoo is located in the Asokoro district just behind the Presidential Villa. Every adult pays as low as N300 and the children N200 at the gate of the Park and Zoo, which houses a lot of wild animals such as Zebras, Camels, Antelopes, Monkeys, Crocodiles, Impala, Donkeys, Elephants, Tortoises, Wild cats, Baboons and different kinds of big birds like the Ostrich.
There are also domesticated animals kept in a secluded area for the pleasure of younger children.The park and zoo is a very ideal place for a family outing, school excursion, getaway outing for couples and group of friends who love being around animals.
Apart from picnicking, the park is also used for events such as children birthday parties, and other occasions. The café in the park and zoo offer the best snacks and milkshakes in town and it is opened between 9am and 6pm.
5. The Bank
The Bank isn’t a financial institution, but, an executive night club cum restaurant. It was founded in 2014 and patronized by celebrities (musical artists, Nollywood actors, fashion designers, elite bloggers, et al) and the wealthy socialites in the capital city.
The Bank is located in Wuse II and opens its doors at 10pm. The perfectionist chef who prepares mouth-watering delicacies lure visitors to make a return visit. The drinks and exotic cocktails are always on point, inclusive the topnotch services rendered by the staff, especially the security officials.
The club is divided into sections and people who come in groups are able to carve out their own private area without distraction from other guests. The Deejays in the house are very experienced and they can keep one on the dancing floor from dusk to dawn. The club isn’t open to the general public, but to wealthy and prominent citizens.
6. Ceddi Plaza
Ceddi Plaza is one of the largest shopping mall in the capital city. It opened to the public in 2005. It is located in the Central Business District and houses about fifty-five shops.
There are offices in the building owned by different reputable firms, movie theaters, bookstore, champagne lounge, restaurants, cafes, boutiques, home interior design stores, health and beauty salon, telephone store, gift shops, banking and ATMs, dry cleaning services, dental office, pharmacy, photo studio, event halls, children entertainment area and game zone. Most of the shops and stores are open during the day and a good number of them, including the movie theaters, bars, and lounges are opened in the evening.
Many families come with their wards in the evenings, after school hours to catch fun. You will also find teenagers between the age of 14 and 18 years, hanging around the cafes and buying movie tickets (cheaper for young adults and children), ready for an evening of entertainment. The weekends, public holidays and festive periods are the busiest times for every business in the plaza.
No fee is charged on entry and the building has an underground parking space with reliable security.
7. Sueno Bar and Wellness Center
The Sueno Bar and Wellness center is an interesting blend of a bar, spa, gym and restaurant which opens during the weekdays and on Saturday between 9am and 10pm and on Sundays between 1pm and 6pm. It is situated at Wuse II.
The restaurant offers international buffet, Nigerian and continental dishes and A la carte menu with a starting price of N3000 per meal.
The gym is well equipped with experienced trainers and advanced facilities. There are programs for guests who want to loose weight, eliminate belly fat, look physically fit, et al, at a reasonable fee ranging from N5000 to N75, 000, depending on the duration of the program.
One can get several body treatments at the spa, from facials to body massages such as hot stone massage, Shiatu massage and Tummy blasting, with considerable price tags between N3000 and N60, 000.There is also a Yoga studio with a ready instructor in the building.
8. The Trukadero Place
The Trukadero Place is a bowling center in the heart of Wuse II. It is open between the hours of 9am and 10pm. It is unbelievable that such a place exists in the metropolis. Many do not know of its existence in the city, but, to those who have found it, it has become a place to unwind and relax with family and friends, during the weekdays and at weekends.
There are instructors and trainers ready to teach and impart the skill of bowling to first time players and to those who have forgotten the art.
The relaxation hub also houses a restaurant and an amusement park cum indoor gaming area, making it a fun place for children and young adults. One does not require to pay a fee at the point of entry.
9. Millennium Park
The Millennium Park is the largest public park in the city, located in the Maitama district. It was opened in the year 2003 and inducted by her majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of United Kingdom during President Obasanjo’s administration.
The park is a free entry zone divided into two sections by a river. There are several pools and fountains in the area with a long, wide mass of green cropped grass that stretched throughout the land, with different kinds of trees and beautiful ornamental plants.
The children section has a lot of play-machines such as see-saw, slides, horse/car rides, etc. The park is a good location for picnicking, bird watching, walking, and a place to sit and think, especially for authors and writers in general. It’s amazing that while you sit and relax or picnicking with a companion, family and friend.
10. Blucabana Restaurant and Café
The Blucabana restaurant and café is in the Mabushi district of the capital city. It opens at 7am and closes at midnight.
It is an infusion of a restaurant, club, gym and beauty lounge, all rolled up in one for pure relaxing entertainment. Guests testify of the tranquil environment, great food and drinks which costs N5000 and above, the Olympic sized pool, the gym/physical fitness center, bubbling club, spa and the beauty lounge which offers a lot of treatments. Body treatments cost between N5000 and N64, 000. Skin care treatments cost between N38, 000 and N66, 000. Hair reduction on skin cost between N21, 000 and N134, 400. Waxing care cost between N4000 and N37, 000. Nails and threading cost between N4000 and N13, 000.
Blucabana is a definite hub for relaxation and networking.