1. The National Arts Theater
The National Theatre is an architectural masterpiece and a cultural landmark located at Iganmu, in the heart of Lagos. It is easily accessible from every corner of the city. Covering an area of about 23,000 square meters and standing well over 31 meters tall, the multipurpose National Theatre was established for the preservation, presentation and promotion of Arts and Culture in Nigeria.
2. Olumo Rock
Olumo Rock is where many people went for safety in the 19th century. These days, the rock has been modified to include restaurants, museum and an elevator to the top of the rock.
3. National Museums
Nigeria is filled with history, art and culture and the best place to experience them is at the museums.
Nigerian National Museum, Lagos
Nigeria National History Museum
The museum, founded in 1957, is located in Onikan, Lagos. The National Museum is definitely worth seeing, but note – no cameras are allowed.
National War Museum, Umuahia
National War Museum
Nominated among the seven wonders for tourists in Nigeria, the National War Museum is an great tourist attraction located in Umuahia, Abia State. The museum comprises of the Armed Forces gallery, the civil war gallery and the traditional warfare gallery.
National Museum, Benin City
National Museum, Benin
Founded in 1973, The National Museum in Benin has a notable collection of intrinsic artworks such as bronze sculptures, terracotta, cast iron pieces that represents stones of the Old Benin Empire.
4. Taiwo Olowo’s Monument
This is the tomb of the late Chief Daniel Conrad Taiwo. The monument is located on Broad Street, Lagos Island. There is a legend around the monument that says the monument was built by melting thousands of pennies.
5. Tafawa Balewa Square
Tafawa Balewa Square is located at Onikan, Lagos. It is used for many public celebrations.
6. Aso Rock and Caves
Aso Rock is found on the outskirts of Abuja and it rises about 936 meters above sea level! Many important buildings are located near this rock, most notably the Presidential Villa.
7. Cross River National Park
Cross River National Park is the largest area of undisturbed rainforest in the country, and has been described as the Amazon of Nigeria; it seemingly goes on forever, over into Cameroon. It also houses the famous Agbokim waterfall. The park is spectacularly beautiful, with green, rainforest-cloaked mountains and enormous trees.
8. Gurara Falls
The Gurara river is a large tributary of the famous River Niger and is most impressive after the rainy season when the water becomes a raging torrent while in January. It is an impressive 30 metres tall with a span of up to 200 metres across, dependent on the season.
9. Gashaka Gumti National Park
Gashaka-Gumti National Park is a national park in Nigeria, It was gazetted from two game reserves in 1991. It is located in the eastern provinces of Taraba and Adamawa.
10. Abuja National Mosque
Abuja National Mosque, also known as the Nigerian National Mosque, is the national mosque of Nigeria. The mosque was built in 1984 and is open to the non-Muslim public.
11. Ogbunike Cave Resorts
The Ogbunike Caves have been described by a lot of people as one of Nigeria’s greatest geographical masterpieces. Located in a valley blanketed by tropical rain forest, the collection of caves has been in use over centuries by local people for whom it has particular spiritual representation.
12. Obudu Mountain Resort
Obudu is one of the finest and most magnificent tourist destinations in the world today. Deep in the tropical rain forest of Cross River State, it presents an area of tranquility. Obudu has increasingly become popular amongst tourists, adventurers and event planners from all around Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
13. Tinapa Resort
Tinapa is a business and leisure resort conceptualized to be an integrated business resort. It also has an open exhibition area for trade exhibitions and other events, a movie production studio commonly referred to as “Studio Tinapa” or “Nollywood”, an entertainment strip that comprise a casino, an Eight-Screen Cinema, a children’s arcade, restaurants and a mini amphitheater, a night club and pubs.
14. Benin Moat
Considered one of the greatest achievements by man in the 13th century, the Benin Moat is the largest earthwork in the world. It is 32,000 kilometres in length and was constructed entirely without any labor saving equipment.
15. Owu Falls
They’re the steepest falls in the whole of West Africa but they are great for one particular thing: Pictures! The falls are most dramatic in the rainy season.
16. Yankari National Park
Yankari National Park is a large wildlife park located in the south-central part of Bauchi State, in northeastern Nigeria. It is a unique way for tourists and holidaymakers to watch wildlife in its natural habitat. Yankari was originally created as a game reserve in 1956, but later designated Nigeria’s biggest national park in 1991.
17. Sungbo Eredo’s Monument
It’s the Eredo monument, hidden away and submerged within the thick rain forests of Ijebu land. The monument is 20 to 25 miles in diameter and over 20 meters deep. and in terms of sheer size it’s the largest single monument in Africa. It is also Africa’s largest man made structure located in Ijebu-Itele, Ogun State.
Myth: There is a pot there purportedly left by Sungbo that has “never” run out of water. It is believed to have healing powers and can cure infertility in women who bathe with some of it!
18. Kainji Dam
Kainji Dam is the first dam that was built in Nigeria, it was built in the year 1968. It is also the oldest, still functional plant in Nigeria and one of the longest dams in the world. It extends for about 10 kilometers.
19. National Church of Nigeria
Also known as National Christian Centre, the National Church of Nigeria is one of the largest Christian centres in Abuja. The inter-denominational church displays remarkable work of architecture and excellent work of craftsmanship. Visitors can see the pivotal arches leading to the altar. The altar is placed in the central point in the church and devotees can complete a rotation in about just 10 minutes. The windows have colourful stained galls windows in red, green and yellow. The centre organises every Christian ceremony and it is open for the public on days other than public holidays.
20. Omenka gallery
The Omenka Gallery was established in 2003 by The Ben Enwonwu Foundation to increase the visibility and appreciation of Nigerian visual art and culture; and to preserve and build on the life and work of Nigerian artists.
21. Zuma Rock
It is 2,379 feet tall!!! Very similar to Aso Rock, Zuma Rock is located in Niger State along the road linking Abuja and Kaduna. It was a means of defense for the Gbagyi people during the inter-tribal wars.