36 Great Places To Visit On A Family Vacation In Nigeria

Vacation is a special bonding time for most families, the connections and memories formed during such family adventure make for stories that will last for generations. Children who are still in their formative years learn a lot from visiting new environment and interacting with people from different backgrounds. Some have even discovered their talent by chance while on vacation.

Many parents will love to embark on family adventure and spend quality time with their kids, beside the traditional travelling to the village with the whole family by the end of the year. However, they have little idea about amazing family vacation destinations in Nigeria.

Therefore, we present to you 36 great places to visit on a family vacation in Nigeria:

1. Obudu Cattle Ranch, Calabar

Obudu Cattle Ranch

Obudu Ranch Resort is wonder place for family vacation. It features a water park with water slide and a swimming pool, a golf course, night-time bonfires and horseback riding. Besides, you will be bonding with your families and nature as you hike through forests and mountains while watching birds. The accommodations are modern and you will enjoy admirable entertainment and quality food.

2. Yankari Games Reserve

Yankari Game Reserve

Children will be tickled at the sight of baboons, hippos, elephants and other 50 species of wildlife including variety of fishes and birds. The Marshall cave Systems and Wikki Warm Springs are exciting attractions ideal for family fun. The Wikki River is a natural swimming ground. Yankari also has outdoor and indoor sports facilities and suitable accommodation.

3. Okomu National Park, Edo State


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The Okomu National Park is a rain forest. It is a favourite spot for family picnics. Imagine watching above 150 varieties of birds each with its distinctive acrobatic display with your family. Similarly, children will be amazed at the sight of White throated monkey, forest elephants and other 33 wildlife species. Suitable air-conditioned accommodation is available.

4. Tinapa Business Resort

Tinapa Business And Leisure Resort, Cross River State

Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort is located near Calabar Free Trade Zone, it has top-notch facilities for wholesale and retail trade as well as entertainment and leisure. It has a children’s arcade, an eight-screen cinema, a mini amphitheatre, restaurants and pubs. It is a great place for a family vacation.

5. Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort

Ikogosi Warm Spring, Ekiti State

Ikogosi Warm Spring is a natural wonder, warm water spring flows side by side with a cold spring. The spot where the two springs merge is a distinctive attraction. The resort situated around the warm spring has various accommodation and recreational facilities suitable for family vacation.

6. Idanre Hills

Idanre Hills

The historic Idanre Hills are situated in Idanre town in Ondo State. The beauty and the precise architectural design employed by nature in arranging of the hills is amazing. A total of 640 steps is required to reach the top with 5 resting spot on the way. The scenery of the green vegetation surrounding the hills and the crystal clear Arun River on the hill top visiting the hills a communion with nature as well.

7. Ikeja Shopping Mall

Ikeja Shopping Mall

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Ikeja City Mall is a shopping and entertainment resort. It is strategically located in the centre of Ikeja and it features a range of entertainment options for families including cinema and kiddies zone. There are many restaurants located in the shopping mall, and they serve the best food from several cuisines including African foods.

8. Owu Water Falls

Owu Falls, Kwara State

This spectacular waterfall is situated in Owu Isin Local Government of Kwara State. The water fall tumbles down 330 feet through rocky landscape to form an ice cold water pool below. This refreshing scenery is a favourite family vacation spot. There are a range of accommodation to suit any taste and budget.

9. The Palms Shopping Mall

The Palms shopping Mall

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Palms Shopping Mall is family-preferred entertainment and shopping mall. The mall features several exciting activities, cinema, shopping stores and restaurants.

10. Lekki Leisure Lake

Lekki Leisure Lake

Visit: Lekki Leisure Lake

11. Rojenny Tourist Village

Rojenny Tourist Village is a wonderful place for family vacation. It features an amusement park, sporting and recreational facilities and much more. Rojenny Tourist Village is situated on the outer edge of Onitsha town, Anambra State. Visit: Rojenny Tourist Village

12. Olumo Rock, Abeokuta -Tourist Centre

Olumo Rock

Located in Abeokuta, Ogun State is Olumo Rock; a massive outcrop of granite rocks of prehistoric formation. The highest point of the rock is about 137m above sea level. There are several caves on the rock a few of which is 20 feet long and 25 feet wide. It is such a serene environ for family vacation.

13. Jos Wildlife Park

Jos Wildlife Park

Jos wildlife Park is a man-made wildlife park. Set in an undulating landscape with different species of plant and picnic sites, Jos Wildlife Park hosts several wild life like hippos, buffalos, lions, pigmy horses, birds, crocodiles, pythons and much more. Children’s play ground, picnic pine forest, wildlife museum, video viewing centre and restaurants are some of the attractions of the Park.

14. Oguta Lake Holiday Complex


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In Oguta Local Government Area, Imo State is located Oguta fresh water Lake. Oguta Holiday Resort has a lot of facilities and services to make your family enjoy their vacation which includes: Golf course of international standard, mini children recreational park, cruise boat services much more. Swimming is another activity and the confluence of Oguta Lake and Urashi River make for good sightseeing.

15. Enemabia Warm Spring

Ememabia Warm Spring located in Benue State is a spectacular location for swimming in its natural warm water.  It is also an amazing spot for family excursion as the scenery of its surrounding make for a good family sightseeing adventure.

16. Port Harcourt Tourist Beach

Port Harcourt Tourist Beach

The Port Harcourt Tourist Beach is a scenic stretch of sandy landscape side by side with a beautiful water body.  It is an amazing spot for picnic and family vacation. The live performances of Cultural entertainers add to the fun and the resort offers sunbathing sites, restaurants and accommodation for all classes.

17. The Benin City National Museum

National Museum, Benin City

The Benin City National Museum has on exhibition an array of artefacts related to the Benin Empire like terracotta, bronze figures and cast iron pieces. It is a nice place to visit on family vacation as the kids will learn a lot about the famous Benin Empire.

18. Abraka Turf and Country Club

Abraka Turf and Country Club

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Located on the plains of Delta coastline, Abraka Turf and Country Club offers savannah adventure, natural reserves and clear emerald green river. It’s a holiday retreat for families and it provides recreational activities to keep adults and children happy. Watching the river flowing rhythmically and slowly is a fascinating way to bond with both your family and nature.

19. Jhalobia Recreation Park and Gardens


Located at the heart of Lagos, Jhalobia Recreation Park and Gardens features children’s play ground, waterfalls, sculpture, green lawns, exotic trees, flowers and palms, ponds and much more. A perfect atmosphere to bond with both nature and your family.

20. The National War Museum Umuahia

National War Museum

The war museum Umuahia offers you the opportunity to teach your children about the lowest point of Nigerian history, it has three Major galleries: the traditional warfare gallery, the Armed Forces gallery, and the civil war gallery.

21. IITA Forest, Ibadan

IITA Forest

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The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has a forest reserve at their campus in Ibadan, it serves as a research and leisure destination as well as a sightseeing spot. This natural reserve is home to various species of birds with a 3 kilometre long lake filled with diverse fish species. Visit: IITA

22. Millennium Park


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Millennium Park is the largest public park in Abuja. A narrow river run through the centre of the park, there are pleasant walkways with fountains and lights. A section of the park is devoted to scientific knowledge of the natural environment, it has Italian-style garden layout while another section comprises of untouched nature with brushwood and greenhouses for tropical birds and butterflies.

23. Wonderland Amusement Park & Resort


Wonderland Amusement Park & Resort is a world class recreation centre, situated opposite the National Stadium Abuja. It offers games and rides for various age categories, a leisure garden for relaxing, several restaurants and shops.  Visit: Wonderland Amusement Park and Resort

24. Funtopia Water Park


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Funtopia is a children’s world. Funtopia Water Park is located in Ibeju-Lekki and it brings adults and children together into its exciting world where fantasy is supreme. There are fun sections for kids below the age of three; parents can also have fun with their children when they play, swim and enjoy several water sports.

25. Nike Art Gallery

Interior of Nike Art Gallery

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Nike Art Gallery is wonderful place to visit with your children, you never know if one might discover his latent talent.  Located in Lagos, it has a lot of artworks on display which includes beadwork, painting, drumming, singing and dancing, stone works and carvings, traditional loom weaving, indigo dyeing, embroidery etc.

26. Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary

Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary

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Located in Cross River State, Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary is a preservation centre for chimpanzee, gorillas, drill monkeys and many other endangered primates. It is also a home to large migratory roosts in Africa. It’s a perfect destination for ‘family’s day out’, parents can take their children here to experience the amazing wildlife it offers.

27. Tarkwa Bay


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Tarkwa Bay located along the harbor of Lagos is a sheltered beach that can be accessed by boat from either Maroko or under Falomo Bridge on Victoria Island. It offers safe swimming conditions for small children and other recreational water sports.

28. The Calabar Museum


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The Calabar Museum is a slave trade museum set in a beautiful colonial structure. The museum offers a variety of exhibitions which include artefacts and artworks of pre-colonial and colonial era as well as documentations on slave trade and relics of British Empire.

29. Terra Kulture

Terra Kulture

Terra Kulture is a place for recreation for the whole family while educating your kids on African culture. Crafts and arts of different Nigerian ethnic groups are on display. Terra Kulture which is located in Lagos state has library with rich information on Nigeria and Africa as a whole.

31. Maiyegun Beach

Maiyegun beach is situated in Oti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State. It is well known for hosting the famous Lekki Sunsplash Musical Concert. The beach is a great vacation destination, where you can enjoy the sun and have a picnic with your family while gazing at the beautiful water views.

32. Lekki Conservation Center


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Lekki Conservation Centre is a reserve for wildlife in Lagos. The natural habitats of this centre has preserved making it a vacation spot for nature lovers from around the world. It is located situated in Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos, on Lekki Peninsula.

33. Eleko Beach

Eleko Beach

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Eleko Beach is a beautiful, serene and tranquil public beach along the peninsula. It is one of the best beaches for family hangout in Lagos. There are nice beach huts and food joints along the seashore. Eleko beach is lauded for its beautiful landscape, sun-dappled water and sands.The beach is family-friendly.

34. National Children’s Park and Zoo

National Children Park and Zoo

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The National Children’s Park and Zoo located in Asokoro District, Abuja has wildlife and domestic animals. It also has plenty of playgrounds and activities for children. It allows children to get up close to some of the most exciting animals like the lions and monkeys.

35. Ifoko Beach

Ifoko Beach is a popular spot in Port Harcourt. It is maintained by the residents. Rainforest borders the shoreline which offers tourists a chance to stroll along the shore and impressive scenery and also follow the nature trails to see wildlife living in the rainforest. The centre serves as a tourist attraction as well as being significant for the culture, tradition and history of the Igbo people.

36. Erin Ijesha Waterfall


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Erin Ijesha waterfalls also known as Olumirin waterfalls is a natural sauna located in Ijesha, Osun State. The falls has seven layers of ascending plains with all the levels having breathing views and the freshness of the water is energising. Being at these different levels and just basking in the invigorating freshness of the falls is an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

Do you have a favourite family vacation destination? Tell us in the comments below:

33 thoughts on “36 Great Places To Visit On A Family Vacation In Nigeria

  1. Many thanks for these beautiful nature tour…Nigeria is really blessed…

    • Please leave your comment… This is incredible. Obudu Catle Ranch is my main target to spend my longest holiday, and i will also visit one of the best UNESCO recognised tourist centre, Osun Osogbo groove. It wondered me why you did not include Osun Groove. 9ija 4 lyf! ‘YARZ BABA’

  2. Beautiful places how do I get to one these places

    • By getting to one of the places!

  3. Great write-up and many thanks for sharing.
    I can add quite a number of other vacation sites to your rich list:

    1. Marina Resort, Calabar – Comprising of circus ring horse ride, an audio-visual Slave Trade Museum, a cinema, outdoor bar and live band, jet ski rides and boatrides on the Calabar River creek (across town to Tinapa Resort)

    2. CERCOPAN (Located Off M/Mohammed Way also in Calabar. Is a haven for rare and estranged species of monkeys and apes. You can see some of the less than 100 specie of blue bottom monkey on earth, etc

    3. The Osun Grooves and Shrine in Osogbo, Osun State

    4. Miccom Resort and Golf Course in Ada, Osun State. Its about 35 minutes drive from the state capital Osogbo.

    5. Nike Lake, Enugu Enugu State

    6. Songhai Farms; Located in Bori, Rivers State

    7. Ibom Meridien Golf Hotel and Resort, located in Uyo Akwa Ibom State

    8. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Osun State. It was voted one of the best 25 Estates of all categories on earth in 1992. Places of interest include;
    – Asa Dam (It also has an industrial scale water treatment plant that serves the campus population
    – Natural History Museum
    – The Zoological Garden
    – The Institute of African Studies
    – The Theatre Arts Dept with its famous ”Pit Theatre”
    – Numerous architectural masterpieces like the 3000 Seater Amphitheatre, Hezekiah Oluwasanmi Library, Faculties of Administration, Law and Social Sciences, Civil Engineering Block, a.k.a ‘Spider Building’ and many more

    I gotta go now, will like to contribute regularly anyway.

  4. Am so excited about the roll out of family vacation destination and holiday fun places to visit and i really want us to use this information as the only tool for us to sell the Nigeria Brand to the outside world.
    This information will really be nice to have it on the nations website and the tourism board should run with it.may i also suggest that the zoological garden at the university of Ibadan as well as the Lagos bar beach be listed among this destination places.
    We really need to sell our country with what we have so that it will eventually be the desired destination for the whole world to visit and spend their money and we can finally have income elsewhere fossil fuel.

  5. This are good places but try and also include Saminaka Holiday Resort with the following view
    Olympic pool, golf course, beach club, V.I.P club, world club, fish pond, cattle farm, poultry, mini zoo view, chopper ground. with children playing ground with over 20 horses and over 290 room.
    with Greenland cover. basketball coat, gym, and long tennis coat.

  6. Owu water fall @ kwara state isn’t a place to think of going @ d moment bcos d facility dre is realy poor, it is jus like an abandoned résort centre, realy realy far from d road.

  7. why is whispering palms Badagry not on the list?

  8. Hi! please help us by putting the names of the states were this places are located. thanks!

  9. Gurara water falls Suleija Minna Road, ….Awesome place but no accommodation…you got to plan a day’s trip from kaduna, Minna or Abuja Gwagwalada

  10. You did not add Whispering Palm Iworo Ajido badagry Lagos and La capine tropicana you can visit the place to get a view. Its a place to visit

  11. Great writing. But you didn’t include University of Ibadan it is the oldest in the country and o it has one of the most maintained facilities, beyond that, the Zoo there is very great having many species of animals I was there recently with my family. Last August precisely.

  12. Nice article, but you forgot to include Gembu (Mambilla plateau ) in Taraba state! It’s one destination I suggest for every family I’m Nigeria to visit. Do your research on it!

    Thank you

  13. This is great. You are doing a great service by giving us valuable information about beautiful places we can visit in our country.. Thank you so much! I will start off with Idanre hills today!

  14. Just to remind you about Osun groove in osogbo

  15. Interesting piece, can’t wait to start moving around. Thanks a lot for this.

  16. Hmmmm! Am thrill by the list. I’ll also suggest you take a trip to Akoko Edo too. So many mountainous site to behold. In Igarra,Somorika and Ososo hills and carnivals during the yule season. You can spend the night in some of the 2 and 3 stars hotels springing up around town.

  17. Many thanks to u.. Love this post
    Really have a lot of places to visit

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  19. Thanks so much for this rich list. Been planning for a while to do the cheap and cheery and take my children on a tour of Nigeria rather than the usual UK/US trips where all you do is sit in, eat, sleep or shop. Let them see the sights and sounds of Nigeria and the magnificent beauty therein. These are great ideas and I think we’ll do Lekki Conservation Center, Olumo Rock and IITA this long vacation and do Tinapa/Obudu in December.

    However, please include on your list the following: Assop Falls, Plateau State, Rayfield Resorts, Jos and Abraka River Resort, Delta State.

    Well done.

  20. yes , you are doing great work

  21. Ogbunike cave was a huge experience for me. Highly recommended. Do add it in your reviewed list. Great job.

  22. Good job! I’m so impressed by this great compilation. Well done! I know this great country has a lot to offer but to see it spelled out like this just wows me.

  23. Please leave your comment…it’s a theme park in the heart of Ibeju-Lekki Lagos, featuring a world class zoo, amusement park, seaworld, go karting quad biking, archery and a whole lot of our door fun. it’s a gr8 place for a family getaway, or team bonding with your colleagues….

  24. @olabisi Falase, what is the name of the theme park in the heart of Ibeju Lekki that you described?

  25. Great places to bond with the family… There is a new place as well, Eliesy fun house located at km 4 and 5 Ilesha-benin expressway, between mania and nnpc mega station, akure, Ondo state. Its indoors and available all year round with go karts, simulation games etc..

  26. Please add Whispering Palms in Badagry to the list its really a great and wonderful place to visit.TRhis is really a nice job done to have allthese amazing parks on a page ,guys kudos to you.Will try tinapa and Lekki Conservation center next yr with my family.Thanks for this beautiful piece.

  27. Nigeria is truly blessed…with all these wonderful tourist attractions across its landscape.A purposeful collaboration with private investors will see most states boosting their IGR through this avenue while also promoting in- country tourism amongst the Nigerian populace. Please add to your list the newly upgraded Agodi Garden in Ibadan ,Oyo State.

  28. OMU Resort, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos State

  29. The place i love most of all is Lacapane tropicana

  30. I love the way you represent all the locations. I also did a youtube video of tourist destinations in Nigeria

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