Looking for fun things to do in Ibadan? Whether you are new in the city or you want to discover some new fun places, kindly relax. In this article, you are going to discover a few exciting places you should check out anytime you find yourself in Ibadan. Here you go!

1Bower’s Memorial Tower

Located in ‘Oke-Are’ in Igbo Agala, the tower was built in 1930. This tower is fondly referred to as ‘Oke Layipo’ by the locals because of its spiral stairs. From this tower, you can view the entire city of Ibadan. It is a great spot for anyone who is in love with cultural heritage. Note that if you will be going with kids, they should be supervised by an adult when climbing the stairs of the tower.

2. Mapo Hall

Mapo Hall is a large city mall in Ibadan built on top of Mapo hill. The hall took about five years to be constructed before it was later unveiled. Mapo Hall is a great spot for holding events. It has a mini-museum that holds various relics of the colonial era. There are various pictures of both previous and current prominent rulers of Oyo state in the hall. This dates back from the first Olubadan to current one. You can take beautiful pictures at the mall, attend an event or hold social events.

3. Agodi Gardens

Agodi Gardens is one of the biggest tourist centers in Ibadan, consisting of a zoological garden and a park. Agodi Gardens and Resort is a great spot for people who love nature or hanging out with friends and family. At Agodi Gardens, fun lovers and tourists can enjoy picnic under the beautiful tropical trees. You can also organize various outdoor and social gatherings. You can explore the mini zoo, check out the waterpark, or even go on a boat ride with friends. The kids are not left out as there are children’s facilities like the swimming pool with inflated balloons. Finally, a top-class restaurant is available to cater for your food cravings.

4. Cocoa House

Cocoa House is the first skyscraper building in Ibadan. It is a 26-storey building constructed in 1965 in the heart of Ibadan. It houses the headquarter of Cooperative Bank Ibadan which is now Skye Bank. Cocoa House is used as a venue for both corporate and social events. It has a beautiful water fountain and a cocoa tree in significance to the name of the building. The last floor accommodates the O’dua Museum and Hall of Fame commissioned by Professor Wole Soyinka.

5. University of Ibadan Zoo

The University of Ibadan Zoological Garden is an ancient garden founded over six decades ago, in the Department of Zoology, at the University of Ibadan. It became a full-fledged zoo in 1974. The zoo consists of a wide variety of animals ranging from mammals to reptiles, amphibians, and birds. Ibadan Zoo is open all week between 8:00am and 6:30pm. It is a great spot to explore while you are in Ibadan.

6. National Museum Ibadan

The National Museum opened in April 2004 is a home of priceless historical artifacts that celebrates the culture of Nigeria. One of the best ways to explore Ibadan in terms of history and culture is to visit the National Museum. The museum consists of four sections: Unity Gallery, Yoruba Gallery, Masquerade Gallery, and Pottery Gallery. It is a perfect spot for a family hangout and to explore the natural culture of Ibadan.

7. IITA Forest Reserve

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Forest Reserve is an absolutely beautiful, highly diversified forest reserve. It preserves over 200 bird species, 220 butterfly species and 440 plants used for medicinal purposes. The Forest Reserve is also an important resource for scientific research, training, and environmental education. School groups and students come for field trips and the Forest Unit organizes workshops on various topics, such as Beekeeping, Tree Propagation, etc.

8. Irefin Palace

Irefin Palace is one of the highly recognized compounds in Ibadan. The palace was built around 1902 with a number of 185 rooms where people still live till date. Visiting Irefin palace gives you the opportunity to learn more about the history of Ibadan. The Irefin compound is popular because of the ancient structures in it till date. It is located in Beere area.

9. Trans Wonderland Park

Trans Wonderland Park is one of the most visited and popular amusement parks in Ibadan. It is also referred to as Nigeria Disney land because of the decor and other attractions like the Roller Coaster, Electronic Bumper Cars, Panoramic Wheels, Ferris Wheels, Merry-go-round Horses, Space Station, Flying Chain Chairs, Dragon Boats, among many others.

10. Topfat Art Gallery

It is one of the most beautiful art galleries in Ibadan showcasing different talents of local Nigerians across the nation. Topfat Art Gallery is a great spot to visit if you want to fill your eyes with breathtaking, exquisite, memorable, and amazing artistries by Nigerians.

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