Abuja is one of the Nigeria’s most interesting cities as visitors can return and find that they have only scratched the surface of what the federal capital has has to offer. The city is a vibrant, cosmopolitan region, however, picking the right destination for a family rendezvous can be very tasking as there are a plethora of choices to make especially with family and kids in the equation.
Wondering where the best family-friendly attractions are? Do not sweat it – there are dozens of exciting places to go as this place features some of the most popular fun spots in the country, and the very ‘zen’ environment makes it one of the best places to bring your kids.
Jovago.com, Africa’s No. 1 online hotel booking service has selected Abuja’s top 5 family-friendly destinations for you to consider!
A staple landmark of the city, every family who visits Abuja ends up here sooner or later – sometimes more than once. The largest and most popular park inaugurated by her majesty Queen Elizabeth 11, the Millennium Park offers visitors the perfect setting for spending a quiet time with friends. It’s beautiful scenery is perfect for a stroll any time of day. Also, the open fields and fresh air provides the ideal setting for a picnic. Visitors can also play games, take tour or just relax on the lush greenery around the park. The landscape offers plenty to explore and it is free and open to all.
On a first trip to Abuja with kids, you should visit the city’s most noticeable feature and iconic landmark – Aso Rock. A huge tourist spot, it is one of the few places in the city which kids are have been taught about in school and they usually want to see what the fuss is about for themselves. They also know that when they return from their vacation, everyone will ask if they actually saw the President’s office…every child wants to answer yes to that question. Even for parents who have passed by Aso Rock before, experience a thrill to see it for the first time through their children’s eyes.
Wonderland Amusement Park
Another famous landmark which your kids will never forget as the photo ready scene will make it quite literally unforgettable, Wonderland Amusement Park is the biggest, most highly equipped amusement park in Abuja’s Central Business District. Kids will enjoy running through the landscape, playing on the numerous rides offered at park, while parents can take walks at the garden. The family can have a refreshing meal at the Fulani Ranch after games.
National Children’s Park and Zoo
Showcasing a number of species from around the world, the National Children’s Park and Zoo located in Asokoro District, Abuja is the city’s largest urban zoo for children. Children of all ages go wild over the lions, majestic gorillas and monkeys craving bananas. Folks of all ages can spend an entire day relishing the beautifully manicured grounds.
This lakeside offers the only near-beach experience within Abuja. Less than a kilometer from Nordic Residence, the man-made lake with ample green vegetation, is a nice placefor families to relax or engage in social and sporting activities; including boat trips on the lake, skating or horse riding. Parents can engage in a bit of fishing while the young ones enjoy a luxury of games and fun activities besides the waterfront.