With the rapid urbanisation in Lagos, Lagosians are experiencing a more hectic lifestyle. There is a need for more green spaces for recreation during the not-so-busy weekends. Here is a list of green spaces in Lagos, in no particular order.
Lufasi—an acronym for Lekki Urban Forest and Animal Sanctuary Initiative—provides one of the most enjoyable places to spend time away from the city fumes and breathe fresh air, perfumed by the numerous plant species that thrive here. Don’t forget to ask for freshly tapped palm wine.
Majek 1st gate, Km 41, Lekki Epe Expressway
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Lekki Conservation Centre
The reserve has open fields, gazebos, and sheds for relaxation or for picnics. The boardwalk enables visitors to explore and view nature and wildlife. There are also a couple of bird hides to observe birds in the open swamp areas. About 21 meters high up in the sky is a tree house where tourists can have a panoramic view and also a canopy walk, the longest in Africa.
Km 19, Lekki-Epe Expressway
Lakowe Lakes and Golf Resort
If you are looking for a charming wonderland for the whole family to visit, come to Lakowe. A 35 km drive from Lagos, Lakowe boasts a lake, lush palm groves, a spa, sports facilities, an 18-hole championship golf course, and a Corporate Lodge. This is the perfect getaway place.
Chinua Achebe Close, Lakowe Lakes Golf Estate, Ibeju, Lekki
Freedom Park—a former colonial prison turned park and concert venue—is a great space to relax and play peek-a-boo, with beautiful fountain and green areas that children and parents can explore and enjoy together.
Broad Street, Lagos Island
There is one perfect spot for sunset in Lagos, the lagoon front. On a clear evening, you can see sunsets over the Third Mainland Bridge. There are canoes at the side of the lagoon that one can get in and paddlers to take you to the other side. Other charms here include a pathway for a stroll, a picnic or a jog.
University of Lagos, Akoka
Muri Okunola Park
Extensive, elegant and full of shady glades and a beautiful fountain, this park serves as a wonderful place for monthly musical concerts. It’s also a good place to buy art souvenirs.
Ozumba Mbadiwe Road, Victoria Island
An acronym for Johnson Jakande Tinubu, this is a large area opened sometime last year. Get your music box, pack some food and head straight to this place.
Governor's Road, Oregun, Ikeja
Jibowu Recreational Park
Opened in October, the small park is replete with fountains, gazebos, and a nice walkway. It is divided into two areas, an area under the bridge and another called the media garden.
Ndubuisi Kanu Park
The ambiance and the coolness of nature in this park make it a must-visit when you find yourself in Ikeja. The huge space presents a playing ground for the kids to run around. You can’t come in with your food though.
Mobolaji Johnson Avenue, Ikeja
Gani Fawehinmi Garden, Ojota
A lush, small, green garden with a view of the Ojota-Ketu road, the park is dedicated to the memory of the great legal icon and activist Gani Fawehinmi.
16 Gbadebo Street, Ojota
Adebayo Mayowa Ebenezer, Founder of Naidrenalin Adventures
Suddenly the music gets louder and all the waiters stop what they are doing and begin clapping...