The most popular city in south-south Nigeria, Uyo is a local government area and the capital of Akwa Ibom – ‘Land Of Promise’, a major oil producing state.
An activity-packed destination featuring culture, outdoor activities, fine museums, attractions and miles of beaches, Uyo presents a picture of enchanting coastal, mangrove forest, beautiful sand beach resorts, and other interesting places one can visit.
Whether an adventure seeker , movie lovers, golfer, foodie, shopaholic or collector of random facts, you will find there are so many things to do while visiting. Here is a list of the top 10 places to go and fun things to do in Uyo.
1. UNITY PARK (CENOTAPH)
Unity Park also known as Cenotaph is a popular attraction in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Located at Udo Udoma Avenue close to Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Complex, the public park doubles as a cenotaph for fallen heroes. The Armed Forces Remembrance Day, which is an annual event is held at the Unity Park, Uyo.
You can visit the Unity Park for free during your stay in Uyo. The park is open for social events and recreational activities. The must suitable day of the week to visit for maximum fun is Saturday. Join other tourists and locals for activities ranging from sports to parties.
2. LE MERIDIEN IBOM HOTEL & RESORT
Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort, Uyo is the largest Golf Resort in Nigeria. The resort spans over 135 hectares of land and boasts of adequate recreational facilities. Le Meridien Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort, Uyo is a spectacular delight featuring a large outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre/ gym, a sauna, a steam bath, a boutique, golf shop, as well as an exquisite restaurant & bar. Ibom Resort boast of the Marina club which plays host to a number of leisurely activities like Lawn tennis, table tennis, squash, snooker, table soccer and board games. To book a stay at the luxurious rooms at Le Meridien Ibom Hotel, you can make a reservation online and enjoy great deals through Jumia Travel.
3. AMALGAMATION HOUSE
The Amalgamation House in Uyo is a one storey cottage which holds an historic importance as it was where Lord Lugard proclaimed the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern protectorates of Nigeria in 1914. It is an historical relic of the colonial era and a major point of interest in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Amalgamation House serves as the premier administrative headquarters in Akwa Ibom State before it was moved to the city of Calabar.
4. PRESYBTERIAN CHURCH UYO
The Presybterian Church Uyo is frequented by tourists from around world. The church was built by “Mary Slessor”, the famous missionary who helped stop the killing of twins in the region. The Presybterian Church has become a museum where people come to see the tomb and learn learn about the life and history of Mary Slessor. The church is a tourist attraction and place of interest open to the public for free.
5. IBOM CONNECTION
Located at the city centre of Uyo, Ibom Connection is an exquisite monument that symbolizes the unity of the people of Akwa Ibom. This magnificient place of interest in Uyo boasts of exquisite art works, aesthetically pleasing flowers. If you are visiting Uyo, check out this amazing landmark to see great pieces of art works, take exciting pictures and learn about the culture and history of Akwa Ibom people.
6. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF COLONIAL HISTORY
The National Museum of Colonial History which was established 1989 is located at Wellington Bassey Way, P.M.B 1109, Uyo, Akwa Ibom within the Governor’s Office Complex.
The museum boasts of an education centre, a research library and a museum shop.
National Museum of Colonial History features ethnographic pieces, antiques, artefacts, carvings archival and personal items, several publications and the history of Akwa Ibom State creation. The museum also features a spectacular view of boats on the creeks from its shaded waterfront garden.
7. AKWA IBOM INTERNATIONAL STADIUM
Akwa Ibom International Stadium also known as Godswill Obot Akpabio international Stadium is a 30,000 seater, multi purpose sport complex in Uyo. The ultra mordern stadium is modelled after Allianz Arena in Germany. Regarded as one of the best stadiums in Nigeria, it lays host to several social, religious and cultural events. Some of the facilities at the Akwa Ibom stadium include media facilities, box office, floodlights, a helipad, dressing rooms, generator, 400m standard tracks, emergency exits, 30,000 capacity main bowl, VVIP and VIP areas, warm up facility featuring 6 lane 400m tracks. The stadium is popularly referred to as the champions nest. It is a sports enthusiasts delight.
8. EKPE FESTIVAL
Enjoy Ekpe Festival annually held in the month of december. Experience the vibrant display of the cultural heritage of Akwa Ibom people during this festival. Ekpe masquerades are usually clad in leopard attires and the masquarade is said to be an ancestral spirit that lives in the jungle. Experiencing this festival will leave you with a memorable experience on Akwa Ibom, its people and culture.
9. DISCOVERY PARK
An idea place to enjoy the perfect blend of a great scenery, fine music and tasty local delicacies, visit the Discovery Park in Uyo to enjoy a relaxing and exciting evening with friends and locals. An ideal place to meet people and make friends, discovery park is features restaurants and stalls that offer delicious local dishes ranging from suya to goat meat peppersoup. The park is usually open daily from 8am to 11pm but opens 1pm and closes 11pm on sundays.
10. ORON MUSEUM
Are you an art enthusiast visiting Uyo, Akwa Ibom? Oron Museum will leave you with memories to cherish, visit the museum to see various art works, antiques, traditional instruments, attires, pottery and masquerade costumes.
Several carvings and unique historical relics can be found in Oron Museum, you can also a serene view of nearby creeks with boats from the museum.