Apapa Amusement Park! Yay! I am actually doing it. Slowly ticking things off my bucket list. For someone that stays indoor mostly, this is a big deal. My plan at the beginning of the year to visit different places in Lagos is coming to life. Apapa Amusement Park is the fourth place I am visiting which is a little below the original plan. The plan was to go to a place at least once every month. Grateful so far. It has been a journey.
Apapa Amusement Park (Randle Rd, Apapa, Lagos) is an amusement park in Lagos, Nigeria. The park was built in 2008 and it spans an area of approximately 7.7 acres. The park reopened after a three-year closure and complete makeover in 2015. (Wikipedia)
I had vaguely heard of Apapa Amusement Park but when Cassie Daves went there and blogged about it, I knew I had to go. Also, my former roommate shared pictures of her trip there which were beautiful. My friend (Ola) and I planned to go together as usual before we learnt that it was better to go with a small group. We planned to go with six other people but at the end of the day we were just three that made it. So, no planning stuff with others again because people dropping out last minute almost ruined the trip.
Last Saturday, we set out to go. It is the raining season in Nigeria so I checked the weather forecast and it was going to rain. I kept this to myself (it would have ruined everything) and we continued the journey. It was difficult to get a Taxify driver to go to Apapa, they were avoiding there like a plague. If you want to go, make sure you have a solid plan concerning transportation.
We got there around 1pm, made our way to get tickets. I WAS AMAZED. It is such a beautiful place to be. We literally wanted to take pictures, everywhere.
A lot of people have been asking about gate fee, prices and all. First, you have to get a game card which can be used by your group. It goes for ₦4000 and comes with ₦3000 credit. When you have your game card, you can proceed to play your game.
We opted for outdoor games because why not? We paid ₦50 each to enter the outdoor game center with the card. Trust us to do a good number on pictures before doing anything.
We went round the park before settling for the ‘Pirate Ship’ that my friends were enthused to go on. We literally had no idea what we were in for.
I will be exaggerating by saying the ride was terrifying but annoyingly fun. It pumps so much adrenaline in your body, you can’t even explain. There were just two people apart from two workers in the park so we owned our bawling.
We waited for a while before going on the next ride. We went on two different rides and did not top up our card. You can top up your card, this depends on how much game you want to play.
After the second ride, we took more pictures before leaving. It was getting cloudy, we had to go.
I had such a good time there that even when the journey back wasn’t great, it did not matter. The closest Taxify driver was at Lekki, it would take him over 30 minutes to get to our location (all things being equal) which is never the case in Lagos. The rain was ready to pour, so we just had to figure out something. Everything was worth it at the end of the day.