Port Harcourt in the south-south Nigeria can simply be described as Nigeria’s Garden city. The oil-rich city was named Port Harcourt in honour of Lewis Vernon Harcourt by Sir Frederick Lugard in August 1913. It features beautiful coastal sandy beaches navigating through major cities and towns. The city is bubbling with life and contains and explosive variety of cultures, traditions and ethnic differences. It is a centre for industrial activities in Rivers state. It is a city that attracts people from all works of life not just because of industrial potentials but also because of its beautiful sceneries and attractive spots where one can relax and have fun. Port Harcourt contains a lot of hotels, nightclubs, bars, restaurants, and all round tourist attraction. We can’t even begin to mention all of them, but this list contains the most popular and best areas.
1. Pleasure Park
This is one very beautiful recreational park located in Port Harcourt, at Rumuola, along Aba Road, near the 2nd Amphibious Brigade Barracks also known as Bori Camp on an expansive open land. The park boasts a wide range of services including an extensive children’s playground, a miniature soccer field, golf course and fitness equipments. The facility is on a massive expanse of land suiting for such purpose. Its architectural design and structural outlay are deliberately crafted. This new park, which is rising to fame, has a secured neighbourhood that assures of serenity. It is accessible from every location in the city because of its central location.
The Port Harcourt Pleasure Park has beautiful concrete paths. A well spaced sphere and internal roads that are duly marked out to make it possible for easy walk around by uests. There are enriched green terraced lawns to offer natural healing and the well spaced ornamental trees that keep guests connect to nature.
The facility also has an artificial lake constructed in it, made from part of the Ntawagba creek, it offers fresh water scene, moisten atmosphere and glen sight. The climbing tower is an imposing feature of the park. It stands so tall. When on top of its platform, the fascinating view of the entire park lays in the foreground. But the tower is for those who love the climbing game.
Other facilities available here include; cash points, bureau de change, secure car parks, left luggage areas, plus everything you will need for a day out at the simplest but finest tourist attraction centre in Port Harcourt. The facility is also friendly to the physically challenged. Indeed, everything is done to ensure guests have a safe and pleasurable experience when they visit. Certainly, rides within the park and other attractions will not be physically demanding and vigorous except for children at designated play grounds.
2. Port Harcourt Shopping mall (SPAR)
The Port Harcourt Shopping Mall is arguably one of the biggest attraction in the city at the moment. Its location is near the Government House at 1, Azikiwe road, Old GRA, Port Harcourt. It sits on a 16,000 square metre of letting space. It has amazing range of activities and facilities which brings delight to patrons daily. The mall is so big that it houses a significant number of local and continental fast-food outlets and restaurants serving all types of meals. Patrons will also love the cinema which features 5 large digital screens including two 3D screens and 7.1 surround sound system and stadium luxury seating. Kids also have their fun arena while love birds can find a good ‘nesting’ place within the mall.
The Port Harcourt shopping mall is a branch of the SPAR hypermarket, a global retail chain market originating from Holland. The idea behind these mall is to provide everything you need from home appliances, electronics, grocery, bakery, fruits, cosmetics etc. shopping which is normally a toll in Nigerian markets, becomes an awesome experience. The store has a staff prepared to serve you, well conditioned, open spaces and ample parking.
3. Jevinick Restaurant
Jevinick Restaurant has been in business for over 25 years and is located at 57 Tombia Street, GRA, Elechi, Port Harcourt. With is cozy environment, it is bound to give you a fascinating culinary experience with its mouthwatering African delicacies and has acquired ample culinary experience in delicacies. These delicacies include but not limited to Afang, Edikang Ikong, Abak, Afia Efera, Banga, Eforiro, Abacha, Ugba, Nkwobi, Ukwa, Yam and Peppersoup, Snail soup, Isiewu, Uziza soup etc. The restaurant also offers home delivery services, indoor catering and industrial catering services. Apart from Port Harcourt, it also has other branches in parts of Nigeria.
4. Casablanca Restaurant, Sports bar and Karaoke
For lovers of the night life, Casablanca is too popular, to overlook. Situated at 2 Sani Abacha Road GRA Phase two, it is a gathering point for fun seekers who go there to catch fun and relax in a cozy environment.
It has become a haven of fun and relaxation for both the old and young. It began in 2007 and has metamorphosed into a leading night club in the fun loving Garden city of Nigeria.
5. Port Harcourt Golf club
Established in 1928,The Port Harcourt Golf Club, is one of the oldest golf clubs in the country with an 18-hole, par 70, 5,968 yard (5,457 m) course. It was designed by Thomas Collins. The club has its location at 31A Forces Avenue, Old GRA, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Over the years, the club has played host to both local and national golf tournaments. Those wishing to join as members are required to first join the Main Port Harcourt Club and then they can subscribe to the golf section. The facility also has a restaurant where you can unwind after your game. The 18-hole golf club is also open to the public all year round
Other facilities to enjoy at the club include gym facilities, internet facilities, lounge area, restaurants, football pitch, tennis courts, squash courts,swimming pool, the clubhouse, the bar and table tennis hall. The golf club is no doubt a one stop for sporting and relaxing activities.
6. Ifoko Beach
Ifoko beach is a popular hangout spot in Port Harcourt and it is not man- made. It is also maintained by the local residents and can be regarded as one of the best beaches Port Harcourt has to offer. It is well known for its cleanliness amongst other things. This beach is the source of livelihood to local fishermen in the area. Local restaurants close to the beach provide freshly caught seafood treats for tourists. One can also take a walk along the shoreline, enjoy the scenery and catch the site of a whale. The shoreline is also borders with the rain forest, so one can also enjoy wildlife in the rainforest of the Ifoko beach.
7. Port Harcourt Tourist Beach
The Port Harcourt tourist beach is definitely one place you have to visit when in Port Harcourt. It is a man made beach and was created in 1988. This beautiful beach located in the Kolabi creek and is one of the most popular creek-lined beaches in the city. Its biggest attraction is that it is at the edge of the city; and one can asses a lot of local delicacies in the restaurants around the beach. One can watch the sun set in this beautiful serene environment or listen to highlife music or play games on the sandy beaches amongst other fun activities.
8. Bole King Restaurant
Bole King Restaurant has its location at 10A Omoku St, Woji, Port Harcourt. It serves the ever popular Bole, a unique delicacy well known to the south-south region of Nigeria. Bole is actually roasted or barbecued plantain, but recently includes roasted yams and sweet potatoes. This is eaten with red oil tomatoes sauce and ugba leaves or uziza leaves. It is a more beautiful way eating bole, more interesting than the boring system of eating roasted plantain with groundnut.
Bole king restaurant offers this sweet delicacy in a traditional atmosphere. With its bush bar settings, native or African chairs, salt and pepper shakers, palm wine gourds and cups, hand fans made from raffia, African styled aprons and highlife African music, it offers an all round African traditional atmosphere. It also offers Bole in a unique artistic way, providing different sauces such as Ugba sauce with shredded smoked fish or chicken and side dishes such as Cole slaw or diced ugba. It also serves the African wine, palm wine.
9. Port Harcourt cultural centre
The Port Harcourt cultural centre is a great place to appreciate the culture of the city. Located around Bonny Street, the cultural centre is entirely engaged in the exhibiting the rich diversity of the Port Harcourt people and their culture. A lot of antique local artifacts such as African figurines and pottery can be found here. One can also purchase local artifacts from this centre, there are many carved handcrafts and artifacts made by the people of rivers state there. The cultural centre is where culture meets arts.
10. Genesis Deluxe cinemas
Located at 51 Birabi Street, GRA Phase 2, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Genesis Deluxe Cinemas is a fascinating cinema house. It is a part of the Genesis group a Nigerian based conglomerate established in 1991. This cinema promises to deliver a sensational film experience with is high tech quality screens, reclining VIP leather seats, discount tickets and special offers. It also offers classic meals, delectable desserts, appetizers, cocktails and alcoholic drinks. GDC is one of Nigeria’s leading cinema developers and operators of multiplex cinemas in Nigeria.