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Things to do in Accra

Best attractions to visit in Accra

1. Labadi Beach Ghana - Accra

Labadi Beach Ghana

Labadi Beach, also known as La Pleasure Beach, is a popular tourist attraction that is located near Teshie in Ghana. The beach's location in the greater Accra region makes it one of the busiest tourist destinations in Ghana. It is one of the most charming beaches in Africa that is filled with both locals and foreign tourists all year long. Entry to the beach is free for all those that stay in the local hotels located nearby. The best time to visit the beach is during the weekends or holidays when the place is bustling with cultural dancing and drumming and reggae music. The beach gets extremely crowded around this time. Food smells, pumping music, and the dancing crowd all create a festive atmosphere at the beach. This provides a wonderful opportunity for the visitors to experience and enjoy local Ghanaian culture first hand. In addition, the wide expanse of the beach is perfect for beach volleyball, Frisbee, football, and other similar fun activities. The beach is situated about 8km to the east of the capital city of Ghana, Accra. Visitors can either take a taxi or ride a tro-tro, a kind of minibus, along the Ring Road or Nkrumah Circle that is located in Central Accra.

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2. Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum - Accra

Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum

Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum is a memorial park situated in the capital city of Ghana in Accra. The park is dedicated to an important Ghanaian leader Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, who led the nation (then known as the Gold Coast) to independence from Great Britain. It is the exact place where the Nkrumah announced independence on 6th March 1957. Nkrumah had also served as the first president and prime minister of the newly established country. Kwame memorial park is built on a five acres land. The park is an important part of Ghanaian history. It is the final resting place of Nkrumah and his wife. The park hosts annual Independence Anniversary on 6th March and Celebration of Emancipation Day on 1st August. Visitors can take a guided tour of the place in English as well. Upon entering the park, visitors can see fountain springs on either side of the walkway. The fountain usually is operational during especial occasions. The fountain site contains seven statuettes that are bare-chested and squatting on the floor. There is also a bronze colored statue of the father of the nation himself near the entrance. The highlight of the park includes a museum that contains personal items belonging to Nkrumah. There are also pictures of Nkrumah shaking hands with leaders of other countries including Mao Zedong, John F. Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth II, President Nasser of Egypt, and many other prominent world leaders.

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3. Osu Castle - Accra

Osu Castle

Osu Castle is a colonial era building that is situated in the town of Osu in Accra, the capital city of Ghana. It is located on the northeastern part of Atlantic Oceans on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea. The castle was originally a fort built by the Danes and Norwegians in the 1660s. It changed hands with subsequent colonial rulers including the Portuguese and the British and was rebuilt numerous times. During the colonial rule of Denmark-Norway, the Osu settlement was considered too small to hold goods. As a result, the Dano-Norwegian government purchased a large tract of land and built a building naming it Fort Christiansburg after the ruler of the German House of Oldenburg i.e. King Christian V. The castle is situated near two other famous courts known as Fort James that was built by the British and Fort Crèvecoeur that was constructed by the Dutch. After independence, Osu Castle became the seat of the Ghanaian government. Although, at present, the castle is not open to the public, but there are talks of turning the castle into a tourist spot. That being said, visitors can enjoy their time by visiting the beach and looking at the castle from the outside.

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4. National Museum of Ghana - Accra

National Museum of Ghana

Ghana is a nation with an impressive history, dating back thousands of years. The best place to observe the history of the area is the National museum of Ghana, the largest museum of the country and the one most popular with tourists. It was incorporated in 1957 and the collection on display includes great artifacts from history. Located in the Adabraka area of Accra, the National museum of Ghana is divided into 3 galleries. One gallery focuses on the history of the country, another on the history of the arts of the country, and the third focuses on the history of the culture of the country. Some of the items date back as far as the Stone Age. The paintings, artifacts, and sculptures here are truly amazing and give you a real sense of the history of humankind. It even has carvings from Congo on display. Another great feature of this museum, aside from the three galleries, is the Sculpture Garden. It includes many great sculptures of important figures from the history of Ghana, including the sculptures of its presidents. There's even a great shop here where you can buy replicas of some of the sculptures and paintings that are on display.

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5. Nzulezo - Accra

Nzulezo

The Village of Nzulezo is a small village located about 90 km to the west of Takoradi in the Western part of Ghana. The village overlooks Lake Tadane in the Jomora District. This stilt propped water settlement was nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Nzulezu is a major tourist attraction in Ghana. A large number of tourists visit the area to experience amazing village life at Nzulezo that goes back to about 400 years. They can view how the village people adapted to the watery condition near Lake Tadane. An excursion from the nearby village of Beyin takes visitors through the reeds growing at the edge of the lake. It also involves a trip in a dugout canoe that offers the perfect way for the visitors to experience the local village. According to local lore, the village was built by people from Oualate, which is an ancient city that formed part of the ancient Ghanaian empire. Main activities of the villagers include fishery and agriculture. The place is open every day for visitors except Thursday that is considered a sacred day by the local villagers. Visitors can reach this place by taking a canoe ride about 5 km away from the village.

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6. Accra International Conference Centre - Accra

Accra International Conference Centre

Accra International Conference Centre, AICC, is located in the capital city of Accra in Ghana. The conference center is one of the few places in Ghana that hosts exhibitions and events. It is much larger as compared to the National Theatre but is smaller than the Ghana Trade Fair Centre that hosts pan-African events. The international conference center is situated near the Osu Castle, which is a historical building and seat of the government, Accra Sports Stadium, the Parliament of Ghana, the Black Star Square, and the Independence Square. The conference center was constructed in 1991 for the 10th Ministerial Meeting of NAM (Non-Aligned Movement) that took place in Ghana. Since then, the conference center has hosted various international summits and conferences. The place is ideal for business meeting, seminars, conferences, and social events. It contains modern meeting halls, conference halls, committee halls, and press centre. All the halls and rooms of the conference center are equipped with ultra modern equipment and services that ensure the comfort of the attendees. Visitors should check the website of AICC to know about events that are open to the public. Attending the events will give a firsthand experience of the culture and hospitality of Ghanaians.

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