Things to do in Accra

So you are in Ghana, investigating its excellence and wealth. In any case, something is by all accounts missing… You are not somebody who simply ventures, takes a lot of pictures, and returns. You are somebody who enjoys encountering the existence of local people. You need to feel the spots you land, so you search out objections that can assist with such sentiments. Where are you going then, at that point?

Accra is a small but busy city, with plenty to see. This is a remarkable city with magical experiences, full of breathtaking food, thrilling nightlife, and inspiring people. There are a vast array of things to do in Accra and one is still never robbed of serenity and peace. There are several places you could visit, from Museums, shops, restaurants, live music, tours and many more. An important activity that attracts thousands of visitors to Accra Ghana is tourism. That is when people go to specific places in Accra-Ghana to attend, see, learn or enjoy the cultural activities of a particular tribe. Accra Ghana offers a variety of events that attract local and foreign visitors and here are some of the activities you can partake in Accra.

A list of wonderful places to visit in Accra-Ghana

Many places will blow your mind in Accra. These places provide not only entertainment but also, information about Accra and Ghana as a whole, but it also grants Ghanaian visitors a great sense of patriotism. Listed below are a few places you can visit in Accra-Ghana.

1. Kwame Nkurmah Memorial Park

Dr. Kwame Nkrumah S Mausoleum

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Located in the center of Accra, Ghana, is the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and Mausoleum. The mausoleum is the final resting place of Ghana’s first president and Africanist. The museum houses rare artifacts related to Ghanaian independence, and tours in the park provide visitors with a detailed history of the sub-Saharan struggle for independence.

The mausoleum designed by Don Arthur houses the mortal remains of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and his wife Fathia Nkrumah. The mausoleum is clad from top to bottom in Italian marble, with a black star at its apex to symbolize unity. The design of the Mausoleum of Kwame Nkrumah, depicting swords upside down, symbolizes peace. It can also be seen as a tree uprooted to indicate the unfinished work of Dr. Nkrumah to fully unite Africa.

This is one place you won’t want to miss during your time in Accra-Ghana because the transition from the Gold Coast to Ghana happened in this same spot. The Kwame Nkrumah mausoleum is what some scholars call the “genesis” of real Ghanaian history. The  Kwame Nkurmah Memorial park should be at the top of every visitor’s list.

2. W.E.B. DuBois Center

W.E.B. DuBois Center

Historical tours 

Another great place to visit is the W.E.B. DuBois Center located on immaculate grounds of serene beauty, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Accra.

The Center is a complex of four main buildings including the house where Dr. DuBois spent his final years, an Administration building, the Marcus Garvey Guest House with a bed in breakfast, and the tomb of Dr. DuBois and his loving wife Shirley Graham DuBois. The museum’s library and seminar room housed in his former home are in serious need of restoration and refurbishment. The Library, which contains the Dr. DuBois Personal Library and a collection of works related to Dr. DuBois and Pan-Africanism, is also due to be expanded to create a library of international stature. This is a go-to stop whenever you want to learn about the rich history of Country Ghana and also find a place where you and your family can have an awesome time acquiring knowledge.

3. Jamestown lighthouse 

James Town Lighthouse

The Jamestown Lighthouse is located in the Jamestown neighborhood of Accra, Ghana. The 92-foot structure was originally built in the 1930s, replacing an earlier lighthouse that had been built in 1871. It consists of a stone tower with a lantern and gallery, attached to the keeper’s house. Both the lighthouse and the keeper’s house are painted with red and white horizontal bands. 

It has become a tourist attraction over time, however, there are no gift shops here, so there are no massive queues therefore there are no discomforts when choosing to visit this beautiful place. There are usually some people trying to persuade you to use them as a guide. The structure has been converted into a viewing platform for those who want to see the sights of Jamestown. If you can handle the spiral staircase, you’ll have great views of Jamestown and the fishing harbor.

Independence Square 


Would you like to encounter goosebumps and get tears in your eyes from overpowering emotions? Indeed, this spot is known to affect its guests along these lines. Assuming that you have an opportunity to visit this spot on one of its occasions, you will be flabbergasted to see the enthusiasm and zing of individuals who go on these occasions. Most assuredly, it will make you in a split second cheerful, making you need to visit this spot again and again. Black Star Square, also known as Independence Square, is a public square in Accra, Ghana, bordered by the Accra Sports Stadium and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. 

The square often hosts the annual independence celebrations as well as other national events. The square often hosts the annual independence celebrations as well as other national events. Independence Square which contains monuments to the fight for the independence of Ghana. there are large stands with a total capacity of 30,000 seats that surround the edges of the square. To partake in a tranquil time here, you can visit it any other time of the year. It is occupied during the festivals and is very empty in any other case. You can take delightful pictures and make your Instagram or other social media pages page look tastefully satisfying.

Black Star Gate 


The Black Star Gate is part of Independence Square now known as Black Star Square in Accra. It is located in the center of the Independence plaza where the parades take place. The Black Star Gate is a monument topped by the Black Star of Africa. The five-pointed star represents Africa in general and Ghana itself in particular. 

It has the inscription “AD 1957” and “Liberty and Justice” The Black Star Gate was commissioned by Kwame Nkrumah to indicate the supreme power of the country to control its affairs. This is an awesome place to take pictures and also learn greatly about the rich history of Ghana.

Accra Art Center 


Accra’s regional center of culture, “The Arts Center”, is better known simply as the National Center of Culture in Accra, Ghana. It is situated right next to the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, where the Kwame Nkrumah Museum is located.

There you will find what is practically the tourist paradise of Ghana. It has everything from woven Kente cloth, wooden sculptures, beadwork, leather bags, earrings, and other fashion accessories, the latest in African fashion, and good quality handicrafts from all over Ghana. There is an art gallery that sells traditional handicrafts from all over Ghana at reasonable prices. There is an endless variety of products at numerous stalls that you may not be able to even contain.

Osu Oxford Street 


This street is the most popular in Ghana and its name derives from the famous Oxford Street in London, the UK due to its busy night activities. Oxford Street is a popular hangout, especially on weekends and holidays.

It is a hot spot for lovers and a great place to entertain the whole family on special occasions.

The best restaurants, clubs , pubs and many other entertainment centers are also found in and around this street.

This is the heart of Accra- Ghana, there are many things to do here. Tourists love to visit Osu Oxford street because they get to see and feel the everyday toils of the people that live there. You definitely want to put Osu Oxford street on your list of go to places when you’re in Accra Ghana.  



There are many remarkable market places to visit in Accra. The loosely defined boundaries of the Makola market enclose what could be seen as Accra’s most dynamic commercial hub. Forget the camera, it’s best to go with the flow and enjoy it for what it is: a colorful open-air department store spread over several blocks. Needless to say, one can find many things in this market. From food, to fabrics used by designers in Ghana and all over the world. 

Another market is the Kaneshie market. Kaneshie Market is on the road heading west out of Accra. Its character is much like the Makola market: sprawling chaos of stalls, shops, and street vendors. Everything you can imagine can be bought here. It is also a major transportation hub, with regional buses and “trotro” picking up and dropping off passengers. However, if you want to see a market purely for the experience (and it is an experience), Makola is more accessible. 


Labadi Pleasure Beach


Ghana has some of the most diverse and interesting coastlines in West Africa. One of the most popular beaches in Accra is the Labadi Pleasure Beach. 

Labadi Beach is a public beach located in La, on the western edge of Accra. It has a three-kilometer beachfront that offers a wide variety of activities. This beach can get crowded as it is the most frequented beach within the greater Accra region. Once you’ve paid the small entrance fee as you walk onto the beach, it can be a bit overwhelming when approached by bar hosts who are eager for you to take a seat at their beach tables so they can serve you food and drinks. Most people who visit Labadi tend to bring their food and picnics and use the beach chairs to relax with friends and family. The waters are warm but there are many people since you have to share the beach with many men who offer horseback riding. As you go along the beach, the landscape becomes more local in places where you will come across fishermen and some people even bathing in the water. Overall, Lababi Beach is great if you want to experience Accra’s waterfront, and build sand castles. The beach is great for frisbee, soccer, and sitting and watching the ocean come and go.

Kokrobite Beach 


Located about 27 km west of Accra, Kokrobite Beach is a popular destination for beach lovers seeking a rich tropical paradise and pristine beaches. One of our favorite activities here is hosting an evening bonfire celebration, complete with drumming, singing, and dancing. 

Kokrobite beach is a very suitable beach for all beach lovers who feel like something different with a lot of variety. It is a home for all reggae lovers as well. It has a more festive atmosphere than other beaches outside of Accra. 

This beach is remarkably close to Eden heights estate and can be a great family sightseeing place. Surfing lessons, swimming lessons and many more are offered here.

Swimming pools


There are several good swimming pools in Accra that provide the luxury of relaxation in Accra Ghana. Choosing a pool from the variety available will depend on personal preference or what the pool offers. The following are some of the best swimming pools in Accra that can help you identify where you will have your next swimming experience. 

  • Swimming pool at the Kempinski Gold Coast City hotel.


 This is one of the many outdoor swimming pools in Accra. Pool services are rated as excellent by many users. The pool has been praised for its large size which allows visitors to enjoy their swim undisturbed. The pool has a heating option, so it is easy to use for all people. This pool undergoes regular cleaning and treatment to prevent skin infections. The pool is surrounded by perfect lighting, making it one of the best night pools in Accra. The high maintenance standards of this pool make it a pool in Accra to be reckoned with. 

  • The pool of the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel Accra.


 This outdoor pool is among the best in Accra. It is well maintained and has exceptional cleanliness standards. As a family, you can go to this pool and have a good time while the children enjoy the entertainment and activities designed for children. You can also enjoy some of the hotel’s food and drinks, and other forms of entertainment poolside.

  • Swimming pool at the Labadi Beach Hotel.


Labadi Beach Hotel’s swimming pool is a stone’s throw from Labadi Beach. The water in this pool is drawn from the ocean, giving bathers the feeling of being on the beach. The beautiful views that surround the pool allow you to relax and clear your mind. In terms of ratings, the pool has good reviews for its customer service and cleanliness. The other interesting thing about this pool is that it allows swimming at night due to the good lighting system available.

  • Eden heights swimming pools:(read also, schools near Eden heights)


Eden Heights offers a unique residential space dedicated to providing residents with comfort and luxury, along with world-class athletic facilities, an on-site management office, ample parking, and a very serene environment. Four outdoor pools are well serviced and also very clean. These pools offer maximum relaxation and anybody will love the soft and fresh feeling the water leaves on your skin.



Accra Mall is looking lively again, with nearly all the units now open. Clothing boutiques, global sports brands and high-end jewelry outlets populate the ground floor of Ghana’s largest shopping center. Glamorous African-inspired fashions fill the racks of KIKI Clothing, and a branch of African fabric specialists Woodin and Vlisco both have ranges of beautiful prints. Also on the ground floor are familiar brands like Levis, Puma, and Swatch. A small food court includes a fried chicken eatery and a good African restaurant, plus other snacky food. There’s a central play area to allow kids to let off steam. Upstairs is the territory of Silverbird, which runs a fairly well-stocked book and music store, and it’s also where you’ll find Ghana’s only multiplex cinema, showing blockbusters, Nollywood, and Ghanaian films. This is a great location for family bonding time in Accra Ghana.


Another remarkable mall is the Marina Mall. Marina Mall is made up of three floors of stores, with a food court occupying the top level. There is a welcome branch of D-Café, as well as fast food outlets, including Marina’s, which sells burgers and kebabs, and KFC. A large balcony overlooks one of the strangest sights in Accra, a DC-10 plane that has recently been converted into a restaurant. Adjacent to the mall is also Yasmina’s and Soho, two of Accra’s best new restaurants. 




Also, not so far from Eden Heights Estate is West Hills Mall. 

West Hills Mall is located on the new highway in western Accra. West Hills is a 30-minute drive from Accra. West Hills is a rapidly developing middle-class residential hub in a city with a growing population of more than 2.5 million people. This mall serves most of these residents, with amazing shops and other ventures inside it. This is said to be one of the biggest malls in west Africa. It is also a place filled with fun activities and love.


The Aburi Garden


The Aburi Botanical Gardens are located in this tranquil area with its mountainous area serving as one of the best destinations to enjoy in Accra. Aburi is located in the Akwapim-Togo Range of Ghana. It is only a 45-minute drive from Accra, the capital of Ghana. Aburi’s cool mountain climate makes it a destination for those who enjoy the cool side of life. Located in this cool and quiet area is the Aburi Botanical Garden. When visiting the garden, the first thing that strikes you are the beautifully fringed royal palm trees (roystonea regia) on either side of the road leading to the car park. These palm trees cannot be said to be part of the original plants that were grown, but they look very old. You don’t have to worry about the authenticity because there are still some original plant species to be found; the silk cotton tree (ceiba pentrandra) is an example. This tree is said to be the sole survivor of the original forest that once covered the Aburi Hills.

This is ideally an awesome place to visit. Everyone should make it a point to at least visit the Aburi Botanical Garden, while they are in Accra-Ghana.


So you see, Accra is a place of limitless activities. When looking for a place to live, you will have to find places around your new living space that will serve as a source of entertainment for you and your family, around. There are so many places to check out to make your stay in Accra- Ghana more intriguing. Live on the edge, explore new places in Ghana, and learn more about the rich culture of our country Ghana.

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