Top 5 Must Do's in Accra

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Accra, in recent years, has taken advantage of its coastal location, white sand and beaches to develop a strong tourist trade. Many visitors from Africa and Europe flock to Accra to enjoy the tropical climate and relaxing beach-side ambiance. There are many sights and attractions in Accra to keep it's visitors entertained. Here is a list, in no particular order, of the Top 5 Must Do's:

The National Museum of Ghana is the largest and oldest museum in Ghana, opening its doors in March 1957. The museum is large (allow 2 hours to see the museum in it's entirety), and houses an impressive collection of Ghanaian archaeological discoveries--some dating back to pre-historic times, colonial era antiques, as well as contemporary ethnic art. There are pieces from other African nations on display at museum as well, that have been loaned for exhibition or have been traded in exchange for Ghanaian pieces. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, and there is a small entrance fee.

Elmina Slave Castle has been established as a World Heritage Monument. Elmina can not be described as a tourist site necessarily because for some it holds very deep sentiments in regard to atrocities that took place behind the walls. The castle was build in 1482 by the Portuguese, and was originally built as a trading post. As the slave trade became more demanding, the castle became strategic in the human trade. Elmina Castle is one of 20 castles scattered along the Gold Coast of Ghana, and will definitely leave an eerie impression on its visitors. A castle visit is probably not the best place for children.

Kwame Njrumah Memorial Park is dedicated to the founding father of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah.  There is a very decorative and interesting mausoleum that marks his  final resting place. The park is expansive and beautiful, and there are numerous fountains and statues that are dedicated to Ghana's independence. Keep an eye out for the many beautiful peacocks roaming freely on the grounds.

Tetteh Quarshie Art Market is a colorful and fun shopping experience. Here you will find locally made arts and crafts such as musical instruments, paintings, sculpture, metal works, textiles and masks. The market is a great 1-stop shop to load up on Ghanaian souvenirs. Bargaining is encouraged, but make sure to offer a fair price.

Labadi Beach is clean and well-maintained. The surf at Labadi is generally good, and with Accra's tropical climate Labadi is the perfect spot to unwind, work on your tan, keep cool in the ocean waters, and compliment your trip with a genuine beach getaway. 

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