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A Google search for "Parys Tourist Information" and "Attractions / Activities / Things To Do in Parys", will yield several websites to assist you as to what is on offer, besides our ghostly entertainment.

You will spend the weekend right inside the UNESCO World Heritage Site's 'Vredefort Dome', the crater being the very reason that gold came up to the surface in the famous Free State & Witwatersrand gold fields (see diagram further below). The asteroid which hit the Vredefort area is the largest ever to have struck the planet. The impact crater changed the environment, giving it both a Kruger National Park-like and paradisiacal environmental appearance, which is very different from the rest of the Free State and North West provinces.

So all round, you are in for an abundance of unique treats the whole weekend long, or you can just relax - up to you.

During the free time you can rest up, or take a trip into town to the antique shops, art galleries, pubs, restaurants (for lunch, or have a picnic on the river). Maybe take a short trip into the country, where you can also visit the old gold mining village of Venterskroon, with its superb country restaurant, haunted courthouse & haunted jail cells (which will all be shown to you by the information officer on duty at the information centre, which was the old court house).

Go swimming or fishing (the resort has 2 swimming pools and some of the best fly-fishing in the area), river rafting, golfing, birding, visit a big cat park, go on a trail or short hike. Visit the famous Suspension Bridge with its Lover's Locks (if you wish to add a lock and don't have one, there are a few hardware shops in town which sell locks until 1pm on Saturday).

Instead of having lunch at a restaurant, have a picnic anywhere along the Vaal River (or have lunch or a picnic at the resort if you wish). Keep an eye out for otters & ground squirrels (both of which you can also see at the resort).

Take a Dome Tour (2 1/2 hours) with Christo Meyer on cellphone 083 - 406 0841 (includes lookout point showing the impact structure of the inner ring of the world's largest & oldest impact crater at 2.02 billion years old). Take a Dome, Geology, Battlefield or Historical tour, or do some Rafting, Walks & Hikes - all with Graeme Addison on cellphone 084 - 245 2490 The resort itself also offers a host of activities (including team-building activities), where you can contact Stone Adventures on tel: 056 - 811 4664. Note: All of the aforegoing at your own cost.

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