8 Fun Things To Do In Parys Free State

My opinion might be unpopular but I think Parys is a lot cooler than Jozi! Known as a quiet little town with not much to do, however, could not be further from the truth. If you’re an adrenaline junkie or art lover then this little town should go on your bucket list! Even foodies will love Parys and its quirky coffee shops. Parys is about a 1.5 hours drive from Johannesburg and it’s perfect for a day trip or a weekend trip. Check out my list of fun things to do in Parys Free State to make the most out of your trip:

The Parys Adventure Guide:

Fun Things To Do In Parys Free State If You Are An Adrenaline Junkie:

  • White River Rafting: This is an activity that everyone can enjoy. The rapids in Parys aren’t overpowering and it’s perfect for beginners to intermediate rafters. If you want to learn more about white river rafting then check out this blog post where I discuss river rafting more in-depth.
  • Quad biking: This is a good way to spend the day doing an adrenaline pumping activity. Enquire about the safety precautions before booking (e.g. a helmet should be non-negotiable) because I made the mistake of booking with a company that didn’t believe in wearing helmets. I only found out about this after I paid. Whoops!
  • Skydiving: Parys is an ideal place to go tandem skydiving. I used Skydive Parys for my first jump. The view from the top was beautiful, the instructor was professional and the experience was phenomenal. I would recommend this to anyone looking to spend the day in Parys. Just be aware that skydiving will take up most of your day leaving little room to do much else. If you want to learn more about my skydive experience and tips for first-timers then read my blog post here.


Fun Things To Do In Parys Free State If You Love Food:

  • Hoi Polloi: The food was the best I have ever tasted. Hands down. Hoi Polloi is situated on the main street of Parys and is easily accessible. The steep stairs to get into the restaurant can be a challenge for some, but you’ll be glad you climbed them once you sit down. The service is superb, the food portions are generous and the flavours are divine. You will fall in love with the quirky antique furniture and interesting food options on the menu. I certainly will plan to go back to Parys just to eat at Hoi Polloi again.
  • O’s restaurant: Another great restaurant found in Parys, right next to the tranquil Vaal river. The location is superb if you can get a booking early enough to be able to sit outside. The food options are good too. This restaurant is another Parys gem.
  • Berry Picking: I visited Bon-Af berry farm during the weekday and there weren’t many visitors so I could pick as many berries as my stomach could handle. The entrance is only R40.00 and you can eat as many berries as you want. It’s a unique experience and extremely satisfying to pick your own food. The berries are delicious and depending on the month you go,  you can find many varieties of berries to eat there such as gooseberries, raspberries, elderberries and (my personal favourite) blueberries. Bon-Af Berry farm remains open on public holidays during the months of November to the end of March.

What to do in Parys if you are a luxaholic:

  • Shopping: If you love shopping and looking for bargains, then Parys is a great place to do just that. I could spend half the day going from store to store and looking at all the antiques.  You could certainly leave Parys with beautiful items for your home because most items are affordable. Apart from the antiques, you can also find beautiful leather goods being sold at niche boutiques. Finding unique items (that your friends will ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ at back home) is not that hard to do.


  • Indulge in a spa day: Unwind in one of the many available spas in Parys. Perhaps you like to relax after doing an adrenaline filled activity or maybe you just prefer to relax and leave the adventure for someone else to try. Either way, relaxation in a tranquil setting is a must do.

Let me know in the comment section if there is an activity in Parys that I haven’t mentioned in my Parys Adventure Guide or let me know if you have tried any of the above suggestions and what your experience was like.



  1. Reply

    Alistair Lacy

    May 30, 2018

    Such a wonderful little town to spend the day…

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      June 3, 2018

      It’s a perfect little getaway from the city 🙂

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