The 10 Best Things to do in Parys, Free State

May 10, 2022 Marianna Hollaway

Parys (pronounced /ˈpɑːreɪs/) is a town situated on the banks of the Vaal River in the Free State province of South Africa. The name of the town is the Afrikaans translation of Paris. The name was given by a German surveyor named Schilbach who had participated in the Siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War and the location next to the Vaal reminded him of Paris on the River Seine. The area of Parys also includes the two townships Tumahole and Schonkenville.
Restaurants in Parys

1. Skydive Parys

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5.0 based on 96 reviews

Skydive Parys

Skydive Parys offers the adrenalin junkie and thrill seeker a chance to experience the very awesome world of Skydiving by participating in a Tandem Skydive over the Famous Vrederfort Dome World Heritage Site in Parys, South Africa. No previous experience needed to participate in a Tandem Skydive.

2. Fish 2 Feet

Bree Street, Parys 9585 South Africa +27 60 586 9209 [email protected] http://www.facebook.com/Fish-2-Feet-202833446843998/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE
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5.0 based on 2 reviews

Fish 2 Feet

3. Kiki’s Vintage Photo Studio

95 Bree Street Pines, Parys 9585 South Africa +27 82 452 9459 [email protected] http://www.kikisphotostudio.com
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5.0 based on 18 reviews

Kiki’s Vintage Photo Studio

Fabulous photo studio. Everlasting memories. Surprise engagements. Cross dress fun photos. Graphic designing. Vintage dress up. Corporate events. Workshop venue. Family photos. Beautiful. Other. Couples. Boudoir. Babies. Fun. Bookings essential. We are a destination.

Reviewed By systemscoachza - Greater Johannesburg, South Africa

Wonderful Dress Up photo studio - great authentic vintage clothing in a wonderful setting and a talented, enthusiastic photographer behind the lens. A combination not to be missed when your in Parys

4. Pine's Emporium

95 Bree Street, Parys 9585 South Africa +27 56 817 2586 [email protected] http://pinesemporium.co.za
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5.0 based on 5 reviews

Pine's Emporium

5. Dome Impact Tours

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5.0 based on 7 reviews

Dome Impact Tours

Tours through the Vredefort Meteorite Impact Structure looking at the unique geology, fauna and flora as well as historic and cultural landmarks. You’ll see ancient rock art, an age-old gold mine, remains of stone-age settlements, marble quarries, phenomenal views and much more.

6. The Dell Cheetah Centre

Dell Reserve, Parys 9585 South Africa +27 82 691 5537 [email protected] http://www.dccafrica.co.za/
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

The Dell Cheetah Centre

7. R.E.A.L Adventures

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4.5 based on 34 reviews

R.E.A.L Adventures

R.E.A.L. Adventures is a Bookings Office, Events Coordinator, Teambuilding and Adventure Operator based in Parys. Our name is derived from the scope of activities that we offer: River, Earth, Air and Land. We are our own service provider – we’ve cut out the middle man to make sure that we provide the best possible service to our clients. Operating since 2005 and still growing to provide our clients with the most recent teambuilding and adventure trends. We assist over 16000 satisfied clients annually with their accommodation, leisure, bachelor parties, adventure, break-away and teambuilding needs. Some of our clients including the likes of Alexander Forbes, World Bank, Development Bank Southern Africa, SAB Miller and Brand House. Our team consists of friendly, professional, dynamic and specialized staff with experience in both tourism and events fields. All our facilitators are highly qualified and well trained in accordance with the current industry requirements.

8. River Spa

C/o Grewar and Vos Street, Parys South Africa +27 84 513 1425 [email protected] http://www.riverspaparys.co.za
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

River Spa

9. Oppie Plaas Parys

R53 Road, Parys 9585 South Africa +27 82 633 6685 http://www.Oppieplaasparys.co.za
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Oppie Plaas Parys

Reviewed By sandeepsingh85 - Durban, South Africa

I arrived at Oppie Plaas with the intention of grabbing a quick lunch, ticking the box and heading out. However, upon entering Oppie Plaas, I felt things really slow down, and all rush went out the window. Once you’re off the tarred road and at the entrance where Google Maps directs you, the farm styled restaurant is about a further 10 minute drive along a dirt road. The restaurant is an old tobacco processing structure that has been converted into what you see now, and situated on a cattle farm. The interior is decorated with objects brought down from the previous generations of the family of farmers who owned the place, including an old sewing machine, a farmers hat, and an old shovel. The placemats are laminated old newspaper pages, including an article form Huisgenoot from 1942! The owners, Rykie and Stan are extremely welcoming, and you get the feeling of visiting an old aunt and uncle. They told me stories life on the farm and about the revolution of the farm and restaurant since their family first purchased it in 1920. There’s limited cellphone signal, and no wifi - Rykie says that this is intentional as it encourages visitors to disconnect from their mobile devices and connect with other people. The food wasn’t disappointing at all - refreshing homemade lemonade, perfect for a warm day, and a Boere Burger and chips - a large beef patty on a panini bun, topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and a sweet relish. Prices are pretty decent for the excellent food, service and ambiance. While you’re at Oppie Plaas, you’re free to wander around outside where a few farm animals (all named) are housed - a few geese, chickens, and a pig. On Saturdays, kids also get to milk a cow. Oppie Plaas is a great way to spend a few hours, get that farm feeling and enjoy some great food and company.

10. Vaal de Grace Golf Estate

The Island Parys, Parys 9585 South Africa +27 56 811 2013 [email protected] http://www.vaaldegrace.co.za
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Vaal de Grace Golf Estate

Vaal de Grace plays host to the first Nick Price signature golf course in South Africa, with fourteen holes in the North West Province and four in the Free State. The 18 hole layout is forgiving for the average player, but still challenging to the professional who wishes to maintain a good score.

Reviewed By markmH1070HB - Klerksdorp, South Africa

Rented a house on the estate for a breakaway weekend in Parys. Would definitely recommend staying on the estate if going to Parys. A 5 minute drive from town and all the shops but staying on a golf course with beautiful surroundings. Even saw some buck during one of our games.

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