This observatory is situated just outside Bloemfontein and is managed by the University of the Free State. This observatory houses several types of telescopes and multi-media presentations on astronomy are also presented. Contact the Tourist Centre at 051 405 8489 / 8490 for contact details to arrange a visit.
Modenso Park Model Steam Trains
Every Sunday afternoon, rides on model steam trains are available to both children and adults alike.
Extensive grounds have been beautifully laid out in this delightful resort on the banks of the Modder River. It offers every opportunity for swimming, rowing, fishing, tennis and other forms of recreation in the open air. Affordable bungalows and chalets are also available.
Philip Saunders Resort
Located close to Maselspoort, this resort offers a swimming pool and others forms of open air recreational facilities.
Black Mountain Hotel
This facility, located in Thaba Nchu, forms part of the Protea Hotel Group and includes a luxurious spa.
Naledi Sun Hotel and Casino Complex
This complex in Thaba Nchu is owned by Sun International and offers luxurious accommodation and a variety of entertainment possibilities.
This hotel and casino complex offers ten pin bowling facilities, restaurants, coffee shops, pubs and night clubs.
King’s Park Arts and Craft Market
Artists and crafters from all over the country sell their handmade products at stalls at the Arts and Crafts Market in the gardens of Kings Park on the first Saturday of every month. This market also offers a large variety of traditional African crafts.
“Boeremark” (Farmers’ Market)
The Farmers Market in Langenhoven Park is open every Saturday morning. It is a market where hawkers, artists and small-scale farmers sell their wares. This includes fresh produce, meat, traditional snacks, curios, and hand-made merchandise – almost anything imaginable.
Several clubs in Bloemfontein, Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu are well known for their warm atmosphere and quality music.
Restaurants and Pubs
Bloemfontein's Loch Logan Waterfront and the adjacent Westdene area is a hub for dining out – it is home to a large number of excellent restaurants, coffee shops and pubs, which offer food, live music and hospitality to cater for every taste.
Film lovers can visit cinema complexes at the Loch Logan Waterfront, Mimosa Mall and Northridge Centre (which also houses a ten pin bowling facility).
These tours provide a glimpse of important locations and venues that represent decisive moments in Mangaung's and even South Africa’s history. This includes a visit to Batho where the ANC was founded in 1912 and Mapikela House where Thomas Mapikela, a founder member of the ANC, resided. Some of these tours include the opportunity to experience the vibrant township night life in a variety of jazz clubs and taverns where visitors can taste traditional African home-brewed beer.
At Sandstone Estates near Ficksburg in the eastern Free State, a large steam locomotive workshop for narrow gauge railway and one of the world's most comprehensive collections of tractors and other agricultural equipment can be viewed.