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Downhill skiing is not something that you would associate with western Sweden, but there are some ski slopes here. The largest, without being large in any sense, is Ulricehamn Ski Center. The area is situated about a one-hour drive east of Gothenburg and offers skiing both in the daytime and in the evenings. A ski pass for one day does not cost much; besides there are discounts for children. Do note that the area is mostly suitable for children and beginners. Experienced skiers will have to travel over 500km north to find more advanced slopes. To get here by car, take road 40 towards Ulicehamn, then follow the signs.
In an oak forest about a one hour drive east of Gothenburg you will find Ekhagens Forntidsby. The village contains re-constructed hamlets from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. Knowledgeable guides show you around and tell you about the buildings. In the summer, the houses are populated by displays of ancient people who look almost real. You can also try shooting with a bow or paddling in a canoe made out of a tree trunk. If you come by car, take Riksväg 40 eastwards and turn north onto road 46 at Ulricehamn.
Overlooking the Eskjo municipality is Skuruhatt hill, a popular hiking spot among tourists and locals alike. The climb may be long and tiring but the views from the top make up for it with the stunning scenery. A large stone slab inscribed with words by the famous Swedish author Albert Engström is found here.
Skurugata is a ravine comprising mainly of rocks. It stretches to 800 meters (2624.67 feet) in length and has a maximum recorded depth of 35 meters (114.8 feet) . The rock composition in the ravine is mainly of porphyritic rock which has rich contents of quartz and red feldspar. The ravine is a declared natural reserve and is open for hiking.
The small industrial town of Borås, just a short drive from Gothenburg, is mainly known for its textile mills. It is also home to the largest zoo in western Sweden, with over 500 animals and 80 different species. At Borås Djurpark exotic animals like elephants, monkeys, tigers, antelopes and giraffes live together with local species such as wolves and elks. Check website for bookings and admission prices.
Almenäs Badplats is a gorgeous lake beckoning tourists and locals since the early 19th Century. The lake is elongated and it is lined with picturesque woods on all sides. Its water is safe, clean and perfect for a swim during summers and is also of high ecological quality. The adjoining area of the lake is converted into a biking trail and is also perfect for a peaceful walk. The lawns that border the clear waters of the lake make ideal places for sunbathing. The Almenäs Badplats is also perfect for a picnic with family as it has many spots where you can enjoy BBQ parties with your loved ones.
Gothenburg does not have any exciting adventure pools for children, and the one in Lerum caters mostly to the youngest children. But if you continue inland you come to Stadsparksbadet in Boras. Apart from swimming pools you will find water slides, whirlpools, wave machines, a climbing wall and a jumping tower. There are also saunas to relax in, and tanning beds. Stadsparksbadet has been judged the most adventurous swimming pool on the west coast by the newspaper Goteborgs Posten. If you are driving here, take Riksvag 40 to Boras.
Located on the outskirts of the city, Borås Ridhus is an equestrian facility which provides training to members of all ages. With around 130 horses, an indoor arena, outdoor courts and a racetrack, it is one of the best in the region and is a popular choice among students looking for training to join any Riding school. A highly qualified and professional staff handle the horses and ensure that customers enjoy horse riding in a safe and secure environment. It also organizes many contents and events ranging from small club competitions to elite level tournaments.