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Hi can anyone tell me what there is do in Zaopane in the summer other than cycling and hiking.
There is pretty much to do in Zakopane and around it. It depends if you want to do some short distance trips by car or public transport?
As balhannah said rafting trips in Dunajec Gorge is good idea. It is already another area - Pieniny Mountains - also very beautiful and completely different than Tatra because made of white limestone. You can also hike there and do some cycling trips. While beeing on a rafting trip you should put it together with visiting famous Niedzica castle and dam.
In Zakopane and surroundings are some thermal pools utilizing the region’ natural energy resources - it is good idea to visit them after a hiking trip to relax :)
In summer time there are also many cultural events - festivals, concerts etc. Many of them are connected with highlanders culture.
And of course numerous museums and cultural monuments. I.e. church in Dębno is on UNESCO worlds heritage list. It is on the wooden architecture trail in Lesser Poland - there are many more examples of wooden architecture monuments, mainly churches but not only. Some are gathered in heritage museums. Another is gothic architecture trail.
You can also take part in outdoor photography sessions to capture wildlife in the mountains. You can do it together with professiolnal photographer or a mountain guide who knows the best places or of course on your own:)
And many other things to do! If you want to know more visit my blog: geographers-eye.blogspot.com... - I write there i.a. about Zakopane and neighbourhood at least once a week. It is new, but till your arrival it will be full of many information ;)