Find out all that Breckenridge, Colorado has to offer. See the activities offered in summer and winter seasons for that perfect getaway! Also, don’t forget to check out all the great dining Breckenridge and the surrounding area has to offer!
The Breckenridge Fun Park offers a multitude of rides and summer activities to keep you and your kids busy for hours. It’s fairly pricey, so you may want to wait until your kids are bored with all of the free activities that Breck has to offer. We suggest going to the Fun Park in the morning, since there is a higher chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Once there is thunder and lightening, they shut down the chair lift and the rides.
Our family loves to go fly fishing (hire guides & instructors at the Mountain Angler.) There are lots of free, fun places to fly fish around Breckenridge. Most are catch and release. Hiring a guide can get you onto private waters that aren’t overly fished. Colorado Fly Fishing Guides
We also love to cycle and there are miles of paved bicycle trails that are well maintained and great for all ages and abilities. There are lots of mountain biking trails in the Breckenridge area for all levels of expertise. You can even take your bike up the chair lift and ride the trails over the ski area.
For the golfers, the town of Breckenridge can boast that it is the only municipality in the world to own 27 holes of Jack Nicklaus designed golf. The 27-championship holes of golf are situated in a beautiful mountain valley at an elevation of 9324. At this elevation the golf ball flies farther and straighter than at lower elevations. Typical daytime summer temps range from 65 to 80 degrees.There are also other fabulous courses in the area: Golf Courses
We love to hike and have hiked most of the trails around Breckenridge, Frisco, and Vail. We keep several books on hikes at the house that have trail maps and driving details. There are some beautiful, high mountain lakes that have great fishing. It’s fun to pack the fishing gear and have a combined hiking and fishing day.
There are lots of places to go white water rafting/kayaking around the Breckenridge, Summit area. From Breckenridge, white water rafting/kayaking trips are close, convenient, fun and one of the best ways to experience the Rocky Mountains. Not far from Breckenridge there are four fabulous rivers to choose from, most of which offer half-day and full-day white water rafting trips. You’ll find choices that are appropriate for beginners, intermediate rafters and expert whitewater enthusiasts. Several local companies offer these trips.
Dog Sledding Summertime
In the summer, the Snow Caps Sled Dogs (970-453-PULL) offer a yard tour of their kennels to help socialize the new puppies. You can also take a cart tour, where their huskies pull you and your family in a golf cart.
The Leadville Colorado and Southern Railroad
Just a short 45 minute drive to Leadville, gives your family a day of fun and historic activities.
Originating in “the highest incorporated city in North America,” the LC&S takes passengers along the old Denver, South Park & Pacific and Colorado & Southern lines to the Continental Divide.
This 2 and ½ hour adventure through the untamed wilderness of the San Isabel National Forest travels north along the Arkansas River Valley, climbing 1,000 feet off the valley floor so that you will have some spectacular views of Freemont Pass and the two tallest peaks in Colorado, Mt. Massive and Mt. Elbert. While you’re enjoying the scenery, the conductor gives a history of the railroads. You’re allowed to bring a picnic lunch and eat on the train. Bring a jacket since the train is open air.
ADDITIONAL SUMMER ACTIVITIES
June in Breckenridge
This is one of the best months to look for spectacular wild flowers. Most of the snow has melted and everything is green & blooming.
July in Breckenridge
July continues with typical warm days and cool nights. Wildflowers have changed to different types than what are seen in June. Most of the snow has melted and the hiking trails are full of high mountain alpine flowers. The Fourth of July in Breckenridge is amazing.The Main Street Parade usually starts with the Red, White & Blue Color Guard and ends with the reading of the Declaration of Independence by George Washington in the Blue River Plaza. Lots of activities for the kids following the parade . There is usually a Fourth of July Patriotic Concert with the National Repository Orchestra at the Riverwalk Center and at dusk, a huge fireworks display will be held which can be seen from many vantage points around town.
August in Breckenridge
August brings new varieties of wildflowers to the area. Look for wild raspberries and strawberries on your hikes.
The USA Pro Cycling Challenge takes place in August, and usually one of the stages will bring the cyclists into Breckenridge. This is a huge event (think of it as the American version of the Tour de France) and all of Breckenridge turns out to watch the riders come into town down Main Street. Lots of activities afterwards for kids and adults following the event.
Of course the biggest reason that people come to Breckenridge in the winter is to ski! Peak 6 just opened the winter of 2013 and is getting rave reviews. If you’re going to be renting your skis, you might want to avoid the lines and call Black Tie Ski Rentals. (http://www.blacktieskis.com) They will come to your home and fit you with skis and boots, service the skis on the slopes if you have problems, and then come pick up the equipment after you’re done skiing.
Another option is to reserve ski equipment in advance from Christy Sports at the top of Peak 8 or Peak 9. They will store your skis and boots overnight and you don’t have to worry about carrying them.
Christy Sports has been a presence in Breckenridge for years and gives excellent service.
The Mountain Stats:
Longest Trail: Four O’Clock – 3.5 miles / 5.6 kilometers
Base Elevation: 9,600 feet / 2,926 meters
Summit Elevation: 12,998 feet / 3,963 meters
Vertical Rise: 3,398 feet / 1,036 meters
Lifts: 34 Total
3 high-speed 6-passenger SuperChairs
9 high-speed quad lifts
1 triple lift
6 double lifts
1 8-passenger gondola
5 surface lifts
9 carpet liftsLift Capacity: 42,880 people per hour
Operating Since: December 16, 1961
Total Ski/Ride Terrain: 2908 acres / 1177 hectares
Groomed Daily: 600 acres / 241 hectares (29% of total terrain)
Bowls: 1061 acres / 429 hectares
Terrain Parks: 25 acres / 10 hectares
Snowmaking: 600 acres / 243 hectares
Number of Trails: 187
Other: If your group is tired of skiing, or wants to take a day off to do something different, take a look at these activities
Stephen C. West Ice Arena
0189 Boreas Pass Road
Indoor and outdoor skating and hockey. Public skate is $6 for kids, and $8 for adults. Rental equipment available.
The Breckenridge Nordic Center is located at 1200 Ski Hill Road. Their new Nordic lodge has a cozy fireplace, plenty of seating for lunch or a hot chocolate. Homemade soups, bratwurst, snack bar, beer, wine and cold/hot drinks will help you relax and refuel after a great adventure at their facility.Nestled at the base of the Ten Mile Mountain Range, the idyllic trails weave through the gorgeous Cucumber Gulch Nature Preserve for great views, wildlife viewing and peaceful solitude on trails in the surrounding National Forest Lands. Call them at 970-453-6855 to reserve rental equipment, or to schedule a guided snow shoe adventure or nordic ski lesson.
Gold Run Nordic Center: Snow Shoeing, Cross Country Skiing, Ice Skating
200 Clubhouse Drive (at the Breckenridge Golf Course)
Free ice skating on the pond. Limited rentals for a nominal fee.
Snow shoe tours for all abilities.
Breckenridge Recreation Center
880 Airport Road
2 indoor tennis courts, rock climbing, leisure pool with water slide and vortex, 25 yard, 4 lane lap pool, gymnasium with weights & exercise equipment.
If you have a multi-resort ski pass, you can opt to ski for a day at Keystone or Copper and stay to go tubing. It’s one of the favorites of winter activities! Grab a tube, ride a lift to the top of the multi-lane tubing hill and then let your tube whisk you down the hill and do it again – all of the fun of sledding but none of the work. This will keep kids and adults entertained for hours. Most hills have several lanes, allowing for multiple sledders to race down the hill simultaneously and more safely than an open field. You cannot bring your own tube to these established tubing hills, as only certain models can be safely attached to the hitch on the lift. Always call ahead, as the tubing hills have set hours of operation, and tubing is weather dependent. Also check for policies on children tubing: height and age restrictions, and parents usually must accompany young children.
We’ve been going to Breckenridge for over 20 years and have watched as the culinary talent in the town has just gotten more and more talented. We have our favorite restaurants for casual family outings, and our “go-to” bistros for adult dinners and romantic evenings. The following are some of our family favorites but they are just suggestions when Dining in Breckenridge
Casual Family DiningThis is our “go-to” restaurant for the day we arrive in Breck. Very casual dining with everything from soup to salads to burgers and classic comfort food like meatloaf. It’s actually a brewery and has a long list of micro-brews on tap
600 S. Main Street
970-453-1550This is a VERY small restaurant that serves excellent pizza and pasta dishes. It is almost always very crowded with a wait, but you can call in an order and pick up
100 N. Main Street #212
Fatty’s is much larger and also very crowded. Great pizza and pasta dishes. It is housed in an historic building dating to the late 1800’s.
106 South Ridge Street
970-453-9802Chef Tetsuo Shimada is a certified Sushi and Fugu Chef, and was licensed in Japan in 1984. Delicious and very creatively prepared sushi.
500 South Main Street
970-453-1502Just bring some cash (they don’t take credit cards) if you’re in the mood for a big, hot breakfast. Nothing gourmet, but just good food in a warm, friendly environment.
540 S. Main Street
Fine Dining (suitable for couples & families)This is our favorite “last night”restaurant. The owner, Arielle, and her sister, Marie Jo, are from Paris and serve up authentic French cuisine in a very charming & cosy atmosphere. After your first dining experience, they will be your new best friends.
161 East Adams Street
970-547-5335Chef Matt Fackler changes the menu seasonally & sometimes daily to adapt to the freshest Colorado grown products.
137 S. Main Street
970-453-0989This is a sister restaurant to Relish, and chef Matt Fackler does a spin on classic comfort food.
200 S. Ridge Street
970-547-7100The name “Modis” came about when the chef was trying out some of his dishes on his toddler, who asked for “mo dis”.
113 S. Main Street
970-453-4330We love to sit in the bar area during happy hour, where they serve 1/2 price small plates on Friday & Saturday.
970-453-9948Beautiful, Victorian decor in a home that was constructed in the early 1880’s as a home for Christ Kaiser, an immigrant from Germany who ran a market & butcher shop on Lincoln Street. Excellent cuisine and beautiful views of the 10 mile range.
130 S. Ridge Street