The Best Indoor Activities in Breckenridge
Sometimes it rains. Sometimes we get 3 feet of fresh powder. And sometimes your feet just need a break from strolling historic Main Street. Thankfully, Breckenridge offers a colorful canvas of indoor activities in diverse and welcoming spaces. (Don’t worry—storms pass quickly here and you’ll be back outside in no time to soak up some sunshine).
Art & Workshops
Stop by Ready Paint Fire any time for canvas painting, mosaic art or pottery painting. Check the studio’s calendar for evening pottery and glass fusing workshops and make a night of it—bring a pizza and order wine or beer from the onsite concessions while you design your masterpieces.
Call on the Frosted Flamingo for a tailor-made mobile art studio experience and throw your own crafty party. The project menu spans bedazzled trucker hats to etched wine glasses. Take the kids to the Groovy Moose (tip: there’s a candy store right next door with the fluffiest cotton candy) to craft their very own birdhouses and dig into stickers and paints. Hit the BreckCreate arts district for a full lineup of classes, events, open studios, tours and concerts.
Arcades & Virtual Reality
Eat, drink and play arcade games, skee-ball and more at Downstairs at Eric’s, visit The Crown for coffee and cards by the fireplace and cozy up at Après Handcrafted Libations for grown-up board games over craft brews and inventive cocktails. Don state-of-the-art 3D headset technology at VR Arcade—Breckenridge’s first virtual reality arcade—for a whole new level of gaming.
Choose from three family-friendly themes at Mountain Time Escape Rooms (add on holograms or computer-generated imagery). Join friends or strangers in a locked room at Escape Room Breckenridge and pool your wits to solve riddles and uncover clues in a race against time.
Historic Tours & Museums
Dig into a real Breckenridge gold mining experience at Country Boy Mine, where hilarious actors showcase life in the 1880s. Pan for actual gold and keep what you find! Dive into more mining-era history and learn about the town’s deep roots in the railroad and ski industries on a Breckenridge Heritage Alliance museum visit or tour.
Recreation, Yoga & Fitness Classes
Spend an afternoon exploring the Breckenridge Recreation Center, playing tennis and pickleball, swimming, rock climbing, sliding and jumping in the little tike indoor playground, working out or just soaking in the hot tubs. Take a yoga class at one of the local beginner-to-expert-friendly studios, cycle until you drop at Psycle 9600—the highest spin studio in the U.S.—or check out CrossFit Breckenridge for an intensely satisfying group workout.
Year-Round Ice Skating
Throw an axe and have some fun! Throwing lanes are available by the hour for parties of 4 or more and special group events up to 65 people. They’ll teach you to throw safely for a fun and empowering experience. MTN AXE Breck is like nothing else on or off the mountain.
Shopping & Art Galleries
Breckenridge is lined with incredibly thoughtful, well-curated boutiques, galleries and shops selling everything from socks to sculptures. Longtime local small business owners line shelves with puzzles and toys, purses and soaps, and oils and wines. Cooks and gourmands love Olive Fusion, the Spice Merchants and The Cheese Shop, while gear junkies drool over the latest skis, boards and beanies at Mountain Outfitters, Rocky Mountain Underground and Mountain Goat. Make sure the kids pop into Peak-a-Boo Toys and Magical Scraps after a stop by the Mountain Top Cookie Shop.
Spas, Wellness and Massage
Find your indoor activity bliss with some quiet, pampered spa time. Hang out in a candle-lit grotto, detox in a steam room, stretch out in a hot tub and call on Breckenridge wellness gurus for healing treatments. A therapeutic massage, reflexology or reiki session can do wonders for your mood and muscles. Check out this Breckenridge Wellness Itinerary for the ultimate self-care escape.
Live Performances & Theatre
Love live music? Head over to the 750-seat Riverwalk Center for a concert. View a performance at the Backstage Theatre for professional live shows, or catch a new-release movie at the charming locally run Speakeasy Theatre complete with popcorn, beer or wine!
Brewery & Distillery Tours & Tastings
Catching up with friends over pints and craft spirits is a ski town pastime that never gets old. Visit the pup-friendly Broken Compass for a chocolate coffee stout and some pinball or the Breckenridge Brewery for the latest seasonal taps and a cheesy plate of nachos. Take a tour at the Breckenridge Distillery and then settle in for a multi-course culinary treat in the stylish restaurant space. Swirl award-winning California and Colorado wines at the Continental Divide tasting room and sign up for a custom wine blending experience.
Make Memories at Home
Whether you’re staying at a hotel, private home, condo or B&B, there’s always fun to be had with the whole family at home. Warm up by the fire with a round of board games or a puzzle from a local toy store like Peak-a-Boo Toys or YoYo Loco on Main Street. Make it even more fun (and easy) with take-out or delivery from a local restaurant. Whether you’re feeling fancy or want to keep it casual with a pizza, Breckenridge has options for even the pickiest eaters.
Breckenridge’s central location puts us right in the middle of the Rocky Mountains with miles of scenic roads in every direction. While we always say, “there’s no better way to explore Breckenridge than with your own two feet.” rest assured, there’s plenty to enjoy from the comfort of your car on a scenic drive. Take in high elevation views, mining and railroad history and ranch lands. Before you head out, grab a snack at one of Breckenridge’s local bakeries like La Francaise, Mimi & Pin or Amazing Grace. Then gas up, buckle up and enjoy!
Take a break from shopping historic Main Street and rejuvenate with an afternoon-pick-me-up. Grab a cup of joe and take in the views or read about Breckenridge’s history. Swing by the Welcome Center to pick up a book about our mining past from local writers and members of the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance.
*Article originally written by Lisa Blake, and later edited in 2020 for accuracy.