Old Breckenridge town buildings in greyscale
Summer sunset over downtown Breckenridge

You’ll often hear, “I came for the winter but stayed for the summer.” Sure, Breckenridge is home to a world-class ski resort, but summer is becoming more popular than ever in the mountains- and for good reason! We’re a unique town with character and a fascinating history; pair that with 300+ days of sunshine and endless activities and events, and you’ve got the trip of a lifetime. Plus, the temperatures never get too hot, making it the perfect place to escape the summer heat hitting the rest of the country June, July and August. With hiking, mountain biking, fly-fishing, apline coasters and more, it’s safe to say the whole crew will have a blast. Start planning your itinerary to be sure not to miss the best 100 things to do in Breckenridge this summer!

100 Things to do this Summer:

1. Eat and shop along historic Main Street- don’t forget to BYOB (Bring Your Own shopping Bag)

2. Catch the sunset from the best views in Breckenridge

3. Get your week’s worth of veggies and check out craft vendors at the Sunday Farmer’s Market at the Main Street Station

4. Stroll along Main Street while sipping wine at the Breckenridge Wine Classic

5. See the wildflowers in full bloom

6. Tour the world’s highest distillery

7. Take a guided fly fishing tour and explore Breckenridge’s rivers

8. Play a round (or two) at the world’s only town-owned 27-hole Jack Nicolaus designed golf course

9. Take a guided history tour to learn about Breckenridge’s local mining past

10. Join the largest street party in the Rocky Mountains at Oktoberfest

Grab a brew (or a few) at this year’s Oktoberfest weekend party!

11. Hit the trails on an ATV tour

12. Grab some steamy churros at Mimi & Pin

13. Stroll through Breckenridge’s art festivals throughout the summer

14. Put on a swimsuit and join the Fire Department in a water fight during 4th of July

15. Hit the Rec Center for indoor rock climbing or water slide

16. Stumble upon a concert that is in the trees and on the trails at Breckenridge International Festival of Arts

17. Watch as fall leaves start to change colors mid-September (Breckenridge is the first in the nation to see leaves change)

18. Sip and sample at the Summer Beer Fest

19. Dress up for the prefect Breckenridge memento at Breckenridge Old Time Photography

20. Hike or bike our 100s of miles of trails in and around Breckenridge and remember to “Leave No Trace” Learn How:

21. Watch a play at the Breckenridge Backstage Theater

22.  Solve a mystery at one of Breckenridge’s escape rooms.  Views themes at  Escape Room at Mountain Time Escape Room and Escape Room Breckenridge.

23. Saddle-up for year-round horseback riding

24. Take a tour of the historic Country Boy Mine

25. Ice-skate year-round during open skate at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena

26. Get arts and crafts delivered to your door with Frosted Flamingo.

27. Get your hands dirty at the Gold Panning Championships

28. Find your zen in a yoga class

29. Take a Breck Create art class or workshop

30. Rent bikes and cruise around town or on the Blue River Rec Path

Family biking in Breckenridge summer
Soak up some rays and see Breckenridge by bike!

31. Explore Breckenridge’s public art collection

32. Tour the town on a saloon, history or ghost tour

33. Sign the kids up for fun while you hit the town with the Kid’s Night Out Program

34. Enjoy a date night at a romantic restaurant

35. Warm-up at night next to one of the in-town fire pits

36. Get a bird’s eye view of the Rocky Mountains via Hot Air Baloon.

37. Grab a drink or two and hit the town at one of Breckenridge’s 100+ bars and restaurants

38. Watch as the river, bridges and waterfront area turn into outdoor canvasses and exhibition spaces at WAVE: Light + Water + Sound

39. Erase tension and relax with a spa day, massage or facial

40. Have a picnic at the Riverwalk Center and watch as the kids play in the Blue River

Blue River plaza and Riverwalk Center summer
The Blue River is the perfect place to cool off on a warm summer day.

41. Sample tasty bourbon and juicy bacon at Breckenridge Hogfest

42. Dance to live music at the historic Brown Hotel and Restaurant

43. Have the Mayor serve you a beer at Downstairs at Eric’s

44. Tour the town on a scavenger hunt available at the Breckenridge Welcome Center

45. Join fellow bluegrass and wild ale lovers at Stings, Ciders and Sours

46. Grab a quick bite at one of Breckenridge’s food trucks or grab-and-go vendors and have a picnic

47. Indulge in a sweet or savory crepe

48. Take a piece of Breck home with you by picking a souvenir that was made in town

49. Take your pup to the Breckenridge Dog Park at Carter Park

50. Try the Gold Runner Coaster, Alpine Slide and more at Epic Discovery park at Breckenridge Ski Resort

Gold Runner alpine coaster summer
The Gold Runner alpine coaster is open year round!

51. Taste your way through Breckenridge by sampling the best ice creams around town while you window shop

52. Soak in the hot tub or pool with a view

53. Purchase a rubber duck in support of the Summit Foundation for the annual Great Rubber Duck Race, Labor Day weekend

54. Taste or make your own wine at the Continental Divide Winery

55. Get trip suggestions at the Breckenridge Welcome Center then tour the museum

56. Snag some great happy-hour deals on one of many sun-soaked patios

57. Take a bike ride through history with Colorado Adventure Guides

58. Get views from above on the free Breck-Connect Gondola

59. Feed the fish at Ollies the Dredge pond

60. Try stand-up paddleboard (SUP) yoga on the Maggie Pond

Test your balance with SUP yoga on the Maggie Pond this summer.

61. Mush with a pack on a summer dog sledding tour

62. Visit the Edwin Carter Discover Center for 19th century environmentalism and hands-on taxidermy

63. Grab the kids to swing and slide at one of many parks around town

64. Taste the 38+ beers on tap and play a round of horseshoes at Kenosha Steakhouse

65. View old mining cabins and materials on a Gold Mine Tour at Lomax Placer Mine – you can pan for gold too!

66. Give back to the community at the annual Town Clean-Up

67. Tour the Summit Ski Exhibit for a bit of a history lesson

68. Take a summer Fat Bike Brewery and Distillery tour

69. Discover Breckenridge’s newest restaurants

70. Try the Breck Expedition Zipline through the trees with Epic Discovery

Breck Expedition Zip Line
Zip and soar through the trees and get views you’ll never forget!

71. Throw a snowball and play in the snow on Peak 8 at the top of the gondola- this summer snow pile is made of the 300+ inches of snow the ski resort receives annually

72. Take a selfie at the Ski Hill Scenic Overlook

73. Visit the old train Engine No. 9 on your way up Boreas Pass Rd.

74. Catch some rays and relax at one of Breckenridge’s best outdoor pools

75. Skateboard at the Rec Center’s newly remodeled skate park

76. Volunteer with Friends of Breckenridge Trails to help upkeep of the fragile habitats, open spaces and trail systems around Breckenridge

77. Kayak or paddleboard on nearby Lake Dillon Reservoir

78. Catch a concert at the Riverwalk Center

79. See if you can spot wildlife like mountain goats and moose (from a safe distance)

80. Head up Boreas Pass Rd. to the trailhead and take in views of the Ten Mile range

Boreas Pass Summer
Hike or drive along Boreas Pass Rd. to get amazing views of Breckenridge Ski Resort in the Summer.

81. Take a cooking class at Colorado Mountain College

82. Dine or dance at the oldest bar in Breckenridge, the Gold Pan Saloon

83. Catch local live music, play yard games and watch skis get pressed, all while sipping a craft brew or cocktail at Rocky Mountain Underground (RMU)

84. Test your singing skills at karaoke

85. Snag some great deals on ski gear during the summer

86. Ride the free Trolley down Main Street

87. Caffeinate and stock up on baked goods at one of our locally owned coffee shops

88. Check out the old historic homes on French and Ridge Street

89. Play a round of Corn Hole and roast marshmallows for s’mores at Motherloaded Tavern

90. Cool off and hit some rapids on a rafting trip with the whole family

Summer group rafting in the Blue River in Breckenridge
Raft the Blue River or nearby Brown’s Canyon and Clear Creek.

91. Walk, bike or take the Breck Free Ride to see Isak Heartstone (The Troll) at his new home in Illinois Creek (trail conditions permitting)

92. Embark on a summer backcountry hut or yurt trip

93. Watch the big game at our great sports bars around town

94. Ski or ride in the summer by hiking to un-melted backcountry bowls and terrain

95. Get acclimated at the O2 Lounge or VidaFlo

96. Test your skills in exciting, lifelike virtual reality games at VR Arcade

97. Re-live the mining days and stop by the Breckenridge Heritage center

98. Press your pennies at the penny press at Skinny Winters

99. Try Breckenridge-made beers at the local Breweries

100. Don’t forget to take the Breckenridge Free Ride buses to all of your favorite destinations and find out how easy it is to go carless in Breckenridge!

The Main Street Trolley is a free transportation shuttle that services downtown Breckenridge.
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