In Breckenridge, we’re not exaggerating when we say there’s fun around every corner. From mornings on the trails to days spent rafting the river or nights hunting for ghosts, the list of what to do with the family in Breckenridge is endless. Whether you have smaller children or are traveling with several generations, it’s easy to find activities the whole family will love. The most important things to consider when planning a family trip are: what to do, where to eat and where to stay. But no matter what you choose to do in Breckenridge in summer it’s sure to be a blast. To help you start planning, here are our top 6 family adventures that are big on fun!
Some of the country’s best whitewater rafting is available just a short drive from Breckenridge. The Arkansas River in Central Colorado passes through the iconic Browns Canyon National Monument, and there are also options on the Eagle River near Vail, and of course, the Blue River in Breckenridge. Rafting is available late spring through fall, and there are many options based on scenery preferences, activity level, what type of group you’ll be bringing and how long you want to be on the river. Check out our tips for how to make the most of your whitewater rafting trip!
2. Hiking + Biking
Get out and explore the mountains: Biking and hiking are both popular free options in the summer, with a variety of trails for any ability level. With gorgeous views, wildflowers galore, and high alpine lakes, it’s no surprise that hiking is one of the most popular summer activities in Breckenridge. The only challenge is picking the best trail for you. Here are our recommendations for some of the best summer hiking trails for families in and around Breckenridge, or swing by the Breckenridge Welcome Center at 203 S Main Street to talk to an expert about current trail conditions. Don’t forget sun protection, water, extra layers and lunch for a picnic at the top!
Not only is Breckenridge a hiker’s dream, it’s also a mecca for bikers of all kinds, from road bikers to mountain bikers to cruisers and everything in between. Discover the seemingly endless trails and paths for every level of rider and get ready to take in the views on two wheels. Rent gear or bring your own! All types and sizes of bicycles can be rented at various locations- try self-guided bike tours around town, custom trips, Vail pass excursions and the popular beer and distillery bike tour. Rent bikes at one of the many shops in town, or try a guided bike tour on Vail pass or around town. Bike trailers for hauling the little ones are available for rent too.
If you want to hit the trails in a new way, Horseback riding and ATV rides are also available for family excursions.
3. Pool Day
When we think of summer, we picture warm days by the pool and taking in the views. In Breckenridge, that’s an easy goal to meet. Swimming pools are the stalwart of fun on vacation and are a great add-on when planning a summer trip to Colorado. Most condo complexes will have a pool and hot tub available, and almost all Breckenridge hotels will have top-notch outdoor and indoor swimming areas. Try zipping down the slide at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 or soak in views of the Tenmile mountain range at the Residence Inn by Marriott.
If you’re staying at one of the many vacation homes in the area, go where the locals go – the Breckenridge Recreation Center. The Rec Center is home to the largest public aquatics center in Breckenridge, complete with two pools, an outdoor and indoor hot tub, steam room and sauna. The Leisure Pool is a free form pool with a two-story slide, the Summit Plummit, that both children and adults can enjoy. A small slide keeps the little ones happy. Other amenities include a lazy river swim stream, basketball hoop and a vortex pool. In addition to four swim lanes, the lap pool has a mini rock climbing wall and a rope swing (make sure to check the pool schedule in the link above for swing times). In the summer there is also an outdoor “beach” area which offers a large grassy area as well as lawn chairs for those who just want to enjoy the sunshine.
4. Ghost Hunting
Prepare to be haunted by eerie tales of Breckenridge’s past on historic walking and hiking tours by night. Take a guided stroll around town to explore the darker side of the wild west with chilling tales of the ghosts that remain here and other strange events. The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance and Breckenridge Ghost Tours offer a number of walking and hiking tours of historic sites and museums surrounding the area, including saloon, ghost, gold panning and snowshoe tours! All tours can be made family-friendly and are a great way to discover Breckenridge’s historic buildings and stories of the past.
5. Epic Discovery
The snow may be gone but the resort stays open! Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Epic Discovery offers activities for every level of adventurer. From scenic chairlift rides to guided hikes, zip-line tours, climbing walls, mini-golf and roller coasters, it’s easy to pack your day full of fun at the base of Peak 8 at Breckenridge Ski Resort. With more than 13 different activities on the mountain ranging from a thrilling alpine coaster to educational areas where you can learn about local flora and fauna, this is fun the whole family will enjoy.
To get to Epic Discovery park, take a free scenic ride on the BreckConnect Gondola from downtown Breckenridge up to the base of Peak 8. Kids will love traveling through the trees, looking for wildlife and soaring above town in their own own enclosed pod- now that’s an adventure in itself!
6. Country Boy Mine
Once upon a time, the Country Boy Mine was one of the largest and most famous gold mines in Colorado. Today, you can head underground for a tour of a real gold mine, pet the burros, slide down the ore chute slide, visit the General Store and pan for gold at the original mine. Located just two miles from downtown Breckenridge, enjoy history and culture in one of Colorado’s most prosperous locations! Make your trip education with by visiting one of the museums or historic tours in Breckenridge.
Other Ideas For Fun
For more fun with family in Breckenridge, check out the Breckenridge Arts District, which offers classes on a variety of different media from painting to ceramics. The Stephen C. West Ice Arena offers a variety of activities year-round which include daily public skate sessions, drop-in hockey sessions, learn to skate classes and youth and adult hockey leagues. Try an Escape Room and seek clues, solve unique puzzles, answer questions and work together to try to escape! These all-age friendly Breckenridge-themed rooms consist of stories, decorations and technology to immerse you in a fun game for all. You’ll have 60-minutes to complete each of your adventures! To kill a few hours, grab some popcorn, candy, beer or wine (for the adults) and take a seat in the newly remodeled Speakeasy Theatre. Screening a select family-friendly movie every week, the Speakeasy is an intimate, unique theater unlike any other, perfect for the whole group. Check their website for current showings and times.