Family hiking in. Breckenridge during the summer
Family hiking in. Breckenridge during the summer

7 Fun Things To Do In Breckenridge This Summer With Kids

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!


1. Rafting

Rafting with kids in the Blue River in Colorado

Head to the Arkansas River just a short drive from Breckenridge or raft the Blue right here in town!

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

Family takes break on rock

Our favorite game? I Spy. It’s a great way to teach kids about plants and wildlife.

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!


3. Pool Day

family playing in pool with mountains in background

Cool off with mountain views by the pool.

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 hotels and condo complexes will have a pool and hot tub available, and almost all Breckenridge hotels will have top-notch outdoor and indoor swimming areas.

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.


4. Epic Discovery

Epic Discovery Rock Climbing Wall

Explore family friendly activities at Breckenridge Ski Resort’s 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!  Dates of operations and offerings change.  We encourage you to check Breckenridge Ski Resort’s website before visiting.


5. Country Boy Mine

Country Boy Mine tour Breckenridge

Head underground and explore real mining tunnels at 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.


6. Historic Tours

family standing around metal tubs with tree in background

Experience Breckenridge’s past with Breck History’s historic tours and museums.

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 History also offers a number of walking and hiking tours of historic sites and museums surrounding the area, including saloon, mine tours 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.


7. Art Classes & Workshops

girl painting

Breckenridge Creative Arts offers interesting and affordable classes for kids on the Arts District campus.  Explore a range of fun programs tailored to meet the needs of children and families.  If you’re looking for crafts to do on your own pick-up a take and make craft from Frosted Flamingo Mobile Art Studio.


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!


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