Weather not cooperating with your outdoor plans? As much as we love hiking, biking and all things outside, we understand that a little (or a big) rainstorm can be enough to steer you indoor. But don’t let the weather dampen the fun. The good news is Breckenridge is home to tons of unique and fun activities, and not just outside. These top picks for a rainy day in Breckenridge are sure to leave everyone in your group feeling happy, and hey, you might even forget it’s raining outside!
Top Picks for a Rainy Day in Breckenridge:
Climb, Swim and Play
One crack at the rope swing should be enough to remind anyone that the Breckenridge Recreation Center isn’t an ordinary fitness gym. Still not convinced? Take a trip down the Summit Plummit water slide or pull on sticky shoes for a go at the climbing wall. Oh yeah, there’s a track, tennis courts, weights, cardio equipment, sauna, hot tubs and more. Want additional family fun? Head to the Stephen C. West Ice Arena for year-round indoor public ice skating.
Hit The Rapids
“Do we go rafting if it’s raining?” Of course you do. It’s one of the most common questions asked by those booking whitewater rafting trips, and the answer is simple. Not only are you going to get wet anyway on a rafting trip, you’ll also be perfectly dressed in wet suits for aqueous adventures (and rain).
Get artsy and try something new with BreckCreate. Bring the whole family and try throwing your own pottery, making candles, glass blowing and more! Check the schedule for the lineup of activities and classes. Don’t miss their other events like concerts, open studios and shows too!
If you’re looking to paint your own pre-made pottery, check out Ready, Paint, Fire! Everyone will find something they love- just pick out a piece that speaks to you and get painting! Firing usually takes a few days, so we recommend planning this activity early in the week if possible, but they ship too. They also offer canvas painting, mosaic art and glass fusing, plus beer and wine for the adults to get the creative juices flowing.
Try to Escape
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! This is a great bonding activity for families, friends, date nights, bachelorette, bachelor or birthday parties, co-workers and teammates. Plus, it’s a great way to head inside for an hour as the storm passes.
Once you’ve escaped, head next door to VR Arcade and enter into one of their premium Virtual Reality X Pods and embark on an adventure. Their uniquely designed pods track your every move to give you a safe and contained space to play in VR. With unmatched immersion, image resolution and premium content, you’ll be transported into a realistic new world of immersive experience. Over 30 games to choose from- try fighting off zombies or test your luck in a wild west draw.
Head just 2 miles outside town to the historic restored Country Boy Mine, which offers underground mine tours and even gold panning! In the midst of the majestic Rocky Mountains, the Country Boy Mine was one of the largest and most famous gold mines in Breckenridge, Colorado. Today, enjoy the many activities the mine has to offer. Gold pan, pet the burros, slide down the 55 foot ore chute, explore the authentic mine site, view the exhibits and equipment that were used in the mine and visit the general store. Since the tour heads into a real mine tunnel, it doesn’t matter what the weather brings.
Catch a Flick
To kill a few hours, grab some popcorn, candy, beer or wine and take a seat in the newly remodeled Speakeasy Movie Theatre in the historic district of Breckenridge. Screening a select hit movie every week, the Speakeasy is an intimate, unique theater unlike any other. Check their website for current showings and times. Located in the community center just off of Main Street, the theatre is just a short walk from almost anywhere in town.
Prefer live performances? Check out the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre, a newly renovated 137-seat theater located in the heart of historic downtown Breckenridge. Check out what’s playing now!
Wine and Dine
Is there anything better than cozying up with a hot beverage or wine and listening to the rain fall? The good news is Breckenridge is filled with quaint restaurants, bars and tasting rooms, perfect for grabbing some grub, trying handcrafted libations and exchanging stories. Try the Gold Pan’s newest addition, the Carboy Winery, where you can grab a flight of wine on tap to pair with a colorful cheese plate right on Main Street. Warm up by the Gold Pan’s large, historic wood burning stove, and you have hygge in a nutshell. If you’re more into the craft spirits scene, head to Après and enjoy unique concoctions in a fun atmosphere. For happy hour, head to Aurum Food and Wine, one of Breckenridge’s newest restaurants, featuring half-priced menu items, half priced wines by the glass, $3 draft beer and $7 classic cocktails.
Breckenridge is rooted in its past and boasts one of the largest historic districts in Colorado. Create memories with affordable guided historic tours and hikes, and enjoy free, family-friendly museums operated by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance and Breckenridge Tours. Visit their web sites for a full list of activities, events, museums and tours in Breckenridge. Stop by the Welcome Center to walk through their in-house museum, or head to the Edwin Carter Discovery Center- the rehabilitated center honors the life and legacy of Edwin Carter, featuring interactive exhibits, a hands-on taxidermy workbench, a children’s room and a theatre and is the recipient of several awards.
Rainy days are the perfect time to catch up on self care and not have to feel guilty about it. Treat yourself and explore the many opportunities for wellness and self care in our quaint mountain town. Enjoy a facial, massage, mani-pedi, acupuncture, reiki and more at the numerous spas in Breckenridge, or head to a yoga class during your stay. To top it off, hop in the hot tub to really soak it all in (see what we did there)?
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Article originally written by Rachel Zerowin and updated in 2019 for accuracy and new content.