Most people think of Breckenridge, Colorado as a ski town (and they should – it’s one of the most visited ski resorts in the state). But there are so many more fun things to do in Breckenridge besides its world-class ski resort.
In winter, there are tons of outdoor activities like snowmobiling, fat tire biking, and cross-country skiing. Summer is no less fun, with plenty of hiking, mine tours, and an adventure park at the ski resort.
When most people plan what to do in Breckenridge, they stick to the biggies – skiing in winter, hiking in summer, and strolling historic Main Street for food and souvenirs. Those are great activities, but as a Colorado local, I’ve put together this list that will help you get off the beaten path and explore some lesser-known Breckenridge gems.
Ready to check out these awesome things to do in Breckenridge? Here’s what we’ll cover:
- ✨ Best Things to Do in Breckenridge
- ❄️ Things to Do in Winter
- 🎨 Museums & Culture
- ☀️ Things to Do in Summer
- 🍻 Year-Round Activities
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31 Best Things to Do in Breckenridge, Colorado
Breckenridge Ski Resort
Ski at one of the top resorts
When most people think of things to do in Breckenridge, skiing is the first thing that springs to mind. Peak 8 is a big draw at Breckenridge ski resort, with terrain parks and lots of options for intermediate and advanced skiers. The resort also has lessons for every level. It’s one of Colorado’s more expensive ski resorts, but it offers on-site food & lodging, excellent customer service, and lots of amenities.
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See a quirky Breckenridge site
One of the most fun walks to take with kids (or, let’s face it, with anyone delighted by trolls) is to visit Isak Heartstone. The wood sculpture resembling a troll was created as part of the annual Breckenridge Festival of the Arts, and he now sits at the end of a short trail.
You can visit year-round, but the trail isn’t maintained in winter so be ready for plenty of snow. He’s one of the most popular things to do in Breckenridge, so during peak seasons you may need to wait a few minutes to get your selfie with Isak.
Wander historic downtown
Historic Main Street in Breckenridge is full of shops, bars, and restaurants in historic buildings. Start off at the Visitor Center in the center of town to learn more about the area and the town’s history.
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Things to Do in Winter
Glide over groomed ski trails
You can cross-country ski at either the Gold Run Nordic Center, which is on the outskirts of town, or the Breckenridge Nordic Center, which is near downhill ski areas. Both centers rent skis and snowshoes and offer lessons as well. The Breckenridge Nordic Center also has a lodge and restaurant.
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Get pulled along by some furry friends
📍 Map It: 6061 Tiger Road, Breckenridge, CO 80424 | Phone: (970) 453-7604 | Website | Tours start at 9 am – 3:30 pm daily, Closed Mondays | Tours: $150 all ages, children under 5 & pregnant women not allowed
Try a unique experience you can only get in a few select places! At Good Times Adventures, you and a team of other passengers will switch between running the dogs, riding on the sled, and riding in a passenger sleigh with the guide.
👉 Pro Tip: It gets cold out there! These hand and feet warmers are so great to have on-hand (hah!) for outdoor activities in winter.
Bike in the snow
An off-road bike with fat tires made for winter conditions, fat biking is a great Breckenridge winter activity. You can go for a ride on any of the snowshoe trails at the Gold Run Nordic Center, and the center also offers lessons, day tours, and a full moon tour.
Zoom across the frozen tundra
Get an adrenaline rush with a snowmobile tour from Breckenridge Colorado Snowmobiling! They offer guided tours over a variety of terrain or self-guided rentals if you know where you’re going.
Monster Truck Sleigh Ride
Take a one-of-a-kind snowy ride
This ain’t your typical horse-drawn sleigh ride! Visit parts of Country Boy Mine on a sleigh pulled by a vintage truck (with snow tracks, of course). You can roast s’mores after the ride.
👉 Pro Tip: These rides book fast, so be sure to make reservations ahead of time.
Breckenridge Museums & Culture
Edwin Carter Museum
Learn about a colorful Colorado preservationist
Edwin Carter was one of the many men who traveled to Breckenridge to try and make a fortune by mining for gold. But unlike most miners, he worried about the negative impact the industry was having on the plants and animals in the area. He decided to preserve Rocky Mountain wildlife through taxidermy and you can see his work in his cabin, along with other exhibits about his life.
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Breckenridge Backstage Theatre
Catch a great show
The Breckenridge Backstage Theatre is a fun place to see a show after a day of outdoor activities. The theater has a bar that serves up show-themed cocktails, and just 137 seats so the shows you see will be intimate.
Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
Take a unique tour
The Heritage Alliance offers several tours of Breckenridge, each with a different focus.
The Breckenridge Walk Through History Tour gives you a great overview of the town, while the Bawdy Breckenridge Tour teaches about the town’s scandalous past and is for those aged 21 and up. There are also Breckenridge tours for students, mine tours, and more.
Barney Ford Victorian House
Learn about civil rights in Colorado
Learn all about the life and work of Barney Ford at this fabulous museum. Barney Ford escaped slavery to become an entrepreneur and then built a gorgeous Victorian home in Breckenridge for his wife and family. He was one of the earliest advocates for civil rights in Colorado.
See art in a variety of mediums
The Arts District features one acre of historic cabins, stables, and other buildings that now house studios for working artists. You can wander through the area and see what artists are working on in art forms like painting, textiles, glasswork, and more. There are children’s workshops as well.
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Things to Do in Summer
Country Boy Mine
Pan for gold
Tour the Country Boy Mine and learn about the perils of being a miner in Summit County. Kids can pan for gold, slide down an ore chute, and pet burros.
Blue River Rec Path
Cycle or walk next to public art and a river
The Blue River Rec Path runs from Frisco and heads right through downtown Breckenridge. You can ride or walk on the path, and there is public art to view along with the scenery of Breckenridge and the Blue River. Park at the Breckenridge Recreation Center to start, or pick up the Blue River Rec Path near the Visitor’s Center and ride for a bit.
Hike a 14er
Quandary Peak is just six miles from downtown Breckenridge and is one of the most popular 14er hiking trails in Colorado (a 14er being a mountainous peak higher than 14,000 feet). The East Ridge route is the most used, and is a 6 ¾ mile roundtrip hike.
👉 Pro Tip: In summer of 2021, hikers were required to reserve parking or take a shuttle to the trailhead. You can check here to see guidance for 2022.
Valley Brook Cemetery
Learn the history of Breckenridge
The final resting place of many unique characters from Breckenridge history, Valley Brook Cemetery was built in 1882 and people are still buried there today. The Heritage Alliance offers Tombstone Tours, where you can learn more about who’s buried here.
Spend a wild day on the river
A fabulous adventure company, Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting & Zipline has rafting trips on five different rivers within an hour of Breckenridge. You can do ⅓ day, half-day, full day, and multi-day trips. They also have packages that include ziplining, rock climbing, fishing, and more.
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Lomax Placer Mine
Pan for gold and learn how to mine with water
The Lomax Placer Mine is an awesome place to take a Colorado mining tour. You’ll learn all about how the mining at Lomax used high-pressure water to collect gold and other precious metals, wander through the 1860s buildings, cabin, and mine area, and you can even pan for gold at the end.
Peak 8 Base Camp
Play on the ski slopes in summer
More than just a winter destination, the ski area at Breckenridge has plenty of fun activities in summer, too. There are scenic lift rides, mountain biking, an alpine coaster, a ropes course for kids, and more.
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Sawmill Creek Trail
Get out in nature
This is an easy 1.5-mile trail with not much elevation gain, so it’s perfect for families. It begins at the Snowflake lift and wanders next to a stream until you end up at Sawmill Reservoir.
Breckenridge Golf Club
Practice your golf swing
The rumors are true, golf balls travel further at higher altitudes! Take advantage of this and get in a round of golf at the Breckenridge Golf Club. There are three championship nines that are all Jack Nicklaus Signature courses.
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Find your moment of zen
Meta Yoga offers indoor yoga classes year-round, but in summer you can also do yoga on the outdoor lawn and SUP yoga on the water. It’s a great way to appreciate the beauty of the Rocky Mountains and Breckenridge!
Year-Round Activities in Breckenridge
Try some local whiskey samples
Cap off a day of outdoor exercise with a beautiful bourbon…or several! The Breckenridge Distillery claims to be the world’s highest distillery, and you can tour where they make their award-winning bourbon whiskey and gin. Pop in to the Breckenridge Distillery tasting room on Main St. for some samples, or visit the distillery on Airport Road for tours or to visit the restaurant and bar.
Try horseback riding
Everyone’s favorite old-school transportation method, Breckenridge Stables is the ideal place to go out on a horseback trail ride in summer, leaving from the base of Peak 9 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort. In winter, Breckenridge Stables offers sleigh rides at both Peak 9 and at the Gold Run Nordic Center.
High Line Railroad Park
Let the kids burn off some steam
The High Line Railroad Park is a great little stop to let kids run around and chill out a bit after a day of activity. There are several historic trains on display (along with photos of them in their heyday), as well as a great playground for kids. In summer, a docent is on hand to share more information. The park isn’t far from the Breckenridge Troll, so it’s easy to hit those two stops in a row. The park is also out of the main part of Breckenridge and is a great spot if you’re craving a calmer space to relax.
Stephen C. West Ice Arena
Ice skate year-round
Just next to the railroad park is an ice arena where you can skate year-round. Though you can stop in for some freestyle skating, the arena also hosts classes, drop-in hockey and curling, and hockey leagues so be sure to check the website for the schedule.
Take a ride up the mountain
The Breckenridge Gondola runs throughout the winter and summer, with breaks in spring and fall. It’s free for anyone to ride, although there is a fee if you want to bring a bike. Ride the gondola for winter skiing, visit the Peak 8 Base Camp, or just hop on for a little trip. Kids love it!
Breckenridge Recreation Center
Go for a swim in this premier fitness space
The Rec Center has a fitness space with workout gear, a climbing wall, an indoor playground, several pools (one with a water slide!), and indoor and outdoor hot tubs. It’s open to both residents and visitors.
Boreas Pass Road
Take a scenic drive
Boreas Pass Road is a beautiful drive year-round! You’ll get gorgeous views of the White River National Forest while you drive from Breckenridge to Como on a dirt road, but 2WD drive cars can handle it. The pass closes when the weather makes it hard to drive, but many people will also hike it in winter. There are plenty of hiking trails and roads for mountain bikers as well.
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Check out a nearby mountain town
Just nine miles from Breckenridge, the town of Frisco, Colorado is smaller than Breckenridge and has a whole different vibe (if you’re up for a walk then hit the hiking trails between the two towns). There are so many amazing things to do in Frisco, but I recommend that you go boating on the Dillon Reservoir, wander the quaint downtown, or hit up the kayak park for some rapids.
There’s so much more to Breckenridge than just its awesome skiing!
Hopefully, this list has given you some ideas of where else you can explore in town and nearby. If you want to explore more of Colorado, be sure to check out my list of 33 Fun Things To Do In Colorado, and our Ultimate Colorado Travel Guide!