View of a big clock in Frisco, Colorado

19 Best Things to do in Frisco, Colorado (in 2022)

Frisco makes a great home base in Summit County for lots of outdoor activities all year-round! It’s a quaint Colorado mountain town that feels a little more homey than a built-up ski resort area, and you’ll find a surprising diversity of fun things to do in Frisco during any part of the year.

You’ll find several world class ski resorts nearby, however, so you can spend the day on the slopes and head back to Frisco at night to unwind. During the summer, you can spend the day boating on the Dillon Reservoir, or hiking, fishing, mountain biking, kayaking, and much more! 

In this guide, I’ll break down all the best stuff to do in Frisco – for any season. Oh, and before you dive in, be sure to bookmark my guide to the best places to stay in Frisco!

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Best Things to Do in Frisco

Ski at Copper Mountain

Spend the day shredding 

View of people waiting in line for a ski lift in Copper Mountain
(photo: Steve Boice / Shutterstock)

📍 Map It: 209 Ten Mile Cir, Frisco, CO 80443 | Phone: (866) 841-2481 | Website | Hours: 9 am – 4 pm daily | Entrance: $99 and up, adults, $79 and up, under 13 | 👉 Browse Tours on Viator

Copper Mountain is in Frisco, and is one of the closest full-service ski resorts to Denver, with lots of lodging and food options along with rentals and ski lessons. There are three other ski resorts that are just a short drive as well – Breckenridge, Vail, and Keystone. Frisco makes a great home base for any of them.

📚 Related Reading: See our full round-up of the best places to ski in Colorado!

Explore Downtown Frisco

A quaint downtown against a beautiful mountain setting

View of people and vehicles in Downtown Frisco

📍 Map It: Main Street, Frisco, CO 80443 

You can spend an afternoon (or longer!) browsing the shops, bars, and restaurants along Frisco’s Main Street. Views of the mountains make a gorgeous backdrop to downtown Frisco, so it’s a perfect place for coffee after skiing or a beer after a warm summer hike.

Boat on Dillon Reservoir

A fun water activity when it’s warm

Scenic view from the blue water and the clear blue sky in Dillon Reservoir

📍 Map It: 267 Marina Rd, Frisco, CO 80443 | Phone: (970) 668-4334 | Website | 👉 Browse Tours on Viator

You can paddleboard, kayak, sail, and fish in Dillon Reservoir (called Lake Dillon by locals). The Frisco Marina makes a great starting point, and they rent pontoon boats, paddleboards, power boats for fishing (water skiing is banned), kayaks, and other gear.

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Things To Do In Frisco In Winter

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Cross-Country Ski At The Frisco Nordic Center

Fair warning: it’s a serious workout!

View of the Frisco Nordic Center from the outside

📍 Map It: 616 Recreation Way, Frisco, CO 80443 | Phone: (970) 668-2570 | Website | Hours: 9 am – 4 pm daily | Daily Trail Pass: $27, adults, Free under 13 

It might be a less-popular form of skiing than downhill, but cross-country skiing will give you a serious workout! The Nordic Center has groomed cross-country and snowshoeing trails, and rents gear as well.

Tube at the Frisco Adventure Park

Check out a thrilling mountain experience

View of a child having fun in a snow tube

📍 Map It: 621 Recreation Way, Frisco, CO 80443 | Phone: (970) 668-2558 | Website | Hours:10 am – 6 pm Thurs-Mon, closed Tues & Wed | Tubing Cost: $32/hr weekdays, $36/hr weekends

The Frisco Adventure Park is open year-round. In winter, there’s a tubing hill (with tubes for rent), and a beginning ski and snowboarding hill you can practice on. In summer, you can hike, skateboard, play disc golf, and bike.

👉 Pro Tip: Reservations are required to tube. You can make them here on the website.

Take A Sleigh Ride

Get an Old West experience

📍 Map It: 616 Recreation Way, Frisco, CO 80443 | Phone: (970) 453-1520 | Website | Cost: $89 adult dinner ride, $65 under 13 dinner ride; $59 adult hot cocoa ride, $49 under 13 hot cocoa ride; under 4 free

You can indulge your cowboy side with a winter sleigh ride in Frisco! Two Below Zero is near the Frisco Adventure Park and offers dinner rides, or scenic hot cocoa rides. The dinner ride takes you via sleigh to a back country camp where you’ll eat a three-course meal inside a heated tent, with live music.

Hike Rainbow Lake Trail

Go on a quiet, snowy hike

View of animals in the rainbow Lake Trail

📍 Map It: 464 Temple Trail, Frisco, CO 80443 

This area is beautiful any time of year, and is definitely worth checking out in summer and fall. But there’s something about a snowy winter hike, when everything is eerily quiet, and you can only hear the nearby stream gurgling away under the snow. Also, I saw moose so this is one of the hiking trails that automatically skyrockets to the top of my list.

👉 Pro Tip: You can snowshoe this trail as well!

Ice Skate At Copper Mountain

Skim across a frozen lake

View of a woman tying her shoelaces on her ice skate shoes

📍 Map It: 509 Copper Rd, Frisco, CO 80443 | Website | Cost: $12 for skate rental, skating is free

West Lake, in Center Village, has ice skating in winter! You can skate for free if you bring your own skates, or rent some for $12. If you spend $40 at Village shops and restaurants, you can also get a free rental. 

👉 Pro Tip: Colorado had an unseasonably warm start to winter this season and the lake was closed for a while. Be sure to check the website or call to make sure it has reopened.

Go Fat Biking

Go for a bike ride in the snow

View of a fat bike on a snow

📍 Map It: Summit County Rec Path, Frisco, CO 80443 | Website

Fat biking is becoming a popular winter sport, and fortunately you can ride part of the groomed Summit County Rec Path which leads from Frisco to Breckenridge.

📚 Related Reading: If Frisco is a stop on a longer trip around Colorado, be sure to check out our list of favorite places to go in Colorado!

Things To Do In Frisco In Summer

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Tackle The Kayak Park

Ride some rapids

View of water running along the Kayak Park

📍 Map It: West end of Frisco Main Street next to I70, Frisco, CO 80443 | Website | Cost: free

The kayak park has a man-made water feature where kayakers can test their skills…or spectators can watch from the shore. Above the kayak park are Class 4 and 5 sections of Ten Mile Creek if you’re an experienced kayaker. 

Bike At The Frisco Bike Park

Try the pump track

📍 Map It: 621 Recreation Way, Frisco, CO 80443 | Website | Cost: free

Most summer activities at Adventure Park are free, including the Frisco bike park. You can try the pump track, slopestyle course, dirt jumps, or the dual slalom course (or all four!). The Day Lodge at the park has water and restrooms. If biking isn’t your thing, there’s a rec trail, plus skateboarding and disc golf. 

Go Fishing

Catch some dinner

View of a fishing rod in Dillon Lake

📍 Map It: 151 Marina Dr, Dillon, CO 80435 | Website | Cost: Guided fishing starts at $150, under 9 fish free

There are lots of places to fish in Frisco, including Dillon Reservoir, the Colorado River, and the Arkansas River. If you want to go with a pro, Alpine Fishing Adventures has boat charters, plus fly fishing in summer and ice fishing in winter. 

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Play At Marina Park

Run off some steam

Aerial view of Marina Park in Frisco

📍 Map It: 203 W Lodgepole St, Dillon, CO 80435 | Website

If you’re visiting Frisco with kids, this lakeside park is a great place to let them run. There’s a playground, grills and picnic tables, and access to the lakeshore so they can dip their toes in. It’s next to the Frisco Bay marina and there’s also public fishing and a boat dock.

Bike Ten Mile Canyon National Recreation Trail

Take to the hills

Scenic view from the Ten Mile Canyon National Recreation Trail

📍 Map It: Forest Drive off of I-70 at Exit 201, Frisco, 80443 | Website

You can ride your bike along this paved path that used to be Highway 6. If you’re up for the challenge, you can ride over Vail Pass and end at Copper Mountain. Your lungs might be screaming, but the views are amazing.

Hike to Lily Pad Lake

Commune with nature

Closed-up view of a hiker's shoes

📍 Map It: Co Rd 1231, Frisco, CO 80443 | Website

This is one of the beautiful hiking trails in the White River National Forest, and it takes you by beaver ponds, and eventually to the lake. It’s 3.3 miles out and back and is good for all levels.

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Year-Round Activities in Frisco

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Frisco Historic Park & Museum

Learn more about the town of Frisco

View of the Frisco Historic Park & Museum sign on the entrance

📍 Map It: 120 Main St, Frisco, CO 80443 | Phone: (970) 668-3428 | Website | Hours:10 am – 5 pm Thurs-Sun, closed Mon, field trips/special programs Tues-Wed | Entrance: Free

You can walk through several historic buildings, plus the Schoolhouse Museum, and you’ll see exhibits and photos that share more of Frisco’s history. Since this is a park, bring a picnic lunch and enjoy it at one of the tables outside. 

👉 Pro Tip: Bring some quarters to run the train diorama in the Schoolhouse Museum! 

Learn Glass Blowing At Gatherhouse

Bring home a unique souvenir

View of glass displays in Gatherhouse in Frisco

📍 Map It: 120 Main St, Frisco, CO 80443 | Phone: (970) 485-2909 | Website | Cost: $160 per person for 3 hours

Take a glass blowing class at Gatherhouse and you’ll spend some time assisting artist John Hudnut while he makes a piece. Then, you’ll get to make a small item of your own to keep. 

Ride An Alpine Coaster

Seek out high-mountain thrills

📍 Map It: Center Village, Copper Mountain, Frisco, CO 80443 | Website | Cost: $25 per ride

The alpine coaster at Copper Mountain is open year-round, weather permitting. Kids 3 and up can ride, although kids 8 and under have to ride with an adult. This is one of North America’s longest alpine coasters, and you’ll get beautiful views of the mountains as you zoom along.

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Visit Leadville 

Check out a quirky mining town

The author with her daughter on their recent visit in Leadville
With my family on a recent visit to Leadville

📍 Map It: Harrison Ave., Leadville, CO 80461 | Website 

Leadville is about a 40 minute drive from Frisco, you’ll find a ton of fun stuff to do in Leadville too. In particular, top attractions include the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, along with lots of other museums, hiking, a fish hatchery, and more! 

🛎️ Need a Leadville Hotel? If you want to spend a night in Leadville, check out our guide to staying in Leadville!

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Whether you’re a water-lover who wants to spend a day on the lake, a budding artist who wants to learn a new medium, or a skier who wants to hit the slopes, Frisco has something for everyone to enjoy! 

If you still need a hotel or accommodation in Frisco, be sure to check out my guide to where to stay in Frisco.

And if you’re visiting other areas of Colorado also, be sure to check out our extensive guide to Denver, and our full guide to Colorado

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