Breckenridge Summer Activities
About Breckenridge Summer Activities
Breckenridge offers countless possibilities for summer activities. Everyone will something interesting to do starting from mountain activities, water activities, and all the fun downtown.
Calling all nature lovers. Spend some time actively on the mountain and have fun.
Over 270 miles of trails are available in Breckenridge for beginners, intermediate and advanced bikers.
Due to the amount of snow Breckenridge receives in the winter, trail openings are condition dependent. They are usually open in mid-June.
If you just starting out and do not own a bike, there are plenty of bike rentals available in town.
Gold Runner Alpine Coaster
Gold Runner Alpine Coaster is located at Peak 8. It is a part of the Epic Discovery Adventure Park.
Alpine Coaster is a thrilling ride down the mountain. You can pair up with a friend or if you feel adventurous you can ride alone. The fun ride covers 2,500 feet of elevated track through the forest and above the ski runs. The carts are equipped with brakes so you can regulate your speed.
Summer Schedule (weather permitting): Daily from 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Please call 970-453-5000 for updated operation hours.
Hiking in Breckenridge is one of the most popular summer activities. People come up to Breckenridge from around the world to enjoy countless trails this mountain area offers. You can admire beautiful views, gorgeous wildflowers, and spot wild animals. You must be aware of trails conditions before you start hiking. It is crucial to be well prepared. Depending on the length and difficulty of the trail you need to pack up enough water and food or snacks. You need to remember that in the mountains weather condition changes very quickly and you need to have proper apparel. The key to dressing properly is layering.
Trail running can be a fun experience that combines your hobby and scenic views of Breckenridge and Summit County. Colorado Adventure Guides offer custom guided run and group guided runs. The custom run will be tailored to your needs, ability, and strength, whereas the group run is perfect for meeting new friends and running with like-minded people.
Breckenridge’s Blue River is great but some of the best river rafting is just a short drive away. The Arkansas River in Central Colorado flows through the famous Browns Canyon National Monument, as well as the Eagle River near Vail.
Rafting trips start in late spring and are available through the fall. There are many options to choose from. You can book a full day (includes lunch), a half-day trip or an overnight trip. If you have tried river rafting in the past, you can try a more advanced rafting trip; however, it is always best to talk with the guide to ensure your capabilities are a good match for the trop. If you are visiting with friends you can exclusively book the entire raft or you can simply join others.
Stand-up paddleboarding is such a fun activity. It can be a relaxing exercise on the sunshine or can be taken seriously as a hard workout while you push your limits. All depending on how fast and deep you want to paddle. You can try it at the Maggie Pond at the bottom of Peak 9 or Lake Dillon (you can access the lake from Breckenridge’s side).
TIP: Do you love yoga? Sign up for stand up paddleboard yoga class in town. (Most of the yoga studios offer this class).
You have a couple of options here. For one, you can enjoy peaceful kayaking time on Lake Dillon. Just relax in the sunshine on the calm water. You can access the lake from the Breckenridge side or you can stop by at Frisco Bay Marina, where you can rent kayaks.
If you feel more adventures you can try a kayaking excursion with rafting companies. They offer inflatable kayaking trips on the Blue River in Breckenridge. If you don’t mind the drive you can try trips on the Arkansas River or Colorado River that are both a close drive away.
Dillon Reservoir, often called Lake Dillon, is located just north of Breckenridge. It offers 26 miles of shoreline and you are surrounded by picturesque views of the mountains. The lake has two Marinas – Frisco Bay Marina on one side and Dillon Marina on the other. You can rent boats and enjoy an amazing time on the water.
Colorado offers some of the best rivers, streams, alpine lakes, and reservoirs which makes it a perfect place for fly fishing. Try fishing for trout at Upper Blue River and South Platte River or Mountain Lakes (Lower Mohawk Lake). Kids can try Maggie Pond and Sawmill Reservoir.
If you are new to this or simply want to get better, book a guided fly fishing trip with Cutthroat Anglers.
With over 200 stores in Breckenridge, you can shop till you drop. But seriously, who doesn’t like shopping?
And it’s so easy. The majority of the stores are located on both sides of Main Street. So, choose from Apparel & Accessories, Art, Galleries & Jewelry, Boutiques & Specialty, Children’s Accessories & Toys, Equipment & Rentals, Food & Spirits, Novelty & Gift Shops and Sporting Goods & Services.
Here are some of the best indoor activities in Breckenridge. Getting too much sun in the summer? Or getting too much snow in the winter? Not to worry, we have you covered. With an annual average of 300 sunny days a year and so many fun things to do outside we rarely think about what to do on those rare rainy days or when we need a break from the sun. Whatever you fancy doing, Breckenridge is packed with indoor activities and things to do.
If you don’t feel like spending time outdoors head over to the Breckenridge Recreation Center. The newly renovated 88,000 square foot center offers a variety of athletic and community activities. Swim in leisure pools, climb the wall, or simply hit the gym to sign up for fitness class. Find out more about Breckenridge Recreation Center.
- Located at 880 Airport Rd.
The Speakeasy Movie Theater is a small, community theater built in the gymnasium and pool of the old high school that once occupied the building. The theater is cozy and has a great atmosphere. They sell beer and wine that you can take in with you to the show. Once you are there, stop by at the library and archive rooms on the upper level on the east side of the building.
- Located at 103 S. Harris Street.
Escape rooms are one of the most popular and exciting group activities in Breckenridge. The Breckenridge location offers a few theme-based rooms. Up to 12 people can make up a team and you have 60 minutes to unlock the door and escape. Each room has clues, puzzles and codes that need to be solved. Breckenridge Escape Room was voted as the best indoor activity in 2018 and 2019!
- Located at 233 S. Ridge St, Suite C.
Breckenridge Creative Arts – or BreckCreate for short, was established in 2014. It is a nonprofit organization that promotes and supports arts, culture, and creative experiences throughout Breckenridge. This organization provides a series of programs available to residents and visitors that allows them to get involved with art and culture in various forms.
Core program activities offered by BCA include:
- Fine Art + Studio Craft Curriculum: A program that focuses on year-round education and enrichment of the Breckenridge Arts District campus, including classes, workshops and open studios in media such as painting, textiles, ceramics, metalwork, and more.
- Artist-in-Residence: A program that offers regional, national and international artists of all disciplines an opportunity to focus on process rather than product while engaging with the local community in a meaningful way. Additionally, BCA offers affordable studio space to local artists.
- BCA Presents: A program of ticketed concerts, lectures and performances with regional, national and international talent.
- BCA Curates: A program of temporary installations, interventions and art happenings within the Breckenridge Arts District and other public spaces. It includes the acquisition, conservation and preservation of the growing Town of Breckenridge public art collection, as well as festivals, exhibitions and special events that feature curated content.
Breckenridge offers several themed and historic museums. They are open all year round and they are free of charge. We recommend starting with the museum located at Breckenridge Welcome Center that provides the overview of the town history.
- Barney Ford Museum
- Edwin Carter Discovery Center
- Summit Ski Museum
- Briggle House Museum
- Alice Milne House Museum
- Red, White & Blue Fire Museum
With Breckenridge Old Time Photography you can travel back in time. You can pick your scenery, costumes, and props. Anything from Wild West saloon girls and bandits, gamblers and cowboys or simply dress in Victorian elegance and pose as ladies and gentlemen.
- Located at 100 N. Main St, Suite, 101.
The Breckenridge Distillery is the “World’s Highest Distillery” that was opened in 2008. Breckenridge Distillery is famous for its blended bourbon whiskey. The distillery offers a complimentary tour and tasting of their Classic Vodka, Gin, and Bourbon. There is an option to upgrade your tour (fees apply) and that allows you to taste more spirits.
The tours are offered seven days a week on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can find out more information here.
- Located at 1925 Airport Rd.
This is not your usual taste-the-beer brewery tour. We hope you like riding the bike because The Broken Compass Brewery will take you on fat bikes around the town of Breckenridge and the Rec Path. You’ll eventually find yourself at the brewery. Yes, you will get to sample their spirits at the final destination. Don’t worry, no need to return the bike, so you can enjoy delicious brews.
More info about the tours here.
- Located at 68 Continental Court, Unit B12.
Breckenridge Stables offers rides that last 1.5 hours that allow you to explore the landscape between Peaks 9 and Peak 10 on the Ten Mile Range above Breckenridge Ski Resort. You can make reservations at Stables website.
Who wouldn’t want to play on the only golf course designed by the greatest golfer Jack Nicklaus? Breckenridge is proud to offer a 27-hole golf course with three prime courses: The Bear Course, The Beaver Course, and The Elk Course. The golf course often receives national and regional awards. But that is not the end of good news for you. Thin, high mountain air will often make your ball fly farther and straighter. Now who doesn’t want that?
Find out more information and book your tee times here.
ATV Rentals and Jeep Tours
Breckenridge has many trails. Some of them are smooth and easy to navigate, while others are steep and exciting. Guided tours and rentals are available hourly, for 1⁄2 days, full days, or overnight.
What is one of the most classic way to explore the backroads of Colorado? Answer: JEEP ADVENTURES. These 4×4 vehicles have high clearances and ample strength to pass through the hardest terrain. Since Breckenridge has 300 days of sunshine, we do recommend open top jeeps.
If you feel more adventurous, rent an ATV (All Terrain Vehicle). Most of the companies offer one, two, four, or six-person ATVs. Go at your own pace, enjoy the scenery, and take in all that the Rockies have to offer!