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If you’ve never been to Breckenridge, then it might be hard to believe that so much can be packed into this cute, historic town. The area of town is less than six square miles but it definitely “plays big.” You’ve come to the right place to find out about things to do in Breckenridge.
Things To Do in Breckenridge: #1. Explore the Trails
Breckenridge is home to miles and miles of trails that twist and turn up and down the mountains. During the summer, you can explore on mountain bike or on foot—there are a wide range of trails that suit riders from beginners to experts. For those who prefer road biking, you can cruise down the bike path to Frisco or really get your lungs burning on some challenging hills. Hikers can choose a quick stroll on well-marked paths or a more serious excursion (you can even bag a 14er!).
In the winter, there’s no reason to stash the wheels: fat biking—using a bike with oversized wheels to ride on the snow—is fast becoming a preferred way to ride in the winter. Or, try out a pair of cross-country skis or snowshoes. Both the Breckenridge Nordic Center and the Gold Run Nordic Center offer rental gear and have wonderful groomed paths.
Of course, there are also plenty of trails to explore at Breckenridge Ski Resort (187, to be exact). During the winter, the five peaks of Breckenridge Ski Resort offer guests terrain that ranges from beginner to expert. In the summer, the resort is home to Epic Discovery which includes an alpine coaster, an alpine slide, mini-golf, scenic chairlift rides and more. If convenience is what you seek, Breckenridge offers a multitude of hikes from downtown that don’t require a car.
Things To Do in Breckenridge: #2. Get Out on The Water
It may be surprising that there are so many activities on the water in a land-locked state like Colorado. In Breckenridge, we have the Blue River running through town and Lake Dillon nearby for plenty of water-based fun. Kayaking and stand up paddleboarding are popular activities in the summer (there are several rental shops in town) and you can test your skills at the whitewater park on Blue River or at Lake Dillon. Whitewater rafting is also a great way to soak up the scenery with a bit of added adrenaline: outfitters offer trips of varying speeds, ranging from leisurely float trips to routes conquering Class IV rapids.
Things To Do in Breckenridge: #3. Green and Gold: Golf, Gold Medal Waters and Fall Colors
Did you know that golf balls fly farther and straighter at high altitude? You can test this out yourself at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Breckenridge Golf Club. It’s open to the public and even has rental clubs if you left yours at home. If you prefer to chase fish rather than golf balls, Breckenridge is home to some amazing fishing spots and gold medal waters—you’re even able to fish in the wintertime. But perhaps fall is the best time to witness both green and gold: prime leaf peeping take place in September when the aspens don their golden finery and transform the mountains.
Things To Do in Breckenridge: #4. Step Into History
Breckenridge was founded in 1859 and retains much of its historic charm. It’s home to one of the largest historic districts in the state and there’s no better way to immerse yourself than to stroll downtown. You’ll find pieces of history everywhere from historic buildings and Victorian architecture to famous saloons, complete with swinging doors. Sign up for a walking tour at the Breckenridge Welcome Center and you’ll be treated to tales of early prospectors, barons of industry and, of course, a ghost or two. If you want to go a bit deeper, take a tour of the Country Boy Mine and try your hand at panning for gold.
Things To Do in Breckenridge: #5. Immerse Yourself in Art
Breckenridge is also home to the newly certified Arts District. The one-acre campus is located in historic buildings and structures and conducts workshops, exhibits, tours, hosts artists-in-residence and provides d a variety of other activities for locals and visitors alike. There are also multiple galleries and studio in town showcasing artwork in the form of jewelry, photography and even sculpture. During the Breckenridge International Festival of the Arts, artists from around the world come to Breckenridge to share performances, installations, concerts and more with the town as their auditorium: You could find art on the trees and in the trees, all in the same weekend.
Things To Do in Breckenridge: #6. Listen to the Music
In Breckenridge, the mountains come alive with the sound of music in the summertime. The Riverwalk Center plays host to more than 20 performances of all genres of music during the Breckenridge Music Festival, a boutique, cross-genre music festival that takes place for five weeks from mid-July through August. Breckenridge is also home to the National Repertory Orchestra, performing classical music throughout the summer. And there is music year-round, ranging from big-name performers at the Riverwalk Center to concerts in conjunction with various events, to acoustic shows during happy hour.
Things To Do in Breckenridge: #7. Special Events
There’s always something going on in Breckenridge, but the town also plays host to several iconic events throughout the year. In January, everyone dons their best Viking horns and furs during Ullr Fest to petition the Norse god of snow to send down the white stuff—and then artists from around the world carve fantastical sculptures from huge blocks of the stuff at the end of the month for the International Snow Sculpting Championships. On the 4th of July, hundreds of cyclists converge on Main Street to enjoy the Firecracker 50, a 50-mile mountain bike race up and around the mountains. Then there’s Breckenridge’s Oktoberfest, the biggest street party in the state, complete with dirndls and oompah music. These are a just a few of the events—check out the calendar for a full listing of what’s happening.
Of course, this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. There are also tons of restaurants in which to indulge your inner foodie, local craft breweries and a distillery to tour and plenty of nightlife to cap off the evening. So make your list of must-dos, but be sure to leave some extra room just to breathe the mountain air and enjoy yourself. There’s always tomorrow to get it all done.