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It may be cliché, but there really is a reason that while most locals in Breckenridge came for the winter, they stayed for the summer. Like so many wonderful things in life, you can’t predict it (summer may show up in May or it might wait until mid-June); you can’t control it (snow in July? Sure.) and you have to take advantage of it before its gone. In Breckenridge, summer means packing as much as possible into the sunshine-filled days, treasuring each experience before waking up the next morning, ready to do it all again. Here’s your Breckenridge Summer Guide to the best experiences and events.
Breckenridge Summer Guide:
Be prepared: The list of outdoor activities that are possible in Breckenridge in the summer is long. Suffice it to say, there’s going to be something for everyone to enjoy, whether you’re looking for a leisurely experience or a more heart-pounding session. Here’s a quick breakdown of active adventures, based on terrain.
On the water:Whitewater rafting; kayaking (lake and whitewater park); stand up paddleboarding (lake, river or yoga); sailing; fly fishing; hiking to an alpine lake; playing in the Blue River at the Plaza (best for little kids); relaxing at the Island Grill at the Frisco Marina.
On the trails: Biking (mountain or road); hiking; horseback riding; alpine coaster; alpine slide; hut trips; Jeep and ATV tours, exploring Country Boy Mine and summer dog sledding (with a special cart!).
In the air: Hot air balloon rides; zip lining; bungee trampolines and scenic chairlift rides.
On the ice: Ice skating at Stephen C. West Ice Arena (open year-round).
On the links: Playing 9 or 18 (or more!) at Breckenridge Golf Course.
Then again, not all activities have to be physical. Breckenridge is home to one of the largest Historic Districts in the state and the walking tours provided by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance are stellar for stepping into the past. Or, let your creative side out to play in the Breckenridge Arts District. Throughout the summer, classes are offered in various artistic genres from painting to glassblowing; tours are also offered through BreckCreate. Or, check the schedule at the Backstage Theater: musicals, family-friendly shows and dramas are all performed at this renovated facility.
After all this activity, you’re going to need a bit of recharging. Breckenridge is known for its dining scene and you can find a wide variety of cuisines ranging from pub food to ethnic favorites like Thai and Vietnamese. However, one of the best ways to relax after a full day is to find a sunny deck and perhaps sample a local brew: Breckenridge is home to two craft breweries and a craft distillery, along with many wonderful patios that celebrate the end of the day with happy hour. Cheers!
In addition to the everyday activities, the summer is full of special events throughout the season. The hills are truly alive during the summer with a solid lineup of concerts that range from classical to big-name headliners (and everything in between). Artists from around the world converge on Breckenridge during the International Arts Festival (BIFA), creating art in the trees, on the stage and in the streets.
Breckenridge’s Independence Day celebration is one of the most popular days of the year, with hundreds of mountain bikers tackling the Firecracker 50 while spectators line the Main Street for the parade. The crowds return for Breckenridge’s Oktoberfest, which is one of the biggest street parties in the Rockies. And for those who enjoy an adult beverage, the Breckenridge Wine Classic and the Craft Spirits Festival are sure to elevate your experience.
Whether you’re into packing as much activity into a day as possible or being selective and savoring it, you’ll be able to craft your perfect vacation in Breckenridge. But perhaps consider a word of advice: there’s no sense in trying to plan too much. Breckenridge has a way of surprising you and you never know where the trails — or a suggestion from a local — might take you. Enjoy the adventure!