When you travel with family to the mountains, you want to make sure everyone from the toddler to grandpa has an unforgettable time. For the adolescent set, Breckenridge activities are as wide-ranging and diverse as teens’ personalities and interests.
Here’s a summer and fall checklist curated just for teens:
Head out on Two Wheels
Spinning around Lake Dillon on skinny tires, tackling world-renowned rugged singletrack on a mountain bike or bopping around downtown on an easy-riding cruiser—biking around Breckenridge is Colorado mountain-town must-do.
Go Fly Fishing
Even if you’ve never laid hands on a rod and reel, casting into Breckenridge’s high alpine lakes, rivers and streams is something everyone should try at least once.
Visit the Breckenridge Creative Arts District for hands-on workshops teaching everything from pottery to earring-making.
Go Dog Sledding (minus the snow)
Summer dog sledding is a thing. Just swap out the snow for dirt and the sled for a dog-guided golf cart or dog-powered scooter and you’ll be whisking through forests and over mountains with an ear-to-ear smile.
Stroll and Sip
Autumn is an excellent time to snag deep discounts on last season’s goods and gear. Pick up a hot cocoa, chai or pumpkin-spiced something at one of Breckenridge’s many coffee shops and meander down historic Main Street.
Try Horseback Riding
Saddle up for a guided trail ride with professional wranglers from Breckenridge Stables. They’ll pair you with a trained horse and lead you across creeks and mountainsides to postcard views of the Continental Divide.
Point and Shoot
Break out the good camera and hone your photography skills while blowing away your Instagram followers with incredible autumn gold shots.
Sign on for a Breck Ghost Tour and walk through haunted historic homes and cemeteries with a knowledgeable guide sharing juicy local lore and once-upon-a-western-town tales.
Rock Climb, Swim, Workout, Play Basketball…
You get the idea; there’s loads to do at the Breckenridge Recreation Center. Daily admission for ages 3–17 is just $7.50. Don’t forget to take a few spins down the Summit Plummet water slide and then soak in the hot tubs.
Hit the Skate Park
Skaters of all levels love the free skate park next to the rec center. Test your mettle in the advanced 11-foot bowl or kick around the snake run, beginner bowl and skateable historic mine cart.
Pick up a new hat, trending ankle boots, top-of-the-line winter gear, souvenirs for friends, cooking supplies or a new board game while perusing Breck’s legendary locally owned boutiques.
Dip into the Old West
The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance keeps our storied past alive through free museums and exhibits. Visit the Summit Ski Museum to see photos and equipment from the sport’s earliest days and the Briggle House to see how the wealthy lived at the turn of the century.
Take some frozen laps around the Stephen C. West Ice Arena during daily public skate sessions.
Learn how to cook something new with a group culinary class at Colorado Mountain College. Fall classes span Thai to Tuscan, soups to sushi.
Pick a sunny weekend afternoon before temps dip too low to try stand-up paddleboarding. Mountain-flanked Maggie Pond at the base of Peak 9 is a flat-water beginner’s paradise.
Paint and Create
Join a canvas painting party at Ready Paint Fire on Main Street. The Breckenridge studio also offers pottery, mosaics and glass-fusing workshops.
Bump, Set, Spike
Round up a crew and dive into the sand volleyball court at Carter Park. The free public space sits next to a pavilion perfect for picnicking.
Hike, Hike, Hike
The gorgeous and delicate shift from summer to fall opens up opportunities for incredible hiking right from town. Trek among red, orange and yellow aspen, babbling brooks and waning wildflowers.
Breckenridge has no shortage of yoga studios offering drop-in classes. Choose from relaxing meditative flows, vinyasa or alignment sessions or a hardcore pilates workout.
Find Your Favorite Flavor
Clint’s, the Crown, Higgles, Stir-Pan Creamery and more are here for your ice cream touring pleasure.
Get Your Game On
Walk Downstairs at Eric’s for 29 flat-screen TVs, 25 arcade games and some of the best pizza and wings around.
Take a Free Ride
Cruise Main Street in style. Hop on the free trolley and go from the north end of downtown all the way to the south-end ice rink.
Catch a Film
Settle in for a new release at the Speakeasy Movie Theatre. Comfortable seats, fresh buttered popcorn and a small, hometown theater setting make this the perfect chill zone.
Cheer on Your Team
The Broncos (or your favorite college or NFL team) will surely be airing at Ollie’s, Empire Burger or Flipside. Pair your pigskin with a delicious grass-fed burger—you can’t go wrong at these local faves.
Hit the Riverwalk Lawn
Fly a kite, pack a picnic or just sprawl out and take in TenMile Range views on the Riverwalk lawn in the middle of town.
Tour a Mine
Venture more than 1,000 feet into a real gold mine and pan for treasure at Country Boy Mine. (Open summer through October 19.)
Stock up on Sweets
Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory is like stepping into Willy Wonka sugar heaven. Hand-pick from more than 400 varieties of new and nostalgic candy, along with homemade fudge and tempting confections.
Run the Dog
Grab a Frisbee or a Chuck-It and your pooch and head to off-leash Carter Park for some laps with friendly local pups.