28 Things for Teens to do in Breckenridge

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

There’s no better way to take in the fall colors than hitting the trails! Breckenridge and the surrounding area offers trails for every level of rider.

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.

Get Creative

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

Woman walking dog in Fall in Breckenridge.
Stroll through historic Main Street or get off the beaten path while still staying in town.

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.

Get Spooky

A ghost wandering the house as part of Breckenridge Heritage Alliance.
Haunted tours are quite the hit during October in Breckenridge but are available year-round for anyone looking for a little history and a good scare.

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.

Shop

Wall of ski gloves
Breckenridge knows gear and our friendly locals are here to give you the rundown of the latest features, styles and game-changing essentials.

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.

Ice Skate

Take some frozen laps around the Stephen C. West Ice Arena during daily public skate sessions.

Cook

Learn how to cook something new with a group culinary class at Colorado Mountain College. Fall classes span Thai to Tuscan, soups to sushi.

Stand-up Paddleboard

girl on stand-up paddleboard looking into the distance
Stand-up paddleboard or SUP is a popular sport in the landlocked state of Colorado. Try it for the first time at Maggie Pond or find your zen during stretch yoga.

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

Man on hiking trail looking at mountain views
From relaxed to rugged, our trail system caters to all abilities, in all seasons. And as usual, the Breckenridge locals are happy to point you in the right direction.

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.

Zen Out

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

trolly on main street breckenridge
The Main Street Trolley is a free transportation shuttle that services downtown Breckenridge.

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

The Blue River flowing through downtown Breckenridge.
The Blue River flowing through downtown Breckenridge.

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

Dog running at the Breckenridge Pool Pawty
Carter Park is home to volleyball courts, the local sledding hill and Breckenridge’s very own dog park.

Grab a Frisbee or a Chuck-It and your pooch and head to off-leash Carter Park for some laps with friendly local pups.

By Breck Editorial

The Breckenridge Tourism Office works to enhance and promote the unique character and experience of Breckenridge as a world-renowned destination resort and to represent, serve and perpetuate the common interest and character of its membership and community.

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