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Nothing beats a family vacation, and if your vacation includes a family reunion or wedding you might be bringing your grandparents to Breckenridge. While there are plenty of seniors hiking 14ers, crushing it on the bike trail or kayaking before happy hour, you should also create a plan of things to do that don’t require a lot of physical exertion. Thankfully, there are many things to do in Breckenridge that are suited to the pace and energy level of any grandparent. Here are a few of our favorites.
Soak in the Scenery:
Sightseeing is one of the best ways to take in the mountain scenery and explore the outdoors. Many seniors will enjoy less strenuous ways to take in the breathtaking views without feeling out of breath.
Take the free Gondola from town to the Base of Peak 8 at the Breckenridge Ski Area. You’ll soar over the beautiful Cucumber Creek wetlands and may even see a moose on the way. In the winter, your grandparents can enjoy watching skiers come down the mountain while meeting at the TBar for lunch. In the summer, the Peak 8 Base Area is home to Epic Discovery and is the perfect place for the whole family to explore interpretive trails, play mini golf and enjoy lunch on the patio.
There are three easy drives to the top of the Continental Divide from Breckenridge with stunning views and history along the way: Hoosier Pass, Boreas Pass, and Georgia Pass. Boreas Pass will take you from Breckenridge to Como in about an hour – though you can turn around at many points before Como. The drive is filled with high alpine meadows, historical sights and mountain views.
The route is suitable for low-clearance 2WD cars, although it does get a little bumpy in some areas, for the most part, it’s an easy, high-alpine drive. It summits at 11,481 feet above sea level.
Take your grandparents to explore easy hiking trails in and around Breckenridge.
- Iowa Hill Mine Trail – Has interpretive trail signs, mining history, close parking and benches along the trail.
- Sapphire Point – Is a 1.6 mile loop that is relatively flat and free of debris. A few minutes into the hike you’ll find jaw-dropping views of Lake Dillon and Breckenridge Ski Resort.
- Blue River Bike Trail – Our paved bike path follows the Blue River and offers tranquil river sounds, mountain views and a paved path for easy walking.
You are never too old to pretend to be a cowboy. Trail rides are a perfect opportunity for your grandparents to hit the trails without having to actually climb them. Guided trail rides are also a great opportunity to learn about the area’s mining history and local wildlife.
Take a Bike Ride
Did you know it’s pretty much all downhill from Breckenridge to Frisco on the Blue River Rec Path? This paved path follows the Blue River and offers big scenery and plenty of rest stops along the way. We recommend renting from a company that offers pick-up, taking the Summit Stage (they have bike racks) back to town or using your Uber app to find bike-friendly transportation back to Breckenridge.
If your grandparents are looking for big views and higher speeds, send them on a UTV tour. These tours will allow them to explore Colorado’s trails without the physical exertion. They’re a great way to enjoy the views, learn about local history. Our favorite tour includes a wine tasting at sunset.
Stroll Main Street:
Breckenridge’s Main Street is about as flat as it gets around here, so strolling from boutique to restaurant to coffee shop is easy and entertaining. And to make it even easier, the free Breckenridge Trolley rolls up and down Main Street all day long.
Learn the History Behind Historic Main Street
The Breckenridge Welcome Center on Main Street hosts a mini-museum of Breckenridge history. The staff can direct you to other historic sites and tours in town, like the Summit Ski Museum just down the street.
Arts and Culture:
Music, theatre, dance, art galleries, workshops, classes, and visual and performing arts are available in Breckenridge year ‘round. This article summarizes the variety of artistic and cultural offerings in Breckenridge. And visit Breckenridge Creative Arts for a current list of happenings.