In Breckenridge, free fun is our favorite kind of fun. Because it means tapping into natural resources unfolding across a bounty of mountains, trails, parks and rivers and playing in the fresh high country air. Breckenridge makes it easy to rely on Mother Nature (and smart city planners) for a good time. Here’s where to start on free things for families to do in Breckenridge:
Free Things for Families To Do in Breckenridge:
Parks and Playgrounds
A hot spot for families, Blue River Plaza features a sandy playground near the banks of the Blue River smack dab in the center of town. Relax among riverside benches and soak up expansive TenMile mountain range views. Be sure to stop into the Welcome Center to wander through the interpretive museum and learn about Breck’s evolution from gold-mining mecca to Victorian ski village. Across the bridge, the Riverwalk Center plays host to a slew of free summer performances. Check BreckCreate for the schedule.
Take the pooch to one-acre Carter Park on High Street to run off-leash or set up a picnic under the adjacent pavilion. Tip: The trails just east of the park and tennis courts are an excellent way to burn off lunch while dipping into some of Summit County’s top hiking and biking terrain.
Next to the Breckenridge Recreation Center, Kingdom Park thrills with softball fields, two playgrounds, a soccer field, a whitewater kayak park and a skate park complete with small swoops for tykes on scooters and an 11-foot bowl for daredevil teens. Young kids love mining-inspired Prospector Park on North Main Street and the High Line Railroad Park on Boreas Pass Road where a real Engine No. 9 train and boxcars live.
Bike and Hike
A scenic Breck must-do, rally the troops and bike the 9.5-mile paved rec path from Breckenridge to Frisco, ending at Dillon Reservoir for some lakeside playtime. Mess around on the Wellington Bike Park and Pump Track’s flow trails, berms and stomach-dropping jump features. There’s even a Strider track for your tiniest riders.
Take an easy family hike through the woods to discover rushing creeks, mining relics, wildflowers and incredible views. Here are a few of our favorite beginner trails.
Retro and on-trend toys, games, books, stuffed animals and more make Peak-A-Boo Toys a Main Street treasure. But the indoor play area—complete with a climb-able big purple octopus—is a destination in itself. (Good luck getting out of here without spending any money, though. It’s one of Colorado’s top toy stores.)
Bop around the Breckenridge Arts District for an entertaining conglomeration of studios, galleries, historic landmarks and public art. Request a tour, watch artists at work and inquire about kids camps and family classes. In August, the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts wows with free family entertainment and unusual art offerings (think famous stone-balancing artists and a pro skater music jam).
Story time at the South Branch Library in Breckenridge (Tuesdays at 11 a.m.) is a hit with toddlers and elementary schoolers. The interactive sit-down sessions often feature musicians or magicians and wrap up with provided crafts and snacks.
Explore and Learn
Peek inside Breckenridge’s storied mining and wild west past on a walking tour. The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance offers a range of tours for next to nothing (they run around $10 each; so not entirely free, but worth it), including a walk through history, Victorian tea, a haunted tour and mining site gold panning.
Take a Free Ride
In Breckenridge, the Free Ride bus system will get you around town and to popular neighborhoods without charge. Use it to get back and forth to your rental property, downtown’s shops and restaurants or just to give your sneakers a rest. For an entertaining ride, cruise Main Street on the retro Main Street Trolley. (If you ask nicely, the driver may even let you ding the bell.) Fly high above town and up to Peak 7 and Peak 8 on the free BreckConnect Gondola. Around eight people can fit into a cabin and kids love the soaring sensation as your group is whisked up and over forested mountainsides.