Top 5 Picks for a Rainy Day in Breckenridge

Weather not cooperating with your outdoor plans? As much as we love hiking, biking and all the other –ing outdoor activities, we understand that a little (or a big) rainstorm can be enough to steer you indoors. Don’t let the weather dampen the fun. Try these five picks instead:

Climbing and watersliding

Kid Having Fun on the Waterslide at the Breckenridge Recreation Center.
For fitness or family fun, the Breckenridge Recreation Center’s aquatics center has it all!

One crack at the rope swing should be enough to remind anyone that the Breckenridge Recreation Center isn’t an ordinary fitness gym. Still not convinced? Take a trip down the waterslide or pull on sticky shoes for a go at the climbing wall. Oh yeah, there’s a track, tennis courts, weights, cardio equipment, sauna and more. Plus, the Stephen C. West Ice Arena offers indoor public ice skating all year long.

Whitewater rafting

A group river rafting during a Breckenridge summer
White water rafting is a great rainy day activity because, chances are, you are going to be getting wet anyway!

“Do we go rafting if it’s raining?” Of course you do. It’s one of the most common questions asked by those booking whitewater rafting trips, and the answer is simple. Not only are you going to get wet on a raft trip, you’ll also be perfectly dressed for aqueous adventures (and rain).

Get creative

Breckenridge Ceramics Class
Ready Paint Fire offers ceramics, canvas, stained glass mosaics and glass fusing in a fun, colourful environment.

Try a workshop in the Breckenridge Arts District – programs are offered for a variety of ages in wide range of media, from drawing and printmaking to beading and drum circles. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Check out Ready, Paint, Fire, which offers both scheduled activities and open hours when all ages can get creative.

Go underground

Visitors to the Country Boy Mine will explore over 1,000 feet underground. Hear what it was like for miners operating the drills and find out what the blast monkeys were really up to. Since the tour heads into a real mine tunnel, it doesn’t matter what the weather brings.

Museum time

A Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Tour guide showing off a closet to two kids.
Join an expert guide and listen to tales of Breckenridge’s past. From gold mines to bawdy saloons, Victorian ladies to lingering spirits — we have a tour for everyone.

Edwin Carter, often referred to as Breck’s original naturalist, once kept over 3,000 specimens in his 1,000 square foot home. The space is now a museum that’s thought to be the state’s oldest. It tells Edwin’s story of coming to Breckenridge in search of gold; when he saw the havoc mining wreaked on the natural environment, he took on a new task – taxidermy. Scientists traveled from across the globe to see his work. You can, too. Stop by the Welcome Center for info on this and other museums in Breckenridge.

Does your family have a favorite activity for rainy days? Tell us below in the comments section, we’d love to hear your ideas, and maybe even share them in a Part Two.

Got a question? Email the Breckenridge Welcome Center at welcomecenter@gobreck.com; we’ll give you a personalized response and post answers to the most popular questions here.

Author: Rachel Zerowin

By Breck Editorial

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