50 things to do in Breck this Summer
Breckenridge is legendary for our winter activities — our slopes offer one of the best skiing experiences in the world — but as the locals say you’ll want to “come for the winter, and stay for the summer.” Here are 50 things to do in Breck this summer — from a family-friendly Fun Park day to an adrenaline-pumping excursion on a mountain bike. Check this out for more activities in Breckenridge.
- Check out the Breck Summer Fun Park
On an all-day Fun Park ticket you zoom down the Gold Runner Coaster, pan for gold, bounce in the bounce house, putt putt golf, take a scenic chairlift ride, speed down the Alpine Slide, climb the climbing wall, navigate the Mineshaft Maze, and bounce on the trampoline. Chances are your legs will be exhausted at the end of it all, but you’ll have a fantastic smile on your face.
- Catch a symphony
The National Repertory Orchestra is based in Breck and puts on some of the most incredible symphonies in Colorado. Opening night is June 15 and concerts are held a few times a week throughout the summer. Check out the calendar of events.
- Take a Segway Tour
New this year at Breck, segways offer a different vantage point of our trails. Take a guided tour of Breckenridge mountain for a few hours, rest your legs, and get a thrill ride. Learn More.
- Race an Outhouse
Breck was left off of maps when it was first founded in 1861 — leading to the “Kingdom of Breckenridge.” Celebrate our rocky start on June 16 as we race outhouses down Ridge St. Think you have the fastest pooper? Enter now.
- Go Dog Sledding
“Sledding” typically happens in the winter, right? In Breck, our sled dogs need exercising in the summer too, so we like taking them for off-road scooter rides. Take a sled dog out and make a friend for life.
- Learn to Mountain Bike
Mountain biking can be intimidating so starting off like you would skiing is a great call. Take a lesson from a mountain bike guide to hone your skills, try a new trail, or just learn what Breck mountain can offer you.
- Try out geocaching
Like scavenger hunts? Like hiking? Geocaching is the perfect combination of both. Rent a GPS or download the Geocaching app to find hiding spots and use latitude/longitude and compass to find where they’re at. The Town of Breck is even offering a Geocaching Day on July 18 to try it out.
- Go to Camp
Summer camp is a bit different at 9,600 feet. With more of nature to explore on Breckenridge mountain, kids can really get their imaginations going. Themes and activities for camp change daily, and multiple-day packages are available. Learn more about Breck’s Summer Day Camp.
- See a Rodeo
This summer, the PRCA Pro Rodeo will put on 11 shows highlighting bronc riding, mutton busting, barrel racing, and more. Cowboy up in Breck at the Rodeo. See the schedule here.
- Hike to Mohawk Lakes
According to locals, this hike is one of the most beautiful in the area. A fairly steep trail will take you up to old mining cabins, an old mine, and one of the most picturesque lakes in Colorado. See 8 wildflower hikes here.
A snowy spring means we’re expecting a wet summer — and for a lot of that snow to stick around at the highest elevations. A popular spot to get some turns in is 4th of July Bowl over Peak 9 — ski it on the 4th of July and stake your claim in Colorado bad ass-ness.
- Race Rubber Ducks
Every Labor Day weekend, thousands of rubber ducks hit the waters of Blue River in a race to support the Summit Foundation. This year the event is on Saturday, August 31. Kids can enter their ducks and adults can learn more through the Summit Foundation. Learn more about Labor Day in Breck.
- See the sights by 4×4
Summer in Breckenridge is quite different than in the winter and if you haven’t seen it — you’re missing out. One of the best ways to take in the sights is by 4×4. 4×4 tours are offered daily on mountain for groups of 7 people. Learn More.
- Roast some s’mores
What’s summer without a little roasted marshmallow? Head to the DoubleTree by Hilton Breckenridge every Friday and Saturday at 5:00pm for FREE s’more roasting on the deck. (Hint — put a rolo in the marshmallow and then roast it for a real treat!)
- Mine for Gold
Breck’s roots are in our rich mining history and you’d be remiss to not experience our town the way our founders did over 150 years ago. Pan for gold at the base of Peak 8 in the Fun Park then take a mine tour at Country Boy mine to really see it all.
- Climb every mountain
Become the VonTrapp family and attempt to scale each of Breck mountain’s 4 peaks. Take the Colorado Chair up to Peak 8 for a head start and remember to bring lots of water as altitude can really effect you above 12,000 feet (Peak 10′s summit is at 13,643 ft, Peak 9: 13,198 ft, Peak 8: 12,998 ft, and Peak 7: 12,677 ft.).
- Eat a Crepe
One of the most popular restaurants in town isn’t actually a restaurant at all — it’s a crepe stand. Right next to the Patagonia store on Main St., Crepes A La Cart offers sweet and savory concoctions fireside for a truly unique Breck experience.
- Find a diamond ring / clean a mountain
It’s incredible what skiers leave behind or drop off chairlifts in the winter. Hunt for treasure underneath the chairlifts while picking up trash and see what oddities and precious metals you can find.
- Fly fish
Colorado trout are a bit different than anywhere else making the fly fishing in and around Breck slightly more difficult. Go talk to Breckenridge Outfitters to see what’s biting where and string up that rod for an incredible day in Colorado.
- Have a spa day
Thunderstorms tend to roll through the mountains almost every day for about 30 minutes in the afternoons — giving you the perfect opportunity to spend some time at the spa. Check out the Rejuvenation Center at One Ski Hill Place, A RockResort to get a massage, pedicure, or just enjoy the flavored water in reception. Check out the 7 best spa treatments here.
- Get lost
Meander your way through the Mineshaft Maze at the base of Peak 8 to really test your navigation skills. Kids love trying to see who can get through the fastest and parents love watching the confusion from the viewing deck above.
- Go horseback riding
After a rodeo, embrace your inner cowboy by saddling up to one of Breck Stables‘ many competent horses. Horseback rides are for 90 minutes or can be over dinner.
- Attend an Art Festival
Mountain Art Festivals throws a few fantastic events throughout the summer for every taste of art. Checkout the local craftsmans’ work at the Riverwalk Center and take a piece of Breck home with you. See the event calendar.
- Go on a cruiser ride
Downtown Breckenridge is the perfect place to explore via cruiser bike or townie. Rent one from a bunch of shops in town, including Breck Sports.
- Enjoy happy hour
Every local’s favorite after-work activity is happy hour where the drinks are cheap, the views are awesome, and the weather is perfect. Head to the T-Bar or Kenosha for a few of the greatest decks in town.
- Conquer a 14′er
Quandary Peak tops out at 14,265 feet and is one of Colorado’s 53 legendary 14′ers. Drive through town to Blue River to start this hike (and do it before 6:00am as you’ll need to be off the mountain before 1:00pm) for some major bragging rights.
- Go white water rafting
AVA Outfitters offer whitewater rafting on five rivers really close to Breckenridge. Whether you’re looking for an easy-going float trip, or an adrenaline pumping paddle-fest, the rivers and guides offer it all.
- Go bowling
Staying at One Ski Hill Place? Guests can use the Mine Shaft Bowling Alley for free. Two lanes are decorated like an old mine shaft in a way only Breckenridge can.
- Say “Prost!” at Oktoberfest
Breck’s Oktoberfest is one of the biggest in the state as Main St. shuts down for more than two dozen food vendors, bier carts, polka music, and other traditional German activities. Start looking for lederhosen as this year’s event will be held September 13-15.
- Work out
Think you can’t get enough activity outside? Head indoors to the Breckenridge Recreation Center to work out, swim, attend a class, rock climb, or run on the track. Daily admission for an adult is $15.
- Go on a Haunted Tour
Breck’s town is full of history. Learn about our local legends like Barney Ford and Father Dyer as well as what their spirits might be up to now on the Haunted walking tour.
There are over 200 shops and restaurants in Breckenridge and it can be a challenge to get to them all. Be sure to stop by Breck Sports, Valley Girl, Canary in a Clothes Mine, Mountain Outfitters, and more on your trip.
They say your ball travels faster at altitude — why not take a swing at that theory at Breckenridge Golf Club? Take your pick up the beautiful 27-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed course and see how your game improves.
- Go Ice Skating
When hockey isn’t in session at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena on the south end of town, the public is welcome to come skate. Come try your Tanya Harding skills on our rink — one of the highest in the country.
- Take a Cooking Class
Check out the Culinary Adventure Series (Page 7) at Colorado Mountain College — you’ll learn how to cook something delicious, and get to eat it right there in class. Classes this summer include cuisines from Basque Country, Mumbai, Bordeaux, Northern Italy, Thailand, and the Yucatan Peninsula.
- Take a dip
Guests at Mountain Thunder Lodge can enjoy one of the best pools in Breckenridge. Feel like cooling off or just sitting poolside for an afternoon? Book your stay at this walk-to-town hotel to take a dip.
- Stand up paddleboard on Maggie Pond
The newest craze in high country is stand up paddleboarding. Before hitting the rivers, try your balance on Maggie Pond. Demos are held every Sunday afternoon and many shops around town rent boards if you feel like you get the hang of it.
- Learn how bourbon is made
The Breckenridge Distillery is quickly becoming one of the best bourbon makers in the world. Take a tour of their Airport road location to learn their secrets. Put your name on their email list and you can help them bottle their famous bourbon on certain nights of the summer as well.
- See the pros cycle
America’s Tour de France lands in Colorado every summer as the U.S. Pro Cycling Challenge. This year, Breck has a start AND finish making our town the best place to base yourself for event viewing. Get here Aug. 20-21 to see the pros live.
- Take a hot air balloon ride
Two companies offer hot air balloon rides that get riders views into 5-7 counties in the area. Soar above the tallest peaks in Breckenridge as you really get a new perspective on Colorado.
- Learn about Breck’s flora and fauna
Take a guided hiking tour at Breckenridge and you’ll learn about the history of the area, local flowers and wildlife, and how different summer is from winter here.
- Paint a plate or mug or bowl
Feeling creative? Head over to Ready Paint Fire on Main St. to see what masterpiece you can create. Reserve your spot for a canvas party and bring your own wine (or bourbon after the bourbon tour) to embrace your inner Picasso.
- Attend Breck’s Beer Fest
On July 13 over microbrewers will come to Ridge St. for sampling, dancing, and admiring the views at the Breckenridge Beer Festival. Get a VIP ticket to get some delicious food, or just peruse the vendors to find your favorite brew.
- Meet our firefighters
Our heroes are our ski patrollers and our firefighters. Meet them and see the Red, White, and Blue Fire Museum with a tour of the building. The town of Breck formed their own fire department in 1881 and we have some of the original equipment on display. Little boys will love to pretend they’re actual firemen.
- Play in an arcade
Head to Downstairs at Eric’s for some pizza, Pac Man, and prizes. With a big arcade to entertain those waiting for a table or just wanting to get inside, this restaurant is a must-do in Breck.
- Dangle your toes
Riding a chairlift without skis on feels kind of funny — your feet are so free! Take a scenic chairlift ride on the Colorado Super Chair to hike to Contest Bowl, stop into the Vista Haus, or hike back down (that’s really the best way to see the views!)
- Have a Bloody Mary at the T-Bar
The T-Bar’s bloody marys are legendary. You may think you’re sipping on a salad while drinking this cocktail, but the views of Peak 8 on the patio are a great distraction from that conundrum.
- Cycle up Hoosier Pass or Swan Mountain Road
Want to be a super hero? Earn your descent by hoofing it up Hoosier Pass (South end of town) or Swan Mountain Road (on the way to Frisco). These roads have been the site of the U.S. Pro Cycling Challenge and are some of the most grueling in the area.
- Kayak the Blue River
Practice paddling on the Blue River which goes straight through town. The Breck Kayak park is 1,800 feet long and has over 15 features to test your skills on.
- Tell us your favorite activity
Tag your Instagram or Twitter photos with #Breck to show off your favorite Summer activities in Breckenridge. We’ll post the photos to our social picture page and highlight the best ones of the summer on Facebook and more.
What do you think of our list? Did we leave anything off? Post your favorites or any tips on how to do these best in the comments section below.
– Morgan Bast