What kind of summer adventurer are you? Generations of love for the mountains

Hiking at Breckenridge

Generations of love for the mountains: Making family memories in Breckenridge
What kind of summer adventurer are you? Part 3 of 5

Some of your fondest summer vacations were written on sacred Colorado peaks, along pine-flanked trails and backlit by a curtain of stars against a cool night sky.

It’s time to ignite that lifelong love for the mountains in your own children. Breckenridge has the pure ingredients for unplug-and-reconnect family fun.

Here’s how to make it happen:

Convenient and Comfortable Digs
Setting up a basecamp you can all agree on is crucial. Perched where Breck meets Peak 9, the Village at Breckenridge Resort is within walking distance of downtown’s shops and restaurants and a stone’s toss from a ton of kid-approved activities. Tikes will enjoy the indoor/outdoor pool and four hot tubs, while mom and dad will appreciate suites with full kitchens and the complimentary shuttle.

Check out the Lodging Finder to secure the perfect Breckenridge hotel, condo or house for your family.

Learning Opps
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Wander downtown and explore historic Main Street with the crew. Stop in to Peak A Boo Toys and grab a family game or get creative at Ready Paint Fire. Take a mine tour and try your hand at gold panning at Country Boy Mine or immerse the family in Breck’s wild west past on a historic walking tour. Spark imagination in the littlest family members at Mountain Top Children’s Museum. (Need some adult time? Mountain Top also offers a Kid’s Night Out evening program.)

Playful Pursuits
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Ride the free BreckConnect Gondola from town to the Summer Fun Park at the base of Peak 8 and let the kids bounce from the Alpine Superslide and the Gold Runner Coaster to mini golf and the Superbungee Trampoline. There’s also gemstone panning, a mineshaft maze, a rock climbing wall and ziplining!

Sign the family up for a guided hike and discover wildlife, wildflowers and local lore together. Private hikes and scenic chairlift nature hike packages are available. Ski Hill Grill has you covered for an on-mountain lunch of gourmet burgers, pizza, pasta and Mexican fare.

Family Eats
Affordable dining in a resort town? You betcha. Locally loved Empire Burger has a wide variety of between-the-bun creations paired with hand-cut fries and amazing homemade sauces. Downstairs at Eric’s is always a popular choice with a gigantic kid-friendly menu and an arcade and everyone loves Fatty’s pizza. For breakfast, Daylight Donuts and Clint’s Bakery have delicious selections that even the pickiest eaters will devour.

At the end of the day, sit back and cherish that gratified feeling that comes from fresh mountain air and good old-fashioned family time.

– Lisa Pogue