10 Things to do during Summer in Breckenridge, Colorado

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The snow is melting off the mountains, and the brooks are starting to babble, which means it’s Summer in Breckenridge, CO. While most people think of this historic mining town as a wintertime ski resort, it’s also a top destination for families looking for outdoor adventure during the summer months.  In addition to hiking the beautiful mountains, here are 10 Things to do during the summer in Breckenridge, CO that will have the entire family begging for more time to explore.

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10. Take a free Gondola Ride

The Breckenridge Gondola is free and goes from downtown to the top of Peak 8. It’s almost like taking the monorail at Disney World, and best of all it’s free!

9. Slide Down a Mountain

fun park summer in breckenridge
At the top of Peak 8 is the Breckenridge Fun Park. The best ride is the Alpine Slide. Pick up a sled with wheels at the top of the chair lift and zoom down. It’s up to you how fast you go. Tickets to the Breckenridge Fun Park can be purchased individually per attraction or as a full day fun pass. For those too little to participate, there is a childcare and nursery available.


8. Take the Summit Plummet

The Breckenridge Rec Center offers daily passes and multi-visit punch cards. The indoor pool is great for a rainy day and includes the Summit Plummet water slide, as well as rope swing, aqua rock wall, lazy river and two hot tubs. The Center also has a full gym, track, indoor tennis courts and an inside rock wall.

7. Find Gold

Iowa Mine Hike Find Gold summer in breckenridge
Breckenridge started as a gold mining town. Everywhere you see remnants of the mining era. Talk a self-guided hike of the Iowa Hill Mine and see old mining equipment or go on a guided hike through the Breckenridge Historical Alliance. The Country Boy Mine allows guests down into the mine to learn what it was like working underground each day. Outside, pan for gold or pretend to be a gold nugget sliding down the Ore Chute slide.

6. Pump It Up

The Town of Breckenridge maintains a pump track at the Ice Arena. Bring your bike and see if you can make it all the way around without pedaling.

Check out our full guide to mountain biking in Breckenridge.

5. Shake Hands with a Tree

Learn about area flora and fauna on a guided hike through the Breckenridge Recreation Center.  Learn how to tell the difference between a fir, spruce and pine tree by ‘shaking hands’. The “friendly” fir is soft and you can’t roll the needles. The “spikey” spruce’s needles roll. The “prickly pine” tree needles come in pairs.

4. Visit a Ghost Town

Preston Mill Ghost Town summer in breckenridge
The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance offers guided history hikes to Preston Mill, a once prosperous mining town. Along the way are abandon mines and of course the town of Preston Mill. Most of the buildings in the town have fallen down, but you can still see the remains and get a feel for the heyday. If you’d rather ghost stories, the Alliance also offers a ghost tour of downtown Breckenridge.

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3. Attend Mountain Bike School

Breckenridge Biking School summer in breckenridge
Breckenridge Ski Resort offers a mountain bike school that is a must for anyone looking to hit the trails in Breck, especially if you aren’t used to Colorado Mountain biking. Seasoned bikers can hire the instructors as a trail guide. Not a bad idea, especially if you want to send an adventurous teen without going yourself.

2. Have a snowball fight

There are usually some patches of snow on the ski runs of Peak 8, even in summer. Take the free gondola up the mountain and hike to the white patches for a snowball fight. How often can you do that in the middle of July!

1. Ride into the Sunset

Ride into Sunset summer in breckenridge
Visit Breckenridge Stables and pick your steed to ride into the sunset. Trail rides go out several times a day and are great for families. If you’d rather not ride, purchase a horse treat at check in and feed the horses that are taking a break.

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For more fun things to do in Colorado with Kids , visit Field Trips with Sue and read the Colorado series.

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Sue Rodman is a mother to three boys and the woman behind Fieldtrips with Sue, a blog about things to do in metro Atlanta and beyond.
10 Responses
  1. Sharon at Momof6

    We visited Breckenridge more than 6 years ago with our 3 oldest kids who were 5, 4, and 3 at the time- and we loved the Peak 8 fun park (the 4 and 3 year old kids were allowed to ride down the alpine slide with an adult), we went horseback riding at the Breckenridge Stables, and again, the little ones could ride with an adult. We visited the Country Boy Mine (my kids still have their gold flecks that they panned for that day), and we also spent a cold afternoon at the Rec Center which was fantastic. We loved it there- thanks for reminding me just how much!

  2. sharad @ tiger safari india

    This looks like a heritage laden town. Ruins + Modernity precariously balanced.

    P.S: The image of the cyclists tells us that mining has eroded the top soil layer.

  3. suerodman

    Sharon, we LOVED Breckenridge. My kids want to go back too. Sharad – Breck has balanced their past with the present. Everywhere you see evidence of the mining years — including eroded top soil. They don’t try to hide it, but they are working hard to return the land to a more environmentally friendly state while still keeping the heritage.

  4. suerodman

    Sharon, We loved Breckenridge and would love to revisit this summer. Sharad, Breck is a heritage laden town. They are very good at preserving their past (mining history) with protecting the future – like the revitalization of the Blue River. You see the effects of the mining everywhere – erosion on the hillsides, but the economy of the area is now benefiting from the natural beauty and the town is working hard to restore that while remembering where they came from.

  5. breckrec

    Thanks for the notice of our aquatics complex! We do our best to offer affordable family-friendly activities and programs year-round. This summer have tons of great camps, races, and other active pursuits now open for online registration at BreckenridgeRecreation.com. We hope to see you this summer!

  6. mloshe234

    Thanks for the ideas! Every summer my family and stay in one of the breckenridge vacation rentals and have a blast. Last year we did the mountain biking and the horse back riding. Hopefully this year we can find some time to check out that ghost town!

  7. BHA Administrator

    Thanks for including the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance in the top 10! We offer lots of fun summer activities for families – gold panning, haunted tours, guided hikes, historic saloon tours, and more! Please check out our website for more info!

  8. Alison Winfield

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  9. katy

    My family and I will be heading to Brackenridge the second week of may. will there be many things open, or for us to do during this time?

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