5 Things to do in Breckenridge during the Summer
No snow doesn’t mean no fun in Breckenridge, Colorado
July is the perfect time to take in the area’s history, enjoy the abundant outdoor activities, do a little shopping and enjoy a local brew. Bring a sweater, the nights can be wonderfully cool. Here are five things to do in Breckenridge, CO this summer.
1. Participate in a Festival – For the patriotic, there is the July 4th celebration with a zany float filled parade and splashing in the fire hose on Main Street. Athletic types will enjoy Breck Bike Week. Our family enjoyed the annual Poker Ride.
My older kids were skeptical they could complete the 10 mile mountain bike trail, but were quite proud of themselves when they did. My 8 year old and I stuck to the Go Fish ride. Perhaps I should have been embarrassed when the 3 year old on the strider bike zoomed past me. For adults, Breckenridge Beer Festival offers tastes of local micro-brews all in one place. Our favorite – HOSS Rye Lager from the Great Divide Brewing Company.
2. Touch the Sky – Some of the most beautiful vistas in the world are right outside your door in Breckenridge. Take a guided hike through the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance or the Breckenridge Recreation Center. We visited Preston Mill ghost town, and learned how to shake hands with a tree on a flora and fauna hike. It’s also easy to find hikes on your own. We had a trail right outside our door, that started at a closed mine shaft. My son’s favorite hike was the McCollough Gulch Trail where we saw picas, waterfalls and touched the sky. My youngest liked the shorter and history filled Iowa Mine Trail, which is a short bike ride from downtown.
3. Pump it Up –USA Today named Breck one of the top 10 places to take kids on a bike with good reason. Start with mountain bike school at Breck Resorts. You’ll learn how to take those switchbacks like a pro. Next, head to the Blue River Mountain Trail. This is an easy single-track along the Blue River that runs parallel to a paved trail.
Take some time to sharpen your skills at the Town of Breckenridge Pump Track next to the Stephen C. West Ice Arena and see if you can make it all the way around without pedaling. Once you’ve mastered this, take the gondola up Peak 8 and head on down.
4. Hit the Attractions – In summer Breck Resorts ski area is transformed into the Breckenridge Fun Park. Our favorite– the alpine slide. This sled on wheels careens down a cement track at speeds you can sort of control. You just know when the insurance companies realize what’s going on the fun will be over.
For the less adventurous, The Mountain Top Children’s Museum is located in the heart of Downtown. Kids will also like the Breckenridge Rec Center. In addition to work out facilities, they have an indoor rock wall and pool with Summit Plummet slide and a rope swing. Day passes are available.
5. Go Back in Time – Breckenridge started as a mining town and there are remnants of that past everywhere. The Country Boy Mine Tour allows visitors to go down into the mines and see what life was like underground. Above ground pan for gold in the nearby creek. The Breckenridge Welcome Center on Main Street has a great museum that takes you through the early days in Breck to its modern existence as a resort town. There’s even a children’s loft for kids to play.
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