What to do in Breckenridge once the snow melts

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It’s no secret that Breckenridge is a world-class ski town. But Breckenridge’s charm doesn’t stop once the snow melts; in fact, the warmer months open up a whole new world of things to do in this Rocky Mountain wonderland. No matter what you love – from mountain biking to massages – Breckenridge has something for you.

For outdoor enthusiasts

Breckenridge’s combination of sunny skies, mild high temperatures in the low 70s and gorgeous mountain scenery make it ideal for outdoor fun. Cruise along historic Main Street on a rented bike from Breckenridge Ski & Sport to take in the sights, or hit some mountain trails for a scenic hike or geocaching. For fun on the water, try kayaking on Lake Dillon or stand-up paddleboarding on Maggie Pond. Fly fishing is another relaxing way to spend a day on one of Breckenridge’s many rivers, creeks, lakes and reservoirs. Golfers can play three different Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses while enjoying stunning mountain views at the Breckenridge Golf Club. There’s also a host of public courts available at the 88,000-square-foot Breckenridge Recreation Club

For adrenaline junkies

If you need a little more adrenaline in your outdoor activities, Breckenridge has you covered. The mountains are rich with hundreds of single-track trails for avid mountain bikers, and the town even has some kid-friendly trails and bike parks with pump tracks to cater to the young riders in your family. If you’re looking for even more heart-racing fun in the mountains, you can rent a 4x4 Jeep or ATV for an off-roading tour of Peaks 7 and 8. Breckenridge is also known for its whitewater adventures, with whitewater rafting trips down the rapids of the area’s many rivers, including the Blue, Arkansas, Colorado and Eagle. If you’re more of a solo adventurer, the kayak park on the Blue River has 15 water features for the ultimate whitewater kayaking experience. 

For fun with the kids

If you’re not sure what to do in Breckenridge with the kids, Epic Discovery should be your first stop. Located at the Breckenridge Ski Resort, this outdoor adventure park at the base of Peak 8 is easily reached with a free scenic gondola ride courtesy of BreckConnect. Once you arrive, kids will have a blast with the park’s alpine slide, GoldRunner Coaster, summer tubing, mini golf, zip line, climbing walls, ropes course and more. For fun that’s a little more laid-back, kids can step back in time as they pan for gold and explore one of Breckenridge’s three gold mines, or they can just hang out at the Blue River Plaza, where big kids can splash in the shallow water of the Blue River and little ones can explore the play area. 

For fun without the kids

Breckenridge is home to a variety of fine dining options, and many restaurants have happy hours so you can relax with a drink on a patio overlooking Main Street. Other romantic Breckenridge adventures include hot air balloon rides, ice skating at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena and horseback riding through Peaks 9 and 10, with expansive views of the Continental Divide. In summertime, the town hosts numerous summer festivals, among them the Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival, Breckenridge Hogfest: Bacon & Bourbon, and the Breckenridge International Festival of the Arts. Art lovers will also enjoy a visit to Breck Create, an interactive art studio that calls itself “a hub for creative experience.” 

For low-key relaxation

When trying to figure out what to do in Breckenridge, you may find that some of the best activities are things you don’t really have to “do,” like getting a massage at one of Breckenridge’s many spas or wellness centers, or shopping at quirky boutiques like Wandering Daisy or Joy of SoxIf you want a little dose of history, try a relaxing train tour in the Rocky Mountains or explore the history of Breckenridge at the Breckenridge Welcome Center’s free interpretive history museum. After strolling through the museum, sit back and enjoy the sites of the historic town while relaxing in the adjacent Blue River Plaza. 

For a home away from home

With so much to do year-round in Breckenridge, you might want to visit more often. Fortunately, buying a luxury second home in Breckenridge is more attainable than ever with Pacaso’s co-ownership LLC model. Visit Pacaso to see second home listings in Breckenridge and learn how Pacaso can help you turn your dream of second home ownership into a reality. 

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