About 90 minutes from the Denver airport, the historic mining town of Breckenridge, Colorado, may be most famous for its winter activities, but is also great for a fun family vacation and offers adventure on and off the slopes for families too. In comparison to Vail and other ski towns, Breckenridge is more lively yet quaint with lots for both adults and young kids to do. It has a vital main street with locally-owned businesses; a genuine sense of community; and a friendly, welcoming small town feel.
The town of Breckenridge, Colorado is pretty as a postcard and family-friendly as well. Breck offers nearly 100 restaurants and bars, plus more than 200 shops and boutiques to keep foodies and non-skiers busy too. Best of all, Breckenridge boasts 300 days of yearly average sunshine. Below are just a few reasons why you and your family should Go Breck for your next winter vacation!
Breckenridge Family Skiing
Breckenridge Ski Resort offers skiing and snowboarding across five mountain peaks. I’m a moderate to advanced skier and found the mountain both challenging and comfortable with lots of blue and green slopes to have fun with, yet was still able to challenge myself on more difficult diamond paths too. It was the best of both worlds. With the mountain spanning 2,908 total acres and despite the fact that it was a holiday weekend, I never had to wait long for a ski lift or deal with crowds.
TIP: Lift ticket prices are constantly changing, but you can save 25% off if you purchase seven days in advance online (and skip the lift ticket line).
For kids learning to ski or snowboard, Breckenridge offers a ski school and child ski and snowboard lessons. Also, open 7 days a week, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Breckenridge Ski Resort offers child care centers for children 2 months to 5 years in a fun environment while parents hit the slopes. The program includes healthy lunches, snacks and organic milk in a nut free atmosphere. Their Lil Rippers Program is a great way to introduce children to the world of skiing with a private introductory ski experience with one of their pros by adding this option to a full-day reservation. This program is available for children 2+ at our Beaver Run and Village Child Care centers. Cost: $124 a day/advanced reservation, $134 a day/outside of 48 hours or $36 an hour. Reservations are highly recommended, but walk-ins are accepted based on availability. For reservations call 970-453-5000, 888-LRN-2SKI.
Breckenridge Family Fun Spots
- Mountain Top Children’s Museum – Right near Main Street, this hands-on learning facility serves up a perfect afternoon for younger children. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights they offer a Kid’s Night Out option for $40/1st child, $25 sibling.
- Downstairs at Eric’s arcade – All types of arcade games provide a fun activity for older kids at a convenient location on Main Street. While there, the whole family can chow on classic American cuisine.
- Breckenridge Recreation Center – From toddler programs and teen outings to indoor rock climbing, this year-round facility welcomes locals and visitors. In addition to a gymnasium, the facility contains indoor tennis courts, lap and leisure pools, a water slide, a racquetball court, basketball courts and more. Parents’ Night Out lets Mom and Dad drop the kids to enjoy time exploring town alone. Daily admission rates are available.
South Branch Library has weekly scheduled story time and a fun kid’s section. The new library offers age-appropriate reading rooms with lots more space for kids to explore. Don’t forget to ask for your free hand stamp because the kids always love it!
- Mary Mountain Cookies has the hugest gourmet cookies that I’ve ever seen. I went with the chocolate chip cookie sandwich with gooey cookie dough in between. I had only a quarter then and the rest I munched on during my flight home. Yum!
- Breckenridge Brewery – Don’t let the idea of a brewery scare away your family. Adults can savor a seasonal brew and a burger while kids get to select from a menu made just for them, all items just $5 any time of the day.
- Crepes a la Carte – is an outdoor stand serving up some yummy crepes. Just look for the line! It’s open at night too.
- Mi Casa – the whole family can indulge in fresh, traditional Mexican cuisine in a large and colorful hacienda atmosphere. The carnitas, queso fundito and margaritas were amazing!
Breckenridge Family Lodging
We simply loved the convenience of Beaver Run Resort nestled at the base of Peak 9. Getting out on the mountain couldn’t have been easier. We simply went downstairs, rented equipment in the rental shop on property, visited the ticket windows also on site, put our extra gear in the ski lockers that were provided with our room and headed up the ski lift. So easy! No shuttle to the lift needed, no need to find parking, everything was right there including restaurants, an indoor/outdoor heated pool, hot tubs and a bar. It’s also within walking distance to town, but they offer a free hotel shuttle too, which we used at night.