Known for its’ laid-back attitude and world-class ski resort, the charming town of Breckenridge, Colorado is one of the world’s most popular ski destinations. But, as repeat visitors know, there are a lot more reasons to Go Breck than just the slopes.
Many are drawn to Breckenridge because of the warm and welcoming character of its’ historic downtown. Unlike many resorts where a stylized village is built after the resort, in Breckenridge, the town came first. Prospectors founded Breckenridge in 1859 when gold was discovered along the Blue River. The ski area wouldn’t open for another 102 years.
There is a commitment to heritage that shows in the unique shops and large variety of restaurants and galleries that now occupy the historic buildings that make up downtown. Adding to the vibrancy of downtown is the Arts District currently made up of five historic buildings that house workshops, resident artists, artist studios, a ceramic studio and performing arts theatre and gallery. Every Second Saturday of the month, one can stroll through the Arts District to find out what future workshops are coming up and see what the resident artists are working on.
Museums and Tours
Entertain the little ones at the Mountain Top Children’s Museum with hands-on exhibits for multiple age groups.
Take a guided tour of Breckenridge’s historic sites offered at the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance. The museum offers programs and events for all ages.
Venture into a real gold mine at the Country Boy Mine.
Explore Summit Ski Museum – a small but entertaining look at the early days of skiing in Summit County long before Breckenridge became Colorado’s first ski town.
Recreation and Adventure
Mush your own dog sled team or ride a snowmobile to the top of the Continental Divide at Good Times Adventures.
Scale a climbing wall, play tennis, work out, splash down from the indoor water slide or just relax in the hot tubs at the sleek and modern Breckenridge Recreation Center.
Ride the Gold Runner Alpine Coaster atop of Peak 8: 2,500 feet of turns, dips and twists!
Ski and Ride School
Colorado has turned out many world-class skiers and riders, many who also instruct future generations of champions (and adults too) at resorts all over Colorado. Breckenridge is no exception.
Enrolling our five-year-old daughter, Reagan in Breck ski school for two days means she now has a sport she will love for life. She went in still learning how to stop on skis and came out a blue run skier. In the afternoons when we picked her up, she would tell us all about Ripparoo’s Forest and how ski school was the most fun place in the whole wide world.
When it was time to say goodbye that second afternoon, Reagan’s instructor hardly knew what hit him. She reached up and planted one on him followed by a huge bear hug. Frankly, I almost did the same knowing I could now enjoy riding the mountain with my daughter for years to come.
Chris is a designer, WAHM and pilot’s wife living in Aurora, Colorado. She writes about family travel standby as Standby Traveling Mom as well as at MamaBirdsBlog.com. Follow Chris on Pinterest and on Twitter as @BirdBanter.
Disclosure: Breckenridge Resort Chamber hosted my family and I for the purposes of writing this review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions expressed are my own and without influence by Breckenridge Resort Chamber.