Breckenridge river flows through grass and trees in front of mountains, under white clouds

Skip the Skis: Spending Summer in Breckenridge, Colorado

Breckenridge river flows through grass and trees in front of mountains, under white clouds

Skip the Skis: Spending Summer in Breckenridge, Colorado

Summer is a great time to drive up the mountain to Breckenridge, Colorado. Here are some summer hotspots to put on your itinerary.

Breckenridge is a ski lover’s paradise, but this Colorado resort town isn’t just a winter destination. Summer is an excellent time to plan a road trip up the mountain. Mild weather gives you a chance to take in stunning views, engage in warm-weather activities like hiking and mountain biking, and enjoy sunny attractions. Additionally, summer is a great time to embark on a road trip without fear of snow or ice, making the drive a more relaxing one. If you’re planning to explore this Colorado hotspot in the summer, make sure you include some of these popular activities on your itinerary.

Popular winter activities often include snowboarding and skiing, but you have a full range of options at your fingertips once the snow melts. Breckenridge Epic Discovery is akin to a mountain theme park, where you can race down the Alpine Slide, ride the Gold Runner Alpine Coaster, tackle the Mineshaft Maze, bounce on the giant trampoline, and participate in various alpine-themed adventure activities. There’s something at Epic Discovery for all ages and ability levels. If you’re a thrill seeker, tackle the Alpine Challenge Course or take the Expedition zip line tour. If you prefer something calmer, choose miniature golf or a scenic chairlift ride.

Father and son ride on chair lift up grassy hill during summer in Breckenridge, Colorado
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Enjoy Music

Throughout the summer, Breckenridge comes alive with the sound of music. The town’s most popular event is the annual Breckenridge Music Festival, which features more than 40 professional musicians from around the world playing classical, jazz, rock, folk, and the blues. The event includes a pops series, orchestra productions, Tuesday chamber music, Blue River Series, and more.

Breckenridge is also home to the National Repertory Orchestra, which plays summer concerts several times a week at various spots throughout town. With a variety of both free and paid events, the venues provide the opportunity to enjoy live music almost every day of the week during the summer months.

Close up of violinists playing in concert
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Tour the Breckenridge Distillery

Founded in 2007, the Breckenridge Distillery hasn’t been around for long, but that hasn’t stopped it from cementing itself as a top attraction in town. The New York International Spirits Competition named it the 2013 and 2015 Distillery of the Year. Take a free tour of the factory, where you can enjoy tastes of the brand’s whisky, vodkas, and bitters. Stay to enjoy a house drink or a signature cocktail while you take in the view from the front patio. You can even bring your own food to make a day trip of it.

Pan for Gold

People haven’t always flocked to Breckenridge for its skiing. It was once a prime destination for gold hunters. See this side of the town’s history by taking a mine tour at Country Boy Mine. Founded in 1877, Country Boy Mine is one of the oldest mines in the area. Fully restored to allow visitors to experience what mining was once like, this family-friendly destination shows you the equipment used by miners and allows you to pet the burros, explore the old mine site, and try your luck at panning for gold.

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