Anyone familiar with Breckenridge knows the area is famous for skiing and snowboarding, but how many people know about the multitude of Breckenridge FREE activities in and near Breckenridge? Yes- FREE! Everything listed below comes highly recommended by the Book Breck Vacation Homes Staff and is absolutely FREE!
The Breckenridge Troll: Isak the Troll was sadly removed from his post in Breckenridge on Nov 15, 2018, but we are happy to report he is ready for visitors in his new home just off the Illinois Gulch Trail behind the Ice Rink parking lot (see map here).
The Breckenridge Troll, Isak Heartstone
The Breckenridge Gondola: You don’t have to be a skier or snowboarder to hop on the gondola and enjoy the best “amusement park” ride in Summit County. In the solitude of your own gondola cabin, you will be treated to a very quiet and peaceful bird’s eye view of the Ten Mile Range, the entire town of Breckenridge, Baldy Mountain, and the peaks to the east of Summit County. Be sure to look for moose as the gondola glides over the Cucumber Gulch, restricted to all foot and ski traffic. At the base of Peak 8, you can choose to un-board and enjoy a drink at the T-Bar where the sun is almost always shining on the patio, or you can stay in your seat and enjoy the view on the opposite side as the gondola descends back into town.
The gondola runs 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day during ski season (summer and early fall too), closing only for inclement weather conditions. Each cabin carries 8 passengers, rises 391 vertical feet, and takes approximately 23 minutes to complete one loop up and back down the mountain. Ride once or multiple times- it’s always FREE.
Breckenridge Creative Arts: Breck Create provides a year-round schedule of performances, exhibitions, screenings, classes, workshops and other opportunities at various cultural facilities as well as in public gathering spaces throughout Breckenridge, many of which are free. To find out what is offered during your stay in Breckenridge, check out the Breck Create Calendar.
Easy Hikes for the Whole Family: Sapphire Point is more of a landmark, but included on our Easy Hikes list. This beautiful spot is on a very short trail that can accommodate wheelchairs and strollers, summer or winter. If up for more adventure, check out all the trails on the list and even more on our 6 Best Hikes list which includes a hidden fairy forest.
Directions to Sapphire Point: From Breckenridge, travel south on Hwy 9 towards Frisco. At the intersection of Hwy and Swan Mount Road, turn right onto Swan Mountain Road. Follow the road up the grade for approximately 1.8 miles to the parking area on your left.
Free Museums & Exhibits: There are numerous free museums/exhibits in the town of Breckenridge. We love them all, but here are our favorites you cannot miss while in town:
Summit Ski Exhibit: This exhibit celebrates the first 100 years of skiing in Summit County and provides a colorful look into the history of skiing. Today visitors can watch a ski documentary with local experts, see vintage equipment and clothing (including “Snurfer” skis!) and learn about the 10th Mountain Division. 308-B S. Main Street.
Washington Gold & Silver Mine: Located at 465 Illinois Gulch Road, guided tours are available through the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, but visitors can respectfully wander the area for free and admire the mining relics representative of our area’s rich history.
Highline Railroad Park: On the right just after turning onto Boreas Pass Road, you’ll find the cutest and most interesting park for kids and grownups alike. Photo ops galore. Engine No. 9 was one of a pioneering set of locomotives that used narrow-gauge rail to navigate the high and dangerous mountain terrain of Colorado. A true icon of railroad heritage, Engine No. 9, represents the life-blood that enabled Colorado mining communities to survive and thrive in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Today you can see Engine No. 9 at the Highline park, one of only five known narrow-gauge rotaries still in existence – as well as a boxcar diorama display, and replica C&S caboose and flatcar exhibit.
Carter Park and Dog Park: Located four blocks east of Main Street in Breckenridge, Carter Park includes the following amenities: One of this writer’s most favorite Breckenridge free activities is the sledding hill at Carter Park, along with the fully fenced dog park, patio with views of the Ten Mile Range, indoor heated gathering area, heated restrooms, and the Breckenridge Elementary playground.
More Information: http://www.gobreck.com/with-a-furry-friend/dog-friendly-activities
Breckenridge Distillery: The distillery is pleased to offer a walk around with complimentary tastings of their spirits. They also offer a FREE shuttle to/from one of their two locations in Breckenridge.
More Information: http://www.breckenridgedistillery.com/tours/
Breckenridge Welcome Center: 203 S. Main Street, located in the heart of town in the Blue River Plaza. Part information center, part historical museum, the 4,000 provides visitors and locals information on everything from dining and shopping to winter and summer activities in and around Breckenridge. The cabin is now an interpretive museum featuring displays on life in Breckenridge in the 1880s.
Dillon Range District Ski Ranger Tours: Vail Resorts is partnering with Dillon Ranger District to provide free ski tours starting Dec. 28 and running through the end of March. Trained Ski Rangers will lead skiers down a beginner/intermediate run, periodically stopping to discuss topics from local flora to geography and history. These tours are 1-hour long and require participants to have a valid lift ticket and intermediate skiing or riding ability. No pre-registration required. Bring family and friends to join the fun.
Breckenridge Ski Resort: Every Friday from 11 a.m. to noon, with meetup at the top of the Independence Chair on Peak 7.
Mountain Orientation Tours: During the winter season, guest service volunteers provide complimentary tours of Breckenridge Ski Resort for any guest whose ability level is intermediate or above. The Mountain Orientation Tours leave from the base of Peak 8 at the Colorado SuperChair or at Beaver Run SuperChair on Peak 9 each morning promptly at 9:30 am (arrive at 9:15 am). Each tour is considered a “Familiarization Tour” of the mountain and last between 1-1/2 to 3 hours. Large groups need to call 800-789-7669 to arrange private tour.
Lastly, don’t forget the VERY best part of Breckenridge is always FREE!- the atmosphere and views from anywhere in town, a stroll down Main Street, and the countless hiking, biking, and walking trails, and star gazing at night. The Blue River rec path is plowed year round and no matter the season or the temps, a walk or bike ride taking in the sights and sounds is always good for the mind and soul.
Looking for a vacation rental for your stay in Breckenridge? Book Breck homes range from 2-6 bedrooms with locations all over Breckenridge and Blue River. Book Breck homes are stocked, cleaned, and maintained beyond the highest industry standards. Our local staff answers calls 24 hours a day and can provide guests with insider tips, discounts, and activity suggestions not found anywhere else. Consider Book Breck your local host and friend in town.