One of our family’s favorite places to visit in the summer (or really any time of the year), is a quaint little mountain town in Colorado roughly about 100 miles west of the Denver International Airport. Breckenridge is home to some of the most breathtaking views and gorgeous hikes in the area. If you & your family find yourself anywhere in the area this time of the year, here are a few things that will keep you busy.
The BreckConnect Gondola is an 8-passenger cabin suspended on cables & provides visitors with transportation to and from the Peak 7 and Peak 8 ski resorts. The gondola is free to ride, but if you plan on taking a bike up with you plan on a minimal fee. Sit back and enjoy the mountain views as the gondola takes you on a 400 ft. vertical rise to the top. A great way to see the town from a bird’s eye view!
Epic Discovery is located at Base Camp on Peak 8 and perfect for families who love adventure. The cost varies from attraction to attraction and several package options are available. We recommend setting aside a full day to visit. Epic Discovery is an exciting way to experience the mountains. From alpine sliding to zip lining, rock climbing to miniature golf, gold coaster rides to scenic chairlift views…and MORE!… Epic Discovery has a little something to appeal to everyone no matter their skill or preference. While you’re enjoying everything Epic Discovery has to offer, be sure to stop by the T Bar for a quick bite.
ISAK HEARTSTONE – THE BRECKENRIDGE TROLL
Isak Heartstone is a 15 ft. wooden troll sitting happily along the Tollgstien Trail (located in the corner of the Stephen C. West Ice Arena parking lot). He’s truly a sight to behold. Originally built as part of the Annual Breckenridge International Festival of Arts, Isak was built by Danish artist, Thomas Dambo, who is known for his efforts to bring an awareness to recycling and upcyclying. Isak sits about .25 miles into the Tollgstien Trail. When you reach him, be sure to leave NO trace behind! Keep his surroundings clean and free of trash and refrain from leaving any kind of graffiti or markings on or around him. We’d love to be able to keep visiting him for years to come. The Tollgstien Trail is a one-way directional path and easy for all ages/skill levels. He’s a true gem. *Get here early if you don’t want to wait to see him…the earlier the better!*
BLUE RIVER PLAZA
Blue River Plaza is located in the heart of Breckenridge right off of Main Street and adjacent to the Breckenridge Welcome Center & Museum. It’s a great place to stop and enjoy the incredible weather and gorgeous views. We personally love stopping by Mountain Top Cookie Shop and walking over to the plaza to enjoy our sweet treats. You can walk across the bridge and sit in the lawn next to the Riverwalk Center and if you time it just right, you’ll be able to hear one of the many summer concerts as you relax in God’s country while your kids hop across the rocks in the river.
COUNTRY BOY MINE
Country Boy Mine is open to the public and offers mine tours, treasure hunts, and gold panning to its visitors. Tours (which run about 45 minutes) fill up quickly so you’ll want to be sure to book ahead of time, but reservations aren’t required for gold panning or treasure hunting. There are other activities on site as well…axe throwing, metal detecting, museum…and a couple of adorable miniature donkeys to pet and admire, too! A really fun experience for families of all age ranges.
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