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7 Summer Activities for Family Fun Near Breckenridge

Everyone knows Breckenridge is a fabulous ski destination, but did you know there’s a ton to do in the summer sun, too? Check out these seven family-oriented Breckenridge activities and adventures suitable for travelers of all ages.

1) Head Up Into the Air

Are your kids fans of Disney Pixar’s Up? Then they might love riding a real hot air balloon. Take a day trip to Grand Adventure Balloon Tours, where families can go up in the air - literally. The company takes children ages 4 and up, which is the youngest permitted across the country since mountain landings are the gentlest. Before or after the ride, bring the whole family on a tour of Rocky Mountain National Park. Tip: Since Grand Adventure offers one flight a day, weather permitting, try to book your flight for the first day of your trip. Then, if weather becomes an issue, you have several other days to try for a flight.

If you would rather stay closer to Breckenridge and forgo a visit to Rocky Mountain National Park, book a trip with Colorado Hot Air Balloon Rides from South Park Valley. Children ages 5 and up may fly.

Photo courtesy of Breckenridge Ski Resort.

2) Adventure to Breckenridge Summer Fun Park

This fun amusement and adventure park has something for all ages and is located at the bottom of Peak 8 at Breckenridge Ski Resort. Activities include mountain biking, Gold Runner Coaster, SuperPutt, gemstone panning, pony rides, hiking, trampolines and more.

3) Go Fishing

Celebrate Father’s Day by bringing your pap, or the whole family, fly fishing on the Blue River in Breckenridge. Prefer the lake? Not a problem. Lake Dillon is stocked with more than 50,000 rainbow trout by the Colorado Division of Wildlife at the beginning of summer. Be sure to check local regulations for information on fishing license requirements.

Photo courtesy of Breckenridge Tourism Office.

4) Attend a Summer Event

Check out Breckenridge’s summer events calendar to see what’s going on in the city while you’re there. From film festivals to the Breckenridge Music Festival and the Fourth of July parade to the end-of-summer Breckenridge Wine Classic in September, there are plenty of events for mom and dad or the whole family to enjoy in the Rockies this summer.

5) Raft with the Kids

If you’ve got adventurous teens, make splash-worthy memories with whitewater rafting on Breckenridge’s rivers. If you’re craving a more calming experience, there are plenty of slower-paced, relaxing raft rides the family can also enjoy in the area. And if you’d prefer to canoe, kayak or paddleboard, all these water options are also available.

6) Go Gold Mining

Bring the family on a tour of Country Boy Mine, one of the largest historic gold mines in the area. While you’re there, you can not only pan for gold, but also slide down a 55-foot ore chute, pet burros, and explore the mine’s exhibits and equipment once used at the site.

7) Hop on a Horse

Head over to Breckenridge Stables, and the whole family can enjoy an hour hourseback ride taking in the views between Peaks 9 and 10 on the range above Breckenridge. Riders will take in views of the Continental Divide and see river crossings, beaver ponds and more.

The stables open for the summer in mid-May and remain open through the end of September, weather permitting. Children ages 0-3 may ride in the saddle with an adult; ages 4-5 may ride their own horse with a staff member controlling the rope; ages 6 and older may ride completely on their own.