(Last Updated On: April 4, 2016)

UPDATED: 4/4/16

Family time is great, but we all know that teens need a little personal space. We consulted with local teens, Ali Christiansen,  Emma Howard and Ethan Drewes, who not only call Breckenridge home, but love hanging out here as well. They offered their tips on where to go and what to do in town.

DSC_0020Walk Down Main Street and Check out These Shops 

Downstairs at Eric’s: meet up with friends or make some new ones hanging out playing games at the arcade. Located at 111 S Main Street.

Mary’s Mountain Cookies: conquer snack time with hot, freshly baked cookies. Located at 128 S Main Street.

Joy of Sox: find a wild and wonderful selection of socks and accessories for every special person in your life. Located at 324 S Main Street.

Ole Man Berkins: hunt for the perfect read at this used, rare and new book store. Located at 326 S Main Street.

Global Candle Gallery: find a great gift for any occasion with these hand carved custom candles. Located at 326 S. Main Street.

Cute jewelry abounds at Valley Girl Boutique on Main Street Breckenridge.

Cute jewelry abounds at Valley Girl Boutique on Main Street Breckenridge.

Goods Breckenridge: get noticed with one-of-a-kind clothing and shoes found at this shop. Located at 105 S. Main Street.

Space Cowboy: self-proclaimed “psychedelic gifts and novelties.” Located at 112 S. Main Street.

Holly’s Pizzaz Boutique: let your personality shine with the eclectic clothing and accessories found at this unusual boutique and design studio . Located at 101 N Main Street.

Breckenridge Hat Company: boasting “More hats than your head can handle.” #Selfie time called and who would have guessed trying on so many hats would be so much fun? Located at 411 S Main Street.

Fun vs. Awesome: with teen gifts galore, this shop specializes in apparel, accessories and outerwear. Located at 222 S Main Street.

Ready Paint Fire: let your creativity flow by painting your own pottery, canvas, mosaic or glass fusing. Located at 323 N Main Street.

Valley Girl Boutique: treasure hunt for unique and fun fashion and jewelry. Located at 232 S Main Street.

Ali, Emma and Ethan also offered their advice on what to do and, more importantly, what NOT to do.

Do’s & Dont’s  

Do hashtag your photos and tweets with #BreckBecause. Give a shoutout to beautiful Breck and get discovered for doing amazing things. Breckenridge Tourism Office (@gobreck) is always on the lookout for guest photos and stories to share and promote to a larger audience.

Daylight Donuts is a Breckenridge classic -- but don't forget your cash!

Daylight Donuts is a Breckenridge classic — but don’t forget your cash!

Don’t forget to bring your cash to Daylight Donuts. Even if donuts aren’t your thing, the sausage rolls and other breakfast items will give you something to crow about. But, they only accept cash. Luckily there’s an ATM in the shop located at 305 N Main, Unit C.

Do grab a cheap and delicious slice of pizza at Giampietro’s located at 100 N Main #212 or at Luigi’s Sports Bar and Pizzeria located at 411 S Main Street #5.

Don’t let your technology needs slip. Utilize the new Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center and Summit County South Branch Library. They have fast and free WiFi. Open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Located at 103 S. Harris Street.

Do bring your sunscreen and awesome hat. Our elevation is 9,600 ft. No matter how good you are at math, that means you’re close to the sun. Keep clear of a sun burn while you hike, bike and ski and you won’t regret it.

Don’t get caught without a lift around town. Most things are within walking distance, but definitely check out the routes and schedules for the Breckenridge Free Ride bus system. Key note- it’s FREE. Find more details about going carless in Breckenridge here.

Do explore the Breckenridge Creative Arts District and try some of the cool art classes, yoga classes held at the Old Masonic Hall, catch an evening movie at the Speakeasy Movie Theatre and relax with a coffee or ice cream while people-watching at the Riverwalk Center.

Photo by Liam Doran

Enter a chalk art competition in Breckenridge’s July 4 Street Arts Festival. Photo courtesy Liam Doran / Breckenridge Creative Arts

Don’t miss out on any Breckenridge events and festivals. From Ullr Fest, Fourth of July, the Great Rubber Duck Race, Breckenridge Music Festival and the National Repertory Orchestra– the pace of Breck keeps you having fun year round. Check out the current schedule of events in Breckenridge Colorado.

Do keep in shape at the Breckenridge Recreation Center. Swing by and play basketball, rock climb, swim and get your work out on. The rec center hours change seasonally, so make sure to check out the website for the current schedule. Located at 880 Airport Road.

Don’t become caffeine-deficient. Grab your cup of joe at Cabin Coffee Company a laid-back coffee house located at 222 S Main Suite B. Know that Cabin is just one of several coffee shops in Breckenridge.

Do have your camera ready when you ride the BreckConnect Gondola up to the Breck Summer Fun Park. The views are amazing and you haven’t even gotten to the fun rides yet. Emma’s favorites are the TenMile Flyer Zipline and Gold Runner Coaster.

Don’t leave your skateboard at home. Check out the re-built Breckenridge Community Skateboard Park. Boasting terrain for all skills and abilities, boarders and watchers alike will appreciate the updates and new features this park has to offer. Located at 880 Airport Road.

Do plan to get some much needed fly fishing time in. Ethan enjoys casting his rod anywhere on the Upper Blue and Lower Blue River.

Do plan to go big while you’re here – either on the slopes in the winter or on the bike trails in the summer and fall. Check out the fat bike rentals in the winter.

As locals often say, if you’re lucky enough to be spending time in Breckenridge, then you are lucky enough. With these tips, you’ll increase your luck and your adventure factor. Get after it.


About The Author

Erin Opsahl is a busy wife & mother of two growing kiddos. Growing up in the California Bay Area, she is a true lover of the ocean, sunshine & flip flops! Marriage brought her out to Colorado twelve years ago and she has called Summit County home for the past nine. She often tells people she didn’t own a real coat or shoes until moving here! Being a new mom, in a mountain area that felt isolated, Erin realized her need for connection to other moms and the community. Out of this need, Erin found her passion! Combining her Psychology degree from the University of Colorado at Denver, with her love of connecting people and resources (& finding a bargain), she focuses on promoting networking, friendships, fun ideas and local resources to both strengthen and build personal relationships and families. Erin spends as much time as she can being Mommy and participating in fun family events around Summit County – on a budget. Erin believes an informed mom is a better mom!

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