Everyone loves a ski vacation, but with today’s economy, stretching the almighty dollar has become more important than ever before.  And who doesn’t love a good deal, right?  Not to worry, there are a lot of ways to experience Breckenridge without breaking the bank.  Just in time for Valentine’s day, we’ve got some ideas on things you can do while in Breckenridge that are FREE or almost free, allowing you to stretch your Valentine vacation dollars even further!

Breckenridge Welcome Center

First Stop: the Breckenridge Welcome Center.  If you’ve never been to Breckenridge, this is the place to visit.  The Breckenridge Welcome Center is part information center and part museum, and the staff is ready to help you make the most of your visit.  Want information on things todo while visiting?  They can help you! Want a dose of the history of Breckenridge Ski Resort?  They’ve got that covered, complete with mining and pioneer life displays, a children’s area, and informational videos and movies, including the development of Breckenridge Ski Resort and  mining operations that formed the basis for the formation of the Town of Breckenridge.  The cost: FREE.

Next stop: Carter Park Sledding Hill.  Carter Parkoffers fun for kids of all ages.  Walk up the gentle slope and sled down on store-bought Flying Saucer sleds or bring your own home-made cardboard sleds.  Remember how much fun it was as a child, racing your brothers, sisters and friends down the slope?  You can experience that all again at Carter Park.  And the best part?  It’s FREE.

Sunny day sledding at Carter Park

And last stop for this week: the Edwin Carter Museum.  Trying to learn a bit of natural history in between taking some turns on the mountain?  We’ve got you covered once again.  Visit the Edwin Carter Museum.  Edwin Carter was a taxidermist who came to Breckenridge in 1868.  Carter amassed a collection of thousands of Rocky Mountain animal specimens, including over 3,000 wildlife exhibits that formed the core of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Visit his museum in Breckenridge and take advantage of a hand’s on taxidermy workbench, interactive exhibits, and a theatre showing a 20-minute film on his life.  The cost:  FREE for kids and students; $3 for adults.

Plan now to visit Breckenridge.  With low-cost options like these, you can save your dollars to spend on new ski gear or a special night out on the town with your sweetheart.  Go ahead, buy a box of chocolates, and don’t worry, we won’t tell your Valentine how you did it!

By, JeniseJ

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