The great outdoors are calling and Breckenridge’s play spaces are sure to excite and bring entertainment to your whole crew. Whether you’ve got little ones eager to run around and burn some energy or you are simply seeking a friendly setting for conversation, there are plenty of options when it comes to outside fun. So slather on the sunscreen and grab a water bottle as you learn to play like a local with this quick Breckenridge playground guide.
Brand spanking new to the Breck park scene is a second Kingdom Park Playground.
The first playground offers tons of fun with climbing, slides and picnic tables near the softball fields at the Breckenridge Recreation Center. The second new playground boasts several contemporary climbing and play structures, swings and a rock-based slide. My own kiddos have given it rave reviews and especially love the climbing tower and spinning merry-go-round. This new addition is located adjacent to the Breckenridge Skate Park, the turf field and the outdoor tennis courts at 880 Airport Road.
For those who like to get their skate on with the most scenic view of Breckenridge as their natural habitat, check out the Breckenridge Skate Park. After being completely renovated in October 2014, the expansion offers a .4 acre with an 11-foot bowl. There are features like a snake run, beginner bowl, advanced bowl and skateable historic mine cart that are sure to delight skaters of all abilities. The best part? It’s completely free and open seasonally during daylight hours. Located on the North side of the Breckenridge Recreation Center at 880 Airport Road.
When venturing on Breckenridge Main Street there are two playgrounds that are sure to capture the wonder and amazement of your kiddos. The Welcome park at the Riverwalk has a fun sandlot with a rock slide and wooden climbing structure. Bring a few toy shovels and you will see how easily young friendships are made. The easy access to Main Street shopping and restaurants combined with the public restrooms at the Welcome Center next door make this park a top destination to be enjoyed by all. Located at 203 S. Main Street.
With a recent opening in November 2015, Prospector Park is a great example of local history combined with playground bliss. A sculpture of “Tom’s Baby” memorializes the largest gold nugget ever found in Colorado and a historic sheave display provides a glimpse into the world of mining that was once an integral part of Breckenridge. Kiddos will enjoy the adventure of climbing over rock formations and tree stumps and sliding down the slide. Located at 112 North Main Street.
For a look back in time, check out the High Line Railroad Park which is sure to excite even the youngest railroad enthusiast. Climb aboard the No. 9 C&S locomotive jungle gym to slide and play like a real train conductor. Children will especially enjoy climbing up the historical Baker Tank to reach the slide, climbing wall and sliding pole. Come prepared to bounce on a mining cart, explore the Gold Dust Mine cave and balance on a railroad track. Park your vehicle at Steven C. West Ice Arena located at 189 Boreas Pass Road.
Vista Point Park sometimes lovingly referred to as “popsicle park” in recognition of the orange popsicle sculpture is another terrific option with a spectacular view of Breckenridge Ski Resort. With an open field, basketball courts, swings, a big jungle gym with slides and a nice sandbox there is plenty of space for everyone to spread out and run around. Located at the corner of Wellington Road and Reiling Road.
With so many options for fun, Carter Park would certainly top any list with all of the great amenities available to the public as well as the ability to be reserved for a larger gathering. Adults and youth will particularly enjoy a round of volleyball in the sand or tennis matches on the four hard tennis courts in the summer and a sledding hill in the winter. Breckenridge Elementary playground and youth baseball diamonds are right next door. The convenience of heated restrooms open to the public truly can’t be beat at the Carter Park Pavilion. Don’t forget your favorite pup if you are headed this way, as they will have tons of fun running around and making friends in the fully fenced public dog park open 24 hours a day. Located at 300 S. High Street.
With more blue sky days than we can count, Breckenridge is the perfect place to get moving outside with kiddos. So grab that picnic blanket and head out the door for an exciting park adventure!