(Last Updated On: October 7, 2014)

Weather not cooperating with your outdoor plans? As much as we love hiking, biking and all the other –ing outdoor activities, we understand that a little (or a big) rainstorm can be enough to steer you indoors. Don’t let the weather dampen the fun. Try these five picks instead:

Breckenridge Rec Center waterslide

Rainy or not, the waterslide at the Breckenridge Recreation Center is a great place to spend an afternoon (or a whole day). Photo courtesy Breckenridge Recreation / Joe Kusumoto

1. Climbing and watersliding
One crack at the rope swing should be enough to remind anyone that the Breckenridge Recreation Center isn’t an ordinary fitness gym. Still not convinced? Take a trip down the waterslide or pull on sticky shoes for a go at the climbing wall. Oh yeah, there’s a track, tennis courts, weights, cardio equipment, sauna and more. Plus, the Stephen C. West Ice Arena offers indoor public ice skating all year long.

2. Whitewater rafting
“Do we go rafting if it’s raining?” Of course you do. It’s one of the most common questions asked by those booking whitewater rafting trips, and the answer is simple. Not only are you going to get wet on a raft trip, you’ll also be perfectly dressed for aqueous adventures (and rain).

3. Get creative
Try a workshop in the Breckenridge Arts District – programs are offered for a variety of ages in wide range of media, from drawing and printmaking to beading and drum circles. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Check out Ready, Paint, Fire, which offers both scheduled activities and open hours when all ages can get creative.

Ready, Paint, Fire in Breckenridge, Colorado

Breckenridge offers several options for art workshops and open studio hours, when families can get creative at their own pace. Photo courtesy Susan Evans

4. Go underground
Visitors to the Country Boy Mine will explore over 1,000 feet underground. Hear what it was like for miners operating the drills and find out what the blast monkeys were really up to. Since the tour heads into a real mine tunnel, it doesn’t matter what the weather brings.

5. Museum time
Edwin Carter, often referred to as Breck’s original naturalist, once kept over 3,000 specimens in his 1,000 square foot home. The space is now a museum that’s thought to be the state’s oldest. It tells Edwin’s story of coming to Breckenridge in search of gold; when he saw the havoc mining wreaked on the natural environment, he took on a new task – taxidermy. Scientists traveled from across the globe to see his work. You can, too. Stop by the Welcome Center for info on this and other museums in Breckenridge.

Does your family have a favorite activity for rainy days? Tell us below in the comments section, we’d love to hear your ideas, and maybe even share them in a Part Two.

Travel FAQs is a series of posts based on the most popular questions from our readers and visitors to the Breckenridge Welcome Center. Got a question? Email the Breckenridge Welcome Center at infostaff@gobreck.com; we’ll give you a personalized response and post answers to the most popular questions here.

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