UPDATED: Oct. 28, 2016
Breckenridge, Colorado is known as a ski and snowboard Mecca (and for good reason). For those not interested in the slopes, this historic town and the surrounding backcountry offer numerous ways to play. You asked. We’re answering.
What can I do in Breckenridge if I don’t ski or snowboard?
Unleash creativity – From fine arts and textiles to photography and functional pottery, workshops in the Breckenridge Arts District span a variety of media. Work with artists-in-residence, catch a performance by the award-winning theater company, or make your own earrings. Check out the Breckenridge Creative Arts Calendar for a schedule of off-the-slopes arts events.
Explore the past – More than 10 local museums and historic sites serve as a window into Breckenridge’s gold mining history. Whether on a walking tour or browsing through local museums, you’ll meet Colorado’s original naturalist, an escaped slave-turned-prominent businessman and the townsfolk that still haunt some of Breckenridge’s oldest saloons. Visit BreckHeritage.com for a list of sites, museums and tours.
Educate your palate – Foodies inclined to go hands-on can sign up for cooking classes with Colorado Mountain College. From basics such as knife skills to advanced techniques, classes include one-day and multi-day options. See upcoming culinary classes or check out Breckenridge Cheese and Chocolate for twice-weekly wine tasting events.
Play in the snow (off the slopes) – Travelers don’t need to ski or snowboard to have fun in the snow. Explore miles of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails, experience a dogsled tour in Breckenridge’s backcountry or hear the sleigh bells jingle on a starlit dinner sleigh ride. Adventure-seekers can fire up snowmobiles and kids can get parents giggling with a little sledding at Carter Park. Check out a few of Breckenridge’s top winter activities in this photoblog, or if you’re in town, stop by the Breckenridge Welcome Center (203 S. Main St., 877-864-0868) to learn more.
Hit the water slide (and much more) at the Breckenridge Recreation Center – A great way to play indoors on cold days, the 69,000-square-foot Breckenridge Recreation Center offers a wide variety of indoor recreation options including free weights, weight machines, cardio equipment, fitness classes, a racquetball court, basketball courts, two climbing walls, an aquatics center with a water slide, tennis courts, an indoor track and more. Visit BreckenridgeRecreation.com for hours and pass pricing.
Skate the day away – The Stephen C. West Ice Arena offers two rinks in winter, skate rentals and a concession stand. The indoor arena is open year-round for hockey, ice skating practice and team training. Visit BreckenridgeRecreation.com for hours and pricing.
Get centered – A dedicated yoga studio, Meta Yoga offers daily drop-in classes for all levels. Punch passes and one-week visitor memberships offer the best deal for those who plan to take several classes during a trip to Breckenridge. In addition, some 13 spas and wellness centers offer a variety of treatments including massage, aromatherapy, acupuncture and more. Visit http://www.gobreck.com/what-to-do/spa-and-wellness for details.
Kick back – Cruise downtown in search of the perfect Made-in-Breck memento. Hit the restaurants (and be sure to stop by the Brewery and Distillery for tours and tastings). Or take it all in with a carriage ride through downtown. Check out the Breckenridge Dining Guide for restaurant suggestions.
Celebrate in style – Get a taste of Breckenridge’s unique character with one of many signature festivals that punctuate the winter calendar. From an enormous outdoor snow sculpting competition to a party in honor of the Norse god of snow, Breckenridge events give visitors and locals many reasons to celebrate. Visit GoBreck.com/events for a list of major celebrations and weekly happenings.
Say hello – Stop by and see us at the Breckenridge Welcome Center (203 S. Main St., 877-864-0868). In addition to the free historic museum on site – during construction, builders uncovered a well-preserved log cabin hidden between newer additions – the Welcome Center can set up any of the above activities and give travelers many more ideas for winter activities off the slopes.
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