Though Breckenridge is ski mecca in the winter, it's a great destination to visit any time of year. In the spring, wildflowers overwhelm the town with eye-popping pinks, purples, yellows, and blues. In the summer, the cool breezes and elevation bring welcomed relief from the heat and humidity. In the fall, the trees burst into color. While ski lift tickets and equipment rentals aren't the cheapest, Breckenridge vacation deals are still widely available, and luckily they're in season all year long.
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Outdoor Adventure, Off the Slopes
- Breckenridge Gondola, 170 Watson Avenue, Breckenridge — This is more fun than driving or riding the shuttle. It's not just a way to get between Peak 7 and Peak 8; it's also a fun afternoon trip. The scenery is breathtaking, and often includes a moose.
- Boreas Pass Road, north of Mt. Argentine — Serves skiers during the winter, but is a nice drive or easy hike up in the warmer months. The views are astounding, and you can see the town from the top.
- McCullough Gulch Trail, White River National Forest, Summit — This dog-friendly trail is open to hikers and showshoers from June to October and is dotted with many lakes and waterfalls.
- Lake Dillon, off Iron Spring Rd — Rent a kayak and zoom around this 3,300-acre lake.
- Blue River, south of Breckenridge, off Hwy 9 — Fly fishing rocks here.
Enjoy the Area Attractions
- Main Street — Going for a stroll here is like stepping back into the old Gold Rush days of Breckenridge. Here, the streets are lined with quaint shops and restaurants. Everything from casual snacks to fine dining is here, along with souvenir shops, boutiques, and much more.
- Breckenridge Recreation Center, 880 Airport Rd — For just $15, you'll get access to a 69,000-sq-ft playground. A gym, multiple pools, a rock climbing wall, a water slide, a sauna, and so much more await those with a lot of energy, but not a lot of money to spend.
- Mountain Top Children's Museum, 605 S Park Ave — If you're traveling with kiddos, you can kill a lot of time here for very cheap ($5 admission for adults, $7 for kids). Exhibits include a planetarium, a play construction zone, and art and craft station, and loads more.
- Stephen C. West Ice Arena, 189 Boreas Pass Rd — With an indoor and outdoor rink, you can enjoy this attraction year-round. Skate rentals are $4 and daily admission is $8.
- Breckenridge Gallery, 124 S Main St — Check out paintings and schedules made by artists from the area.
Dining in Breckenridge doesn't have to cramp your budget.
Breakfast and Lunch
- Daylight Donuts, 305 North Main Street, Breckenridge — Breakfast at Daylight Donuts is always a delight. They specialize in breakfast, brunch, and of course, donuts.
- Downstairs at Eric's, 111 South Main Street, Breckenridge — For good old American fare like pizza, try Downstairs at Eric's. They also offer a vegetarian menu.
- Clint's Bakery and Coffee, 131 South Main Street, Breckenridge — This is a full-fledged bakery, offering fresh bagels and an array of sinfully delicious baked goods.
- The Bond Kitchen & Catering, 301 N Main St — From a sausage and egg burrito in the morning to a zucchini sandwich in the afternoon, this simple diner's got you covered when it comes to light but tasty fare.
- The Flatbread Pizza Co., 520 S Main St #3m — Not your average pizza joint. All the pizza is hand rolled here.
- Soup's On, 422 North Park Avenue, Breckenridge — Lighter eaters might enjoy Soup's On, an eatery specializing in soups from around the world.
- Rita's, 301 South Main Street, Breckenridge — If you're in the mood for tacos and Mexican food, head to Rita's.
- Above the Blue, 421 S Main St — This favorite spot puts a fun spin on standard American and barbecue dishes. Try the beef tamales.
- Moe's Original Bar B Que, 110 S Ridge St — It may surprise you to find great Southern soul food in Colorado, but once you've tried the pulled pork or catfish, you won't doubt it.
- Jake's Dive Bar at 100 North Main Street, Breckenridge — Craving the night life? Head to Jake's Dive Bar, a fully stocked bar, which also serves hearty bar foods like hamburgers, pizza, sandwiches, and subs.
- Ullrs Sports Bar, 505 S Main St —Nine televisions, a very long Happy Hour (2 to 6 pm daily), video games, and air hockey... what more could you ask for in a sports bar?
- Mother Loaded Tavern, 103 S Main St — Don't let the big and varied menu fool you. Everything here is made from scratch. As if the delicious paninis, burgers, steak, and salads are enough, the live music on Fridays and Saturdays and daily drink specials make this a favorite hangout spot.
Besides these wonderful affordable options, you can also save money on food by preparing meals yourself. You can get fresh produce and more at the Breckenridge Farmers' Market every Sunday from June through September. The City Market has great prices on locally grown produce and other groceries.
Breckenridge vacation deals include affordable lodging, such as vacation rentals. A weekly stay in a Breckenridge vacation rental is cheaper than most local hotels, and offers lots more room for stretching out, stowing ski gear and shopping hauls, or simply resting from a day of hiking or skiing.
For more ways to save on your Breckenridge vacation, check out these tips:
- If you want to get cheap off-season rates on everything from attractions to accommodations, visit Breckenridge in September, October, May, or June.
- Enjoy even more Breckenridge vacation deals by spending more time enjoying the natural sights and less time in gift shops and other tourist traps. Most times of the year, walking around the town or driving to nearby Lake Dillon, Blue River, or Ten Mile Range is an inexpensive way to vacation here.
- If you plan to ski, scour the web for discounts on ski rentals and lift tickets before your arrival. You just might spot a special offer.
- Bring your own ski gear (or borrow from a friend or relative) instead of renting it on site.