Known for its snow sports, outdoor adventure, and rich mining and frontier history, Breckenridge, Colorado has something for everyone. If you’re on a trip to Breckenridge with the kids, you’ll find an array of museums, adventure centers, play zones, outdoor tours, and nature activities for all ages, so you can make memories on your vacation. Whether young or old, your kids will love finding thrills with snowmobiling or zip lining, fishing in lakes and reservoirs, learning about haunted history, or hiking wilderness trails. Find out the top family activities in Breckenridge to plan your itinerary.

1. Learn about railroad history at Highline Railroad Park

The High Line Railroad Park and Museum is a fascinating museum that was vital to Breckenridge’s western history. When you visit, you can see a variety of historic engines and memorabilia, including a restored rotary snowplow. The museum also has a park and playground where kids can burn off some energy. Be sure to take some photos of the family with the historic trains for memorable vacation souvenirs.

2. Explore the Mountain Top Children’s Museum

The Mountain Top Children’s Museum is a fun-filled museum dedicated to kids. The museum features interactive exhibits that enhance learning, curiosity, creativity, and thought for children under the age of 10. Many of the exhibits are focused on the history and culture of the Rockies, such as the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Exhibit. The kids will also like exhibits like Tot Spot, a play area with toys designed for children under 3, and Creation Station, an interactive craft area.

3. Enjoy a Wild West Tour

What kid wouldn’t love being transported to the frontier days and the adventures of being a cowboy? Breckenridge Tours offers a Wild West Tour for families that features historic sites and trivia about the Wild West era in Breckenridge. When you arrive for the tour, be prepared to immerse yourself in history with a knowledgeable, costumed guide who’s ready to teach you all about the frontier past of the region.

4. Swim and play at the Breckenridge Recreation Center’s Aquatic Center

No matter the season, a day at the pool at the Breckenridge Recreation Center Aquatic Center is fun for the whole family. The Aquatics Center features 2 pools and 2 spas for all ages. The smaller pool offers a depth of 0’ to 3’6”, so even young children can swim. You’ll also find a water park with a 2-story waterslide, a lazy river, and a vortex pool. There’s also a mini rock-climbing wall and a rope swing.

5. See the landscape from above from the BreckConnect Gondola

During the summer months, you can get panoramic views of the mountains and valleys in Breckenridge with a ride on the BreckConnect Gondola. The gondola travels up the mountain to Epic Discovery, an adventure center where you can ride an alpine rollercoaster, zip line, or play miniature golf. One of the best aspects of the gondola ride is seeing the wildlife in the area, such as moose, elk, and wolves.

6. Play outside at the Blue River Plaza

Blue River Plaza is a scenic spot with a sandbox and play area for young children, as well as swimming spots on the Blue River. The river runs down the mountain to Maggie Pond, a fun recreation site where visitors swim, fish, and enjoy watersports. You’ll find plenty of outfitters in town that offer licensing, bait, equipment, and local guides. Maggie Pond also has sports outfitters with kayak and paddleboard rentals.

7. Visit a theme room

Theme rooms are a fun activity for the whole family. You’ll find plenty of themed escape rooms in Breckenridge that offer activities for all ages and immersive puzzle experiences that are sure to create lasting memories. During your visit, you’ll get clues to answer questions, solve puzzles, and work together to escape the room. Some of the themes include the Avalanche Survival Cabin, Search for Sasquatch, and the Paranormal Mystery of Breckenridge.

8. Go sledding at the Carter Park sledding hill

Whether you want a break from the slopes or you need child-friendly activities in the snow, snow tubing and sledding are fun ways to get outside. Breckenridge has a sledding and tubing hill near downtown, Carter Park at Breckenridge Recreation Center, where you can grab a toboggan, saucer, or sled of your choice and enjoy the adrenaline rush of gliding down the hill. Carter Park also has a dog park, soccer fields, volleyball, and tennis courts, and an event pavilion for outdoor recreation during warmer months.

9. Go ice skating at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena

The Stephen C. West Ice Arena at Breckenridge Recreation Center offers 2 options for ice skating all year. You can skate in the indoor rink in any season and the outdoor rink during the fall and winter months. The ice arena is a popular spot for families with children of all ages. If you need skates, the arena offers inexpensive skate rentals. For more fun on the ice, the Stephen C. West Ice Arena has year-round hockey leagues, curling, and broomball that you can watch.

10. Take the kids whitewater rafting

Whitewater rafting is an exciting outdoor adventure for families with older children. Breckenridge offers a range of whitewater rafting trips that are tailored to different age groups and skill levels, so the whole family can join in the fun. You’ll find trips that take you on the water for hours, short trips suited to younger children, and everything in between. If it’s your first time, you’ll appreciate having a guide to take you on the river and ensure you have a fun and safe experience.

11. Get spooked on a ghost tour

Breckenridge is a historic town with a lot of lore, making it an ideal destination for ghost tours. Several attractions in the town are rumored to be haunted, such as the Briggle House, the Valley Brook Cemetery, and the Preston Ghost Town. Each of these places has its own fascinating backstory and tales of ghosts and paranormal activity. When you book a ghost tour, you’ll have a spooky experience exploring the haunted places in town and learning about the town’s past. Ghost tours are available from tour groups and take place seasonally or all year long.

12. Unleash your artistic side at BreckCreate

Despite being known for its outdoor adventure, Breckenridge has long been a hub for creatives, artists, musicians, and writers. If you want to get in touch with your artistic side alongside the kids, BreckCreate offers an array of workshops, classes, and experiences for arts and crafts for all ages. You’ll find toddler classes, drawing classes, printmaking classes, egg-decorating activities, jewelry-making workshops, and more, so you can nurture your kids' creativity and take home unique souvenirs.

13.Tour a historic mine at Country Boy Mine

Country Boy Mine is a historic mine offering a real gold-mining tour that you can take with the kids. When you visit, you’ll descend 1,000 feet into one of the state’s most famous mines to learn about mining history and pan for real gold. The best part is that you keep what you find. Country Boy Mine offers a lot of other exciting experiences, such as extreme sledding, sled racing, snowshoe treasure hunts, and monster-truck sleigh rides.

14. Take a hike in the Breckenridge woodlands

Breckenridge’s woodlands offer hiking trails, wildlife, and nature exploration for the whole family. You can find hiking trails that are perfect for little legs and give you a chance to unplug and take in the scenery. Stop at the visitor’s center to check out ideas for hiking with kids, scavenger hunts, and trail maps to plan your outdoor adventure. Some of the best trails for families include the Iowa Hill Mine Trail, a historic trail with abandoned mining sites, and Sawmill Trail, a gentle trail that’s ideal for beginner hikers.

15. Listen to stories at the South Branch Library

If you want to escape the cold, library storytime is a lovely family activity. The South Branch Library hosts a dedicated room for storytime and an array of books to choose from. You’ll also find a small-scale plastic playground for young children. The library hosts regular education events for kids as well, such as crafts workshops, illustration classes, and computer coding classes.

16. Go dog sledding

Breckenridge has some of the best dog sledding in all of Colorado. A treat for kids and adults alike, a dog-sledding excursion takes you on an adventure in the backcountry to see winter forests, wildlife, and historic sites, all while being pulled by a team of gorgeous huskies. Tours are hosted by professional guides who teach you the ropes and offer their knowledge of the area and its history. The best part of a tour is that you’ll switch off between mushing, riding the sled, and riding in front of the dog sled team with the guide.

17. Take a sleigh ride

Sleigh rides are a magical way to experience the winter wonderland of Breckenridge. You can book a variety of sleigh rides that offer scenic trails, dinner, and other events. Kids will love gliding through the snow as they're being pulled by majestic horses and seeing the scenery. Dinner sleigh rides are a great choice for families. You'll enjoy dinner in a heated tent and a sleigh ride with draft horses that also includes hot chocolate and a warm blanket. You could also book private sleigh rides or sleigh rides that include dinner and a theater show for a memorable day and night out.

18. Try a snowshoe hike

Snowshoeing is a low-key snow activity that takes you out into the wilderness to explore trails and see wildlife in its natural habitat. While snowshoeing is a workout, it’s less intimidating than adventure sports for young children and provides a fun outdoor activity for the whole family. Snowshoe tours last a few hours and travel through different parts of the backcountry, depending on your skill level. You can book guided group tours for all ages or opt for a self-guided tour using just a trail map.

19. Go zip-lining in the mountains

What better way to experience the beauty of the Rocky Mountains than with a zip-line tour? When you zip line over the High Country, you’ll enjoy once-in-a-lifetime views of the Continental Divide and Colorado’s tallest peaks. The adrenaline rush is sure to excite kids of all ages as well. For more adventure, pair your zip-line tour with other outdoor adventure tours, such as prospecting or snowmobiling.

20. Find great fishing spots

The waterways and ponds in Breckenridge are the perfect places for a day of fishing with the family. The mountain town is known for some of the best fishing spots in the country, whether you’re taking the little ones out for the first time or looking for serious angling with older kids. The Dillon Reservoir is a top spot that boasts brown trout, rainbow trout, kokanee salmon, and arctic char, as well as 26 miles of shoreline. You’ll also like Lower Cataract Lake, a lake near the wilderness with restrooms, campsites, and numerous fishing spots to catch cutthroat trout.