Breckenridge, Colorado is a giant wonderland of activities, from premier skiing to nationally popularized events, the sky’s the limit. However, vacation budgets usually come with some limitations, so take a look at a few things Breckenridge offers that can help maximize both budget and fun.
- Barney Ford House Museum tour: The Barney Ford House Museum honors Barney L. Ford, an escaped slave who prospered and became a prominent entrepreneur and black civil rights leader in Colorado. Later becoming one of Breckenridge’s most successful entrepreneurs in his time. The house was built in 1882 and now fully restored to its original Victorian state.
- Breckenridge Kayak Park: The 1800-foot Breckenridge Kayak Park is the longest in the state and includes 15 water features that challenge all levels of boaters. The park is in the Blue River, just east of the Recreation Center and is open free of charge as conditions permit
- Breckenridge Mountain Bike Freeride Park: This entry-level, free ride stunt park, one of the first five parks permitted on public lands in the nation, has become an example to many municipalities in Colorado and across the country.
- National Repertory Orchestra: Free “Brown Bag Lunch” and “Porch Series” concerts: The NRO performs two full orchestra concerts each week in Breckenridge’s beautiful Riverwalk Center between late June and mid-August.Taking part in smaller chamber concerts during the festival, and the full orchestra plays at several other locations in the state, as well.
- Second Saturdays in the Breckenridge Arts District: Second Saturday is a nod to the First Fridays of the great art cities of the United States. This is a social and cultural event that showcases great art, and presents an opportunity to visit with and meet new people.
- Self-guided historic walking tours of town: The Breckenridge Historic District is an excellent representation of commercial, residential, and religious structures of the gold mining era with 249 structures. These facades include architectural examples of Victorian-era mining town; new construction also reflects the historic character of Breckenridge.
- The newly renovated Edwin Carter Museum tour: Edwin Carter came to Breckenridge in 1868 seeking gold and fortune, but his goals changed when he saw the devastation mining had on the environment and local wildlife. Carter became a taxidermist and collected thousands of Rocky Mountain animal specimens in his museum, which doubled as his home. In 2010, the Carter Museum was the recipient of the prestigious Caroline Bancroft History Award from the Colorado Historical Society.
- Fishing in the Blue River: Beginning on the upper reaches of Hoosier Pass, the Blue River flows north through Breckenridge and Silverthorne on its way to its confluence with the Colorado River. During its trek north, the Blue fills two reservoirs and features many different fishing environments
Explore Breckenridge’s history, culture and community in a variety of budget-friendly ways.
Posted on March 26th, 2012.