Breckenridge Water Fun: 6 Activities Families Can’t Miss
When the snow melts, Breck transforms from a winter wonderland to a destination full of warm-weather outdoor activities. One of the best ways to enjoy them is to take advantage of all the water recreation the area offers. From lakes to public pools, families have plenty of options for a full day or week of fun on the water. Get ready to soak up the sun, and check out the top Breckenridge water activities for your family vacation.
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Rent a Boat and Sail Away
To get started, drive 30 minutes north to the Dillon Reservoir. Home to Lake Dillon, which features 26 miles of shoreline, houses two marinas that offer boat and equipment rentals. Frisco Bay Marina offers a classic boat tour for groups as large as five where they can sit back and see locals’ favorite scenic spots. Dillon Marina – named the world’s highest deep-water marina – offers four boat tours, including daytime, sunset, women and wine, and historic tours. Additionally, both marinas provide visitors with options for renting speed and sail boats, as well as provides storage and classes. Those who need to get from one marina to the other should ride the Lake Dillon Water Taxi.
Cast a Fly
Colorado’s waters are home to some of the best fly fishing in the Rocky Mountains. One top spot for fishing in Breckenridge is the Blue River, which runs south to north through the heart of the city. Several companies offer guided fly-fishing trips, ranging from two-hour intros to half- and full-day adventures.
Two options include Breckenridge Outfitters and Mountain Angler, both based in Breckenridge. Families with children should try the two-hour walk and wade Breckenridge Outfitters option, which includes a gentle walk into the waters and gear. Mountain Angler also offers several fly-fishing trips and serves Breck as well as Vail, Frisco, and Dillon. Possible catches include brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout.
Relax in a Kayak
Ideal for small groups, kayaking provides a less intense way to see the area. Both Lake Dillon and Blue River welcome kayakers of all ages, and guests can rent everything they need for a day riding the water. Located east of the Breckenridge Recreation Center, families will find Kayak Park, one of the largest in the state. This free 1,800-foot park features 15 manmade water features along the Blue River suited for kayakers of all ages.
If visiting Lake Dillon, check out Adventure Paddle Tours, which has several tour options from 1.5-hour family trips into the Meadow Creek Preserve to overnight packages. Another popular Breckenridge water activity is the Island tour, a 2.5-hour trip around the Frisco Bay. Looking for a romantic activity? Try the sunset kayak tour where guests see eagles, ospreys and mallards before heading to the Island Grill for dinner.
Try Whitewater Rafting
Thrill-seekers can’t miss the chance for an action-packed whitewater rafting trip. Rafting ranks as one of the top things to with kids, and Breck offers a variety of trips available for different age ranges and skills. Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting takes guests on the Blue River for 3 miles of adventure and Gore Range mountain views. Visitors should expect to experience about the entire process, including changing into wet suits, getting safety tips and learning how to paddle as a group. Other top-rated rafting excursions include AVA and Performance Tours Whitewater Rafting, home to more advanced options. Don’t expect to stay dry either!
Standup Paddleboarding, a.k.a. SUP, has become a favorite among the top Breckenridge water activities due to the area’s calm waters. Families may rent boards from several local outfitters, or plan a special SUP tour through the area. Standup Paddle Colorado hosts tours at Lake Dillon where guests experience a two-hour tour complete with an educational clinic and scenic rides.
In addition to tours, visitors can try SUP yoga, a fun twist on traditional practice. Meta Yoga Studios hosts SUP yoga classes on Maggie Pond, only a few minutes away from Main Street Station. The studio supplies the boards and equipment, and participants should bring sun protection and an extra change of clothes and towels in case they get wet.
Swim and Soak
Those looking for a place to swim or soak should check out the Breckenridge Recreation Center. Home to two pools and two spas, the rec center offers guests an alternative to natural water recreation. Families will find both leisure and lap pools ideal for playing, exercise or just relaxing. Kids will love the leisure pool, as it houses a lazy river stream, basketball hoop and vortex pool. The outdoor spa, open to those 16 and older, features 2,000 gallons of water kept at around 104 degrees. This spot provides a place to unwind and enjoy views of the Tenmile Mountain Range located next to the spa.