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Free Things to in Summit County
50 Free Things To Do in Summit County, Colorado
Summit County Vacation Guide

Free Things to Do in Summit County


1. Travel back in time at the Historic Park and Museum. Experience how the first settlers lived, walk through a schoolhouse, jail and chapel, or (for only a quarter) watch a train travel through Frisco 100 years ago. 2nd & Main St., (970) 668-428

2. Visit eight historic attractions within walking distance of downtown. Pick up a map at the Information Center. 300 Main St., (970) 668-5547

3. Play and picnic at one of Frisco's seven parks. Most offer tables, shelters and grills.

4. Hike to one of Frisco's many trails. Explore Rainbow Lake, North Ten Mile, the Rec Path toGlassblowers at work Breckenridge or Dillon and Meadow Creek/Lilly Pad. Visit the Information Center for directions. 300 Main St., (970) 668-5547

5. Watch glass-blowing demonstrations at GatherHouse Glassblowing Studio & Gallery, where audience participation is encouraged. 110 2nd Ave., (970) 485-2909

6. Take your knitting needles to What's Needling U for free public knitting sessions Tuesday from 2 to 4pm. 279 Main St., (970) 668-0381,

7. See the county aboard the free Summit Stage shuttle. Pick up a bus schedule at the Info Center or view it online at

8. Grab some gear (and a Colorado fishing license) and fish local rivers.

9. Take the kids to Story Hour on Wednesdays at 10:30am at the Frisco Library. County Commons on Peak One Blvd., 970-668-5555

10. Stroll Main Street Frisco or Breckenridge for some prime window shopping. Most shores are locally owned and filled with unique items.

11. Feeling adventurous? Take your bike to the Frisco Bike Park and practice your skills in the pump tack and the dirt jumps. Open daily, weather permitting.

12. Take you discs to the 18-hole Peak One Disc Golf Course on the Peninsula Recreation Area. Open daily 6am-10pm during the summer.


13. Relax and take in the views along the Riverwalk just west of Main Street.

14. Take a historic walking tour of some of the town's earliest cabins, churches, courthouse and school. Visit or call (970) 453-2913 for tour times.

15. Housed in a 19th-century log cabin, stop by the Breckenridge Welcome Center and browse the museum while picking up info on activities, shopping and dining. 203 S. Main St., (970) 453-5579Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge, Colorado

16. Take your pooch to the dog park where he can run off-leash and hang with the locals. Carter Park, four blocks east of Main St., south end of High St.

17. Visit the Red, White & Blue Fire Museum and view equipment and uniforms from the earliest days of fire fighting. 308 N. Main St., (800) 980-1859

18. Bike the paved path from Breckenridge to Frisco. The 9.5-mile long trail is pedestrian-friendly and a popular summer route.

19. Stop at vehicle pullouts and snap some frame-worthy shots along scenic Boreas Pass or Hoosier Pass.

20. Attend Summer Kickoff Activities and Kingdom Days, June 15-17. Heritage celebration that honors Breck's mining past with Outhouse Races, concerts, gold panning and more., (970) 453-2913

21. Celebrate Breck Bike Week July 5-8 with guided group rides, bike-in movie nights, children's races and other free activities., (970) 453-2913

22. Take a scenic gondola ride. Enjoy spectacular views of Cucumber Gulch Preserve on you way up to the base of Peak 8.

Copper Mountain

23. Enjoy 3 Ring Weekend June 29 - July 1. The free family event features live music, a conscious carnival, kid-powered parade and fireworks.

24. Fridays at Copper June 15 - September 2 offer free evening concerts and outdoor movies.

25. Take a free round-trip ride on the American Eagle chairlift starting June 15. See for details.

26. Hike to the peak of Copper Mountain, stroll along the Colorado Trail or observe the plants and animals in the forest.


27. Soak up some of Colorado's 300 days of sunshine on the bike path around beautiful Lake Dillon.

28. Take free country dance lessons on Wednesday nights during the summer at the Lake Dillon
Amphitheatre. Donations appreciated.

29 Head to Town Park for a leisurely game of Bocce. If you're more committed you can join the local league!

30. Catch some live entertainment from 10:30am to 1pm at Dillon's summer Friday Farmers' Markets. Buffalo St.,

31. Fourth of July celebrations county-wide include live music, parades and spectacular fireworks. Dillon goes all out with pie and watermelon eating contests, a boat parade, free concert and fireworks display over Frisco Bay.

Sailing in Lake Dillon, Dillon, Colorado32. Browse the Dillon Arts Festival July 19th - 21st in downtown Dillon. Admission is free to this three-day festival showcasing 65 of Colorado and the nation's finest artists.

33. Dog lovers unite at the Marina Mutt Contest on Sept. 2. An afternoon of fun, as dog owner's show off their companions and compete for prizes at this familyfriendly event at the Dillon Marina.

34. Stop by the Summit Historical Society's old-fashioned ice cream social for 5˘ ice cream cones. Old Dillon Schoolhouse and Museum, 403 La Bonte St.

35. Catch the Sunset at the Summit Concert Series. Award-winning live music and a night of fun-filled
family entertainment. Saturdays, July 6 - Sept. 2,

36. Start your weekends at the Dillon Amphitheatre for free concerts on Friday nights throughout the

37. Soak in the incredible views from the easy hikes through the Dillon Nature Preserve. Trails include
educational signs about the history of the area, wildlife and native plants designed by Dillon Valley Elementary School 5th graders!


38. For stunning views of Lake Dillon Reservoir and the
Mountain Biking, Summit County, ColoradoTenmile Range, head up Swan Mountain Road to
Sapphire Point between Keystone and Breckenridge.

39. Ride Keystone's River Run Gondola up 11,640 feet for spectacular panoramic views of Lake Dillon,
Breckenridge and the surrounding mountains. Free
during the Friday Afternoon Club

40. Go on a scenic bike ride along one of Keystone's many bike trails. The Rossetter Trail is a three-mile path
around the Keystone Ranch Golf Course or ride a
paved trail all the way to Frisco around the reservoir.

41. Experience a free concert on select dates through the summer at the Budlight Concert Series in Keystone's River Run Village.

42. Take a picnic and take in the views at Keystone Lake.

43. Kidtopia Kidsfest is a great time to have free family
fun! Everything from petting zoos, train rides and
caricatures to face painters, balloon artists and crafts.


44. Rip it up at the Silverthorne Skate Park with rails, ramps and jumps. Or grab a seat on the sidelines and watch the pros. 430 Rainbow Dr.

45. 45 Visit the Silverthorne Mountain Market. A good old fashioned locals Flea Market.

46. Drop in and enjoy a game at the Rainbow Park Sand Volleyball Courts. The courts are open from dawn to dusk late May through mid September. 431 Rainbow Dr.

47. Head to the Kids Fishing Derby on June 1 at 9am. Bring your poles, bait, and skills for a morning of fishing fun at the Trent Park pond.


48. Walk the easy, family-friendly 2-mile loop around Cataract Lake that travels through fields of wildflowers, thick spruce-fir forest, and past the beautiful cascades of Cataract Creek and falls.


49. Local artisans display arts and crafts, antiques, jewelry, homemade gifts and more at Leadville's Ye Olde Flea Market on June 15. Food booths and activities make it a great day out for the whole family. 10am to 4 pm. Healy House (719) 486-0487

50 Visit Leadville for their annual Boom Days Celebration. The event takes place August 2-4 this year and will include a parade, food and craft fair, pancake breakfast, burro races and much more free family fun.

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