Breckenridge, CO, is a world-renowned ski destination and a fabulous year-round getaway. But there’s more to this exciting town than thrilling winter sports! As you walk through the downtown area, you’ll be surprised to discover historic buildings, shops, art galleries, and fun things to do. Tour the Breckenridge Historic District and travel back in time to when it was a charming, Victorian mining town. You can learn about the Gold Rush era and see a whole new side of this fantastic Colorado destination! Take a look at all our amazing rentals today and start planning your trip to Breckenridge!
How to Spend the Day Exploring the Breckenridge Historic District
Learn About Breckenridge’s History at the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
Breckenridge was founded in 1859, originally a mining town that provided prospectors a home base during the Gold Rush. Gold was first found at the Blue River Plaza, and afterward, thousands of men left their wives and families to flock to the promised land in the heart of Colorado. Nowadays, you can learn about the town’s fascinating history at the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Gaymon Cabin. The Heritage Alliance is the perfect resource for discovering our area’s past, offering tours for history buffs and curious visitors alike.
Tour the Historic District
Breckenridge Heritage Alliance tours are the perfect activity. Take a break from the slopes and enjoy a fabulous time-travel experience! The Walk Through History Tour takes you on a guided tour of the Historic District and the Conservation District. The Breckenridge Historic District began in 1980 and is the largest of its kind in the state of Colorado. You’ll get to know the historic character of Breckenridge through the city’s old buildings, log cabins, Victorian-age architecture, and other historic sites. As you stroll down Main Street, you’re sure to gather some interesting anecdotes on the way.
The Swinging Doors Saloon Tour focuses on the seedier side of history. During this tour, you’ll explore a distillery tasting room among the many saloon buildings. If you prefer spooky adventure, then the Haunted Tour is for you! Stroll through the Historic District and prepare to meet the ghosts of former residents — if you dare.
Visit the Museums
After your tour, dive in deeper into history at one of Breckenridge’s many museums. Start at the Barney Ford Victorian Home and watch the Civil Rights movement come alive before your eyes. Or, walk to the Edwin Carter Discovery Center to explore local wildlife and discover taxidermy artifacts from Professor Edwin Carter, a local 19th-century miner turned environmentalist.
End your journey at the Country Boy Mine and get ready for an incredible adventure. You can step into the shoes of the miners and have an authentic gold mine experience! Enjoy a guided tour 1,000 feet underground, view the exhibits and the general store, and even learn how to pan for gold.
Have an Unforgettable Stay in Breckenridge
Staying in the heart of Breckenridge is a must if you want to experience the Historic District to its fullest! Luckily, Bighorn Rentals has the perfect place to stay. Cimarron 403 is a high-end condo in downtown Breck that can sleep up to six people. It features two comfortable bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and a large deck with stunning views of the mountain. It’s everything you need for a getaway with friends or a family vacation!
The Cimarron Condo is just minutes away from Breckenridge’s Main Street, so you’ll be within walking distance of all the fabulous museums and other attractions we mentioned in this blog. Plus, there are plenty of restaurants, art galleries, and shops in town! Don’t miss out on this opportunity. Click on the link below and start planning your visit today!