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8 ways to live it up in Silverthorne this summer (sponsored)

There's a lot to do around here — so much to do that sometimes it's hard to focus on planning the perfect day. The good news is you don't have to do much planning to enjoy Silverthorne. But we've come up with this list to help make your daily decisions about where to have the most fun a little easier.

Catch a show

The $9 million, 16,000-square-foot Silverthorne Performing Arts Center opened last year. Home to Lake Dillon Theatre Company, this venue is the town's newest action-packed landmark featuring multiple theatres, arts education labs, an orchestral pit, reception lobby, bar and more. For performance information and tickets, visit http://www.lakedillontheatre.org.

Dine and imbibe

From sunny patios to craft beers to gourmet creations, Silverthorne's dining and imbibing scene is here to please. Bring your dog to Angry James Brewery's patio for fresh, craft beers, try a brew or a pub plate at Bakers' Brewery, or opt for wine, pizzas and pasta at Sauce on the Blue. A full list of Silverthorne restaurants can be found on the town's website.

First Friday events

Live music, food, cultural arts and fun for the entire family is part of the First Friday identity in Silverthorne. On the first Friday of every month, the town celebrates its community with various parties. From cycling to art festivals to live music to block parties, First Friday never disappoints. Visit the town's events page on its website for details.

Bike the Blue River Trail

A quintessential Silverthorne experience is biking the beautiful Blue River Trail, a 3-5-mile paved trail perfect for all ages and abilities. Catch views of people fly-fishing in the river, or local ospreys soaring above. This trail is mostly flat so it's doable for all ability levels. Visit Pioneer Sports in Silverthorne for local bike rentals, http://www.pioneersportscolorado.com.

Enjoy the Recreation Center

With amenities including a gymnasium, indoor track, fitness equipment and a large aquatics area, the Silverthorne Recreation Center, located at 430 Rainbow Drive., is a rare indoor recreation experience in town. The lobby features free wi-fi, which also expands into the cardio and weight rooms. Bonus for parents: there's on-site child care, too. Visit the town's website for information on hours and fees.

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Shop the Outlets

Mountain towns are often known for high-end retail stores with price tags to match, which makes the Outlets at Silverthorne a true diamond in the rough. The Outlets offer savings as high as 70 percent off retail, and the mix of stores has every retail desire covered. From outdoor clothing to high fashion to accessories, the Outlets have you covered. For store information, visit http://www.outletsatsilverthorne.com.

Fish the Blue River

The gold medal waters of the Blue River offer some of the best fishing in Colorado. From secluded sections with waterfalls to fishing holes right in the middle of the Outlets at Silverthorne (with plenty of spectators watching from the pedestrian bridge), casting a line on the Blue River is an anglers' dream.

Spend a day at North Pond Park

This five-acre park at the intersection of Highway 9 and Hamilton Creek Road is a special town gem. This wetland and pond area is the perfect place to relax, take a dip in the chilly water or try balancing on a stand-up paddleboard. Bring a picnic and keep your eyes out for the resident nesting osprey.