- Things to Do
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Know Before You Go: The weather won’t matter one bit inside Frankenmuth’s epic indoor waterparks! Dive into 50,000 square feet of family fun & high fives inside Zehnder's Splash Village Hotel & Waterpark with tube slides, lazy rivers, 400-gallon dumping buckets, an on-site arcade, Elk Hollow Cafe, and more! Splash Village offers half- or full-day waterpark passes, and family packages, too!
Or whoop it up inside the largest Family Fun Center in any Midwest hotel at Bavarian Inn Lodge and forget about the weather with four indoor pools, two water slides, an 18-hole indoor mini-golf course, and a two-story Children’s Village play area!
Breakfast: Every family member will find happiness inside Honey B's Eatery with Steak ‘n’ Eggs, Quinoa + Cauliflower Hash, and six kinds of pancakes including Vegan, Lavender, and Chocolate Chip! Or follow your noses into the lower-level bakeries at Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth or Bavarian Inn Restaurant for fresh-baked breakfast sweets & treats — and enjoy perusing downstairs gift shops with apparel, wines, cheeses, and unique gifts for kids and “big kids”.
Mid-Morning: Watch their eyes light up inside Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland, an epicenter of merriment with more than 50,000 trims and gifts — including personalized ornaments, the perfect family souvenir! Take the kiddos into Toyberg for giggles of delight, wooden toys, and puzzles, and step into Rau's Country Store to find nostalgic candies the whole family will love!
Lunch: Catch lunch inside Pasty Haus for pasties, brats, paninis, corndogs, and tasty bubble tea, or head into T-Dub's for pizza and specialty sandwiches served with fries or house-made salt & vinegar chips. Enjoy Sicilian pizza, homemade pasta, and hearty sandwiches inside Tiffany's Food & Spirits, complete with a Kid’s Menu (and selections from grilled cheese to linguine pesto).
Mid-Afternoon: Experience the flavors of Frankenmuth together! Taste delicious taffy and fudge, prepared right in front of your eyes, at Frankenmuth Fudge Kitchen, Frankenmuth Taffy Kitchen, and Zak & Mac’s Chocolate Haus. Enjoy hands-on fun as “German bakers” inside the Bavarian Inn Restaurant with a Pretzel Rolling Experience! Your family will learn traditional rolling methods and technique, and you can eat your piping-hot creation once it’s baked!
Whether it’s sweltering or sub-zero outside, visit Frankenmuth River Place Shops for more than 40 indoor shops all in one place! Find your way through 2,000 square feet of twists & turns at Ultimate Mirror Maze — then try The Vault Laser Beam Challenge and on-site River Sweets Candy! Play more than 40 arcade games inside River Place Game Room and find “sweet rewards” at SugarHigh Bakery and SugarRush Sweets & Treats.
Dinner: With German music in the air and inviting aromas all around you, forget about the bad weather and experience “Little Bavaria” as your family dines on world-famous chicken dinners, fittingly served family style, at Bavarian Inn Restaurant or Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth.
Evening: After dinner, spend time together throughout the lower levels of either restaurant to shop baked goods, unique gifts, and souvenirs. Bring the family into Frankenmuth Brewery for “dog-gone good” Frankie’s Root Bier, a craft soda brewed in small batches, and discover award-winning craft brews on tap for the “big kids”!
Or, end your evening with hand-rolled waffle cones from Jaami's Ice Cream & Treats as you take a family drive down Bronner’s 25 Christmas Lane to enjoy more than 100,000 twinkling lights and animated decorations any time of the year!
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Travel to Frankenmuth, Michigan for a weekend with your family and be ready for all kinds of over-the-top fun! This town is known as “Little Bavaria”, but it’s home to two of Michigan’s top indoor waterparks and the world’s largest Christmas store, making it a must-stop for more than 3 million who visit annually.Read More +