- Things to Do
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Comfort food known around the globe crowns this Frankenmuth food scene — come ready to sink your teeth into two delicious options!
Situated directly across the street from one another, both Zehnder's of Frankenmuth and Bavarian Inn Restaurant serve world-famous, family-style chicken dinners. Both pay homage to German heritage, both serve authentic German delights like Schnitzel and Sauerbraten, and both offer exquisite dining experiences.
So, Zehnder's or Bavarian Inn? The answer can only be both! Set aside time to experience each and be sure to explore their lower-level shops and delightful bakeries.
Whether you'll zoom down waterslides together or take a relaxing river cruise, Frankenmuth has water play perfected.
Dive right into the 50,000-square-foot mecca that is Zehnder's Splash Village Hotel & Waterpark — one of only a few waterparks in the nation offering two distinct waterparks in one, both with a retractable roof! Or, ride the waterslides and enjoy indoor, 18-hole mini-golf at Bavarian Inn Lodge, home to the largest family fun center inside any Midwest hotel.
Or, stay dry, but still enjoy the picturesque Cass River that flows through Frankenmuth on a narrated sightseeing tour aboard the Bavarian Belle Riverboat, a Wine & Chocolate Tasting River Tour with Frankenmuth FunShips, or a self-guided paddle with Frankenmuth Kayak Adventures.
Test your limits, soar to new heights, and feel like you're flying! An obstacle course set high in the treetops with options for all skill levels, this wooded park combines ladders, rope bridges, and ziplines for the ultimate adventure!
Book the PedAle Trolley for a city tour of Frankenmuth (perhaps a pub crawl) on their 16-passenger trolley bike. Too few riders to fill the trolley? Try single seats on their Thursday- or Saturday-evening bar-hopping tours!
An absolute must while you're here, snuggle in for a horse-drawn carriage ride through the streets of Frankenmuth with Fantasy Carriage Company, just south of Zehnder's Restaurant, or Frankenmuth Carriage Company, by the Bavarian Inn Glockenspiel Tower.
Speaking of the Bavarian Inn Glockenspiel Tower, a 35-bell carillon and illuminated clock with figurine movement (all imported from Germany), enjoy when it chimes daily at 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m., and 9 p.m.
The German word for cheers, be sure to raise your glass while at Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie. Dine indoors or out, and build your own tasting boards to enjoy with tap wines. And don't leave Frankenmuth without wine tasting at St. Julian, or without slipping into Frankenmuth Brewery — America's oldest microbrewery — for fifteen brews on tap, including nine seasonal, special release, and experimental ones.Read More +
Styled in Frankenmuth's European village theme, experience more than 40 unique storefronts at Frankenmuth River Place Shops. Have an old-time photo taken, taste gourmet cupcakes, fudge, and toffee, or even enjoy a wine tasting "mixperience" with Modern Craft Winery while you browse inside Michigan's largest bead store, Bead Haven.
From the year-round Frankenmuth Farmers Market to the Frankenmuth Cheese Haus and its 270 cheeses (including chocolate-flavored cheese), to clothing inside Adorn Boutique, Rapunzel's, or White House Boutique, enjoy all the many options for shopping in Frankenmuth!
Not only can you experience the wonder of the Christmas season 361 days a year at Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland, but the magical location offers more than 50,000 trims and gifts (many customizable) that make perfect souvenirs from your Frankenmuth getaway!
Watch taffy pulled and fudge hand-paddled right before your eyes! Pop into Zak & Mac's Chocolate Haus, Frankenmuth Taffy Kitchen, or Frankenmuth Fudge Kitchen and choose something tasty for the trip home.
Bringing the kids? Add these outings to your list!
Save time to tour Grandpa Tiny’s Farm, a working historical farm where you can pet (and even help feed) all kinds of adorable farm animals!
Beat the heat and splash for free at Frankenmuth Jaycee Spray Park, where water play is fully accessible for all ages & abilities!
Find your way through twists & turns inside Ultimate Mirror Maze, then try The Vault Laser Beam Challenge and on-site River Sweets Candy. Or, play more than 40 arcade games inside River Place Game Room and find delicious rewards at SugarHigh Bakery and SugarRush Sweets & Treats!
Climb in the car, pajamas and all, and end your evening with waffle cones from Jaami’s Ice Cream & Treats as you take a drive down 25 Christmas Lane — Bronner’s half-mile holiday light display that shines bright every night of the year!
Whether you'll ride through on a riverboat or a charming, horse-drawn carriage — you're sure to enjoy your getaway in Michigan's Little Bavaria! Learn More
Find yourself immersed in German heritage, dine on world-famous flavors, experience Michigan's oldest microbrewery, indulge in fantasy carriage rides, and remember what it feels like to unwind. You’re in Frankenmuth for the weekend with nothing but time, and good times are definitely ahead!Read More +
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 +
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