Old-World Fun Chosen by a Local 'Muth'-er
Known for its Bavarian-style architecture, Frankenmuth is a popular visitor destination with tons of fun things to do! Whether you're looking for a unique day out with the family, mini stay-cation ideas, or just want to experience something new, we've got you covered.
1. Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
At the size of 1 ½ football fields, Bronner’s is the world’s largest Christmas store that is open 361 days a year. Be completely surrounded by the sights, sounds, and the spirit of Christmas as you browse through over 50,000 trims and gifts.
2. River Place Shops
Enjoy over 40 unique shops and attractions at Frankenmuth’s very own “German themed” outdoor shopping mall.
Some of our favorites include: The Ultimate Mirror Maze & Vault Laser Beam Challenge, Enchanted Forest, and The Stadium. Don't forget to stop by the Cherry Republic too for some great cherry food creations!
Did you know?
SEA LIFE, Michigan's largest aquarium, is only 50 minutes away from Frankenmuth! Just a short trip south down I-75.
3. Splash Village Hotel and Water Park
Even if you aren’t spending the night at the hotel, you can still purchase a day pass to enjoy the 50,000 square foot indoor water park! It has five water slides including a six-story family raft ride, a lazy river, an action river, sports pool, play pools for younger guests, and a large dump bucket which sends water crashing down upon the park several times in an hour.
4. Bavarian Inn Restaurant
There’s something special about coming to Bavarian Inn Restaurant to enjoy a home-cooked meal. Since 1888, more than 20 million guests have come to feast on their world-famous “all-you-can-eat” family-style dinners.
5. Kernel Benny's
Authentic, home-spun flavors that will take you back to a simpler time. Kernel Benny’s makes over 30 varieties of gourmet popcorn! Their classic kettle corn is always great, but you'll want to try some of their flavored popcorn as well. Some of our favorites are Captain's buttered rum, dark chocolate peanut butter, and cinnamon snickerdoodle. They also serve some great whiskey barrel coffee!
LEGOLAND Discovery Center
Michigan's ONLY Ultimate Indoor LEGO Playground is 50 minutes from Frankenmuth, too!
6. Weiss Centennial Farm
Learn about Michigan agriculture and the daily routine of a dairy farmer on a real farm! Or take a class in pretzel making or gingerbread haus creating. They also have a five acre corn maze open in September and October!
7. Zehnder's Snowfest
Visitors will enjoy larger-than-life snow sculptures and beautifully detailed ice carvings. With a warming tent, a fireworks display, petting zoo and children’s activities, there is entertainment for the entire family!
8. Horse Drawn Carriage Ride
Take a tour through downtown Frankenmuth via horse drawn carriage. Learn about the history of the town along the way!
9. Wilderness Trails Zoo
The Wilderness Trails Zoo takes visitors through 56 acres of natural surroundings to see exotic animals such as primates, zebras, lions, reptiles, and parrots. There is a petting area and parakeet encounter for an up close and personal experience with the animals.
10. The Iron Gate Emporium
The Iron Gate Emporium is a marketplace full of vintage, antique, shabby, and industrial items, plus "Made in Michigan" goods & just about everything in between.
11. Frankenmuth Brewery
Come relax, drink and dine from an exciting menu featuring craft entrées and classic favorites at Frankenmuth Brewery. For tastings and a full brewery experience, the taproom provides the opportunity to enjoy 21 draft beers complimented by an inspired craft-centric menu!
12. Bavarian Belle Riverboat
Climb aboard the Bavarian Belle and enjoy a 1-hour historical narrated tour of the Frankenmuth area on a fully restored 150-passenger vessel! The boat departs every 90 minutes from early May to Mid-October.
13. Frankenmuth Aerial Park
The Frankenmuth Aerial Park is eager to provide the thrill and excitement of a combination ropes course and zip line for family entertainment. Participants fly through the air, swing through trees and challenge themselves on an aerial obstacle course. Enjoy multi-skill leveled challenges through the trees while onlookers and climbers alike delight in the serenity of the wooded park.