Things To Do In Frankenmuth Michigan
This post was most recently updated on October 17th, 2019
Frankenmuth is a quaint village situated in central Michigan. It is also known as the German town in Michigan since it was settled by a group of German immigrants. The town has retained its heritage and culture over the years after being established in 1845.
With beautiful storybook like shops and restaurants lining the streets, it’s no wonder it has been nicknamed “Michigans Little Bavaria”.
Best things To Do In Frankenmuth
There is always lots of things to do in Frankenmuth. It’s a great place to visit for either couples or families. I came here with my sister one weekend for a girls getaway. Our parents brought us a few times when we were younger. So we thought we’d check it out to see how much it has changed over the years.
The architecture is still just as beautiful. But the Frankenmuth Christmas store has grown like crazy! Plus they’ve added a lot more attractions like the waterparks and an Aerial Park.
The cost for an adult in the Frankenmuth Aerial Park is $39 on the weekends. And you can climb the ropes and zipline through the woods for up to 2 hours. They’ve got 6 different courses depending on your skill level or how brave you are. Some are up to 35 feet off the ground!
Definitely try to spend a couple nights here. It will give you a nice length of time to experience the sites and check out some of the delicious bakeries, cafes and restaurants
Oktoberfest In Frankenmuth
Every year Frankenmuth celebrates Oktoberfest in September. Complete with authentic entertainment, dancing and most importantly German beer! So if you can’t make it to Germany, Michigan is always another option.
The cost is $10 to get in, and tickets are always available at the gate. Then they have shuttle service after to all the Frankenmuth hotels.
When To Go
Summer is the perfect time to go to Frankenmuth due to the fact that all the shops and activities will be open. Certain activites are seasonal and close up for the winter. But if you like fewer crowds, you can still find enough to do in the winter. Plus the hotel rates go down in the off season.
One activity thats only available in the summer is a wine and chocolate tasting tour on the river in an electric powered boat. Or if you get tired of walking around all day, you can take a narrated tour on the famous Bavarian Belle Paddlewheel Riverboat. The cost is $12 for adults and you will learn a lot of the history of Frankenmuth in an hour. Very relaxing and definitely worth it.
What To See In Frankenmuth, Michigan
First of all, take a stroll around all the various fudge, chocolate, and taffy stores. I’m still dreaming of going back just to try more of the chocolates. Then you could go to Frankenmuth Brewery for a tour and try their award winning beers. Or maybe take a scenic horse-drawn carriage ride back in time.
Where To Eat
A trip to Frankenmuth wouldn’t be complete without trying their world famous chicken dinners. We highly recommend the Bavarian Inn. The servers wear authentic attire and you will not go away hungry with this all-you-can-eat meal. Also we love that they include some vegetarian options on their menu.
While your there, have a look at the Glockenspiel Tower that was imported from Germany. Every day at 12, 3, 6, and 9pm, you can hear it ring.
Just across from the Tower is a 239 foot covered bridge. This bridge was built similar to the Black Forest style. How cute is this!
Activities For Children
Families will love the indoor waterparks at the Bavarian Inn Lodge, or Zehnder’s Splash Village. The mirror maze at the River Place Shops. Zip lining at the Adventure Park.
Or visiting Rau’s Country Store for their huge selection of nostalgic candy and gifts. This will definitely take you back to your childhood remembering all the penny candies.
Bronner’s Christmas Store
Not to be missed when you first arrive in town, is the Bronner’s Christmas Store. They are the world’s largest Christmas store. Situated on 27 acres, complete with over 50000 decorations and strands of lights illuminating the outdoors every night of the year.
Inside you’ll find everything Christmas imaginable displayed in over one and half football field size rooms. Complete with your favourite Christmas music that will stick in your head for hours. It really is something to see.
Where To Stay In Frankenmuth
Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn– A Bavarian style hotel with an indoor waterpark and world famous dinners. A great option for family’s with kids. Book ahead though if you’re planning on coming in the summer.
Marv Herzog Hotel-Another Bavarian style hotel with a free hot breakfast and a riverside beer garden in a gorgeous setting. Each evening guests can join in on the evening reception complete with free beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks.
Drury Inn and Suites Frankenmuth– Also comes with a free breakfast and evening socials. Plus an indoor pool and whirlpool.
Where To Eat Lunch
Pasty Haus- delicious savoury and sweet pasties. Ours came with a scoop of ice cream for dessert.
La Crepe du Jour- small cafe with warm, fresh crepes
Where To Eat Dinner
Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn– all-you-can-eat chicken dinners
Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth-famous chicken dinners with a costume character named “fritz”
People drive from all over just to try the chicken dinners. And as a result there is usually line ups. But due to the size of their restaurants, you never have to wait long.
Birch Run Outlet Mall
Another popular place to visit in the area is the Birch Run Outlet Mall. Located just a short 8 miles south of Frankemuth. If you want to spent the night at Birch Run, there are 7 Birch Run hotels to choose from.
After a weekend in Frankenmuth, one option is to head north and check out Mackinac Island. It is 210 miles and will take you 3 hours to get to St. Ignace in the upper peninsula. Then it’s a 16 minute scenic ferry ride over to the island. You can read all about our weekend on Mackinac Island here.