You don’t have to travel far to have fun. Head to Michigan’s Little Bavaria for timeless family fun in Frankenmuth.

Zehnder’s Snowfest

Enjoy larger-than-life snow sculptures and beautifully detailed ice carvings at Zehnder’s Snowfest. The festival will have entertainment for the entire family in the warming tent, a fireworks display, petting zoo and children’s activities. Snowfest is January 25th to 29th.

Museum Adventures

Keep warm and learn more about Michigan history at local museums. The Frankenmuth Historical Museum has 10 galleries that tells the story of the town from its German founding in the mid-1800s to present day.  The newest exhibit is great for kids and spotlights the music history of Frankenmuth with instruments all ages can play. The Michigan Heroes Museum features displays that honor the men and women of service.

Enjoy a Family Dinner

Frankenmuth requires a family dinner. Turn off the phones and enjoy a fried chicken dinner (and buttered noodles) at Zehnder’s or Bavarian Inn (the American v. Lafayette of mid-Michigan). Afterwards, take a walk through downtown and find grab a sweet treat at Frankenmuth Fudge Kitchen.

Stay the night at Splash Village

Make the day last longer and book a stay at Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel & Waterpark. The 50,000 square feet aquatic center features a six-story family raft ride and super loop body slide; zero-entry activity pool with water geysers, water basketball and volleyball, Action River, Splash Landing play area, Dumping Bucket, Giggling Gorge and Perilous Plunge 4 story tube slides, relax in the Whimsical Whirl Hot Tub or just float along the Crooked Brook Creek Lazy River. It’s A LOT and your kids will love it! Note Bavarian Inn is getting a massive upgrade so keep that in mind for 2024 planning. 

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