There is so much to do while you are in Frankenmuth, but when you bring a group to town, it can feel overwhelming to plan for the whole gang! To make it easy on you, we have laid out a few options that you may have not have heard about. Easily worked into your itinerary, these group activities are sure to bring smiles to the faces of your guests while creating memories that last a lifetime. Not to mention, many are cost effective and some of them are even FREE! Read on and start planning today.
Experience the Cass River
The beautiful Cass River runs right through the heart of downtown Frankenmuth, but not all visitors know about two group friendly ways to take advantage of this winding, scenic waterway. The Frankenmuth FunShips Tasting & Tours are a more intimate way to enjoy the river with your group of 24 or less. With two 12-seat electric boats that offer an array of tours up and down the Cass river including a wine and chocolate tasting tour, there is sure to be an experience perfect for your group.
You might have seen the gorgeous paddle wheel Bavarian Belle Riverboat docked outside the RiverPlace Shops, but did you know you can reserve the entire 150 passenger boat and hour narrated tour for your own private event or make reservations ahead of time for your group? And, it is handicap accessible!
Music and Theatre
Performing Arts and music are both great ways to keep any group entertained. Frankenmuth’s award winning Bronner Performing Arts Center is a great place to enjoy the orchestra, ballets, and shows put on by the local community. There is always something to be enjoyed and discovered on stage. And did you know that you and your group can call ahead and arrange to meet the artists, enjoy a VIP lounge room with refreshments, and enjoy a souvenir from the show? Dinner shows are also offered at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant as well as Zehnder’s Restaurant. You can enjoy a delicious chicken dinner and great music. For more info on upcoming shows, check our Events Calendar.
Do you have avid golfers in your group? Possibly some guests who are itching to spend the day on the green? Well, you are in luck when you come to Frankenmuth! The Fortress Golf Course encompasses 6,813 yards of formidable play on an 18-hole, par 72 course. Special events, tournaments, clinics and junior programs are scheduled throughout the season. The Fortress is located just 435 yards from the front porch of Zehnder’s Restaurant in downtown Frankenmuth and has been recognized as one of Michigan’s top golf courses.
Museums and Tours
Explore Frankenmuth’s fascinating brewing heritage at the Lager Mill Brewing Museum, located inside a historic mill. Then shop inside at the Craft Beer store, featuring over 400 different beers, wine, home brew equipment.
Frankenmuth offers numerous ways to immerse yourself in the history of our town. The Frankenmuth Historical Museum is a great place to learn all about our origin from early settlement to the booming successes of our local businesses in modern times. The Historical Museum also offers group Educational Programs that are perfect for student groups.
Interested in the century-old technique of wool processing in Frankenmuth? Take a tour at the Frankenmuth Woolen Mill or Zeilinger Wool Company for FREE and enjoy the gift shops where you can buy wool products made right there.
If your group has veterans or American History buffs, then Michigan’s Own Military & Space Heroes Museum is a must. The only museum of its kind in the U.S. Featuring uniform displays of Michigan Veterans of our six foreign wars and the space program. It also has the largest display of Medals of Honor in the Country.
Hands on experiences
If you are looking for something cost effective and time sensitive, how about pretzel rolling or strudel making at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant? Expert bakers will lead you through proper pretzel-rolling methods. Then, it’s your turn to try and match the technique. Pick up your piping hot pretzel after they are baked and reap the rewards of your hard work!
If your group is looking to try something interactive and unique, we have options! The Great Lakes Escape Game is a brand new, state of the art escape room game. You and your team are “locked” in a fun themed room of your choice with intriguing gadgets to explore, captivating puzzles to solve and cryptic clues to decipher. Manipulate everything that’s not bolted down as you search for answers and for your escape.
The Frankenmuth Farmer’s Market is always offering hand-on artisan classes. From brick oven pizza parties to goat’s milk soap making. Classes are available by request and availability.
No matter the size of your group, Primed to Paint is another great way to relax and get in touch your inner artist, no matter the skill level. Enjoy a glass of wine or beverage as you are guided through a selected canvas and learn how to create a masterpiece that you get to take home. Primed to Paint can always come to you and your venue in town, just call for more details.