While the Olympics is a winter tradition every four years, Michigan’s Little Bavaria is full of winter traditions every year.
Skate for Gold at the Frankenmuth Ice Rink
The Frankenmuth Ice Rink is the newest addition here in Frankenmuth. Located in Zehnder Park, it is also the perfect spot to recreate a few events you will see in Beijing. While they don’t have nets posted for hockey, you could always do a double axel like a figure skater, or (safely) race your friends around the ice as a speed skater would. So lace up your skates, stop by the rink, and go for the Gold!
The Frankenmuth Ice Rink is open Mon-Thurs: 4pm-9pm, Fri & Sat: 11am-11pm, and Sunday 11am-9pm. Tickets/$10, Skate Rental/$3 (CARD ONLY, CASH NOT ACCEPTED).
Cross Country Skiing around Heritage Park
Cross Country Skiing is another popular event at the games you can do right here in Frankenmuth. Along with gliding along the glistening snow, you can also catch the picturesque views at Heritage Park. The Riverwalk loop not only lays down the perfect path for a skier, it also has a great view of the Cass River that you can gaze upon during your trek.
Did you know? Frankenmuth is home to 18 parks containing over 120 acres of land!
The Triathlon is an Olympic event that involves running, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing — all performed on snow. After completing the cross-country skiing portion of your triathlon in Heritage Park, head over to the Bavarian Inn Lodge Family Fun Center for your final two activities. While they may not have running or mountain biking on snow, they do have a variety of activities that will test your skills. Including an arcade with over 160 games, 18-holes of indoor putt-putt, karaoke, 2 indoor water slides, and 4 indoor pools!
Join your Sledding team in Memorial Park
Memorial Park is known for having natural hills that range in different sizes. For that reason it is a popular area for sledding during the winter months in Frankenmuth.Put a team together, and “cool run” your way down the hills of Memorial Park with a bobsled. If you would rather travel alone, you can always grab a one man sled to go down hill, just like they do in the Luge competitions. Just make sure to sled feet first, and don’t try to recreate the headfirst sledding you see in the Skeleton races. Please be careful, sled with caution, and have fun!
Don’t forget your Medal
While Frankenmuth may not award the Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals you see in the Olympics, there are plenty of prizes around town that will make you feel like a champion! At Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, there are 6,000 styles of glass ornaments that are just as shiny and beautiful as Olympic medals. If you’re looking to make your own trophy or awards, Amazing Engraving specializes in doing so, along with plaques and memorials.
If you’re looking for special prizes geared more towards children, The Visitors Center awards prizes for those who can locate 10 gnomes that are scattered across our various businesses with the Gnome Hunt.
So while cheering on your country and favorite athletes, don’t forget to stop by Frankenmuth, where you can also feel like an Olympian.