In Frankenmuth, there’s fun for everyone in the group!

Take Your Group to the Great Outdoors.

Frankenmuth FunShips Tasting & Tours is an intimate way to enjoy the Cass River with a 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, it is sure to be a relaxing experience for your group. (Allow 1 hr)

You might have seen the gorgeous paddlewheel Bavarian Belle Riverboat docked outside the River Place 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! (Allow 1 hr)

Paddle your way along the Cass River with Frankenmuth Kayak Adventures. Take the trip from Tuscola to Frankenmuth (Allow 2+ hrs) or rent by the hour and paddle your way around Frankenmuth. This self-guided tour will give your group the chance to enjoy the great outdoors and take in the beauty of the Cass River. (Allow 1-3 hrs)

The Fortress Golf Course encompasses 6,813 yards of formidable play on an 18-hole, par 72 course. 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.

Swing through trees at the Frankenmuth Aerial Park. Whether you’ve never been in the trees or you’ve experienced your fair share of climbing adventures, you’ll be able to pick a course that fits your level of adventure. Your group is sure to never forget their time in the trees! (Allow 2 hours)

Did you know that Frankenmuth is home to 18 different parks? Let your group unwind a little at one of our beautiful outdoor spaces. Visit Memorial Park for a round of disc golf or take a walk along the river in Heritage Park. (Allow 1-2 hrs)

Take Time for a Tour

Take a tour around town with a step-on guide. This educational tour will teach your group about the history of Frankenmuth and introduce them to new places! To learn more about step-on guide services, please contact the Frankenmuth Convention & Visitors Bureau at 989-652-6106 or via email at (Allow 1 hr)

If your group includes veterans or American History buffs, then Michigan Heroes Museum is a must. This is 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. (Allow 1 hr)

Tour the founding church of Frankenmuth - St. Lorenz Church was established in 1845 with the founding of the city. The stained glass windows tell the story of Michigan’s Little Bavaria, while the log house takes you on a journey back in time. Tours are FREE, call ahead to schedule. (Allow 1 hr)

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. Immerse yourself in the history by adding a hands-on class or activity from their educational program. (Allow 30min - 1.5 hrs)

Any farmers in your group? Take a tour of Grandpa Tiny’s Farm to see how this antique farm still operates today. (Allow 1-2 hrs)

Interested in the century-old technique of wool processing in Frankenmuth? Take a tour at the Frankenmuth Woolen Mill for FREE and enjoy the gift shops where you can buy wool products made right there. (Allow 1 hr)

When shopping at Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, make sure to take time to tour the Silent Night Memorial Chapel located on the southern tip of the property. It is a replica of the original chapel in Oberndorf/Salzburg, Austria and is FREE to tour. (Allow 20 minutes)

Travel Tip:

If visiting at Christmas time, be sure to enjoy the Driving Christmas Light Tour around Frankenmuth. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and follow the map and story for an evening of Christmas cheer!

Experience Fun Hands-On.

Roll a pretzel or make a strudel at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Expert bakers will lead you through proper pretzel-rolling and strudel making methods. Then, it’s your turn to try and match the technique. (Call ahead for availability, Allow 30 mins)

Frankenmuth Farmers 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. (Time varies)

Learn how to make authentic German sausage at Willi’s Sausage Company. Make and take sausage home with you! Demonstrations also available for groups on a tight schedule. (Time varies)

Take a moment to make a souvenir to take with you! Schedule a bracelet and wine tasting class at Bead Haven and Modern Craft Winery. Craft the perfect bracelet while sipping on hand-crafted fruit-infused wines. (Allow 1 hr)

Forge a dagger, knife, wand, rune pendant or other seasonal piece under the guidance of experienced blacksmiths at Dragon Forge's Bavarian Blacksmith Experience. Daily experiences available. Group and private events options too.

Travel Tips:

For an added hands-on experience pick up a gnome hunt from the Visitor’s Center. This scavenger hunt is the perfect addition to your allotted time for shopping and exploring time.

Sample something sweet or something savory! At Sticky Situations, located in RiverPlace Shops, try the many flavors of honey throughout the store. Then stop on by Great Lakes Olive Oil Co. to taste the many flavors olive oil and balsmic vinegar. (Both of these activities are free!)

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Planning on going out for some drinks? Be sure to stop by the Visitor's Center to purchase the Bavarian Bierpass. Earn stamps with each drink you purchase around town - after collecting 15, return to the Visitor's Center to collect your prize!

Show your group a fun time!

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. (Time Varies)

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? (Time Varies)

The Glockenspiel Tower at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant houses a magnificent 35-Bell carillon and illuminated figurines that tell the story of the Pied Piper. This FREE show plays every day at Noon, 3pm, 6pm, and 9pm. (Allow 15 Minutes)

Just up the street at the Frankenmuth Cheese Haus, your group can enjoy the “The World of Cheese'' show that tells the story about cheese making across Europe and the U.S. The show plays daily on the Figurinespiel tower at 9am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm, and 8pm. (Allow 15 Minutes)

Travel Tip:

Make sure to include the spectacular Frankenmuth Christmas Tree show into your Christmas itinerary. The 7-minute long light and music show plays the sweet sound of Christmas multiple times throughout the day!

For further group information, reservations, and questions please contact our Sales Manager at 989-652-6106 or via email at
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Frankenmuth CVB

The Frankenmuth Convention & Visitors Bureau is a destination marketing organization, promoting tourism to Michigan's Little Bavaria.