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6 Spring Break Ideas for Families in Frankenmuth

three kids staring out hotel room window at zehnders splash village water park hotel

This year, when school Spring Break rolls around for the kids, don’t spend it dreading the details: where to take them, how to keep them entertained (but, really, how?!), and what it’ll cost. Instead, plan to do Spring Break perfectly – right here in Pure Michigan – when you pack up the entire crew for a fun-filled and affordable spring family vacation in Frankenmuth!


1.) Warm Up to Waterpark Fun

Girl swimming in kids pool at zehnders splash village waterpark

Rain or shine, our Frankenmuth indoor waterparks are a guaranteed good time for families. Merely mention a visit to Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark and prepare for your kids to put you in the family vacation “Hall of Fame.” Because, at Zehnder’s Splash Village, a 50,000-square foot water-filled wonderland awaits, spread across two glorious indoor waterparks – one with a retractable roof to make even more room for massive Spring Break fun!

But, rest assured, parents: at Zehnder’s Splash Village, Spring Break fun isn’t just for the little ones. Join your kids on the six-story, four-person family raft ride, soak in the Whimsical Whirl Hot Tubs, or simply lounge poolside in your own private cabana (with your favorite libation in hand)!

While you’re here in Frankenmuth, don’t miss another waterpark experience that’s one for the books: Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Lodge! This Bavarian-themed hotel and indoor waterpark features four indoor pools and three whirlpools, plus the largest Family Fun Center in any Midwest hotel, complete with mega arcade and 18-hole indoor mini-golf course!


2.) Go Cruisin’ Together

Looking to do Spring Break the peaceful, Pure Michigan way? Plan your escape to include adventures aboard both Frankenmuth FunShips and Bavarian Belle Riverboat. Climb on with the crew of Bavarian Belle Riverboat – an authentic paddlewheel river craft – and get ready to #SeeFrankenmuth together as a family during a 1-hour narrated history tour. Or, make your way to Frankenmuth FunShips, where 12-passenger electric boats are ready to whisk your family away for a spin on the water. Come for one of their open cruises, or charter the entire boat for some true family togetherness (and be sure to take advantage of the on-board wine & chocolate tastings offered, parents)!


3.) Swing Through the Trees

Looking for another way to adventure and explore as a family? Make it to Michigan’s first aerial forest park — Frankenmuth Aerial Park. Here, five trails, seven zip lines, five difficulty levels, and more than 60 challenge bridges welcome you and yours for a little lighthearted family climbing and zip lining competition (and the inevitable bonding experience that follows)! Want even more brownie points, parents? Bring the kids for twilight climbing, when the glow of an LED-lit course makes for even more magical Spring Break memories.


4.) Practice Your Putt

Whether you’re practicing your putt at the indoor mini-golf course found inside Bavarian Inn Lodge Family Fun Center, or venturing out to Alpine Mountain Golf in nearby Birch Run, nothing sets the tone for family vacation like a round of mini-golf with the ones you love most!


5.) Set Up Camp

Camp fire at jellystone park

When Frankenmuth Jellystone Park opens its gates each spring in March, it means nothing but nostalgic, distraction-free family fun, best enjoyed among Pure Michigan’s natural, scenic beauty. Enjoy a full schedule of weekend activities all spring at this park campground resort, plus 18 holes of outdoor mini golf, April-October.


6.) Shop And Play All Day

young man walking around frankenmuth river place shops shopping, looking at sugar rush sweets buildingWhile Frankenmuth shopping options are endless, carve out time during your Spring Break to visit Frankenmuth River Place Shops as a family. Modeled after an authentic Bavarian village, this outdoor shopping mall is home to more than 40 unique shops. Parents, you’ll love the boutique clothing and souvenir shops, and your littles will love favorites like Mother Earth’s Toy Jungle & Dino Land, River Place Game Room, or Ultimate Mirror Maze!

Old time photo family photo sessionBefore you leave Frankenmuth River Place Shops, step back in time together and make memories that’ll last forever inside Frankenmuth Old Time Photo. Take your pick of costumes from all sizes and styles (and enjoy your photos with instant prints or digital options), but do take this opportunity to capture your Spring Break well spent in Frankenmuth!


For more Spring Break ideas, where to eatplay and stay, call our Service Representatives at the Visitor’s Center at 989-652-4562 or email groupsales@frankenmuth.org and plan your trip today!