Explore fun things to do outdoors in Michigan's Little Bavaria.
If vacation calories counted (they don’t) or there were no fun things to do indoors in Frankenmuth (but there are!) — you’d still find plenty of ways to fill an active day outdoors! And while you won’t find snow-covered alps to scale here (sorry, wrong Bavaria), what you will find is an idyllic Pure Michigan town with unspoiled green spaces and flower-lined streetscapes.
Start at Frankenmuth Aerial Park — a ropes course tucked up in the trees, and the perfect spot to try ziplining in Michigan. Then, drop in on the Cass with Frankenmuth Kayak Adventures (and paddle past iconic sights like the Frankenmuth Covered Bridge or Frankenmuth River Place Shops’ waterfalls).
Your time outdoors can be laid-back, too — like a tour of Frankenmuth on the Bavarian Belle Riverboat, or a dreamy river cruise with Frankenmuth FunShips. (This one’s got options for on-board wine and chocolate tasting, and we’re here for it.)
18 parks covering 100+ acres offer grassy lawns for picnics, and Heritage Park (a favorite among locals) boasts waterfront views and a Riverwalk loop for walking, running, or biking. You can even go fishing on the Cass River (it runs right through the center of town) for catch from bluegills to bass, northern pike to catfish.
Biking & Trails
Explore Michigan's Little Bavaria on two wheels by biking on one of our beautiful state and local bicycle trails.
Water Activities on The Cass River
We are so lucky to have this beautiful resource in Frankenmuth. Hop on board the Bavarian Belle for a tour of Frankenmuth on an authentic paddlewheel riverboat. Or, take a scenic paddle down the river on a kayak or canoe tour. Anglers can fish for bass, bluegills, pumpkin seed sunfish, northern pike, and catfish on the Cass River too.