Known as Michigan's Little Bavaria, Frankenmuth is an exciting community with parks, restaurants, shopping and festivals inspired by the town's German heritage. Visitors can enter into the festive spirit of the community by purchasing traditional German clothing from the Bavarian Inn Castles Shops or from Bavarian Specialties.
Specific attractions include the Bavarian Belle Riverboat, a 150-passenger paddlewheel riverboat that takes visitors on a narrated journey down the Cass River. Fantasy Carriage Company and Frankenmuth Carriage Company provide horsedrawn carriage rides through the heart of the village.
Kids can play the day away at the Adventure Park, dubbed Michigan's first aerial forest park. Activities at the park include zip lines and tree-climbing trips. Five courses offer different levels of challenges for the beginner through the expert. Other outdoor adventures await at the 52-acre Wilderness Trails Zoo.
Of course, a trip to a Bavarian town means German food, and Frankenmuth offers plenty of it. The Bavarian Inn Restaurant offers such dishes as Wiener schnitzel. Kern's Sausages has 32 kinds of homemade Bavarian-style sausages. Willi's Sausage Company goes exotic with its offerings of ostrich and buffalo sausage. If these traditional and exotic dishes become overwhelming for the visitor, Frankenmuth also has standard fast food fare, such as McDonald's and Subway.