FRANKENMUTH FAMILY VACATION IDEAS

Did you know our mitten state has fun little town ready to greet your family with a friendly “Willkommen”?

Frankenmuth, known as “Michigan’s Little Bavaria,” was founded by German missionaries in the mid 1800’s. This historic town reminds me of scenic villages visited while on my honeymoon in Germany, Austria and France. 

In addition to the architectural details found in the design of the buildings, covered bridge and Glockenspiel Tower, the traditional German attire worn by the staff of the restaurants and the upbeat polka tunes played at the outdoor summer Bier Garten all contribute to the town’s festive, German atmosphere.

This feeling of a mini Bavarian vacation is what brings my family back to visit each year. We take a Frankenmuth Family Vacation at least once a year – and we have – for the last nine years! 

Since the drive is only two hours from Grand Rapids, we recently surprised our kids with summer day adventure there.

Frankenmuth family vacation

Where We Eat in Frankenmuth

A trip to Frankenmuth isn’t complete until our family shares the famous family-style chicken dinner served at The Bavarian Inn Restaurant.

The restaurant has many dining rooms, friendly service and consistently delicious food. Often there’s musical entertainment provided by a talented woman who plays the accordion throughout the restaurant.

After our family feast we walked through the town for some exercise and shopping. With so many unique shops there is something for everyone here.

A favorite stop is The Country Store, where inside you will find barrels full of all different kinds of candy, including nostalgic favorites.

Also, the lower level of the Bavarian Restaurant includes a large variety of shops and a bakery full of delicious treats and jams…for later!

As we walked the sidewalks through town and the River Place Shops my kids found some cute photo ops!

The fountain was also a great stop where the kids to cool off and splash each other on this hot summer day.

In spring and summer the main street is lined with vibrant flower beds and window boxes full of beautiful blooms.

While we didn’t go there this time, I should also tell you about Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland. If you’ve got a hankering for a little Christmas in July, you must stop at the world’s largest Christmas store (located at 25 Christmas Lane-ha!). Here there are thousands of square feet dedicated to all things Christmas: ornaments, trees, decorations, lights, lawn ornaments and more. It is truly a memorable place.

We have found Michigan’s Little Bavaria to be a great place for families to visit for the day, to vacation for several days with other families, or to have a reunion or group celebration.

As they say in Frankenmuth, Auf Wiedersehen! 

Good-bye, until we meet again!

 

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