Fall is our favorite time to visit Michigan, if you catch the right weekend, the trees along the way are awash in vibrant reds, yellows and oranges. Unfortunately we were either too early in the year or the leaves weren't going to change dramatically because of drought conditions this year. But fall is still a nice time to visit Frankenmuth, I can't think of a better season for the heavy German food served at Zehnder's or the Bavarian Inn and the sidewalks are decorated for the season with mums and a collection of scarecrows as part of the 2nd annual Scarecrow Festival. According to the website below, it looks like there were lots of other activities on the last two weekends in October.
Prepare for any weather
This is Michigan, and as the saying goes "If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes." Last year we paked fall clothes, and enjoyed a beautiful day, the next day we froze half to death, as the tempature had dropped nearly 20 degrees. Long story short, pack for long walks outside.
Prime Outlets, Birch Run
Visit the Midwest's largest outlet center with over 170 factory direct stores! Save 25-65% off suggested retail prices every day! Just minutes from Frankenmuth. Don't leave Birch Run without visiting great places such as Wilderness Trails Animal Zoo and Alpine Village Mini-Golf; Frankenmuth's attractions; Chesaning's historic boulevard and Showboat; Saginaw, home to the Japanese Tea House and championship golf; and Flint, with Crossroads Village and Flint Cultural Center.
A Little Germany in Michigan
If you my friend find yourself near and or around Frankenmuth you have probably heard about the chicken! It certainly is as yummy as they say it is. Now, there are two different restaurants that serve the all famous chicken and they conveniently happen to be right across from each other! The brown one featured here in the picture is the Bavarian Inn, the other one is called Zhender's and it is a white building. Both serve excellent meals, but the Bavarian Inn has 6 shops underneath that you can go to and shop!
Zhender's has a bakery underneath and another restaurant as well, that isn't as fancy as the one on the first floor. At the Bavarian Inn it is best to order the family chicken dinner which runs around 20 dollars but is worth it! You get soooooo much food! It is like Thanksgiving all over again! Also after you are done munching on your food, you can walk along the streets lined with shops or wait for the clock tower to tell you its favorite Grimm's Brother fairy tale! Oh yes much to do in Frankenmuth! It plays at 6pm, 9pm, and 3:15am.....<< Yeah... Anyways! Eat the chicken! Shop the shops!
"A Great Outdoor City"
Want to go somewhere where you can enjoy the beautiful day and still get the feel of being in the city?!?! Well then Frankenmuth is perfecto! As you can see from this picture, the riverside is beautiful by the River Town shopping plaza. It is one of my favorite places to go and sit and take in the duckies and the willows and the nice weather after eating a nice Frankenmuth chicken dinner! And no we're not being paid to advertise but we should be! Because their chicken dinners really hit the german spot in your belly!
But yes, very pretty. You are welcome to come down to the area by the river, and if that's not enough for you they offer river ferrys just across the way! You can purchase tickets from within the River Place shopping plaza! Also, if you want to cruise the Frankenmuth streets in style, you can pay for a carraige ride! Both the Bavarian Inn and Zhenders once again provide this service, and both go for the same somewhat outrageous price- 35$ for 15 minutes, so if you really want to impress your girlfriend... ;)!
"Tourist Thingys to Do!"
In Frankenmuth the street coincidently called Main Street, is home to many shops and coffee places, and one bar! If you are looking for a place to drink with some friends, then Tiffany's is the place for you! There is also a brewery in Frankenmuth where you can tour the place and eat food! Plus taste beer! German beer that is! Frankenmuth is also known to have excellent fudge! The chocolate is wonderful, and also they have great taffy. They also have a cheese haus, that serves great cheese from all over the world! They also have a Kandy Haus, which has what do you know, great candy. They also have places for wine tasting, and don't forget the boat rentals on the river! Or the water cycling activities that are a part of every lame family vacation!
Also be sure to touch the plant that moves when you touch it! There is also a light show at the River Place at 9pm for the children to attend! Remember to take lots of pictures and enjoy your humble stay at Frankenmuth!
If you are going to be in Frankenmuth, go to their website and see what happenings they have going on. In Frankenmuth is quite common for them to have a lot of established events for every season. Be sure to check out the quite impressive ice show that they put on during the winters called Ice Fest; impressive ice sculptures are created and put on display as long as some other winter fun! Do not miss Bronner's in the winter, as they happen to be the largest Christmas store in the WORLD!
Oh wait! They have water parks for the kids! Look 'em up and have fun!!!! :)! Auf goodbye!
Bavarian tourist trap in heart of Michigan
OK it is cheesy, but still what a fun town to spend the day. Frankenmuth is a town famous for being built like a Bavarian village. Also, it is world famous for Chicken Dinners, yep Chicken Dinners. This is great area to stroll to some very interesting shops, all walking distance, all built to resemble a european village. Very quaint. Also you can take a wonderful ride on a paddle boat down the Cass River with fantastic views of beautiful mansions and all the parks of frankenmuth. You can also view the city from Horse and Carriage! But remember, the Chicken Dinners are the best in the world.