Exit 136 (Birch Run/Frankenmuth) if you’re heading North and Exit 144 (Bridgeport) if you’re heading South are your exits to reach the town of Frankenmuth. Frankenmuth, MI is a bit of old Bavaria right in the heart of Michigan. Home to under 5,000 permanent residents, this community welcomes over 3 million tourists every year. The shopping, lodging, dining, and area attractions offer a wide variety of activities to satisfy all age groups.
One of the main attractions, especially at this time of year, is Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland which bills itself as the World’s Largest Christmas Store. It is difficult to describe the absolute year round dedication to Christmas the store has even staying open 361 days of the year. Bronner’s is definitely something to see. Pick out a new ornament or just wander around the interior and exterior to kick off your holiday spirit.
Some more unique activities available include a ride down the river on the Bavarian Belle Riverboat, a day traversing the aerial trails at The Adventure Park, or taking a horse-drawn carriage ride. Close by is golf, museums, wine and beer tasting, and lots of shopping options and lodging choices including indoor water parks. The Frankenmuth Corn Maze is also in full swing right now!
Frankenmuth hosts several festivals and special events throughout the year. You can catch the Bavarian Festival in June, Oktoberfest in September, and several others all year long. Coming up yet this year include Michigan’s Big Country Fest this weekend and the Scarecrow Fest on October 24th.
And of course the chicken dinners - The two locations you can select are Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth or Bavarian Inn Restaurant. There is a long history with these restaurants and if family style chicken dinners are your thing, you shouldn’t be disappointed. The buttered noodles are my favorite. For other dining options – try the Frankenmuth Brewery. Beautifully set along the river with a great menu and fantastic beer selections. This is Michigan’s oldest brewery and my favorite place in town! Fun in Frankenmuth awaits!!