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Bavarian Belle Riverboat

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Address: 925 S. Main Street, Suite D-3, Frankenmuth, MI 48734-1808
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+1 866-808-2628
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Thank you for visiting Frankenmuth. Our family operates the Bavarian Belle...

Thank you for visiting Frankenmuth. Our family operates the Bavarian Belle riverboat, an authentic SternDriven Paddlewheel riverboat. We offer a 1-hour historical narrated tour of the Frankenmuth area on our fully restored 150-passenger vessel. The Bavarian Belle is open air canopied on the upper deck and has a fully enclosed lower salon with restrooms. We offer a snack bar and soft drinks on board. The Bavarian Belle is located "At The Waterfall" in the River Place Shops shopping village. Our dock and lower level are handicap accessible. One hour trips are offered Monday - Sunday 11am till Dusk, (departing every 90min), Early May to Mid-October. Please call for pre-Memorial Day and post-Labor Day hours. Extended hours are available for Group Tours and Special Events (Weddings, Reunions, etc.). Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under, children 4 and under are No Charge. Group tickets are discounted to $10.00 per adult ticket with groups of 20 or more adults.

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Tour what you won't see on foot

A fun cruise down the Cass River with a tour of Frankenmuth you won't see anywhere else. Family run, popcorn, and fun!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed February 7, 2017
Frankenmuth, Michigan
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a family party on board as a birthday celebration. The trip was much more entertaining than we had imagined it would be - there is an entirely different view of the area via the river!

Thank Gail H
Frankenmuth, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2017

A fun cruise down the Cass River with a tour of Frankenmuth you won't see anywhere else. Family run, popcorn, and fun!

Thank VickiLovesTheBeach
Burlington, Vermont
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

I went to Frankenmuth a couple of years ago and have decided to leave this review just now because of how uplifting the experience was. I first waited with my family for no longer than ten minutes, then boarded where we all were greeted by the so to speak "captain" and his family. When seated we were all taught about... More 

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Duluth, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

Everything was just right. The length of the trip is 1 hr. The cost is $12. You see urban and rural sites along the Cass River. If you can’t tour the Rhein river in Germany, this is the next best thing.

Thank Diane M
Grand Blanc, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016

The staff (run by a family) was kind, knowledgeable and entertaining from start to finish! We found the scenery, history and overview of the area to be very interesting. They have included some audio/visuals in the tour and even did some nature lessons! Very nice way to spend some time in Frankenmuth!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

The staff of this riverboat are absolutely awesome!! My mom had bought a hat for my nephew and the captain of the boat signed it! It was very relaxing after walking around and shopping.

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

Easy on easy off, safety was important. A relaxing non stressful thing to do. All ages can enjoy. We saw lots of local river birds and turtles

Thank Dungles
Eagle River, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

We were one of the last trips the boat took this Fall. It was a beautiful day on the river. The trip lasted about an hour, and the cost was VERY reasonable. The captain gave lost of information about the city and animals found along the river. We had a great time. This trip is well worth taking. A good... More 

Thank mortfish
Norwalk, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

My wife and I celebrated our 45 years together and this was part of that at Frankenmuth. A beautiful and friendly place to visit. The Captain and crew were very good hosts and made you feel welcome and safe on board. It was nice to have the snacks, water, and restroom. The live presentation about the history of the boat,... More 

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Elyria, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

The ride last around a hour and the time goes by quickly. The boat captain tells lots of information about the area throughout the boat ride. The fall folliage was beautiful up and down the river. The staff was friendly and informative and very helpful.

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