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Bavarian Belle Riverboat

925 S. Main Street, Suite D-3, Frankenmuth, MI 48734-1808
+1 866-808-2628
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Nice ride

Very nice cruise, half hour out and half hour back. Well narrated and very relaxing. $12 per adult... read more

Reviewed May 27, 2016
Washington, Michigan
Nice day out

We visited on a Sunday afternoon. The boat was not too crowded - movable chairs are provided but... read more

Reviewed May 26, 2016
Tracy P
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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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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925 S. Main Street, Suite D-3, Frankenmuth, MI 48734-1808
+1 866-808-2628
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Reviewed May 27, 2016

Very nice cruise, half hour out and half hour back. Well narrated and very relaxing. $12 per adult, was probably two thirds full when we went, but plenty of room to move around.

Thank sjordan1123
Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

We visited on a Sunday afternoon. The boat was not too crowded - movable chairs are provided but you can move about freely. Tour is about an hour, and narrated by a combination of pretaped information and a live guide. It was lighthearted and not...More

Thank Tracy P
Reviewed May 26, 2016

This was an interesting, informative, relaxing riverboat ride. The staff was very personable. And there were snacks and water available! We thought $12 was a bit high for seniors who are on a budget.

Thank pamtall
Reviewed May 25, 2016

My parents and I enjoyed a relaxing hour-long cruise along the river on this family-owned riverboat. Our captain, guides and other staff were pleasant and provided excellent narration as we headed along the river. We got to see some local wildlife like some turtles and...More

Thank melbeesue
Reviewed May 24, 2016

Very informative boat ride. So much to see. A lot going on in and along the river. Fish,turtles,ect...... We had our doggie Charlie and they did not charge us for him. Great staff!

Thank 575Deborah
Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

The Bavarian Belle Riverboat is wonderful! Affordable at $12 per person, this ride down the river was a relaxing and enjoyable experience. The boat is a family owned business and the friendliness of the crew is exceptional. I recommend it to anyone, including families as...More

Thank Crystal716
Reviewed May 23, 2016

Captain and crew very friendly, informative of things and wildlife along the Cass River. Popcorn and cold drinks refreshing. Glad to see an American family living the dream! A MUST when in Frankenmuth.

Thank sktremper
Reviewed May 23, 2016

The boat was beautiful and immaculate. The crew very friendly and professional. The information they gave was informative and involved not only the history of the boat and its family ownership but of the river and town itself. We would definitely take the trip again...More

Thank Vicki G
Reviewed May 22, 2016

The boat ride was wonderful, informative and fun. We love going to Frankenmuth and the Bavarian Belle is a must do when you are there. The narration is such a treat and the boat is family owned and operated. Don't miss this one.

Thank YogaSherry
Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

Nice relaxing hour long boat ride. The family that owns and operates Bavarian Belle are very nice and very informative of the area. We ride the boat every time we in frankenmuth. It is one of the highlights of the vist.

Thank Nikita4life
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Victoriosa V
Where can we park near the Bavarian Belle Riverboat?
June 10, 2017|
Response from Retired-n-travelin | Reviewed this property |
Hi! There is a large parking lot beside the River Place Shops on Main St. We walked the shops, then walked over to the Belle. It looks much further than it really is. The paved walkway "snakes" around down to the river... More
Jennifer P
Is the boat handicap accessible? I'm traveling with my mom, who uses a wheelchair and can't do steps
May 5, 2017|
Response from CaptainMitch | Property representative |
Yes, the Belle is handicap accessible down to the main dock and onto the boat. The lower salon and bow area are accessible, however, there are stairs to access the upper deck.
Austin A
hi i was wondering what do you do in the winter if the weather is nice like it is now..
February 19, 2017|
Response from CaptainMitch | Property representative |
Unfortunately, we are not able to bring the Belle to dock until we are confident there will be no more freezing temperatures. The Belle has many systems that require winterizing and it could be very costly if we open those... More