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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, peaceful ride

My second trip on the Bavarian Belle, it was a very nice ride. Excellent narrative about the town... read more

Reviewed August 20, 2015
Take the time to ride the boat!

Had a nice leisurely ride on the river and it was very enjoyable. Captain had alot of knowledge... read more

Reviewed August 19, 2015
Coral MI
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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 August 20, 2015

My second trip on the Bavarian Belle, it was a very nice ride. Excellent narrative about the town of Frankenmuth, learning some of the history of the sights we passed. Very nice people, a good break to take between all the walking around town and...More

Thank sheryl830
Reviewed August 19, 2015

Had a nice leisurely ride on the river and it was very enjoyable. Captain had alot of knowledge which he shared with us all.

Thank CoralDebG
Reviewed August 16, 2015

It was great for the price. We had a nice hour on the river with excellent narration. If only the kids would pipe down a little so he could be heard.

Thank Sara D
Reviewed August 16, 2015

A 1-hour ride in a riverboat that has historical significance. This is a family-run enterprise where 3 generations work in various capacities during the tour. Commentary given during the ride, both recorded and 'live' - friendly, personable, and fun. Various places described along the route...More

Thank brownrush
Reviewed August 16, 2015

Spent the afternoon in Frankenmuth, Michigan and took the Bavarian Belle Riverboat ride. It's an hour long relaxing ride along the river where you learn about the history of the town and how the Bavarian Belle came to be a lovely attraction in Frankenmuth. Great...More

Thank Sindy D
Reviewed August 16, 2015

Family owned flat bottom riverboat that take you on a round trip up the Cass River. Starting at the Riverplace outdoor mall on Main street just South of the Covered Bridge. The boat goes up stream for about 45 minutes with a narrative of local...More

2  Thank Paul S
Reviewed August 15, 2015

We didn't have time for this cruise last year, and we were determined not to miss it this time, We took the final cruise of the day on a perfect evening, and what a treat!!. The Captain was very informative (and funny, too) about the...More

1  Thank 628marjoriem
Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

My boyfriend and I have been coming to Frankenmuth for years either with our families or just the two of us. Upon our last visit we realized that the riverboat was something we have never done so at 8pm we set sail with the Bavarian...More

Thank Amanda F
Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

Great experience for the whole family! We learned about Frankenmuth and saw some interesting wildlife!

Thank Vince T
Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is a very pleasant one hour cruise with a very favorable price. We took the first cruise of the day and our crew was Captain Mitch and Captain Jene along with deckhands Eric and David. We were treated like family and given a lot...More

Thank Janine S
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Victoriosa V
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
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
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