We love to travel as a family, but with four kids involved in various activities, it’s hard sometimes to plan for a long trip away. That’s why I love short, one or two day trips. We have a bunch of them coming up this summer. Trips to Kalahari, Castaway Bay, Cedar Point, and now Frankenmuth.

Frankenmuth Michigan - Short Trip for Midwestern Family Fun

Frankenmuth, Michigan has been on our “to-visit” list for a long time, so when we were offered a chance to stay overnight and enjoy a traditional dinner in the restaurant, we couldn’t wait to try it out and share our thoughts {and the coupon codes below} with you. Have you heard of Frankenmuth before? It’s a quaint Bavarian village that has amazing food, family fun and entertainment, and great shopping – including a year-round Christmas museum.

We’ll be staying at the 125-year old Bavarian In Lodge along the Cass River. The kids are thrilled because it is one of Michigan’s largest indoor waterparks…and they love the water! I can’t wait to see the European-themed rooms, though the whirlpools in the waterpark and the live musical entertainment in the Inn sound appealing, too.

 

Frankenmuth Michigan - Short Trip for Midwestern Family Fun

While we’re there, I can’t wait to try some of the Bavarian food – German beer, old-world chicken dinner, and yummy bakery.

We plan to spend the first day of our overnight hanging out at the Inn, enjoying the food and the waterpark. Then, we’ll check out some of the village must-sees on our second day. Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland and Grandpa Tiny’s Farm are two places my kids are looking forward to.

Frankenmuth Michigan - Short Trip for Midwestern Family Fun

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Have you been to Frankenmuth before? We’re not going for a few weeks, and would love any must-see suggestions you might have.

Colleen Kessler

Colleen is an explorer, tinkerer, educator, writer, creator, and a passionate advocate for the needs of gifted and twice-exceptional children. She has a B.S. in elementary education, a M.Ed. in gifted studies, is a sought-after national speaker and educational consultant, and is the founder of the popular blog and podcast Raising Lifelong Learners, as well as Raising Poppies, a community of support for parents of gifted children. She lives in northeast Ohio with her four bright and quirky kiddos, patient husband, and ever-changing collection of small reptiles, mammals, and insects.

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