Anyone who has had teenagers could likely agree that they can be difficult travelers to please. What is “cool” to teenagers? Everything is “boring”. One would think that they themselves would have the perfect answer to a cool getaway since they often think they have all the answers…and in today’s world they just might since in their lifetime there’s never been a question they couldn’t just Google to find the answer. So before you go through the exhausted list of “been there, done that” for your next family vacation, consider something that was built with them in mind!
Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel & Waterpark just opened a new expanded atrium waterpark in Frankenmuth, which is the only waterpark in Michigan to offer two distinctly different family waterparks. While Splash Village continues to be a destination for families of all ages, the new waterpark expansion offers two six-story rides for the more adventurous traveler; perfect for those teenagers.
In just 6.9 seconds, you will drop 40 feet and travel down the 273’ long Super Loop, complete with a 360 degree loop! Or gather your friends and family to take on the 4 person family raft ride called the Tantrum Twist! The expansion also features a 20 person hot tub, Action River and the best part, private Cabanas for up to 10 people; they all have mini refrigerators, safes, flat screen TV’s and personalized food and beverage service. Now we are talking vacation!
Did we mention that the over 50,000 square feet of aquatic adventure is also highlighted by Michigan’s only waterpark with a retractable roof? That’s right. If it’s raining they close the roof. If it’s sunny and warm, the roof may be open. The addition includes 32 new guest rooms, 22 of which offer panoramic views of the waterpark.
For those that have enjoyed the original waterpark that opened in 2005 and geared towards that younger age group still features a lazy river, whirlpool, hot tub, 400-gallon dumping bucket, water geysers and sprayers, a four-story tube slide and the Elf Hollow Café. The expansion also doubled the number of locker rooms, expanded the arcade and concession options. Waterpark-only day passes are available by making advanced reservations. Zehnder’s Chairman and CEO Al Zehnder says, “Our overall goal is to offer a four-season family vacation destination – from our waterparks to our 1,500-seat Zehnder’s Restaurant, Z-Bakery and Gift Shop and the 18-hole Fortress golf course.”
So now that you have the kids hooked (or maybe it’s you that can’t wait to try the Super Loop), don’t forget about all the other great reasons to enjoy Frankenmuth with your family. It’s the perfect time of year for a stop at Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland to get in the spirit of the season; and conveniently located right next to Splash Village. And nothing brings a family together more than time around the table, so carve out some time to enjoy a meal together at one of the World Famous Chicken Dinner restaurants.
Remember, whatever it is you enjoy doing while you are in Frankenmuth, it is always better to do it while eating something sweet! So, consider a visit to your old favorites or check out the Explore Frankenmuth App for new ideas. Either way, get to Frankenmuth soon; it’s where memories are made and traditions begin!
So, which do you choose – Super Loop, Lazy River, World Famous Chicken Dinner? What’s your favorite part of a Frankenmuth getaway?