Ten Ways to Take On the Outdoors in Frankenmuth

You may already know Frankenmuth for its Bavarian charm. However, you may not have known that Frankenmuth is also a prime destination for some outdoor summer activities. Today, guest blogger Christie Bierlein from Frankenmuth Convention and Visitors Buereau shares ten ways that you can take on the outdoors in Frankenmuth this season.

Photo courtesy of Thomas Warner at Bavarian Inn

Photo courtesy of Thomas Warner at Bavarian Inn

No doubt Frankenmuth is known for their beer, chicken and having the largest Christmas store in the world, but most visitors don’t know all of the scenic outdoor adventure it has to offer. Below are ten hidden gems off the beaten path from the regular bustle of Frankenmuth. Sure to provide days of fun and entertainment for the whole family. That is the magic of Frankenmuth.

Great Views

Fun Ships is a business that thrives on creating unique experiences along the beautiful Cass River for thousands of guests per year. They are a recipient of a “Keep Michigan Beautiful” award for their stunning patio views that are built right into the hill and wind all the way down to their docks along the shore. Fun Ships offers quaint, historical boat rides on an intimate 12 person electric Duffy boat; you can even experience a wine and chocolate pairing while you take in the scenery of the Frankenmuth countryside.

Paddleboard and Kayak

One thing you might notice as you cruise down the river is Frankenmuth Outfitters, a trendy new company to Frankenmuth offering kayak and paddleboard rentals. They also have bike trail maps available if staying on land is more your thing.

Cast a Line

Michigan is obviously a great place to fish with all of the Great Lakes but Frankenmuth is quickly becoming a popular place to drop a line. This fall, construction will begin on the fish passage project at the Cass River Dam in the heart of downtown. The fish passage project is a constructed rapids or rock ramp that will allow sport fish to pass over the dam, returning to spawning area further upstream. The project will benefit the Cass River through the increase in fish populations, with regional benefit to the award winning fishery in the Saginaw Bay.

Fly through the Trees

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Photo courtesy of Frankenmuth Convention and Visitors Bureau at Frankenmuth Adventure Park

If you’re looking for even more adventure, make sure to stop at the Adventure Park. This aerial forest adventure course is a fun family outing. They offer five different levels of climbing and zip lining so there’s no need for excuses to try it!

Hike through the Hills

Frankenmuth has many parks but their two most popular are Heritage and Memorial Parks. Memorial Park is surrounded by hills which make for great family fun. Look for toads in the creek or walk along one of the trails in the woods. Heritage Park is located on the Cass River and is home to the Frankenmuth Outfitters and the canoe launch. There is a one mile paved walking/running path around the park which makes is perfect for the active traveler.

Take a Riverboat Ride

The Bavarian Belle Riverboat is another great way to experience Frankenmuth by water. Feed the ducks and watch the Frankenmuth countryside float by as you get a historical narrated tour on how Frankenmuth came to be on this authentic Stern Driven Paddlewheel boat.

Get your Fitness on!

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Photo courtesy of Frankenmuth Convention and Visitors Bureau

Quickly becoming known as a “race town” Frankenmuth offers many different sporting activities throughout the year. Kicking off August is the Bavarian Inn Experience Triathlon continuing to the Bruckläufe (Bridge race) half marathon in October. Other races and events throughout the year include the 8K Winterläufe in February, the Zehnder’s Tour de Frankenmuth bike race in May, the Volkslaüfe 5K, 10K, 20K (on the fourth of July) and the newest event, the Frankenmüdder (an obstacle style 5K) which debuted July 19th 2014.

Have a Beverage… Outside!

Frankenmuth offers a variety of beautiful outdoor beer gardens. Try out the Fischer Platz under the “glockenspiel” at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, offering German music and entertainment daily. The Frankenmuth Brewery is another do not miss in terms of outdoor dining and drinking, their patio overlooks the Cass and Heritage Park. Tiffany’s is a local favorite in Frankenmuth, especially known for their pizza and laid back style night life; their outdoor patio has a great view of the downtown area. Prost is the newest addition to Frankenmuth, opening in August they boast a rustic chic atmosphere both inside and their outdoor beer garden. What sets Prost’s patio apart is its gazebo (equipped with a chandelier), fire bar all the wine, craft beer and unique cocktails you want with charming downtown views.

Photo courtesy of Frankenmuth Convention and Visitors Bureau

Photo courtesy of Frankenmuth Convention and Visitors Bureau

Smell the Flowers

Boasting over 380 hanging flower baskets, 40 annuals and 50 perennials Frankenmuth is a plant lover’s dream. Along with the 90 plants and flowers planted each year they plant 15 varieties of tropical plants, one of which is a prized “Bird of Paradise.” July and August are great months for a walk downtown to enjoy the color, perhaps even while you enjoy a beer at one of our beer gardens.

Give Disc Golf a Whirl

Rounding out our top ten is another Frankenmuth local favorite; disc golf! Played in Memorial Park and rated as one of the top 20 disc golf courses in Michigan, the course offers 18 holes of hilly and wooded fun that will challenge beginners to the most advanced players.

Planning on visiting Frankenmuth this summer? Join the conversation and share your photos using #muthfun on Twitter and Instagram or share your photos on Facebook.

Here’s Your Chance to be the Honorary Starter at the 2014 Pure Michigan 400!

PM_400_Contest_403Can you picture yourself as the Honorary Starter at the Pure Michigan 400? As part of a contest we’re hosting with Michigan International Speedway (MIS) on the Pure Michigan Facebook page, fans have the chance to win the honor of waving the green flag at the August 17th race.

Contest details are as follows:

TO ENTER

Go to the contest tab on the Pure Michigan Facebook page and simply tell us in 50 words or less why you should be selected as the Honorary Starter at the Pure Michigan 400. The entry period is from July 28 – August 6. Please note that submissions may take up to 24 hours to post.

TO VOTE

Fans of the Pure Michigan Facebook page can vote on their favorite submissions up to once a day throughout the duration of the contest. Pure Michigan will choose the winner from the top 10 most-voted entries.

THE PRIZE

The winner will serve as the Honorary Starter at the Pure Michigan 400 on August 17! He or she will also receive four tickets to the race for friends and family. Please note that all other expenses including travel to Michigan International Speedway are at the winner’s own expense.

Interested in becoming the Honorary Starter? Head over to the Pure Michigan Facebook page today to submit your entry! 

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From Our Community: 24 Ways You Know You’re From Michigan

Photo by Dave Dimuzio

Photo by Facebook Fan Dave Dimuzio

What makes Pure Michigan such a unique place to live, work and travel? We asked our fans on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to tell us the telltale signs of a true Michigander. Check out these 24 ways you know you’re from Michigan according to our social community.

You know you’re from Michigan when…

“You look forward to revisiting the same places over and over again wanting to see them in all four seasons.” – Ann Roedel

When you aren’t happy unless you are near a body of water” - Karen Collins-Parker

“You wear clothes in layers in the middle of summer ‘just in case’!” - Juli Bailey

“You say pop not soda” - Sheri Coleman

“The Pure Michigan ads put a lump in your throat and you can describe Lake Superior as just “a little chilly” then go right in!” -Bridget Tauber

“You go “up north” for your summer vacation.” - Cindy Gebert

“You pack a sweatshirt, a rain coat and your swimsuit for a weekend trip.” – Lois Marlene Gretzinger

Photo captured at Tahquamenon Falls

Photo captured at Tahquamenon Falls

“You know what yoopers and pasties are, and you drink Vernors to calm a stomachache” - Kirk Vogel

“You are never more than a couple of hours from a beautiful beach!” - Kristy Bies Sleeper

“You use your hands as the map to show where you live and where you are heading.” -Rodney and Beth Pentoney

“You wear flip flops out to the mailbox and it’s 42 degrees!” - Marian Ledergerber

“You know that you’re the only state that can give a high five” - Timothy Rexin

“The best vacations are traveled by car and the desired direction is NORTH.” - Pam Gregory

“You can experience all 4 seasons in one week!” - Kasey Lauwers

“Vernors, Sanders, Faygo, Better Made…Need I say more.” - Mary Ruth Romeos Martin

“You know who ‘Da Yoopers’ are!” - Barb Kalinski

“You have to explain what a “Michigan left” is!” – Twitter user @mcusuman87

“You can’t decide whether Mackinac or Frankenmuth has the best fudge.” – Twitter user @JessicaFastball

Photo captured at Isle Royale

Photo captured at Isle Royale

“You know what it means to be a troll or a fudgie” - Suzanne Ritchie

“Fall football! Michigan vs. Michigan State!” - Amy Macksood

“You correctly pronounce Sault Ste. Marie!” - Charlotte Hamilton

“You know how to spell and play Euchre!” - Faith Waterous

“You picked cherries and asparagus every summer.” - Shelly K Cherry

“No matter where you go there’s no place like home Michigan” - Laurie Ann Krzemien Burkey

Do you have any telltale signs of a Michigander to add to the list?