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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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Highly recommended!

So glad we took the time to enjoy a paddle boat ride on the Cass River in Frankenmuth. The very... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Farmington, Michigan
via mobile
Very relaxing.

Totally enjoyed the one-hour ride. The commentary on the history of the boat and the history of... read more

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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 yesterday via mobile

So glad we took the time to enjoy a paddle boat ride on the Cass River in Frankenmuth. The very knowledgeable captain gave us a running history of the area and sites along the way. We were traveling with a 4 yr. old and he...More

Thank Marzoo
Reviewed yesterday

Totally enjoyed the one-hour ride. The commentary on the history of the boat and the history of the area was very interesting. For best viewing one must sit at the sides of the boat, especially if you want to see what's in the water. Loved...More

Thank Dorothy M
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a MUST do on your list! Learn the history of Frankenmuth first on the Riverboat. Extremely interesting and even my teenage kids were listening and enjoying the ride. Fair price and a fun experience.

Thank marisanders314
Reviewed 2 days ago

We took a ride on an actual riverboat that sailed on the Mississippi, Ohio, and Arkansas Rivers in the first 20 years of its life. One of the captains narrates about the boat and the town of Frankenmuth. The ride was comfortable, smooth, and fun...More

Thank Evelyn E
Reviewed 4 days ago

I would recommend a cruise on the Bavarian Belle Riverboat. The price was a good deal, great for families and couples. It was relaxing, smooth ride, and very informative. I would definitely go again next time we visit Frankenmult.

Thank peliachevskyl
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Boat is family owned by a passionate caring group of guys. Humorous and entertaining and $10 bought a hat, pretzel, popcorn and bottled water once on board. Nice leisurely ride and very well done!!

Thank bcal3800
Reviewed 4 days ago

We really enjoyed the Bavarian Belle Riverboat ride. The staff was attentive and friendly. We support family operated businesses.

Thank Lee B
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very nice and scenic boat ride. The family that operates this boat is truly dedicated and maintain their facility meticulously. The narrator provides interesting information of various structures passed along the way. Food and drink prices were very reasonable. Highly recommend!!!

Thank wes w
Reviewed 5 days ago

We really enjoyed our ride on the Bavarian Belle Riverboat. It was relaxing and informative. Very friendly staff. So glad we took the time to experience this attraction and would encourage others to do do as well.

Thank Thomas S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Did the 8 pm ride. Very relaxing and informative. Would do again. So much history covered on this boat ride and very clean.

Thank LeeRenee
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Victoriosa V
10 June 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
6 May 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
20 February 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