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Bavarian Belle Riverboat

925 S Main St, Suite D-3, Frankenmuth, MI 48734-1808
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Very relaxing.

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

Reviewed 21 July 2017
Dorothy M
Bavarian Belle - put on your "To do list" when visiting Frankenmuth, MI

This is a MUST do on your list! Learn the history of Frankenmuth first on the Riverboat. Extremely... read more

Reviewed 21 July 2017
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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925 S Main St, Suite D-3, Frankenmuth, MI 48734-1808
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Reviewed 21 July 2017

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
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Reviewed 21 July 2017

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.

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Reviewed 20 July 2017

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

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Reviewed 19 July 2017

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.

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Reviewed 19 July 2017 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!!

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Reviewed 18 July 2017

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

Thank Lee B
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Reviewed 18 July 2017

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
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Reviewed 18 July 2017

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
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Reviewed 18 July 2017 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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Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed the boat tour while learning about Frankenmuth and the Cass River. Nice scenic tour. Our teens (15 yrs old) also really enjoyed it. It was pricey for a family of 4 but a nice treat.

Thank Kelly O
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Candice T
31 July 2017|
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Response from Marzoo | Reviewed this property |
There is a large mall right next door with plenty of parking.
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Victoriosa V
10 June 2017|
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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
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Jennifer P
6 May 2017|
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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.
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