Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth Will Spend $80M to Expand Indoor Waterpark

A major expansion of the Bavarian Inn Lodge, one of Frankenmuth’s major attractions, is planned to begin Dec. 13 as the Lodge plans an $80 million expansion to its water park amenities and family entertainment offerings.
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Frankenmuth's Bavarian Inn will expand its indoor waterpark and family entertainment offerings in an $80 million renovation. // Courtesy of  ADCI
Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn will expand its indoor waterpark and family entertainment offerings in an $80 million renovation. // Courtesy of ADCI

A major expansion of the Bavarian Inn Lodge, one of Frankenmuth’s major attractions, is planned to begin Dec. 13 as the Lodge plans an $80 million expansion to its water park amenities and family entertainment offerings.

A groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Dec. 13. When completed, the new amenities will make the Bavarian Inn Lodge Michigan’s largest indoor water park and family entertainment center, at more than 140,000-square-feet of space.

“We are truly raising the bar on fun at the Lodge, creating unique attractions and new types of experiences within our resort,” says Michael Keller Zehnder, president of the Bavarian Inn Lodge. “This expansion will help us to advance our goal of creating fun and enjoyable experiences for all ages. We are reimagining family fun and see this as an exciting project for all of Frankenmuth.”

The new expansion will open to guests in the spring of 2024, with some of the new family fun center areas opening in late fall of 2023. The general contractor for the expansion is R.C. Hendrick & Son Inc., which has built all previous six phases of the lodge.

The current Family Fun Center will remain in operation throughout the project, says Zehnder, with no disruptions to the lodge’s conference and banquet center, guest rooms, and all the hotel amenities already in place, including current family water slides, pools, and restaurants.

More details will be released throughout the stages of construction.

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