Completed project will create Michigan’s largest indoor water park and family entertainment center

The massive expansion of the Bavarian Inn Lodge’s water park and family fun center space continues with Lodge officials announcing several new attractions planned for the fall 2024 opening date.

When completed, the new amenities will make the Bavarian Inn Lodge Michigan’s largest indoor water park and family entertainment center with more than 140,000 square feet of family fun, adding to the draw of Frankenmuth for tourists from Michigan and the Midwest.

In addition to the water park attractions, Lodge officials have announced that the expansion will include a 4-lane mini-bowling center for families, a three-story ropes course, laser tag and a two-story climbing wall, as well as dozens of new video games. A large seating area will be available for birthday parties, group rentals and corporate events.

“The Bavarian Zehnder family is proud to work with RCI Adventure Products, another family owned business located right here in Allegan, Michigan” says Michael Zehnder, President of the Bavarian Inn Lodge. “We absolutely love when we can do business within our beautiful state.”

“It has been a pleasure working with Michael Zehnder and his team at Bavarian Inn” says Ronda Hulst, Director of RCI Adventure Products. “It is always exciting to put together a project with a local Michigan company. We are excited to put in the first ropes course of its kind with a unique bell on the Walk the plank designed specific to their heritage.”

The new expansion will open to guests in the fall of 2024, with some of the new family fun center areas opening near spring of 2024. The General Contractor for the expansion is R.C. Hendrick & Son, Inc., who have built all previous six phases of the Lodge.

The current Lodge Family Fun Center remains open, with no disruptions to the Lodge’s conference and banquet center, guest rooms and all of the hotel amenities already in place, including current family water slides, pools and restaurants.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Resort is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, the ResidenZ at Bavarian Inn, and more.

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 36 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, is one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 3rd and 4th generation Bavarian Inn family members, has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 36 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at

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