Bavarian Inn Lodge opens $3 million expansion - WNEM TV 5

Bavarian Inn Lodge opens $3 million expansion

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FRANKENMUTH, MI (WNEM) -

The Bavarian Inn Lodge is unveiling a new $3 million renovation. The expansion includes two water slides and an upgrade to the mini-golf course.

The project took 84 working days, 220 cubic yards of concrete and more than 12,000 gallons of water.

The $3 million renovation of the lodge's indoor Family Fun Center features two four-story water slides. The lodge is also upgrading its popular 18-hole, indoor mini-golf course.  

"This latest phase is really a 'thank you' to our guests for allowing us to serve them for 26 years," said Judy Zehnder Keller, president and founder of Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Lodge.

The two water slides promise fun to children of all ages, 42 inches and taller. The stairs to the new water tower feature eight glass-block windows salvaged from the Frankenmuth Brewing Co. There's an individual body slide and a multi-person tube slide. Both slides end in a new indoor pool.

"Our facility provides a wide variety of activities that appeal to every interest, and that can be enjoyed together as a family," said Zehnder Keller.

Construction Facts:

  • Work Started Aug. 13 and was completed Nov. 20.
  • The slides and tower were constructed on a 16-foot high hill with a 30-degree slope.
  • The two slides measure 506 feet laid end to end.
  • Workers moved more than 1,000 yards of dirt during the project.

The lodge is now equipped with four indoor pools. Overnight guests of the lodge are invited to use the Family Fun Center as part of their stay.

Judy Zehnder Keller designed, developed and leads the Bavarian Inn Lodge's seven-acre facility. The resort has 360 guestrooms and a conference center.

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