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Bavarian Belle Riverboat

The family operated Bavarian Belle Riverboat is an authentic Stern Driven Paddlewheel in Frankenmuth, MI. Offering a 1-hour historical narrated tour of the Frankenmuth area, Fido is bound to have fun aboard this fully restored, dog-friendly, 150-passenger vessel. The Bavarian Belle is open-air canopied on the upper deck and has a fully enclosed lower salon with restrooms. They offer a snack bar and soft drinks on board. Located in the River Place Shops, the Bavarian Belle is docked at the waterfall. The dock and lower level are both handicap accessible. Please bring cash or check to pay for your trip aboard the Bavarian Belle. Visit Website

Or call (866) 808-2628 or email captain@bavarianbelle.com for more information.


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Bavarian Belle Riverboat has received a rating of 4.9 out of 5 bones by 7 canine critics on BringFido and 5.0 out of 5 by 1,882 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • James
    Nov. 3, 2022
    A really fun trip with our dog

    We brought Jasper the Adventure dog to take a trip with us on this riverboat. They are a dog friendly venue. A wonderful employee named Evy sold us our tickets. The trip was amazing. Jasper walked up front, watching the ducks, the water and wildlife along the bank of the river. Pictures from this event will end up on a future book. I highly recommend this activity for anyone and especially for those with well behaved dogs.

  • Rescue Dog Fam
    Jul. 25, 2022
    Great Cruise!

    During Dog Bowl, there was a Canine Cruise specifically for dogs and their owners. The dogs liked being on the Cruise, and we got to hear all the history of Frankenmuth. The dogs had fun dog watching all the other dogs moving around. It was a fun time and I'm glad we went on the canine specific cruise.

    The only thing I would change, I know hearing the boat horn is part of the fun but maybe cut the time down or something if theu ever do a Canine specific cruise again. A lot of dogs were very scared and it took a few of them a while to calm down.

  • Jessica
    Apr. 8, 2021
    Unique experience for dogs and their owners!

    The Bavarian Belle Riverboat is a unique experience for anyone visiting Frankenmuth! The amazing riverboat team provides a great service with a historical tour of Frankenmuth to narrate the river cruise, and often welcomes well-behaved dogs along for the ride. You can call ahead to reserve tickets or purchase them on-site at the ticket kiosk located at Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

  • Paula
    Aug. 12, 2019
    Very Pet Friendly

    We did not take our girls, but someone had brought their fur baby and we noticed that they were treated very well. Talked to the head captain. He said that they love dogs (and well behaved parents

  • Garry
    More than a year ago
    Great Boat Ride for Dogs

    We spent a very enjoyable hour on the boat with our Great Pyrenees Yuna. Everyone was very kind to her and she thoroughly enjoyed watching the world go by from the upper deck.

    This is a family-run business and it shows in the friendliness of them all. We particularly enjoyed the narration which was both informative and witty. Definitely recommended.

  • Myra
    More than a year ago
    Pleasant river tour

    My dog was welcomed on the boat. We sat on the upper deck, above the paddles and there was a nice breeze much of the time. And there's a cover overhead so it was mostly shaded...very important since the temp was mid 80's. Interesting narration along the river, including the history of the paddle wheel boat and getting it to Michigan from, I think, New Orleans. Nice, family-run tour.

  • Pamela
    More than a year ago

    Was a great time and treated the the dogs well.

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