Ultimate Zehnder’s Splash Village Frankenmuth Waterpark Trip Planner – 2022

Zehnder's Splash Village

Visiting Zehnder’s Splash Village

Zehnder’s Splash Village is a combination hotel and waterpark located in the popular Christmas-all-year-town of Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Zehnder’s Splash Village is one of two indoor waterpark hotels in Frankenmuth (the other is located at Bavarian Inn.)

We’re pretty sure you’re reading this article because you want to learn how to level up your stay at Splash Village. You’re in the right place!

Read on to find the best time to go, insider tips & coupons, and FAQs about Zehnder’s Splash Village.

Frankenmuth MI

1365 South Main St, Frankenmuth, MI 4873

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Zehnder’s Splash Village Fast Facts

This Frankenmuth waterpark has:

  • 50,000 square feet waterpark
  • Attached hotel with family suites
  • Onsite dining
  • Free parking
Zehnder's Splash Village

FAQs – Zehnder’s Splash Village

Is Zehnder’s Splash Village Good for Toddlers & Preschoolers?

Toddlers and preschoolers will not be bored at Zehnder’s. We recommend The Splash Park for the littlest visitors, featuring age appropriate play spaces.

Can I Buy a Zehnder’s Splash Village Day Pass?

Yes. Both half-day and full-day passes are available for visitors.

What are the Zehnder’s Splash Village Prices?

Prices fluctuate. Up-to-date pricing is found on their waterpark day pass schedule.
Half-Day Pass: $35 to $47 (10 am – 3 pm or 4 – 9 pm)
Full-Day Pass: $45 to $55 (10 am – 9 pm)

How Can I Get Deals for Splash Village?

Zehnder’s may occasionally offer discounts to their newsletter subscribers.
If there is an active Zehnder’s deal on Groupon you’ll find it here.
You can also book a package and get a bundled discount that way.

Does Zehnder’s Splash Village Provide Towels?

Yes, towels are provided, as are inner tubes and life jackets, free of charge. These items are not to be removed from the waterpark area.

Can I Bring Food into the Waterparks at Zehnders Splash Village?

No. No coolers, thermoses, glass items or food not purchased from Zehnder’s is allowed in the waterpark or public areas.

Inside the Waterpark

Zehnder’s Splash Village has 3 main areas in the waterpark:

The Splash Park, the Atrium Waterpark, and the outdoor pool. 

Each park area is stocked with life jackets with lifeguards on duty.

Wristbands are required for entry.

The Atrium Waterpark

Features: Waterslides, hot tubs, zero-entry pool, Lazy river, water basketball, water volleyball, Adult Beverages, cabana rentals

In the Atrium Waterpark, a retractable roof opens during warmer weather. Even when the roof is closed the venue has a delightful open airy feeling.

If you’re traveling with older kids, The Atrium Waterpark is likely where you will spend most of your time. The rides here are bigger and more intense than what you’ll find in the Splash Park.

Notable Attractions

  • Retractable Roof
  • Lazy River with strong current
  • 6-story Family Raft Ride
  • Extreme “Trap Door” Drop Ride
  • Large Hot Tubs
  • Cabanas
Firsthand Look at Zehnder’s Extreme Trap Door Drop Ride
Atrium Waterpark Lazy River
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Atrium Waterpark has a retractable roof

The larger waterslides require riders to be at least 48 inches tall.

Family Raft Ride in the Atrium Waterpark

Private cabanas include a credenza with mini-refrigerator, safe, house phone, towels, flat-screen TV, food and beverage service and accommodates up to 10 guests. Reservations required.

Private Cabanas
The splash park

Features: smaller Waterslides, lilypads, play structure, dumping bucket, hot tubs, zero-entry pool, Lazy river, water basketball

For younger visitors, the Splash Park offers shorter slides and “Wee Folks Springs” as a small splash area.

Little kids love the climbing structure, seesaws, and dump bucket.

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Wee Folk Springs Area

The Splash Park lazy river provides both single and double rafts for a gentle ride.

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Crooked Brook Creek Lazy River

If you need a break from all the swimming, sliding, and floating, you can warm up in the jetted hot tub:

Dumping Bucket: Indoor waterparks are known for giant buckets that periodically dump thousands of gallons on visitors, and Zehnder’s is no different.

outdoor waterpark

Features: Lawn Chairs, water slides, hot tub

During summer, the outdoor waterpark at Zehnder’s opens for fun and sunshine. In 2021, the outdoor pool stayed open well into September.

The heated outdoor pool is surrounded by lounge chairs, tables, and umbrellas.

Zehnders Splash Village Outdoor Pool
waterpark dining

Waterpark guests have two dining options: Elf Hollow Cafe or the Mushroom Grille. (No outside food is allowed in the waterpark.)

The Elf Hollow Café is located in the main Lobby of Zehnder’s Splash Village. The Mushroom Grille is located within the Atrium Park.

The Elf Hollow Cafe also has a window inside the waterpark, called the Village Bar, where swimmers can order food. Prices are reasonable for a waterpark and the portions are decent.

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The Village Bar ordering window inside the waterpark

Elf Hollow Café and the Mushroom Grille both feature food and beverage service and a full bar with craft beers and specialty coffees for guests ages 21+.

Dining tables inside the waterpark
towels & lockers

Men’s and women’s showers and toilets are located at the entrance to the waterpark.

Zehnder's Waterpark locker rooms

Lockers (fee) are available in the Atrium and the Splash Parks, but not inside the shower area. 

Towels are provided by Zehnder’s (pick them up at the entrance).

Return the towels before leaving the waterpark – you can’t take them to your hotel room.

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The Arcade at Zehnder’s

The arcade provides a nice break from the waterpark.

Wristbands are required to enter the arcade.

After acing Wheel of Fortune or other fun games, collect your tickets and exchange them for prizes.

Hand sanitizer stations are stationed throughout the arcade, including the prize area.

Overnight Stays at Zehnder’s Splash Village

Step into the colorful lobby for check-in where you’ll be transported into a fun, elven fairyland. The waterpark and hotel both feature large, whimsical mushrooms, bugs, and trees.

From the lobby you can look into the waterpark; the Elf Hollow Cafe is next to the lobby as well. 

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Entrance to the Elf Hollow Cafe

You will receive wristbands at check-in and will need these to enter both the waterpark and arcade. 

Tip: You do not need to check out at the desk for your departure. Use the text option from your phone and you will receive an emailed receipt.

Suites & Hotel rooms

Zehnder’s features multiple hotel room configurations, including some with lofts and others with waterpark views.

We stayed in the Family Suite, where we had plenty of room for the four of us.

Although the hotel is a bit dated, our room was clean and comfortable.

Convenience items like a mini-fridge and microwave made it easy to store and reheat leftovers.

Family Suite Amenities

  • 2 Queen Beds
  • Queen-Sized Sofa Sleeper
  • Sitting Area
  • Fireplace
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Two TVs
  • Coffee Maker
  • Ironing Board & Iron
  • Hair Dryer
  • Includes up to 6 Waterpark Passes
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Sitting area provided a comfy spot to watch tv or have snacks
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One of two TVs is located above the fireplace

Where to Eat

If you’re staying overnight at Zehnder’s, you can put your minifridge to use by bringing snacks along.

Prefer to dine in a reastaurant? Here’s what is offered onsite, and where to find that famous chicken:

onsite dining

There are two spots within Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel & Waterpark to eat: the Elf Hollow Cafe and the Mushroom Grille.

Choose from pizza, hamburgers, seasonal salads, nachos, deli sandwiches, fries, fresh fruit, and slushes.

Also offered:  beverage service and a full bar with craft beers and specialty coffees for those 21 and older.

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Elf Cafe
Where can I find Zehnder’s Chicken?

You won’t find Zehnder’s world-famous chicken at Splash Universe location.

Rather, you’ll need to hop in the car and take a short drive to the Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth Restaurant to reach this beloved spot.

Zehnder's Famous Chicken Dinners

Pro Tip: We recommend visiting on the weekdays for a less busy experience. The massive dining room fills up quickly and wait times can be lenghty during prime visiting times.

Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth Restaurant
730 South Main St, Frankenmuth, MI 48734
(844) 207-7309

Frankenmuth MI
Dining Room at Zehnder’s Restaurant

Another way to experience their chicken dinner is via Zehnder’s Marketplace, located on the lower level of the restaurant.

Zehnder's Marketplace Menu

We opted to grab their tasty chicken to go and enjoyed it at the hotel.

Zehnder's Chicken

Need more dining suggestions? Use the Frankenmuth Trip Planner for more local restaurants.

Tips for Visiting Zehnder’s Splash Village

General tips

Be Aware of Busy Times. Holiday break, spring break, and other high-demand time periods book up quickly and offer a more people-intensive visit. For smaller crowds, midweek visits or non-holiday weekends are your best bet.

Reserve Ahead of Time. Waterpark reservations are handled online. Book your spots as far in advance as possible for the best selection.

waterpark tips

Bring plastic bags. Plastic or waterproof bags are great for transporting wet swimsuits, shower shoes, goggles, or other swim supplies.

Leave your life jackets at home. The waterpark provides life jackets. This lets you avoid having to schlep large, wet items home.

overnight stay tips

Consider booking a package. Zehnder’s offers room and dining packages, ultimately streamlining and discounting your visit.

Bring your own Wi-Fi. Zehnder’s offers free Wi-Fi, but it can be slow and spotty. If you plan on working or otherwise need a strong internet connection, bring a hotspot.

Plan Your Meals. The Elf Hollow Cafe was the only dining option open during our stay, so we needed to leave the hotel for most of our meals. With a microwave and mini-fridge, you also have options to keep items cold or reheat in your room.

Hotels & Vacation Rentals Nearby

You can stay offsite and use day passes to visit Zehnder’s Splash Village.

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS

926 S Main St, Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Daily complimentary hot breakfast, WiFi, indoor pool, and fitness center.

Frankenmuth Motel

1218 Weiss St, Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Budget-friendly motor inn with complimentary Wi-Fi and breakfast.

Drury Inn & Suites

260 S Main St, Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Daily hot breakfast, indoor pool, and hot tub.

Whole House with Hot TuB

Sleeps 10; 5 BD; 4 Ba

Located within the historical district and walking distance to favorite Frankenmuth attractions. Enjoy two private decks, hot tub, and watch the horse and carriages go by the house!

Frankenmuth Harmonie Haus

Sleeps 12; 5 BD; 2 Ba

Located a block off of main street making Frankenmuth activities and events easily accessible. Perfect for big groups with a large modern kitchen, covered patio and grill, and a relaxing front porch swing.

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