Annual Canine Cruise on the Cass River

Location: Bavarian Belle River Boat 
Date: Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, 2024 
Time: 8:30 a.m. & 9:45 a.m. 
Register: OPEN! Click here to purchase tickets!

Back by popular demand, the annual Canine Cruise on the Cass River returns during the 2024 Frankenmuth Dog Bowl! This unique tour of Frankenmuth takes place aboard the Bavarian Belle historic paddleboat, which docks on the north side of Frankenmuth River Place Shops, 925 S. Main St. in Frankenmuth. 

Pets are not only welcome but also encouraged on the Canine Cruise. Cruises will be at 8:30am and 9:45am on both Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 during the Dog Bowl festival. 

Each tour lasts around 45 minutes and includes a narrated history of Frankenmuth and plenty of photo opportunities with your pup!

Proceeds from the Canine Cruise go to Frankenmuth Dog Bowl Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission of advocating for responsible pet ownership through educational programs and world-class events, with a goal of being a recognized source of knowledge and entertainment for dogs and the people they love.

Registration is limited to the first 75 participants and one dog per person for each session. There are no refunds for the Canine Cruise Package.


The Bavarian Belle does allow a limited number of pets on their regularly scheduled cruises, learn more about pricing and times here:

While at Dog Bowl, make sure to check out the many activities including a pet-themed vendor marketplace, the pet costume contest, fun run doggie races and explore more than 40 shops and attractions located at River Place Shops. For more information and a full schedule, visit!

All events take place at River Place Shops, 925 S. Main St. Parking is free and located around the German-styled shopping complex and along Weiss Street. With the events spread out on over 25 acres of Bavarian Inn property, there will be plenty of space for guests and canines to enjoy themselves safely.