Zehnder's Splash Village offers families respite from frigid temperatures

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FRANKENMUTH (WJRT) (12/27/2017) - A plane ticket to Florida is certainly a lot more expensive than a day pass to a local water park.

Temperatures around Mid-Michigan are hovering around zero this week, but it's a balmy 82 degrees inside Zehnder's Splash Village in Frankenmuth.

Ann Gratto and her two daughters took a ride on the family raft slide.

"It was great," said Ella Gratto.

"It's awesome," exclaimed her sister Hannah.

Ann and her husband drove their four daughters down from Ontario for a break from the cold.

"As we were driving here today it was -12. That was the daytime high for us," said Ann Gratto.

Ella didn't put up a fight. Her favorite ride?

"I like the drop slide," she said. "It counts down from three, it feels like your heart stops."

The fun and the warmth may be a boon for business as temperatures outdoors continue to plummet below zero every morning.

"It helps, no doubt about it, because if you're looking to do some outdoor activities, whether it's cross country skiing or downhill skiing, those type of temperatures may keep -- especially the little ones -- mom and dad looking for alternatives," said John Shelton, vice president of sales and marketing. "We hope they choose us."

And while it's not Florida, Ann Gratto said the water is plenty warm and it's less expensive than traveling to a tropical climate.

"Driveable, have a fun vacation here," she said.

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