Just like everyone else, Franklin and other cider mills offer a strong sense of Michigan tradition and nostalgia and, like everyone else, I remember quite well my parents taking me here near forty years ago. However...
In all fairness, in rating a tourist attraction, one must be impartial. So, suffice to say the cider is still very, very good, the fried, grease-stain the brown paper bag donuts are just OK, the ducks are overfed and the staff are rather surly. For such a supposedly folksy and traditional place, maybe they should invest in some actual friendly people to work there. Additionally, the tourist trap vibe here has been amped up badly with all kinds of overpriced claptrap on offer besides the cider and donuts. $50 for a pumpkin? Really?
The location is still very nice with free parking (for now) and the apple-press observation was interesting and worth-while (performed by some grouchy illegal aliens not open to questions). If you still must go to get your nostalgia fix, FYI I went at opening at 8am on a Saturday and there were very few people.
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