Fly Creek Tours
Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard - Private Tour with Owner
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Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard - Private Tour with Owner

By Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard
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The Mill offers Complimentary, Self-Guided tours daily. For people who want a more detailed experience this is the tour for you! The tour is hosted by the Mill's owner, Bill Michaels, you will hear the family history of the Mill and how this small business has developed into one of Cooperstown, NY's most popular tourism attractions. Learn about how the Mill harnesses the power of water to operate its 1889 water-hydraulic cider press. Go behind the scenes to areas not open to the public to see how the Mill creates its many flavors. As a retailer Bill will share his knowledge and experience on how his family has turned this once closed mill into a profitable agribusiness.
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Ages 0-120
Duration: 1–90 minutes
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Live guide: English
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  • One per group: Fly Creek Cider Mill Cookbook signed by the author (also your guide)
  • One per Group: $50 Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard Gift Card
  • Four Flights of Fly Creek Hard Ciders, Fly Creek Apple Wines, Local Beers and Fly Creek Spirits are included in the Mill's Tasting Room after the tour.


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  • 288 Goose St, Fly Creek, NY 13337, USA
    Register for your tour inside the Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 85943P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 85943P1

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    • 288 Goose St, Fly Creek, NY 13337, USA
      Register for your tour inside the Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard
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      Travel behind the scenes on this personal tour with owner Bill Michaels. Learn the water-power history of the Mill along with the changes over time. Visit areas not open to the public and learn how the Mill creates its many flavors.
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    • Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard
      435
      Fly Creek, United States
    • 823masonm
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fun
      Great food it was really fun and feeding the ducks was also really fun and cheap I would definitely recommend coming if in the area
      Written 19 June 2024
    • adk46erb
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Extremely Helpful Staff
      Last stop on a Wade Tours Bus Trip. We watched the ducks a bit, including feeding them, then we shopped intensively in the interesting, varied selection of the store. We had a lot of help. We even used one of the wheelchairs they provided right next to the bus parking space. We were ready to leave after shopping, so we never saw the other facilities, but hope to return.
      Written 22 September 2023
    • LuAnn O
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      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Delicious food, hungry ducks, lovely millpond
      A fun place to visit and eat delicious broccoli cheddar soup, cider donut sundae, and cider slush by the duck pond watching the summer storm pass over (the umbrellas are nice and big). The store is enormous and rather overwhelming, but we purchased some adhered cheddar and apple wine. The best part was feeding the ducks on the lovely millpond.
      Written 17 July 2023
    • Cheri D
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fly Creek Cider Mill: A family experience
      This is a really nice family run cider mill, restaurant, and general store. We did not partake of the private tour nor eat at the restaurant. We did, however, visit the general store, which is amazing. So many products to purchase, many made there on site. We went upstairs to sample their ciders and wines which were excellent and we ended up purchasing a few bottles. There are activities for families with children to do such as feeding the ducks in the pond, flower displays, etc. If you choose to eat at their restaurant, there are plenty of tables to eat at outdoors, as this is a seasonal restaurant with snack foods. The parking lot is across the street and has plenty of room.
      Written 26 November 2022
    • dese2
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      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Very nice and clean
      Didn't expect the cider mill to be so large and organized. They are definitely ready for lots of folks. Many outdoor photo venues and beautiful flower displays. Picnic tables and porch for eating food from their place; not for picnic brought from elsewhere. The inside has a large store with apple themed household and kitchen items. They also have a good supply of various food items. Included in food is their selection of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages. They offer glasses of wines, beers and ciders or flights upstairs where they have education displays. There was a player piano going when we were there. They have a large parking area across the street. Again, it is large enough for a crowd including campers. The onsite pond is fun for a visit. They have corn dispensers so you can feed resident ducks and geese. It looked like there were some games, but we didn't investigate them. We had a pleasant visit.
      Written 19 August 2022
    • artemis846
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great day out
      Very nice place. Honestly, the wine tasting was great!! Ended up purchasing a bottle (should have brought 2).very nice place for the family - lovely grounds and beautiful geese 😊will definitely go back in the fall 👍
      Written 15 August 2022
    • Jay S
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fly Creek Cider Mill never disappoints, awesome experience.
      Back again this year for the most awesome pot roast sandwich I have ever had with Fly Creek's very own horseradish sauce on grilled panini bread. Unbelievably delicious, in fact, so much so that I took an extra order of pot roast sandwich home and had it for dinner the next evening. They actually put the pot roast in a to-go container so the Panini bread will not soak up all of the juices from the pot roast. Great idea. Just a little reheat in the toaster oven and it's ready to serve. Yum! Get a meal deal with a sandwich and choose Cape Cod potato chips or mac and cheese with it along with a drink of your choice plus piece of Apple Pie. Also, took home 4 half gallons of their wonderful frozen Apple Cider. Just put the Apple Cider in the freezer and it keeps wonderfully. Fly Creek's Apple Cider is so delicious. Oh yes, had to get some of their Apple Cider cinnamon sugar donuts for the week for breakfast. Always a great family day trip. Will be back before the summer is out. Kudos to Bill Michaels and his crew for a superb job!
      Written 7 June 2022
    • 816briannap
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Family fun
      My dog loves fly creek. It is a tradition to bring him to the mill. He likes to feed the ducks and chickens and to grab a snack from the snack bar afterwards, while his mom shops in the store! I love that they let him come by every year. Here he is from his 2021 visit!
      Written 22 January 2022
    • dotsdashes2017
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Pleasant Tourist Trap
      If you like to shop this is the place for you! Very pleasant setting beside the creek and mill pond. We saw the antique tractors, apple trees, ducks, geese, chickens, and the huge pumpkin! Fun feeding the water birds under a bright Fall sky. Loaded up on treats…they have it all!
      Written 29 October 2021
    • cjfog92
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      So happy they are open again
      So great this place reopened. No more sampling due to COVID which makes sense. Best corn salsa ever. They also have the best pumpkin pie fudge. Fun place for cute photos.
      Written 28 September 2021
    • Jacqueline W
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Enjoyed it- came back twice!
      This was the surprise hit of our Cooperstown/ Upstate NY vacation. My kids loved it! We went out of our way to visit Fly Creek Cider Mill. We were glad we did. The store was fun to walk around and see. We asked for a tasting of the hard cider and a nice lady accommodated us. We liked the original best and bought that. We bought some donuts, molasses cookies, jams, dressings, etc. The snack place was great for lunch. The kids enjoyed it. We even came back another time, the next day during our "lunch break" at the hall of fame. Instead of finding a place in town we said - know what the kids would like? Fly Creek! Lets go back there! And so we did, and had another nice lunch. The pie was delicious by the way. My kids loved the duck races and seeing the animals. I would have enjoyed the cider making demo, but maybe next time we are there it will be up and running. And yes, after reading the other review, I see what they are saying about the upstairs being bare, etc. But give the place a break- they did what they had to do to survive a global-shut down and pandemic! Instead of saying you'll never go back- go! Support them and other small business. That is the only way we will get back to where it was. Anyway, LOVED Fly Creek- we will be back! PS- My kids sang the "Apples & Cider" jingle the whole way home.
      Written 3 September 2021
    • Mobile562245
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      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Not What It Once Was!!!!
      We have always visited the Fly Creek Cider Mill. They had their after covid grand reopening on August 14th and my husband and I visited on August 22nd. It is a shell of what it formerly was. While looking around the store, it became quite obvious that their stock is LOW. Went to the 2nd floor that at one time had many collectible items. Now, nothing on the 2nd floor but two upright racks of stuffed animals. Dish towels were laid out one by one (another tell tale sign of low stock) and yes there were empty shelves. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME!!!!!
      Written 23 August 2021
    • youngstownmom
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful Saturday Afternoon activity!!
      A great time. Wonderful family experience. Ducks, Geese & Chickens to watch & feed. Lots to see in the shop and buy! Salad dressings were wonderful, as was the fudge! They weren't pressing apples this day, but the video showed the process in detail. Had lunch and it was great and not a long wait, even though it was a warm, sunny Saturday afternoon. Had a 1/2 wait to get into store due to COVID-19 restrictions, but worth the wait.
      Written 25 October 2020
    • Panther_7232
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      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE
      Visited 9/12/2020. Overall very poor experience. Attempted to order 1-Hard Cider, and 1-Donut (to comply with required guidance, requiring food with alcohol). The Cashier (And the 5 other people behind the counter), all informed us that a single donut does not meet the requirement. However, half a dozen donuts, pie, or pretzels do. When asked why, they told us you had to spend a certain amount of money on food to get cider. Keep in mind that inside they were offering samples of hard cider without any food purchase. It seems to me like they are taking advantage of the requirement to have food with alcohol to make customers spend more money. COVID 19 precautions were a below average. No one was limiting building capacity, outdoor playground areas were not blocked off, and not being cleaned. People were not social distancing, and no one was enforcing this. I will NOT be returning to this business. I do NOT recommend this place to anyone.
      Written 13 September 2020
    • KingCobra7003
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feed the Ducks!
      Ok you can feed the crazy ducks on site but there’s much more to do. Nice laid out store for social distancing and they still give out free samples of wine and cider (max group of 4 at a time). You can pay $3 to sample the moonshine if you want. We bought a cider and some wine. Sizeable location with plenty to choose from and ice cream outside as well. Parking lot across the street.
      Written 3 September 2020
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    Bo-J
    Sidney Center, New York33 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2020 • Couples
    A Friday at Fly creek I have been coming here here for about twenty years . My family always enjoyed ducks to feed cute things for the children . Great snacks and samples for all inside the store and great seasonal things upstairs , well not anymore , now I understand during these times that the snacks had to go but the customer service at check out was very rude . We spent well over a hundred dollars on all the goodies . But that will be the last time there . We bought Carmel apples that were so disappointing they used to be my favorite. . I sure hope things pickup area favorite in the past.
    Written 26 September 2020
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    James H
    East Syracuse, NY20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2020 • Couples
    We always have a good time touring this place. This year with Covid, no samples like usual, but still a great place to visit for various food items and of course apples and cider
    Written 14 October 2020
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    AychEssP
    Madrid, Spain92 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Tour with the owner
    This place has great history and there is much more to it than we imagined. Mr Michaels gave us a great tour and we got to see how the water runs the turbine and all the old leather straps drive the press. Who knew there so many apple varieties. Lots to do, very friendly.
    A must see when in the area!
    Written 6 August 2022
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    Thank you for joining the Tour. You had a wonderful group and asked so many great questions. It is always nice to show tour-goers our family business so close to Cooperstown.
    Written 15 August 2022
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    beachboy007
    Pompano Beach, FL3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2022 • Friends
    Our tour with the owner was fascinating, he took us through the complete process of cider pressing along with a tasting of their homemade fudge,cookies and pies. We ended in the tasting beverage room were a flight of some very tasty cider inspired spirits were available. A must try is their cider slushy and bloody Mary.
    Written 28 July 2022
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    Thank you for joining me on the tour! I really enjoy sharing a more in-depth view of our Family Mill and Retail Operation with Tour goers like you. Thanks again, Bill Michaels - Owner and Tour Guide :)
    Written 29 July 2022
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