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Where to Go Maple Sugaring in the New York Area

Where to Go Maple Sugaring in the New York Area

These venues will have you tapping trees, sampling syrup, and having fun throughout February and March!


February-March marks the peak of the maple sugaring season. Throughout the region, there are opportunities to learn all about the history and process of making maple syrup, what many like to refer to as "liquid gold." But there's so much more to do, especially at maple syrup festivals–like tapping trees and tasting syrup yourself! Check out these events to find the perfect maple sugaring event for your family.

 

Maple Sugaring in Westchester County

Teatown Lake Reservation
1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining
914-762-2912 x110; teatown.org

March is sugaring time at Teatown–check out your options to join in the fun!

Sugaring Saturdays: March 1-15, 1-4pm.
From tapping to collecting, boiling to bottling, Teatown's naturalists will be in Warren's sugarhouse sharing facts and folklore about this sweet time of year. There are 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm time slots. Pre-registration required. Members can attend for free. Non-members are $8. Call 914-762-2912 x110 to register.

Pancake Brunch: Saturday, March 21, 8:30am, 1:30pm
Bring your appetite to Teatown's tastiest annual tradition: the Pancake Brunch! Start your day off with stacks of hotcakes smothered in maple syrup, hot coffee, sausages, and more. Visit the sugarhouse to watch a demonstration of how their "liquid gold" is produced, and join Charlie Roberto for a free half-hour bird walk after you’ve had your pancakes. Seating is limited. Call 914-762-2912 x110 to register. $18; $10 for children younger than 12. Members: $13; $7 for children younger than 12.

Muscoot Farm
51 Route 100, Katonah
914-864-7282; muscootfarm.org

Maple Sugaring Events
Tappin’ the Trees: Sunday, Feb. 9, 12-2pm
Primitive Sugaring: Saturday, Feb. 15, 2-4pm
Sugaring: Feb. 16-22, Feb. 16 and Feb. 22, 2-4pm
Spend an afternoon finding out all there is to know about making maple syrup–and on Feb. 9, you can even help tap the trees! Weather permitting. Free.

Rye Nature Center
873 Boston Post Road, Rye
914-967-5150; ryenaturecenter.org

Maple Sugaring Saturday: Saturday, Feb. 8-29, Feb. 8 and Feb. 29, 1pm

Tap a tree the old-fashioned way! Learn about how maple trees produce sap and get a peek at the sugaring process in the Rye Nature Center’s own sugar shed. Please call to reserve your places. Suggested for ages 5 and older. $15 per family; $10 per member family.

Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
The Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
Routes 35 and 121, Cross River
914-864-7322; friendsoftrailside.org

Backyard Sugaring 101: Saturday, Jan. 25, 1-2pm
Learn everything you need to know to start making your own maple syrup at home!

Family Tapping Experience: Saturday, Jan. 18, Jan. 25, and Feb. 1, see website for times
Learn the ins and outs of maple sugaring at this one-on-one tapping event for families, and take home a bottle of maple syrup and a framed family photo once the season ends. Call 914-864-7322 to reserve a spot in advance–registration is required. $50.

Sugarhouse Chat: Saturday, Feb. 22, 10am-12pm
Stop by to see the evaporator turn sap into maple syrup.

Maple Open House Weekend: Saturday, Feb. 29, 10am-3pm
Trailside will be one of the sugarhouses open to the public for sugaring demos and tastings. Check out the Westchester Area Maple Open House Weekend Facebook group for more details!

Maple Sugaring: Past to Present: Saturday, March 7, 1pm
The Northeast’s history comes alive during a demonstration of the origins of maple syrup.

Sugaring-Off Party: Saturday, March 14, 12-3pm
Enjoy winter's sweet rewards at this annual celebration that offers food, music, and sugaring demonstrations all day. Free.

Westmoreland Sanctuary
260 Chestnut Ridge Road, Mount Kisco
914-666-8448

Sugarfest: March 14-15, see website for times
Join Westmoreland in its annual pancake breakfast, then enjoy the Maple Sugaring through the Ages program, which teaches guests about harvesting processes used by Native Americans and early colonists. You can tap a tree yourself!

 

Maple Sugaring in New York City

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
2351 Veterans Road W., Staten Island

Maple Syrup Saturdays: Feb. 1-29, Saturdays, 1-3pm
Learn about the entire process of making maple syrup, from tap to table. Participants hike for up to an hour on Clay Pit Pond trails to find maple trees, drill holes, hang buckets, and collect sap. RSVP appreciated. Free.

Maple Sugaring in Rockland County

The Nature Place Day Camp
307 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge
845-356-1234

Maple Sugaring: Saturday, Feb. 29, 12-1pm and 2-3pm
Learn all about maple trees, head outside to tap sap, boil it down, and taste it over ice! Free.

 

Maple Sugaring in Putnam County

Green Chimneys
33 Clearpool Road, Carmel
845-225-8226; greenchimneys.org

Maple Sugaring & Pancake Breakfast: Saturday, March 21, 9am-1pm
Enjoy a pancake breakfast, then take a walk to the Sugar House to see how sap is boiled down into syrup! There will also be demonstrations, guided hikes, carnival games, crafts, and more. $8; $5 for children younger than 10.

 

Maple Sugaring in Orange County

Hudson Highlands Nature Museum
Outdoor Discovery Center
120 Muser Drive, Cornwall
845-534-5506 x204; hhnaturemuseum.org



Maple Tree Tapping: Sunday, Feb. 16, 10am-12pm
Learn the history and origins of maple syrup, then take a guided walk through the sugar bush to pick out and tap a tree using a spike. Hang a bucket at the end of the tube to catch sap to be collected and boiled later–and you get to take a pint of syrup home! Pre-registration required. One tree per family. $20; $15 members; $15 children; $10 children members.

Sweet Maple Syrup Celebration!: Saturday, Feb. 22, 11am-3pm
Enjoy maple sugar tours, special crafts, games, storytelling around the campfire, treats of the season, and fun recipes for maple syrup. You’ll discover sugaring techniques using by Native Americans, pioneers, and modern farmers, see an evaporator in action, and participate in a taste test challenge! $10; $8 children ages 3-17; Members: $8, $6 children ages 3-17.

There are two tours available. The Sugar Bush Tour is a one-mile, moderate hike through field and forest to the Sugar Shack and embarks at 11am, 1pm, and 2pm. The Maple Lane Tour is suited for hikers of all levels and embarks at 12pm and 3pm. It is a short walk from the farmhouse to the Sugar Shack after a tour of the sugar maple stand.

 

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Maple Sugaring on Long Island

Hoyt Farm 
200 New Highway, Commack
631-543-7804; smithtownny.gov

Maple Sugaring: Sundays, Feb. 23-March 8, 1:30-3pm
Native American and Colonial techniques will be demonstrated to produce maple syrup. Visitors will learn how to make equipment, identify and tap trees, and get to taste the syrup. $5; no reservations required.

Benner's Farm
56 Gnarled Hollow Road, East Setauket
631-689-8172; bennersfarm.com

Maple Sugaring Day: Saturday, Feb. 22, 12-4pm
Join Benner's for a day of maple sugaring fun!

Maple Sugaring in Fairfield County, CT

New Pond Farm Education Center
101 Marchant Road, Redding
203-938-2117; newpondfarm.org

Backyard Maple Syrup: Saturday, February 1, 1-2:30pm
Have you ever wanted to make your own maple syrup? Let New Pond Farm Education Center teach you each step of this sweet process and review the materials needed in backyard production. Please dress for the outdoors! Registration is required. $10 per member family; $15 per non-member family.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center
39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford
203-977-6521; stamfordmuseum.org

First County Bank Maple Sugar Festival Weekend: Saturday-Sunday, March 7-8, 11am-3pm
Learn how maple sap from trees is turned into syrup, sample the syrup, and purchase a bottle to take home. Family activities include live music, food trucks, a kids’ game zone, animal interactions, tree tapping demonstrations, maple snow cones, face painting, and more! Pancake brunch on Sunday. Free for family PLUS members; $6 members; $12 non-members.

Sponsor-A-Bucket
Personalize your support by sponsoring a bucket throughout the season. The center will place a nametag on each bucket and you can taste a special selection of syrups made during different times of the season. You will also receive a pint of your very own pure Connecticut maple syrup. Each sponsorship opportunity is $125. For more information, call Eileen McNamara.

Wilton Ambler Farm
257 Hurlbutt St., Wilton
203-834-1143; amblerfarm.org

Maple Syrup Tap-a-Tree: Saturday, Feb. 1, 10am or 1pm
Learn the science and history of maple syruping. One training session is required, then you can choose a tree and hang a bucket to collect sap through the season to be boiled down, bottled, and sent to each family. Collecting season typically runs from February to Enrollment limited to 110 families. Registration opened on Jan. 2 for member families and will open on Jan. 17 for non-member families. $65 per non-member family; $60 per member family.

Middlebrook Maple Syrup Program: Feb. 6-March 12, Thursdays until 4:10pm
Students in sixth through eighth grades will meet in the Middlebrook cafeteria after school to collect sap, then students and families will be invited to Ambler Farm to see how the sap is made into syrup, and each student will receive a bottle of syrup. Dress warm. Parents can pick up kids at 4:10pm in the Middlebrook pick-up line. To register your child, please email Kevin Meehan at kevin@amblerfarm.org.

Maple Syrup Open House: Saturdays, Feb. 29 and March 7, 1-2pm
Experience the New England tradition of turning sap into syrup. Learn about the Native American origin of maple syrup, and colonial syrup traditions, followed by how the farm boils the sap down to make maple syrup. Then enjoy a taste of it over vanilla ice cream. Bottles of Ambler Farm syrup will be available for purchase, but this open house is free.

 

Maple Sugaring in Bergen County, NJ

Tenafly Nature Center
313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly
201-568-6093; tenaflynaturecenter.org

Maple Sugaring: Feb. 2-23, Sundays, 12:30pm, 2pm, and 3pm
Learn how to identify a maple tree. Discover the history of syrup making and how technology has changed the gathering of sap over the centuries. Check tapped trees and boil down the sap to make fresh, warm maple syrup, and then have a taste. Dress warmly; program will be both inside and outdoors. Registration required. $30 per family; $15 per family TNC members; $10 individual; $5 TNC members; free for children younger than.

 

Other Places to Go Sugaring in The NY Area

Frost Valley YMCA
2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville
845-985-2291

Kenneth Burger Farm
3437 Millbrook Road, Margaretville, NY
845-586-4784

Great Brook Sugar House at Sullivan Farm
140 Park Lane Road, New Milford, CT
860-354-4600

Warrup's Farm
11 John Read Road, West Redding, CT
203-938-9403

 

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