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!
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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.
200 New Highway, Commack
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.
56 Gnarled Hollow Road, East Setauket
Maple Sugaring Day: Saturday, Feb. 22, 12-4pm
Join Benner's for a day of maple sugaring fun!
New Pond Farm Education Center
101 Marchant Road, Redding
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
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.
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
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 email@example.com.
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.
Tenafly Nature Center
313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly
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.
Frost Valley YMCA
2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville
Kenneth Burger Farm
3437 Millbrook Road, Margaretville, NY
Great Brook Sugar House at Sullivan Farm
140 Park Lane Road, New Milford, CT
11 John Read Road, West Redding, CT