20 Ways to Celebrate Maple Sugaring Season in Connecticut

Maple Sugaring with the Kids in Connecticut
Photo courtesy of Ally Noel

In February, hundreds of sugar houses all across the state get to work on the process of collecting and evaporating clear watery sap into golden syrup. The traditional maple sugaring season extends from early February until late March, though that depends greatly on the weather (which has varied considerably over the last few years). Freezing nights and warm, sunny days are necessary to provide good sap yields. Did you know that it takes 40 parts maple sap to make 1 part maple syrup (10 gallons sap to make 1 quart syrup)? That's why the good stuff ain't cheap!

If you want to get in on the action yourself, there are open housesdemonstrations and festivals celebrating this sweet treat happening the next few weekends in LitchfieldHartford, Fairfield, and New Haven counties. Some sugar houses invite you to stop in anytime the evaporator is running (but call before heading out).

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1. Maple Sugaring Demonstration and Pancake Breakfast—Bristol
February 24, 2018
Indian Rock Nature Preserve offers a pancake breakfast with all the fixings, as well as demonstrations of the maple sugaring process, live animals, and kids’ crafts.

2. Lamothe's Sugar House—Burlington
​Lamothe has sugar house tours going on each weekend mid February until the end of March from  1-4:30pm. Besides syrup they sell honey, kettle corn, pancake mix and many other yummy goodies. They offer free coffee and hot apple cider to keep you warm.

3. Sweet Wind Farm—East Hartland
March 10, 2018
Visit Sweet Wind Farm for their open house boiling days or join them in March for the annual Maple Festival. The farm also offers group tours and classes.

4. Maple Sugar Madness—Glastonbury
March 11, 2018
Watch how maple syrup is made at the Welles Shipman Ward house in Glastonbury. Sample pancakes cooked on an open hearth with the freshest maple syrup possible. 

5. Maple Sugar Day—Greenwich
Feburary 24, 2018
See a maple tapping and and learn what goes into making this breakfast favorite while exploring the woods as it begin to emerge from its winter slumber.

6. Hebron Maple Festival—Hebron
March 17-18, 2018
Enjoy food, live music, face painting, sugar house tours and demonstrations, a quilt show,  and so much more.

7. Brookside Farm II—Litchfield
This is a family run small operation that doesn't do tours but will personally come out and explain a bit about the syrup and help you choose the right grade for you. Please call ahead

8. Hilljack Sugar Shack—Litchfield
Father and son team provide free tours to the public during the sugaring season. They started the business 18 years ago when son Jesse was only 8.

9. Syrup Saturday—New Canaan
March 10, 2018
Celebrate the end of sugaring season at this fun brunch accompanied by other maple-themed activities. 

10. Maple Syrup Festival—New Haven
March 24, 2018
Common Ground invites one and all down to enjoy everyone's favorite spring staple: maple syrup! 

11. ​Sullivan Farm—New Milford
Late February through the end of March, the staff and students at Sullivan Farm will be tapping over 1600 trees and producing some of Connecticut’s finest Maple Syrup.  If you would like to drop by, watch for the rising steam from the sugar house (or call).

12. ​Plymouth Maple Festival—Plymouth
March 3, 2018
Kids will get a chance to, hang the buckets, collect sap, and watch maple syrup boiling on an outdoor fire. Free.

13. Warrup's Farm—Redding
During the first three weekends in March, you can watch the wood fired evaporator boil away, see the buckets on the trees, and visit the barnyard animals. Maple syrup and maple candy will also be available for sale. Free.

14. Maplefest—Sharon
March 17, 2018
Join the Audubon Center for their annual Maplefest celebration that includes tours of a working sugarhouse and a re-creation of Native American and early colonial sugaring methods.

15. Leonard’s Sugarhouse—Simsbury
Give them a call them to find out about specific boiling times and tour hours for this small, classic New England syrup producer.

16. Maple Sugar Festival Weekend—Stamford
March 3-4, 2018
Experience the sweetness of the maple sugaring season at this annual festival at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. See firsthand how sap is turned into maple syrup, make a maple-themed craft, go on a scavenger hunt, and enjoy other activities including face painting, live music, and a teen chefs cooking challenge.

17. Brothers and Sons Sugarhouse—Torrington
Maple Syrup in all sizes. Maple candy, maple cream, maple peanuts and granulated maple sugar. Open year round. Watch maple syrup being made during February and March. Free tours. Sugarhouse is accessible to the handicapped. Groups welcome. Please call ahead.

18. Maple Sugaring Festival—Washington
March 10, 2018
Join the Institute of American Indian Studies for this annual festival that explores the ways local Native Americans traditionally made maple syrup.

19. Ambler Farm Maple Syrup Open House—Wilton
March 3 and 10, 2018
Visit with Farmer Jonathan while he shares the fine New England tradition of maple sugaring. Kids and families will have an opportunity to tap a tree, take the maple syrup taste test, and more. Free.

20. Flanders Nature Center—Woodbury
February 24-March 11, 2018 (Saturdays and Sundays)
Flanders has a lovely sugar house and is open for tours on Saturdays and Sundays. They explain how maple syrup was first discovered by Native Americans and how the making of it has evolved over the years. Lots of maple goodies in their sugar house for sale as well as other things any child will adore.

Originally published 2/24/12.