Kids learn to tap trees at MapleFest. Photo courtesy of Sharon Audubon Center
Kids learn to tap trees at MapleFest. Photo courtesy of Sharon Audubon Center

Where to Celebrate Maple Sugaring Season with Kids in Connecticut

Soon, sugar houses all across the state get to work on the process of collecting and evaporating clear watery sap into tasty, golden syrup. The traditional maple sugaring season extends from February until late March, though that depends greatly on the weather (freezing nights and warm, sunny days are necessary to provide good sap yields). If you and the kids are interested in learning more about this sweet New England tradition, choose among the many open housesdemonstrations and festivals 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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Maple Sugaring Demonstration and Pancake Breakfast — Bristol
February 23, 2019
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.

Maple Sugar Day — Greenwich
February 23, 2019

Learn how to tap trees and make maple syrup with the Greenwich Land Trust. Hands-on demonstrations at the Louise Mueller Preserve.

Lamothe's Sugar House — Burlington
Saturdays and Sundays in February and March

​Lamothe has sugar house tours going on each weekend from mid-February until the end of March. 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.

Syrup from many of these local purveyors makes for great gifts and collectibles. Photo courtesy of Common Ground

Flanders Nature Center—Woodbury
February 23-March 10, 2019 (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.

Sullivan Farm—New Milford
Stop by in February and March

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).

Brookside Farm II—Litchfield
Call for tour

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

Hilljack Sugar Shack—Litchfield
Call for a tour

Father and son team provide free tours to the public during the sugaring season. 

Ambler Farm Maple Syrup Open House—Wilton
March 2, 2019
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.

Plymouth Maple Festival—Plymouth
March 2, 2019
Kids will get a chance to hang the buckets, collect sap, and watch maple syrup boiling on an outdoor fire.

Photo courtesy of New Canaan Nature Center

Syrup Saturday—New Canaan
March 9, 2019
Celebrate the end of sugaring season at this fun brunch accompanied by other maple-themed activities. 

Sweet Wind Farm — East Hartland
March 9, 2019
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.

Maple Sugar Festival Weekend—Stamford
March 9-10, 2019
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.

Maple Sugaring Festival—Washington
March 10, 2019
Join the Institute of American Indian Studies for this annual festival that explores the ways local Native Americans traditionally made maple syrup.

March 16, 2019
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.

Hebron Maple Festival — Hebron
March 16-17, 2019
Enjoy food, live music, face painting, sugar house tours and demonstrations, a quilt show, and more.

Maple Sugar Madness — Glastonbury
March 17, 2019
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.

Maple Syrup Festival—New Haven
March 23, 2019

Common Ground invites one and all down to sample maple syrup.

Warrup's Farm—Redding
Call for a tour

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. 

Originally published February 24, 2012