Finding enough family-friendly activities in the cold weather months can be a challenge. Luckily, Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley offer many ways for families to beat the winter blues.
Maple sugaring is a great winter activity for kids. The season begins in February and runs through late March. Ideally, temperatures must dip below freezing at night and warm up during the day so that the sap flow increases. Another fun fact: To make just 1 gallon of pure maple syrup, it actually takes more than 40 gallons of sap. Who knew?!
We've rounded up maple sugaring fun in and around Westchester and the Hudson Valley. Read on for details on where to learn and celebrate this centuries-old tradition. Looking for more winter fun? Check out our Event Calendar.
Maple Sugaring Series - Cross River
Various dates ranging from Saturday, February 10, through Sunday, March 10, 2018
Trailside Nature Museum is hosting a series of events to celebrate maple sugaring. This series kicks off with a new Family Tapping Experience (a private tapping opportunity you schedule for a convenient time) and continues with American Indian Sugaring demonstrations and fireside stories describing how this cool process was discovered and perfected. Participate in one of the Sugarhouse Chats , and head to the annual farewell-to-the-season Sugaring Off Party. Some events are free!
Maple Sugaring - Rye
Saturday, February 10, and Saturday, February 24, 2018
Kick off the maple-sugaring season with this opportunity to learn how tree sap is collected and harvested to make maple syrup.
Maple Sugarin' Fun - Katonah
Tappin' the Maple Trees: February 11, 2018
Maple Sugarin': Sunday, February 18, and Sunday, February 25, 2018
Sugarin' Off: March 4, 2018
Watch as the evaporator in the Sugar House turns sap into syrup in this free demonstrations. The March 4 event is a maple party!
Maple Sugaring - Chestnut Ridge
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Learn about maple trees and what it takes to turn sap into syrup; then head out to tap a tree and make some real syrup. Taste some poured over ice (yum!), and take home your own spout to tap your own tree. Free
Maple Sugaring Tours - Cornwall
Saturdays and Sundays, February 24-March 18, 2018
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum is hosting a series of tours four consecutive weekends. Learn how to tap a tree, collect sap and discover the history of harvesting maple syrup. On opening day, enjoy additional festivities including crafts, games, Native American storytelling, treats and more.
Sugaring Sundays and Pancake Brunch - Ossining
Sugaring Sundays: Sundays, February 25-March 11, 2018
Pancake Brunch: Saturday, March 17, 2018
Educators at this beautiful, maple-tree filled nature center will be in Warren’s Sugar House hosting a fun-for-all-ages series, recounting folklore and sharing facts about this sweet time of year. Several time slots are available each day. The pancake brunch includes a sugaring demo and guided bird walk; register to secure your spot.
Maple Sugaring Party - Scarsdale
Sunday, March 4, 2018
Join the maple sugaring celebration with featured events and activities including sap collecting demonstrations, crafts, candy and porridge making. Pre-pay prior to March 4 to save on admission. Read our review.
Sugarfest - Mount Kisco
Saturday, March 10, and Sunday, March 11, 2018
Sugarfest celebrates the sugaring season with an “all you can eat” pancake feast, a live bluegrass band and tree-tapping demonstrations. Learn about how maple syrup was made centuries ago, and see if you can taste the difference between the real vs. fake stuff. This event sells out—register early.
Maple Sugaring & Pancake Breakfast - Carmel
Saturday, March 11, 2018
Learn about tapping trees and enjoy the fruits of your efforts over a pile of pancakes, as well as a maple-themed craft.
Originally published February 2014 and updated for 2018.