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 18, through Sunday, March 11, 2017
Trailside Nature Museum is hosting a series of events to celebrate maple sugaring. This series kicks off February 18 with a new Family Tapping Experience (a private tapping opportunity you schedule for a convenient time) and continues on March 4 with American Indian Sugaring demonstrations and fireside stories describing how this cool process was discovered and perfected. Participate in one of the Sugarhouse Chats (February 20 and March 5), and head to the annual farewell-to-the-season Sugaring Off Party on March 11. FREE
Maple Sugarin' - Katonah
Sunday, February 19, and Sunday, February 26, 2017
Watch as the evaporator in the Sugar House turns sap into syrup in this FREE demonstrations. FREE
Maple Sugaring - Rye
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Kick off the maple-sugaring season with this opportunity to learn how tree sap is collected and harvested to make maple syrup.
Sugaring Sundays and Pancake Brunch - Ossining
Sugaring Sundays: Sundays, February 26-March 12, 2017
Pancake Brunch: Saturday, March 18, 2017
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. Three time slots are available each day. The pancake brunch includes a sugaring demo and guided bird walk; register to secure your spot.
Maple Sugaring - Chestnut Ridge
Saturday, March 4, 2017
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 (OMG—yum!), and take home your own spout to tap your own tree! FREE
Maple Sugaring Tours - Cornwall
Saturdays and Sundays, March 4-26, 2017
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum is hosting a series of tours every weekend in March. Learn how to tap a tree, collect sap and the history of harvesting maple syrup. On opening day, enjoy additional festivities including crafts, games, Native American storytelling, treats and more.
Maple Sugaring Party - Scarsdale
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Join the maple sugaring celebration with featured events and activities including sap collecting demonstrations, crafts, candy and porridge making. Pre-pay prior to March 5 to save on admission.
Sugarfest - Mount Kisco
Saturday, March 11, 2017
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 12, 2017
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 2017.
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