Maple Sugaring with Boston Kids: Maple Syrup Festivals, Sugar House Tours in Massachusetts
One of the sweetest things about living in Massachusetts is being able to experience maple sugaring firsthand. Bostonians don’t have to go very far to enjoy maple sugar festivals, learn to tap maple trees at farms, or watch sap being boiled down in sugar houses. Of course, the best part is tasting the final product!
Read on for the maple sugaring activities and sugar house tours available to families during this year's syrup season, starting in late February and lasting through March. Make the most of the next couple months by checking out our favorite snowshoeing spots and snow tubing areas in our Boston winter fun guide.
Maple Syrup Events and Activities near Boston
Collect sap for syrup. Photo courtesy of Appleton Farms
1. Appleton Farms Maple Weekends—Hamilton and Ipswich
Saturdays and Sundays, February 27-March 28, 2021
Weekends at this farm will have maple demonstrations in their Sugar Shack along with food trucks and vendors for some fun before and after. Book a fire pit to get toasty and take a hike on one of the farm's trails while visiting.
2. Tap a Tree—Sharon
February 24 & February 27, 2021
Pick your very own tree to tap with your bucket and get a bottle of maple syrup at the end of the season. And now that your in the business of syrup, learn all about being a maple farmer during your visit.
3. Maple Sugaring for All at the Boston Nature Center—Mattapan
February 27 & March 6, 2021
Help collect and boil down sap from the trees found around this urban nature center, and then sample some delicious maple treats.
4. Maple Tree Tap-A-Thon—Southborough
February 27, 2021
Led by a Trustees of Reservations naturalist and ranger, during this event you'll learn how to identify maple trees, and explore the history of tapping. Each participant will have the opportunity to set their own tap.
See an old-fashioned boil down in Sturbridge. Photo courtesy of Old Sturbridge Village
5. Maple Days at Old Sturbridge Village—Sturbridge
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, March 5-29, 2021
Old Sturbridge Village is celebrating history and the season with their Maple Days happening four weekends in March. Costumed historians are on hand to explain how maple syrup was harvested in the early 19th-century and even cook food made with it from that time period.
6. Maple Sugaring Saturdays at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary—Topsfield
Saturdays, March 6-20, 2021
Take one of the naturalist-guided Weekend Maple Sugaring Tours on weekends from the last weekend in February through March 21st. Learn how to identify a sugar maple, observe tapping and sap collection methods, watch the sap being boiled down in the sugarhouse, and get a taste of the final product. After the one-hour tour, take some time to warm up in the barn by the woodstove, indulge in a hot dog cooked in maple sap, sample delicious soups and desserts made by volunteers, and browse through the gift shop.
Places featured in this article:
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Old Sturbridge Village
Chestnut Hill Farm
Boston Nature Center