Where to Go Maple Sugaring in Westchester and the Hudson Valley
While apple picking is a popular seasonal pastime in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, maple sugaring has remained a bit under the radar. Maple sugaring events include education about an age-old tradition that began with Native Americans and evolved to include the use of modern evaporator machinery.
We've rounded up 2022 maple sugaring events in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, plus one pick over the border in Connecticut. These events make for great seasonal day trips for Westchester and New York City families alike. Some venues are taking the year off, but we'll update this list with any additional opportunities.
Maple sugaring season generally begins in February and runs through late March, when below-freezing nights combined with warmer days result in the stimulation of sap. To make just one gallon of pure maple syrup, it takes more than 40 gallons of sap.
At some venues, maple-sugaring events are rounded out with a pancake breakfast, so visitors can savor the sweet stuff on the spot. Due to COVID-19 concerns, some sites are offering private sessions for individual families in lieu of group tours. Regardless, be mindful of COVID-19 safety practices when visiting these sugaring establishments.