Where to Go Maple Sugaring in Westchester and the Hudson Valley

Discover the magic of maple sugaring with a Maple Lanes tour at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. Photo courtesy of the museum
Discover the magic of maple sugaring with a Maple Lanes tour at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. Photo courtesy of the museum

Maple sugaring is quickly gaining in popularity in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, joining apple picking as one of the area's favorite seasonal pastimes. Maple sugaring events include education about the age-old tradition, which began with Native Americans and evolved to include the use of modern evaporator machinery. Kids love helping collect the sap and getting to taste the sweet rewards after the maple syrup is made. At some venues, the events are rounded out with a pancake breakfast, maple syrup on snow, or other family-friendly fun. 

We've rounded up 2023 maple sugaring events in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, plus one pick over the border in Connecticut. These events include maple tree tapping to collect the sap, sugaring-off parties where it is cooked into syrup, plus a cooking class for kids to learn what to do with the tasty syrup after it's made. 

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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. It takes more than 40 gallons of sap to make just 1 gallon of pure maple syrup.

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