Maple sugaring can be a fun family activity and offered free at many “sugar houses” and CT farms every year but as we know this year some events may not be available. Let us guide you in 2021 to the places that you can visit in-person. Delight in the New England tradition of making maple syrup, discover how to identify sugar maples, use an old fashioned drill to tap them, insert the spiles, hang the buckets, and watch the sap drip into metal pails. Sample sugar on snow, maple sugar candy and other maple products.
Saturday, 1/30 Maple Tapping Day at Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust – follow updates on Facebook FREE
Saturday, 1/30-Sunday, 1/31 Tap-a-Tree Maple Sugaring Program at Ambler Farm
February 21 – March 21 Maple Sugar Fest Sundays at Stamford Museum & Nature Center open at 10 a.m. with added attractions, enhanced programming, and fun seasonal offerings, including traditional favorites like maple syrup treats and tree tapping demonstrations!
February 28 Maple Day at the Stanley-Whitman House in Farmington for a visit back to colonial times when you can tap, boil, and bake cookies over the open hearth.
March 6 & 7 at Blue Slope Country Museum 1-4 p.m. FREE
March 14 Maple Sugaring in Your Own Backyard at Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton will be presented this year in-person!
The Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington hosts an annual sap demonstration with explanation of its importance to Native Americans along with kids activities.
March 15 Maple Sugar Madness in South Glastonbury at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House offers demonstrations of maple tree tapping and making syrup and sample pancakes made in the Colonial hearth.
March 20 – 21 is Connecticut’s annual Maple Weekend! The goal for this event is to bring families together and provide noncommercial, inexpensive – it’s FREE! -enjoyment during a quiet time of year. Although Connecticut is the third smallest state in the nation they are one of the nation’s leaders in producing 100% Pure Maple Syrup (move over Vermont!). Maple sap comes from what is referred to as the Sugarbush and the sap is cooked in what is called the Sugarhouse. It takes approximately forty gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup. Find out more facts and get involved with local sugar makers by contacting the local maple syrup association at http://www.ctmaple.org.
Places to Tour By Appointment:
Lamothe’s Sugar House in Burlington open Saturdays & Sundays afternoons, from 1-4PM. Tours typically last 30 minutes. Please contact us for larger groups: https://lamothesugarhouse.com/book-a-tour/
Visit the Woodbury Sugar Shed Saturdays and Sundays through March 22 1:00pm to 5:00pm (Free) Samples of freshly drawn maple syrup are available, and larger sizes are available for purchase.
Or visit The Great Brook Sugar House in New Milford run by the Youth Agency and its teen volunteers. Just look for the steam floating up from the sugar house and stop in and watch it operating during February and March.
When you’re had enough sugar find local active happenings and fun things to do with kids in CT every day of the year. And read some of our destination idea posts like ice skating!