With the start of March comes one of our favorite traditions here in the Hudson Valley, Maple Sugar festivals, tours and more. Many local sugar houses are opening their doors to the public this month and show us how maple syrup is made and giving us a taste of the real mouth- watering stuff! March 18-19th is the official Maple Weekend in New York state where more than 150 producers open to the public. You can visit www.nysmaple.com to see what is going on near you and also check out the great local events below!
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Outdoor Discovery Center
Kick off the month of Maple Sugar tours with a number of maple festivities including tree tapping, taste tests, tour, crafts, games and Native American Story Telling around a camp fire.
The Randolph School, Wappingers Falls
Live music, storytelling, face painting, crafts, hikes and tours and demos of the maple-sugaring process.
Camp Rising Sun, Rhinebeck
Make delicious maple syrup from the trees in Clinton. Stay for the day or the weekend and take part in the rest of the Spring Break Service Week activities.
Taconic Outdoor Education Center, Cold Spring
A delicious breakfast buffet, complete maple demos, "Sugar on Snow" party with donuts and pickles and more.
The Ashokan Center, Olivebridge
Join in for an all-day pancake breakfast hot off the girl with Ashokan Maple Syrup. Learn to tap a tree, make syrup and more. Live music, hiking and fun for the entire family.
Green Chimneys, Carmel
Celebrate the end of winter's chill with a pancake breakfast followed by a short walk to the Sugar House. Tap a tree, make a maple craft and learn how to identify a sugar tree.
Maple Weekend (18-19)
Crown Maple & Madava Farms, Dover Plains
Visit Madava and learn about Crown Maple's maple syrup and join in free tastings and fun for all ages.
Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville
Learn how maple sugar is made, identify a sugar maple tree, see the evaporator and try a sample of fresh syrup. Registration required.
Sharpe Reservation, Fishkill
The 14th annual Fresh Air Fund Maple Celebration brings excitement for all ages with a planetarium, children's nature and craft discovery center, games, exhibits and local food.
Sugar Shack, Highland
Fun and educational experience for the whole family. Learn about the maple syrup process and enjoy tastings, snow cones, cotton candy and much more.
Phillies Bridge Farm Project, New Paltz
Learn how to ID a sugar maple tree, enjoy a sap cook-off, candy making, demos, children's story time, sing-a-long and more.
Diehl Homestead Farm, Callicoon
Stop in for pancakes and stay for demonstrations including maple candy, cotton candy and maple cream.
Hasbrouck Park, Kingston
Visit the demonstration sap house and learn the maple sugaring process from start to finish.
The Mohonk Preserve, Gardiner
Romp through the mud or snow out to the sugarbush and learn how to make syrup like generations before. Children 4+.
Bowdoin Park, Poughkeepsie
Learn the art of making syrup with a hands-o program that walks you through each of the processes. Explore Native American methods, learn about wooden containers, fire by friction and rock boiling too.
The Backyard Park, Jeffersonville
Start the day off cheering on the racers in the 5K Sap run. After, enjoy pancakes in the park, crafts and specialty food, live music, face painting, a sugar shack demo and more.
Pamela is the Community Liaison at Hudson Valley Parent. She resides in Dutchess County with her husband and two boys and enjoys crossing things off their bucket list each summer.