Maple Sugaring in Connecticut Last Updated 4/16
It’s maple sugar season in Connecticut! Cold nights and warm, sunny days are necessary to provide good sap yields. Local sugar makers and their many loyal customers eagerly await this annual rite of spring. Visit a local sugarhouse or attend a maple sugar festival to see firsthand how maple syrup is produced!
Maple Sugar Madness
(Welles Shipman Ward House, South Glastonbury, March 8.)
Watch and see how maple trees are tapped and how the sap is boiled down to syrup. Tour the Connecticut River Valley mansion built in 1755, the English-style bank barn and the 1830 Tobacco Shed. See 19th-century horse-drawn vehicles and Glastonbury's first motorized fire engine.
(Plymouth Green, Plymouth, March 5.)
Delight in the New England tradition of making maple syrup! Tapping the trees begins at 10 am. 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 maple sugar on snow, maple sugar candy and other maple products. There’s even a historical scavenger hunt for kids on the Green!
Hebron Maple Festival
(Hebron, March 14-15.)
Learn how maple syrup is produced at this town-wide celebration of maple-related events! There’ll be demonstrations and a variety of maple products from local sugarhouses. And there’s so much more to enjoy – an antique tractor parade, crafts, an ice cream-eating contest, face painting, a silent auction and lots of tasty treats including maple cotton candy, fried dough, hot dogs, chili, soup and more.
Sugar House Tour
(Franklin, March 6.)
See how maple syrup is made and take a tour of the Blue Slope Country Museum and working farm in Franklin.
Maple Sugar Festival Weekend
(Stamford Museum & Nature Center, March 5-6.)
Visit the little red sugarhouse on Heckscher Farm and observe firsthand how sap is turned into sweet maple syrup. See how trees are tapped and sap is collected, make a maple-themed craft, go on a scavenger hunt, have your face painted and more!