Maple Sugaring Activities in Connecticut Last Updated: February 2021
End of February and throughout March is the 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!
And be sure to check with each location before venturing out, as hours may change due to COVID-19.
Maple Syrup Demonstrations
Flanders Nature Center, Woodbury, Saturdays: Feb 27, and March 6 & 13; Sundays: Feb 28, and March 7 & 14
All ages and families are welcome to come to help out with tapping the trees.
Tap-a-Tree Maple Sugaring Program
Ambler Farm, Wilton, January 30-31; program runs through mid-March
Learn the science and history of maple sugaring by being a hands-on part of the process. You can come out to the Farm to collect sap from your tree. See the sap get boiled down the sugar shack and then get own bottle of Ambler Farm Dark Maple Syrup to bring home.
Maple Sugar Fest Sundays
Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, February 21, 28, March 7
In the museum's Sugar House + Cidery, watch demonstrations on historic and modern methods of sugaring, along with fun seasonal offerings, including traditional favorites like maple syrup treats.
Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington, February 28
Featuring tapping a maple tree for sap and boiling the sap over an open fire as part of the sugaring process.
Maple Syrup Open House
Blue Slope Country Museum, Franklin, March 6-7
Kid-friendly education hands-on and seeing the total process of tree tapping to bottle filling. Enjoy the aroma of maple steam and taste the final product.
Maple Sugaring Sunday and Pancake Breakfast Party
Lyman Orchards, Middlefield, March 7
Watch and learn a maple syrup sugar shack demonstration. Kids and adults can try their hand at tapping a “tree” before or after you indulge in a delicious 'Pancake Party' brunch menu.
Syrup Saturday: A Pancakes & PJs Party
New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan, March 13
Annual end of syrup season celebration with fun syrup-related activities including tree tapping demonstrations, a real maple sap “boil down,” and a real versus fake syrup taste test.
Maple Sugaring in Your Own Backyard
Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton, March 14
Learn how to make maple syrup the easy way. See the entire process from identifying the tree to the best part, tasting the final product.
Pancake Breakfast & Maple Sugaring Demonstration
Indian Rock Nature Preserve, Bristol, March 20
Enjoy a hardy pancake breakfast as take-out and while you wait for your order, visit the outdoor maple sugaring demonstration. Pre-registration required for your take-out breakfast.
Maple Weekend in Connecticut
Statewide, March 20-21
Visit sugarhouses and taste some great maple products. A great opportunity for visitors to learn how maple sap is collected and turned into delicious, sugary products.