Maple Sugaring in Fairfield County Last Updated: April 2021

Maple syrup was cultivated by Native Americans in Connecticut as far back as the 1600s, becoming the New World’s first natural sweetener. Loyal maple syrup and maple sugar lovers eagerly await this annual rite of spring, when the still-freezing nights and warmer, sunny days towards the end of March create the ideal conditions for robust maple syrup yields. So if you want to enjoy the fruits of this year’s labors of sugary love (and are looking for some sweet family fun), plan a visit to Fairfield County’s maple sugar makers and learn firsthand how everybody’s favorite pancake topping is made!

Be sure to check with each location before venturing out, as hours may change due to COVID-19.

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Maple Weekend in Connecticut!

This March 20-21 is Maple Weekend in Connecticut. Visit local sugarhouses and taste locally-made products during the two-day celebration of all things maple. Many sugarhouses across the state will be open for tours and will be selling their products. It’s a great opportunity to learn how maple sap is collected and turned into delicious syrup, candy, fudge, confections, and more!

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Trumbull Nature & Arts Center, Trumbull

On Sunday, March 7, at the Trumbull Nature & Arts Center, you can see the maple sugaring process in action,  from tapping maple trees to watching the sap run from their enormous Maple Sugar tree, and then taking a short walk to the firepit to observe the evaporation process. All children ages 4 and up will receive a maple leaf collage craft kit to take home.

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Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford

One of only two official maple sugar producers in Fairfield County, the Stamford Museum & Nature Center makes their own maple syrup from the more than 200 mature maple trees right on their 118-acre campus. Visit the Sugar House & Cidery and taste their seasonal maple syrup and sugary treats.

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Ambler Farm, Wilton

Ambler Farm in Wilton taps their own trees, collects maple sap in buckets, and through boiling in their Sugar Shack, makes their signature Ambler Farm Dark Maple Syrup. Stop by and pick up a bottle. Better yet, pick up two.

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New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan

Bring the whole family for the annual Syrup Season Celebration at the New Canaan Nature Center on March 13. You won’t want to miss their famously delicious Pancakes & PJs Party, complete with tons of fun syrup-related activities! They will be serving up flapjacks, syrup, and an array of tasty toppings (OUTDOORS ONLY this year). The day will also include tree tapping demonstrations, a real maple sap “boil down,” sweet maple-inspired crafts, campfire with marshmallows, and a real versus fake syrup taste test. And in fine syruping tradition, they will also have bottles of NCNC Maple Syrup for sale.