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Sweet and Sticky Day Trips: Where to Get Your Maple Syrup Fix Near NYC

Thursday, February 27, 2014 by Jeannine C
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It’s every pancake-lovers' favorite time of the year: maple sugaring season. Maple sugaring is the process of tapping maple trees to collect sap and boiling that sap down to create pure maple syrup. It’s a very natural and interesting process, and syrup fans flock to maple-friendly states like New York and Vermont at the end of each winter just to take part in it.
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If you’re hoping to harvest some of nature’s sweetest treat with your family this year, you unfortunately won’t find any maple farms in New York City. However, a fun day of maple sugaring is only a short trip away. Check out our roundup of maple sugaring day trips not far from the city.
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A Sugar Maple Celebration
This kid-friendly annual festival is one of Hudson Valley’s sweetest traditions. Planned activities include maple sugaring demonstrations, visits from historical Native American characters of the Sharpe Reservation, a presentation at the planetarium, a nature discovery room, live music, live animals, delicious food, fun crafts, and maple cooking demos. Plus, find out who has the best syrup in the region at the Hudson Valley Maple Syrup Judging Contest. The event is hosted by the Fresh Air Fund, and is free to attend.

436 Van Wyck Lake Rd
Fishkill, NY 1252
(845) 896-5910
www.freshair.org/maple-celebration

Distance from NYC
Approximately 65 miles; 1.5 hours by car.

When to go
Saturday, March 15, 10 am - 4 pm
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Maple Sugar Tours and Opening Day
Maple sugaring tours through the educational forests of this nature museum are 60 minutes long and deliver an in-depth demonstration of the syrup-making process. Visit the museum on Opening Day for some fun crafts, games, and Native American storytelling around the campfire. Maple products, treats, and recipes will be available as well. All tours take place at the museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center.

120 Muser Drive
Cornwall, NY 12518
(845) 534-5506
hhnaturemuseum.org/index.php/maple-sugar-tours

Distance from NYC
Approximately 60 miles; over one hour by car.

When to go
Opening Day Event is Saturday, March 1, 10:30 am - 3 pm
Maple Sugar Tour dates are March 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23.
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Maple Fest and Maple Gras
They had me at “all-day pancake breakfast”, but this syrupy shindig is more than just a flapjack fix. In addition to maple sugaring demonstrations, there will be singing, dancing, live performances, blacksmithing and nature hikes. A spicy Cajun-themed dinner and dance party will cap off the daytime festivities at the Ashokan’s Maple Gras celebration, complete with music, dance lessons and food.

477 Beaverkill Rd
Olivebridge, NY 12461
(845) 657-8333
ashokancenter.org/events/march-1st-maple-fest

Distance from NYC
Approximately 100 miles; just over two hours by car.

When to go
Maple Fest is Saturday March 1, 11 am - 4 pm
Maple Gras is Saturday March 1, 4:30 pm - 10 pm
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Maple Weekend
The annual Maple Weekend, hosted by the esteemed New York State Maple Producers Association, consists of 141 maple producers statewide who participate in a variety of fun and festive maple sugaring events, typically over two consecutive weekends in March (though many farms host events all season long). Many of these producers are located quite far upstate, but these maple farms are just few hours from New York City:
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Crown Maple Syrup in Madava Farms
This expansive farm is home to the revolutionary Crown Maple syrup, touted by farm owners as being “quite possibly the purist syrup on earth”. Crown Maple Syrup is 100% certified organic, drawn from environmentally friendly sustainable maple groves, and processed in the most technologically advanced sugarhouse facility in the entire country. The farm is open to guests of all ages most weekends throughout the sugaring season for tours and tastings.

47 McCourt Rd
Dover Plains, NY 12522
www.crownmaple.com

Distance from NYC
Approximately 85 miles; 1 hour 45 minutes by car.

When to go
Saturdays & Sundays March 1 - April 27, 11 am - 5 pm
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Niese's Maple Farm
Seven generations of hardworking maple producers have built Niese’s into the high-quality syrup it is today at this maple farm in Southern New York. Their weekly pancake breakfasts and lunches have become a Putnam Valley tradition, and are held from March through October. Visit the oldest maple farm during the last two weekends in March for their Outdoor Maple Festival and Open House to see how their delicious syrup is made.

136 Wiccoppee Rd
Putnam Valley, NY 10579
(845) 526-3748
www.niesesmaplefarm.com

Distance from NYC
Just over 50 miles; just under an hour by car.

When to go
Weekends starting mid-March, 9 am - 3 pm
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Some other southern New York maple farms participating in Maple Weekend include the Catskill Mountain Sugar House, the Hummingbird Ranch, and Justus Asthalter Maple Syrup. Visit the New York State Maple homepage for a complete list of participating maple producers, as well as other exciting maple sugaring events happening all over New York State.
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Maple Sugaring Events in New Jersey and Pennsylvania
Upstate New York isn’t the only sap happy spot for a fun maple sugaring day trip. While New Jersey is a little too far south for ideal tree-tapping territory, there are still many nature and education centers offering demonstrations and maple sugaring events throughout its regions (which tend to be a little closer to NYC).
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Maple Sugar Festival
This Morris County Festival is a celebration of all things maple. Enjoy sweet treats like maple cream and maple snow cones, play games, do crafts, take a guided “Hike Through Maple Sugaring History” tour, or even learn how you can do maple sugaring at home.

247 Southern Blvd
Chatham Township, NJ 0792
(973) 635-6629
www.morristourism.org

Distance from NYC

Approximately 30 miles; less than 45 minutes by car.

When to go
Saturday, March 1, 12 pm - 4 pm
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Maple Sugaring
A maple sugaring open house on Lusscroft farm will welcome visitors to their sugar house and allow them an opportunity to observe the process, as well as purchase some of their syrupy goodness to take home.

50 Neilson Rd
Sussex, NJ 07461
(973) 875-4800
www.lusscroftfarm.com/maple.htm

Distance from NYC
Approximately 60 miles away; over an hour by car.

When to go
March 22 - 23, 10 am - 3 pm
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Public Maple Sugaring Day
Heading up to the Poconos before the skiing season is over? Swing by the Monroe County Conservation District’s Environmental Education Center for Public Maple Sugaring Day before you hit the slopes with your family. Learn everything there is to know about the fascinating process of creating maple syrup, then enjoy some of their fresh syrup on some yummy pancakes.

8050 Running Valley Rd
Stroudsberg, PA 18360
(570) 629-3060
www.mcconservation.org

Distance from NYC
Approximately 85 miles; 1 hour 45 minutes by car.

When to go
Saturday March 1, 10 am - 3 pm
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No time for a day trip? Check out Tap My Trees, a fantastic resource for learning everything you need to know about the process of DIY maple sugaring, to enjoy the fruits—or syrup—of your labor at your very own breakfast table!
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