Sweet Stuff: NYC Area Maple Sugaring Spots

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An outing to see how maple syrup is made combines many of our favorite things: the first signs of spring, fresh air with the family, a double-hitter of education (science and history) and, of course, tasting the sweet stuff — sometimes even with pancakes. We found a maple sugaring outing for all tastes, from back-to-basics demonstrations at nature preserves to full-on fests and pancake brunches. Click on through to find your sweet spot! 

For a Bit of History and a (short) hike: The Somerset County Parks Commission

The Somerset County Parks Commission offers free programs demonstrating the maple sugaring process — from tapping to boiling to tasting) — including techniques both past and present. The 90-minute program takes place every weekend day through March 12, and is conducted at the Commission’s “Sugar Shack”, located about a ½-mile hike from the main Environmental Education Center. (So wear some walking shoes.)

Time from NYC: About an hour

Weekend days through March 12
Sat., 10 a.m., noon & 2 p.m.; Sun., noon & 2 p.m.
Tickets: $1 suggested donation
Environmental Education Center
190 Lord Stirling Rd.
Basking Ridge, Nj
908 766-2489
Online: somersetcountyparks.org

photo: via Somerset County Facebook page


Where do you head to see how maple syrup is made? Tell us in the comments below!

—Mimi O’Connor

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