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 Basics and a Brunch: Tenafly Nature Center

The Tenafly Nature Center offers multiple maple sugaring sessions of about an hour in length every Sunday through March 26. Visitors learn how to identify the proper kind of tree for maple sugaring, the parts of the tree and the importance of sap, the history of the process, and more. Of course, a test of the syrup made on site tops things off.

On April 2 the Center will also host a pancake brunch following the demonstrations, at which guests can load up on freshly-made hotcakes, fruit, hot cocoa (and coffee) by the fire in the pavilion. Registration is required and space is limited; strollers are not permitted.

Time from NYC: About 45 minutes

Tenafly Nature Center
Sundays through March 26; pancake brunch April 3 only
Tickets: $5/members; $10/non-members. Pancake brunch $10 members; $15 non-members
313 Hudson Ave.
Tenafly, Nj 07670
Online: tenaflynaturecenter.org

photo: Ruth Hartnup via Flickr


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

—Mimi O’Connor

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