5 fun, family-friendly maple sugar adventures in Massachusetts this month

Alice Coyle
Wicked Local
Visitors can see sap made into sweet syrup during Maple Days at Old Sturbridge Village held weekends throughout the month of March.

Maple sugar season is underway in Massachusetts and here are some sweet events you and the family can tap into in March.

Maple Days at Old Sturbridge Village

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in March, 9:30 a.m.– 4 p.m.

Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge 

Included with standard daytime admission or Village membership

Step back in time see how maple sugaring was done in early 19th century New England. Watch the Village’s working sugar camp demonstrate the entire sugar-making process, from tapping the trees to “sugaring off,” and learn why maple sugar was more commonly used than maple syrup in early New England. Costumed historians will also cook period foods made with maple products and the potter and cooper will make maple related items. For more information visit osv.org.

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Caroline McIlvaine, 5 of Cambridge samples fresh warm maple syrup in the sugar house.

Maple Happenings at Appleton Farms

Saturday and Sundays in March, 12-4 p.m.

Appleton Farms, Hamilton & Ipswich 

Weekend maple-flavored fun at Appleton Farms continues through the end of March. Try sugar on ice, see demonstrations of maple sugaring in the Sugar Shack, sample food trucks and local craft beer vendors on site, from 12 to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Take home homemade maple-filled food items, right from the farmstead kitchen. Fire Pit Picnics will also continue through maple season. Tickets for hikes, walks, guided tours and fire pits must be purchased separately. Parking fee at Appleton Farms is $10 on weekends for nonmembers. All visitors will be required to follow Covid-19 guidelines, including wearing face coverings, maintaining social distance, and not visiting the property if you are experiencing symptoms. For more information visit thetrustees.org

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Maple sugar and honey products locally made on sale.

Maple Sugaring Saturdays

Saturdays, March 6, 13 and 20. Hour-long tours at 1, 1:15, 1:30, and 1:45 p.m.

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield

Member Adult: $11; Member Child: $9; Nonmember Adult: $12; Nonmember Child: $10

Learn the age-old tradition of maple sugaring during a guided tour through the sanctuary's sugar maple woodland. On our naturalist-guided tours, learn how to identify a sugar maple, observe tapping and sap collection methods, watch the sap being boiled down in the sugarhouse, and get a sweet taste of the final product. Bottles of freshly made maple syrup will be available for purchase. Tours last about an hour and run in all weather. Warm clothing including waterproof boots are recommended as the trails may be wet, muddy or snow covered. Following Covid-19 protocols are limited to 11 preregistered participants. Children under age 3 cannot be admitted. Participants are required to wear a face covering and follow social distancing guidelines. For more information visit massaudubon.org

Appleton Farms in Hamilton and Ipswich will host maple sugar happenings Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of March.

Maple stroll at Appleton Farms

Saturdays and Sundays in March, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Appleton Farms, Hamilton & Ipswich 

Member Adult: $12; Member Child: $6; Nonmember Adult: $20; Nonmember Child: $10

Take a seasonal stroll through Appleton Farms to learn about maple sugaring; the process for tapping trees, extracting the sap and making maple syrup. Hikes are weather permitting and appropriate clothing and boots suitable for walking in wet, muddy or uneven terrain is recommended. Space is limited for the event and pre-registration is recommended. The parking fee at Appleton Farms is $10 on weekends for nonmembers. All visitors will be required to follow Covid-19 guidelines, including wearing face coverings, maintaining social distance, and not visiting the property if you are experiencing symptoms.  For more information visit thetrustees.org.

A sap collection bucket on a sugar maple at Maple Sugar Days at Brookwood Farm, Canton.

Maple Sugaring at the Boston Nature Center

Saturday, March 6, 10-11:30 a.m., 12:30-2 p.m., 2:30 –4 p.m.

Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, Mattapan

Member Adult: $10; Member Child: $10; Nonmember Adult: $12; Nonmember Child: $12

Learn how to tap, collect, and boil down sap from maple trees found at the Boston Nature Center. Visitors will discover different techniques and equipment used for maple sugaring across New England and see why Sugar Maple trees are so unique. Explore the Nature Center’s trails during a self-guided story book walk and scavenger hunt and enjoy a tasty maple treat. Groups are limited to 25 pre-registered children and adults. Participants are required to wear a face covering and follow social distancing guidelines. For more information visit massaudubon.org.