Don’t let cabin fever make you stir crazy, get sugar crazy. It’s maple sugaring season on the Island and there are plenty of sweet events and festivals to help you get outside and get moving around. This is the time of year when sap runs out of roots into trees and eventually onto your plate. Think of it as the maple trees reassuring us that spring will come back. Here are four of our favorite ways to have an educational and edible weekend adventure while enjoying maple sugaring season.
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve, Huntington
Did you know it takes 30-50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maples syrup? You’ll learn that and more on Saturday, Feb 13 at the Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve adult oriented maple sugaring event. From 10:30am–12:15pm, maple sugaring experts will show how to identify and tap a maple tree, along with providing information about the culture, history, economics and science of making maple syrup. Registration is required so secure your spot soon! Go.
Science Museum of Long Island, Manhasset
The SMLI hosts the hands-on class for children you wish was around when you were young on Monday, Feb 15 from 10am–3pm. Kids ages four and up will learn everything there is to know about maple syrup from tapping to collecting to boiling and eating. The cost is $75 for nonmembers, $65 for members and there’s a $5 sibling discount. All you have to do is drop your child off with a lunch and pick them up when it’s over. Keep in mind it is mud season, so make sure they’re dressed for the weather! Go.
Benner’s Farm, East Setauket
Sit by the roaring fires, watch the sap boil into sugar and enjoy walking around the 15-acre farm in East Setauket during Benner’s Farm annual Maple Sugaring Festival on Saturday, Feb. 27. It’s an informal experience from 12-4pm with plenty of pancakes and maple sugar candies to go around. Bring your appetite! Adults are $7 and children are $6. Go.
Hoyt Farm, Commack
Hoyt Farm has several weekends open for you to get your sugar fix. On Sundays, Feb 28, March 13 and March 20, from 1:30-3:30pm, you can learn about the different Native American and colonial techniques used to make syrup. With tasting opportunities, fires, nature trails, playgrounds and more, it’s sure to be a fun filled day for families and friends. Go.