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    Thompson's Sugar Shack, Jefferson, NY

Maple Sugaring in New York

Get a taste of New York's sweetest natural treat, maple syrup.

Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Sugaring Off - Photo Courtesy of Hudson Highlands Nature Museum

New York is one of the few places in the world where Sugar Maple trees (our official state tree) thrive and maple syrup is produced. Native Americans taught early settlers in this area how to create this delicious natural treat. Today New York State is one of the world’s top producers of maple products.

New Yorkers enjoy a rich history of celebrating maple season, which runs from late February into April (depending on weather). Sugar houses welcome visitors with samples, tours, and demonstrations of syrup-making, from tree to table. During Maple Weekends, more than 160 maple farms all over the state hold open houses. Activities at participating farms may include horse and wagon rides, snowshoeing, guided walks, and delicious pancake breakfasts.

Maple Syrup - Photo Courtesy of Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau

Open year-round, Sprague's Maple Farms in the Chautauqua-Allegheny region celebrates maple season at their sugarhouse, with tree-tapping demonstrations and old-fashioned family fun. Restaurant menu specialties use their signature syrup as a key ingredient. 

You will find many maple recipes and lots more information on maple syrup, farm tours, and more from February through April, at the New York State Maple Association. Wherever you go to experience New York's maple, just be sure to stock up. You'll never go back to grocery store "pancake syrup" after getting a taste of the real thing in New York.

Remember to keep six feet apart from others not in your party and wear a mask or face covering. Call ahead and check websites and social media to make sure attractions are open and available. Be advised that New York has a travel advisory in effect, which requires travelers from non-contiguous states to quarantine for 14 days upon entering New York State. Travelers may undergo COVID testing to test out. For more details, see the guidelines for the travel advisory here.

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See maple-sugaring yourself at these farms and more!