Cold winter nights and warm spring days mean it’s maple sugaring time in Northeast Ohio! Northeast Ohio produces some of the finest maple syrup with a taste unique to the area. The taste even differs from the syrup produced in Southern Ohio.
Maple sugaring events in Northeast Ohio give you and your family the change to learn about the process of collecting sap from maple trees and boiling it down to make maple syrup. Perhaps you will even be inspired to start your own backyard maple sugaring operation!
Be sure to check the website or call before heading out to the maple sugaring events as the details may have changed.
March 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, & 20th (9am – 5pm)
Learn about the entire maple sugaring process from tapping a tree, boiling the sap, and making maple syrup and other products. Sample maple syrup, maple candy, and Johnny Cakes. You can read about our experience at Lake Farmpark’s Maple Sugaring Weekends here. Maple sugaring activities are included in the price of admission.
March 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, & 20th (11am – 4pm)
Hike along the sugarbush trail and view different sap collecting methods. Then visit the sugarhouse to see sap being boiled into syrup. Guided hikes leave the sugarhouse every 20 minutes.
March 5, 6, 12, and 13th (11:30am – 3:30pm)
Explore the science and history of how sap is turned in to maple syrup through hands-on activities. Attend a brief indoor lecture, hike the sugarbush to collect sap, and see how sap is converted into syrup. Train rides through a sugar bush may be available, weather permitting.
March 5, 12, 19, & 26th (horses head out at 12pm & 2pm)
Travel deep into the sugarbush alongside the horses to gather sap. Then return to the sugar shack for a demonstration on how the sap is turned into syrup. Sample maple coffee, maple candy, and various other maple treats back in the cabin. There is no charge for the tour and children are provided small buckets.
Friday, March 11th
Experience every step of maple sugaring from tapping a tree to boiling the sap into syrup as you attempt to make your own syrup. Finish with a snack of pancakes and toppings. Register online by March 9.
March 12, 13, 19, & 20th (10am – 4pm)
After a hearty pancake breakfast, head out into the Sugaring Camp to learn about tree tapping, the maple sugar process, and watch oxen demonstrations. View period arts and crafts such as glass blowing, blacksmithing, pottery, and spinning and weaving.
March 12, 13, 19, & 20th (Saturdays 10am – 5pm, Sundays 12pm – 5pm)
Enjoy a day in the country learning about where pure maple syrup comes from. Admission is FREE! The Cermak family will be demonstrating their modern sugar-making process.
March 12, 13, 19, & 20th (10am – 5pm)
Head to Richards’ Sugarhouse in Chardon to learn how syrup is made and enjoy some sugarhouse treats. Try some “sap dogs” – hot dogs cooked in maple syrup served with maple mustard and maple bbq sauce. They also offer maple cotton candy and maple candies. Kids can try their hands at tapping.
March 13th (1pm – 3pm)
Stop in to learn about the American tradition of maple sugaring with a naturalist from Cleveland Metroparks. Sap samples will be available if conditions are right.
March 13 & 20 (12pm – 4pm)
Collect sap alongside a horse-drawn sap sled, try a variety of different tapping tools, and learn about how sap is changed into syrup. Enjoy free maple stirs and maple popcorn. Registration is not required.
Don’t forget to celebrate a successful maple sugaring season at the Geauga County Maple Festival April 21st – 24th at Chardon Square.