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Maple Sugaring Getaways with Kids

Your taste buds will love these sweet family escapes

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The transition from winter to spring is a sweet time to be in New England and Canada. March and early April make up maple sugaring season, when buckets appear on maple trees and sugar shacks transform maple sap into delectable maple syrup.

It's a lot of fun for kids (and a learning opportunity) to see this process in action. Be sure to budget for candy, cookies, and a few bottles of syrup—for souvenirs you can enjoy all year long. Many establishments also offer sleigh and wagon rides, dog sledding, and other winter fun.

 

1. Vermont: Mecca for Maple Syrup Lovers

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Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association

Vermont is the mecca of maple syrup, producing far more maple syrup than any other US state and hosts dozens of maple festivals every spring. Use this handy map to find a sugar house where you can watch syrup being made. 

2. Quebec: Cabanes à Sucre

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Tourisme Quebec

While Vermont produces nearly 40 percent of U.S. maple syrup, Quebec blows that out of the water, producing over three quarters of maple syrup produced in the world.

3. Maine: Maple Sugaring Season

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Sunday River

No slouch in the maple syrup biz, Maine has produced about half a million gallons of maple syrup in past years. The family-friendly Sunday River ski resort has its own sugar house where you can watch demonstrations and sample candy and syrup.

4. Ontario: Maple Sugaring Across the Province

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Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association

Another huge maple syrup producers, Ontario offers myriad maple festivals in small towns throughout the province. 

5. New Hampshire: Maple Sugaring with Kids

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New Hampshire Maple Producers Association

New Hampshire has scores of sugar houses where families can visit and watch maple syrup being made. Here's where you can find sugar houses to visit.

6. Massachusetts: Maple Sugaring Getaways

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Massachusetts Maple Producers Association

The Berkshires in western Massachusetts are the hub of the state's maple scene. Here's where to find a classic sugar house or, even better, one with a restaurant. 

7. New York: Maple Sugaring Upstate

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St. Lawrence County Maple Producers Association

Upstate New York is another place where maple trees thrive. Here's where to go maple sugaring in the Adirondacks.

8. Connecticut: Maple Sugaring Season

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Connecticut Department of Agriculture

In Connecticut, maple sugaring season typically begins in February. Here's where to find the 30 or so sugar houses open to the public.

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