1. Sugaring Demos
Head over to one of the several maple sugaring demonstrations at Washington Crossing State Park, Churchville Nature Center or Silver Lake Nature Center. Syrup lovers should attend Maple Sugar Day on Feb. 24 at the Peace Valley Nature Center in Doylestown to learn the history, sample sap, and purchase fresh Bucks County maple syrup.
2. Tapping the Trees
When sap season arrives mid-February in this region of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Loch family begins the generational practice of tapping the trees. Watch Loch’s Maple produce the popular Made in PA product used for the family’s syrups, candies, and Loch’s signature “Maple Popcorn”— an Endless Mountains favorite confection.
3. Miracles on Maple Hill
Take a family-friendly trip to Hurry Hill Maple Farm and Museum and Farmstand in Edinboro for a maple sugaring experience. Interact with “Tree to Table” exhibits, sugaring antiques, maple production displays, hand-on activities, and more. Be sure to check out the Miracles on Maple Hill Room featuring the 1957 Newbery Award for Miracles on Maple Hill, written in Edinboro by Virginia Sorensen.
4. Get a Sneak Peek
Grab the family and watch the maple syrup operations at Andy's Own Pure Maple Syrup in Indiana. This fourth-generation family business has been producing maple syrup for over 50 years. Every spring, more than 200 gallons of syrup are extracted from over 700 local trees. The interactive experience blends modern equipment and traditional values to make some of the best maple syrup around.
5. Meet the Best in the Biz
Stop over at one of Pennsylvania's most popular destinations to discover the great maple products and production facilities. Visit Brookfield Maple Products, which is renowned for its certified organic maple producers, or check out nearby Patterson Maple Farms, which is known for its syrups and product line, and is the largest maple producer in the state.
6. Savor the Sweetness
Hamilton's Maple Products opens the doors to its seasonal pancakes house from early January to mid-April. Every weekend from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., you’re invited to a “no sugar-free” breakfast featuring all-you-can-eat pancakes, pumpkin spice waffles, and French toast — topped off with all the maple syrup and maple mousse you can handle.
To learn more about Pennsylvania’s maple experiences, visit the visitPA website and check out the list of maple events for this year. Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram to stay up-to-date on even more great trip ideas and places to visit around our state.