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#VisitROC's Guide To Maple Sugar Season In Rochester, N.Y.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 11:00 AM by Visit Rochester Staff

It's a magical time of year when the weather is just right: warmer days, chilly nights and the sap begins to flow in the sugar maples. There is nothing quite like the taste of fresh maple syrup. In Rochester and the Finger Lakes region, there are some ways visitors can taste and experience New York State Maple season for themselves.

Maple Sugaring Festival at Genesee Country Village & Museum 


March 21-22 | March 28-29

Man makes Maple syrup using 19th century techniques at Genesee Country Village & Museum

Experience maple sugar season the 19th century way at the Genesee Country Village & Museum Annual Maple Sugar Festival and Pancake Breakfast. Meet the tinsmith and the cooper who crafted the buckets, spiles, and troughs used to catch the sap, then try your hand at tapping the sugar maples.  See the art of making tallow candles at the MacKay House. Watch as trees are tapped live on the Village Square. Taste the delicious 19th-century dishes made with the thick amber treasure of our New York forests. 

On April 4, Genesee Country Village & Museum is hosting its Maple Sugar Soiree. This 21+ event is a grand party celebrating the maple sugar harvest!  The event includes music, food and drinks, games and more. 

New York State Maple Weekends at Kettle Ridge Farm 

New Driving Tour Format 

March 21-22 | March 28-29

Kettle Ridge Maple Sugar

Drive through Kettleridge Farm at 515 Log Cabin Road in Victor during Maple Weekend! This year, enjoy a driving tour of Kettle Ridge Farm and DRIVE-THRU pancake breakfast. You and your family will never leave your car, yet you will have a fun, educational, and delicious experience drenched in maple syrup. Upon arrival, you will travel a loop around the farm with stops including the traditional iron kettle with the sap boiling over an open fire, pick up breakfast and drinks from the Kettle Ridge Farm Pancake Food Truck and place orders for other products, see the famous chickens, and the sugarhouse. 

Maple Sugaring at Cumming Nature Center

Postponed Until May 

March 23-24 | March 30-31 | April 4

famliy walks through maple trail at Cumming Nature Center in the Finger Lakes

Maple Sugaring at the Cumming Nature Center explores the science and lore of maple syrup production with volunteer guides along the Pioneer Trail. Learn how a tree makes sap and discover the different processing techniques of Native Americans, early pioneers, and today’s modern sugar bush managers. Taste 100 percent pure maple syrup in the sugarhouse and a pancake meal in the visitors center.

Maple Weekends at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure


March 21-22 | March 28-29

Dave Boxler at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure taps a maple tree

During Maple Weekends guests enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes and other breakfast specialties all served with Boxler Maple Farm Syrup made fresh at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure. Guests can also visit with the more than 30 species of exotic animals who live at Hidden Valley through their year-round tours.

Tag us or use #VisitROC during maple season to share all your maple sugaring adventures!

Author: Visit Rochester Staff

Visit Rochester staff share the inside scoop on Rochester and the Finger Lakes region.