One of the most Michigan things you can do is to attend a Maple Syrup or Maple Sugar tour at one of our many parks throughout Southeast Michigan. You may not know how popular and fun it is to learn how to tap Maple trees for their syrup.

There are several ways you can participate in this annual ritual, and even take home some of the sweet stuff for yourself. And, there is still time!

Maybury Farm Making Maple Syrup Tours

Maybury Farm

  • 50165 8 Mile Rd., Northville, MI 48167
  • March 31, 2018
  • 1:00 pm, 1:45 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:15 pm
  • Cost: $7.00 per person and children 2 and under are free.  

This is a full family event and your kids will love it. If you have ever wondered how maple syrup is made or have read about it but never seen it in action, you can take a tour to find out.

Tours begin with a wagon ride out to Maybury Farm’s Sugar Bush. Upon arrival, a guide will take you to the maple woods to learn about which trees give sap good for syrup, how best to “tap” a tree for sap, and how it is collected so as not to waste it. Participants can even taste the sap straight from the tree!

Another wagon ride takes you to the “sugar shack” for the cooking down demonstration. You will get to see firsthand how the sap is cooked to make maple syrup we know and love. In addition, you will learn all about how it gets graded, and why, and how you can make your very own maple syrup at home!

Your tour concludes with the chance to warm up at the Maybury Farm Welcome Center with hot drinks, snacks, and a blazing wood stove reminiscent of pioneer times. You can buy your own jug of Michigan maple syrup to take home and a book of free recipes that work well with maple syrup - not that you’ll have any problem eating it up!

Kids of all ages will benefit from the outdoors and learn a lot about one of the oldest gathering techniques in America!

This is a very popular event and space is limited. The earlier you arrive, the better, to reserve a spot. Private farm tours are available for groups of 15 or more: call 248-374-0200.

The cost for the Making Maple Syrup Tours is $7.00 per person and children 2 and under are free.  

Visit www.mayburyfarm.org to learn more or please call 248-916-3033.

Kensington Metropark: Maple’s Sweet Story

Kensington Metropark Farm Center

  • 4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, MI 48380
  • March 31, 2018 and April 1, 2018
  • Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Cost: $5 adult, $3 child*

Kensington Metropark is one of Southeast Michigan’s great treasures. It is also offering guided Maple Sugaring tours March 31.

This is a guided walk through Kensington Metropark’s Farm Center sugar bush. You can learn everything from how the ancient Native Americans collected maple sap and turned it into sugar and syrup, to how to choose the right tree for sap, to how sap has been collected and boiled down over time.

This process hasn’t changed very much over the years. Samples at the end of your tour and syrup available for purchase. Or step into the Farmhouse Grille to down a stack of pancakes with pure Michigan maple syrup.

Tours begin every half hour and last about 1 hour. They are entirely outdoors, so dress appropriately!

* Please note that a Metropark vehicle entry permit is required to enter any Metropark. The cost is $35 annually for regular admission, $21 annually for seniors or $10 daily.

For more information, please see www.metroparks.com/facilities-education/kensington-farm-center/ or call 248-684-8632.