Maple syrup tours at Maybury Farm

Do you remember the first time you tasted real maple syrup? There was nothing else that tasted like it, was there? It is sweet and dusky with a hint of the caramelization it goes through to thicken it.

You may associate pure maple syrup with the American pioneers. There are several chapters in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series devoted to making maple syrup and maple sugar from the sap of sugar maple trees. Or, you may remember being taken on a tour of a maple syrup farm and seeing the sap drip from the little taps in the trees into buckets on hundreds of maple trees.

Even in the cold, it is fascinating to see how this simple process hasn’t changed for hundreds of years. You may even remember the huge cast-iron kettle hung on chains over a big fire, boiling the sap into syrup.

Maple Syrup Tours at Maybury Farm

  • Saturday and Sundays
  • March 4 - March 26
  • Tours depart at 1:00, 1:45, 2:30, and 3:15 pm
  • Address: 50165 W 8 Mile Rd, Northville, MI 48167

Maybury Farm in Northville, Michigan offers a glimpse of bygone days for all ages with its maple syrup tours through March. Of course, if you know anything about tapping for maple syrup, you’ll know that it depends on warm weather during the days.

The sap doesn’t run through the trees if the weather is too cold. For most years, early spring is the perfect maple syrup weather. The sap runs in the trees during the warmer days and slows down in the cold nights. However, if the days are too cold, these tours are subject to change.

All tours begin with a wagon ride out to the Sugar Bush section of Maybury State Park. It is recommended that you arrive early to ensure your spot, as this can be a popular attraction. Groups of 15 or more can register in advance for a tour.

A short hike into the woods will reveal the sugar maples and your tour guide will tell you all about how they grow, why their sap is good for maple syrup, and how they are tapped and how the sap is collected.

Maple sap being converted into syrup

Then take another wagon ride to the Sugar Shack to watch the sap being converted into syrup and learn how the maple syrup is graded. You can even get some tutorials for making your own maple syrup at home.

Warm up afterward by the wood-burning stove at the Maybury Farm Welcome Center with hot drinks and snacks. Here you can buy some of the maple syrup you saw being made and snag a few recipes to complement your syrup at home.

The cost is $7 per person. Children 2 and under are free, although they have to ride on the lap of an adult in the wagon. If you have a group of 15 or more paid admissions, you can schedule a tour for a day other than Saturday or Sunday. Call (248) 374-0200 to book your private Maple Syrup tour!

Take Away

This is a perfect opportunity for families to experience nature, learn about trees, and do something out of the ordinary. Your kids will be fascinated with this process and remember it for years to come!


Photos courtesy of Northville Community Foundation