Maple Syrup Festivals (3)

Spring is almost here and that means it maple syrup time. The warmer daytime temperatures and cooler nighttime temperatures make the maple trees just right for tapping the sweet sap that is then transformed into delicious, maple syrup. While most of the events are outside of Indianapolis, our local parks departments have a lot to offer! As with most outdoor events in the spring, please dress for the weather. Conditions can be muddy and wet, but fun!


Indy Parks-Register for all Indy Parks Maple Syrup programming here (just type Maple Syrup in search)

Holliday Park

Sap to Syrup Day
February 25, 2017
All ages
$7 for 2 years and older (pre-registration required)
Come to Holliday Park anytime between 12:30-2 pm to learn all about making maple syrup. You can take a tour through the maple trees, try some syrup, do a craft, and even enjoy a Sugar Maker’s Sundae. Head to the lobby of the Nature Center where tours will depart every 15 minutes.

Girl Scout Winter Wonder Overnight
March 3-4, 2017
Ages 7-11
$25/scout, $9/chaperone (pre-registration required)
After an overnight at the park, girls can eat a delicious pancake breakfast and learn how many syrup is made. Girls will earn a Maple Syrup Badge. Please register with Girl Scouts of Central Indiana.maple sirup syrup mccloud nature park center animals kids child moms indy indianapolis hendricks north salem prairie grass maze

Southeastway Park

Maple Syrup Day
March 4, 2017
3 and up
$6
Come learn how maple syrup was made long ago as well as how it’s currently made in the park. Participants will tour the sugar bush, taste some maple syrup and get a tasty treat. This program takes place outside so dress for the weather.

Maple Syrup Season
Daily February 13 to March 17, 2017
3 and up
$6
Can’t make it to Maple Syrup Day on March 4? Want to plan a group outing to learn about maple syrup? Southeastway Park can take care of you. Just call the park office at 317-327-4834 to schedule a time that works for you or your group.

Maple Syrup for Girl Scouts
March 5, 2017
5 and up
This is just for Girl Scouts! Please register with Girl Scouts of Central Indiana.


Greater Indianapolis Area

Monon Center in Carmel
Knee High Naturist: Maple Syrup at Monon Center (Carmel)
Thursdays: March 2-23, 2017
Ages 1-5
$28 (4 sessions)
As part of Carmel Clay Parks Knee High Naturist preschool program, your little one can learn all about maple syrup. This is a 4 week session. Register through Carmel Clay Parks

Cool Creek Nature Park in Carmel
Homeschool Hikers: Let’s Make Maple Syrup
February 23
School aged children
Register by calling 317-774-2500 or by email
Looking for a way to get out of the house and into nature? School aged children will learn where maple syrup comes from and how it’s made.

maple syrup indiana indianapolisNature Kids Preschool Gathering: Making Maple Syrup: Yum!
February 8 and 9, 2017
Ages 3-5
Register by calling 317-774-2500 or by email
As part of the Nature Kids Preschool Gathering, 3 to 5 year olds can learn all about maple syrup. Choose from one of the two sessions offered (February 8 or 9)

Bray Family Homestead Park in Noblesville
Homeschool Maple Syrup Field Trip
March 2, 2017
All Ages
Free
This is a maple syrup program just for home-school families to learn about making maple syrup, maple science and a dose of history (including a connection to the Underground Railroad).

Maple Madness
March 4, 2017
All Ages
Free-Pre-Registration: Required. Register by calling 317-774-2500 or by email
The hour long tour will take you through many areas of Bray Family Homestead including the Maple Grove, History Hut, Sugar Shack and Sugar Shop. Locally produced maple syrup will be available for purchase.


Outside of Indianapolis but Still Within a Day’s Drive

Maple Syrup Days at McCloud Nature Park in North Salem, IN
March 4 and 11, 2017
All Ages
Free
Learn all about the history of making maple syrup. Samples will be provided and you can even purchase your own bottle to enjoy at home.

LM Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival in Salem, IN
March 4-5, and 11-12, 2017
This is family friendly event with no admission or parking fees
Activities include: maple syrup making demonstrations, tours of maple farms, sample the delicious maple syrup. The festival will have craft and food vendors, music, and lots of activities for kids including games, tap-a-tree, Merry Go Round, straw maze and more (most activities are free, some have a small cost). Don’t miss the pancakes or waffles supreme!maple syrup indianapolis indy

Maple Syrup Time at Deep River County Park in Hobart, IN
Public tours on March 11-12 and 17-18, 2017
Free
See tree tapping, visit the Sugar Shack and learn the science that takes the sap from the tree to the syrup at your table, learn some history about maple syrup and visit the Deep River Store.

Parke County Maple Fair in Rockville, IN
February 25-26, and March 4-5, 2017
All Ages
Parke County is not only the home of the famous Covered Bridge Festival, but it also hosts a Maple Fair!
Drive over covered bridges and tour many maple camps throughout the county. Be sure to visit the fair headquarters first which is at the county 4H Fairgrounds for a map and more information of all there is to see, do and taste!

Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival in Wakarusa, IN
April 28-30, 2017
All Ages
Free
Weekend long festival with everything from contests and entertainment to maple sugar camp tours and 5K Walk/Run. There will be lots of activities for kids including bounce houses, camel and pony rides, Don’t miss the parade and the all you can eat meals.

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