Maple Syrup & Sugaring Events in Cincinnati (2021 Edition)

They say good things take time, and that definitely rings true with maple syrup! To make one gallon of maple syrup you have to harvest up to 40 gallons of sap. Pair that with the fact that most maple trees only produce 5-10 gallons of sap, that’s a lot of hard work (including for the trees!). But the end result – nothing short of delicious.

Maple Syrup over Pancakes

Curious about what it takes to make maple syrup? There are maple sugar events all over the Cincinnati area where you can participate in tree tapping and production as well as my favorite part: tasting the final product.

Maple Sugar in Cincinnati

Here’s our list for maple syrup & sugaring events in and around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.


(Last Updated January, 2021)


Sunset Sap Hikes
January 28, February 11 and 25; 4:30-5:30pm
Cincinnati Nature Center
4949 Tealtown Rd., Milford, OH 45150
Registration and masks required.

The sun sets in the sugar bush and opens a new sensory world as the drip drop of sap hits the pails. Join us to collect sap at dusk for these special evenings.
Members $5; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission). Preregistration required.
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Tools of the Sugar House
Jan. 17 and 23, Feb. 7 and 27; times vary
Cincinnati Nature Center
4949 Tealtown Rd., Milford, OH 45150
Registration and masks required.

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes experience designed for all ages. On this tour, we’ll take a look at the maple syrup evaporator and sugaring tools like skimmers, filters, and thermometers. You’ll be able to see inside the sap storage tanks, help set up for the day’s programs, and help prepare the materials to fire up the evaporator.
Members $5; nonmembers $10 (includes daily admission). Preregistration required.
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Maple Syrup Tapping

Maple Syrup Making and Guided Sap Collecting Hikes in the Sugarbush
Saturdays in January and February, various times
Cincinnati Nature Center
4949 Tealtown Rd., Milford, OH 45150
Registration and masks required.

Hit the trail for a guided interactive maple hike. Collect sap in the sugarbush and see the steaming evaporator as we boil down to “liquid gold” maple syrup. Members free; nonmember adult $9; nonmember child $4 (includes daily admission). Masks required and they ask that you bring your own mask.
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Maple Tapping & Tasting
February 20 and 27 (Saturdays), 1–3 pm
Bowyer Farm in Lebanon
2210 Mason Montgomery Rd, Lebanon, OH 45036
Registration required

Come join us at the Zoo’s Bowyer Farm for a fun afternoon full of history, hands-on activities, and storytelling all about maple tapping! This program offers a sweet peek into the history of this age-old tradition and offers an opportunity to participate in the maple tapping process. At the end, participants will be able to taste the pre-cursor to maple syrup, fresh from the tree, as well as some of the finished product! This program is sure to be fun for the whole family. NOTE: This program takes place at our Boywer Farm in Lebanon, located at 2210 Mason Montgomery Road. All participants 3 years and over must wear a mask.
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Family Field Trip: Maple Sugaring
Jan. 20, February 3, 15, and 17; see site for times
Cincinnati Nature Center
4949 Tealtown Rd., Milford, OH 45150
Registration and masks required (for kindergarten and up).

Join a naturalist on the trails for a hike into the sugarbush with your family to collect “liquid sunshine” and see how it’s turned into sweet maple syrup. Look at how sugaring has changed throughout history and visit the Sugar House. Help with sugaring work and sample warm maple syrup right off the evaporator. Member $7; nonmember $11 (includes daily admission).
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Maple Sugaring Storytime Hikes
Tuesdays in February, see site for times
Cincinnati Nature Center
4949 Tealtown Rd., Milford, OH 45150
Registration and masks required (for kindergarten and up).

Build a fun outdoor routine with your young child this winter by engaging in maple-related stories on the trail! Check sap pails each week and explore small wonders together. This program meets entirely outdoors. Please dress for the weather and bring your own masks.
Member $5; nonmember $10 (includes daily admission).
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Thomas Ireland Smith Farm Open House & Tours
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Thomas Ireland Smith Farm
6197 Morrow Rossburg Road, Morrow, Ohio 45152

2021 dates are TBD.