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Dates:Sat, Sun from 3/2/19 - 3/17/19
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
In/Outdoor:Indoor, Outdoor
Cost:$ see below
Category:Nature & Outdoors
The warm days of late winter awaken the flow of sap in the maples, causing buds to swell and resulting in sweet-smelling, billowing clouds of steam rising from the sugarhouse.

Take a maple sugaring tours at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield.

Naturalist-guided tours, visitors will learn how to identify a sugar maple, observe tapping and sap collection methods, watch the sap being boiled down in the sugarhouse, and get a sweet taste of the final product.

Afterwards, warm up by the woodstove in the Barn, where hot dogs cooked in maple sap (aka sap dogs) and delicious soups and desserts made by our volunteers are available for purchase.

Visit our gift shop to browse a selection of maple products, and be sure to bring home a bottle of our own freshly made maple syrup.

Tours last about an hour and run in all weather.

No matter your age, we offer many ways to take advantage of the age-old tradition of maple sugaring here at Ipswich River!

Dress warmly and wear warm waterproof boots because the walk is entirely outdoors.

Pre-registration is required.

HOURS↑ top

March 2, 2019 (Saturday) 10:30am - 2:30pm
March 3, 2019 (Sunday) 10:30am - 11:30am
March 9, 2019 (Saturday) 10:30am - 2:30pm
March 10, 2019 (Sunday) 10:30am - 2:30pm
March 16, 2019 (Saturday) 10:30am - 2:30pm
March 17, 2019 (Sunday) 10:30am - 2:30pm

COST↑ top

Members: $10 adult, $8 child Nonmembers: $11 adult, $9 child




87 Perkins Row, TOPSFIELD, MA, 01983 map
Phone: 978-887-9264

From Boston and the south: Take Rt I-95 north to exit 50 and follow Rt 1 north. At the junction of Rt 1 and Rt 97, turn right onto Rt 97 south (toward Beverly and Danvers). Follow Rt 97 south and take the third left onto Perkins Row. Follow Perkins Row for 1 mile, and the sanctuary is on the right.

From the north: Take Rt I-95 south to exit 53A and follow Rt 97 south. At the junction of Rt 1 and Rt 97 in Topsfield, stay on Rt 97 south and take the third left onto Perkins Row. Follow Perkins Row for 1 mile, and the sanctuary is on the right.

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  • Register early. Dress for the weather. No strollers. Backpacks suggested if needed.

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