Maple sugaring, the making of maple syrup, is a longstanding tradition in Vermont. Show kids how it’s done by visiting a sugar house, which is especially interesting if you are visiting during “boiling season” in early spring. This is a fun and educational opportunity for all (not to mention delicious!). Some sugar houses still collect sap the old-fashioned way (by hand with a bucket), while others have gone more high-tech. Either way, it’s a great experience — especially the taste testing. Some sugar houses are part of resorts or farms, and many offer on-site accommodations as well as a variety of other activities in addition to maple sugaring. One of the best known sugar makers is Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks in Montpelier, which offers tours all year long and has a theatre, beautiful carved dioramas and a maple trail.