Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park, Binghamton
Before leaving Binghamton after our friend's wedding shower there the day before, we decided to pay a visit to the local zoo. It's definitely one of those cagey type zoos, which I felt bad about, but we did see some unusual animals I'd never heard of before. We watched the binturong
(bearcat) as I applied sunscreen to our squirming toddler.
The aviary was a nice escape - it was cooler in there, and the animals were free-roaming, including a cute dik-dik.
Our main reason, though, for visiting the zoo was that it had a (working) carousel. (We'd tried to ride another carousel the day before and it was closed for renovations, and the others didn't open until noon or later). Binghamton is known for its antique carousels, and bills itself as the "Carousel Capital of the World."
This is one of the oldest zoos in North America; it houses 120 animals on 25 acres.
The zoo is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. It costs $5 for adults, $3.50 for kids, $3/person of groups of 10 or more.
There is also a carousel to ride.