Greater Binghamton has the only carousel collection of this kind in the world. Of the fewer than 170 antique carousels remaining in the United States and Canada, six are in Greater Binghamton, New York. Because of the uniqueness of these carousels and the incomparable circumstances of their survival and existence, all six are placed on the New York State Historic Register and the National Register of Historic Places.
Between 1919 and 1934, George F. Johnson (of Endicott Johnson Shoes) donated six carousels to the local parks. He felt carousels contributed to a happy life and would help youngsters grow into strong and useful citizens. Because of his own poor childhood, ?George F.? believed carousels should be enjoyed by everyone and insisted that the municipalities never charge money for a magic ride. Even now, these carousels still run from Memorial Day to Labor Day between 10 am and 5 pm at no charge or for an admission of ?one piece of litter.?
They are located at: Ross Park, Recreation Park, C Fred Johnson Park, GW Johnson Park, Highland Park, and West Endicott Park
An awesome place to hear great music. Bands like GWAR, Goatwhore, Journey, Yellowcard, Ryan Cabrera etc... have all played here. Check their website, http://www.magiccitymusichall.com to see if there is anything of your liking playing when you plan to visit. One of the great things about Binghamton, Great Music...
If in the Binghamton area, try to go to one of the restaurants that serve Speidies. They are marinated meat served in a variety of ways....like in a sub roll. My personal favorite is chicken wiht light oil and mayo. A unique Southerntier food that you'll not find anywhere else. ENJOY!
The museum has all sorts of great exhibits. They have some permanant and some that change seasonally.
It costs about $5 to get in, but they offer student discounts, so bring ID if you have it!
There is a planetarium in the museum. They have shows on Thursdays and Saturdays.
The museum has shorter hours in the winter, and I think they're closed on Sundays and Mondays.
2-8 Hawley Street, Binghamton, New York, 13901, United States
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
Our family of four stayed here with a friend in adjoining rooms thanks to friendly, efficient staff....more
1000 Front Street, (formerly Days Inn), Binghamton, New York, 13905, United States
Good for: Solo