Why is Greater Binghamton known as the Carousel Capital of the world?

Of the fewer than 150 antique carousels remaining in the United States and Canada, six are in Greater Binghamton, New York. Greater Binghamton has the only carousel collection of this kind in the world. If you’re lucky enough to ride all six merry-go-rounds you will be delighted by monkey chariots, horses with hidden lions in the saddle blankets, a pig and even a dog. Every carousel animal in Greater Binghamton is a jumper.  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.

What is a “Spiedie”?

Spiedies are marinated cubes of meat cooked on a skewer. Lamb, beef, pork and chicken are all great choices. Creative cooks have even created vegetarian options. Originally from Italy, this delicacy seems to be found only in the Broome County area of New York state. How and when Spiedies came to this area, having never been documented, remains a mystery.

What are some major events in Greater Binghamton?

There are so many ways to have fun in Greater Binghamton all year long. Here are four samples. The annual Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally features hot air balloon launches and rides, great music, food and antique cars, arts, crafts and more. Downtown Binghamton comes alive for the July Fest. Crafters sell their unique wares and jazz music fills the air. The music turns to the blues for the Blues on the Bridge event and take in a beautiful view of our Rivers Confluence as you look at stunning original art works from  regional artists at the two rivers fine arts and crafts festival.

What are some of our top attractions?

No matter what type of attraction piques your interest you’re sure to find it here. The Roberson Museum and Science Center offers a unique museum and educational resources, as well as a planetarium. Candyland at the Candle Factory features a huge selection of old fashioned candies as well as three hundred different scents of candles that are made right on site. For the young and the young at heart there is a Discovery Center of the Southern Tiers a hands on museum for children. But there is so much more!

What is Greater Binghamton’s connection to The Twilight Zone?

Rod Serling, creator of the Twilight Zone grew up in Binghamton. His boyhood home still stands on the west side of Binghamton. He graduated from Binghamton Center High School in 1943. The Twilight Zone first aired on October 2, 1959. A famous quote from Serling reads, “Everyone has to have a hometown, Binghamton’s mine. In the strangely brittle, terribly sensitive make-up of a human being, there is a need for a place to hang a hat or a kind of geographical womb to crawl back into, or maybe just a place that’s familiar because that’s where you grew up.”

What event offers a taste of “SoHo” in downtown Binghamton?

The First Friday Artwalk. We like to think of it as a taste of “Soho” in Binghamton. A gorgeous arty event highlighting the areas growing arts community. Since its debut in 2004, First Friday is the place to be on the first Friday of each month from 6 to 9p.m. Come and experience gallery hopping, art openings, music and theatre shows, fine dining and entertainment. In addition, some of the areas most outstanding boutiques and gift shops invite you to partake in their special offerings every First Friday. First Friday locations change every month so come often. First Friday. Simply gorgeous.

Does Greater Binghamton “Got Game?”

Greater Binghamton is a good sport for sure. We are home to many professional teams and sporting events. The Binghamton Mets are the Double A affiliate to the New York Mets and their games are a homerun with fans. The Dick’s Sporting Goods Open brings fan favorites from the PGA’s Champions Tour into town. Looking for aces or love? Don’t miss the Levene Gouldin & Thompson Tennis Challenger. The Chris Thater Memorial Races draw great competitors for both the 5K race and a men’s and women’s cycling criterium. Things don’t cool down in the winter, the Binghamton Senators heat up the ice for exciting AHL action.

Is Greater Binghamton eco-friendly?

Whether you want to walk, wheel, bike or kayak you’ll be able to get close to Mother Nature. The city of Binghamton’s river trails enable you to take a brisk walk, jog or ride while surveying the splendid scenery of the Confluence at the Chenango and Susquehanna Rivers. If you’re in the commercial district along the Vestal Parkway, take a health break on the vestal rail trail. Then, just minutes from the city center are magnificent county and state parks at a wide and deep variety of idyllic settings for you to enjoy. Cyclists will love our rolling hills and winding valleys that put them and their equipment to the test. If you are a kayaker or canoeist, the waterways of the greater Binghamton area are “heaven on Earth.”

Does Greater Binghamton offer “farm fresh” options?

Whether it’s sinking your teeth into some ripe fruit, hitching a ride on a horse drawn wagon or taking some time to smell the roses. Greater Binghamton agri-tourist attractions are right for you. Looking for some fresh select meats, eggs or maybe the best apple pie ever? Check out the multitude of farmers markets and stands throughout the county. And as for animals, take your pick among horses, goats, cows, ponies and even alpacas. We have great agricultural events for every season. Romantic garden walks in the springtime, berry picking on those hot summer days, pumpkin carving in the crisp and colorful fall, and of course family outings to the Christmas tree farms in the winter. Binghamton will carry you back to the good ole’ farm days and you’ll love every minute of it.