By Sandra Scott

Make Binghamton you base for exploring Broome County, New York. There is plenty to see and to do. Something for everyone.

Antique Row: Clinton Street in Binghamton has been designated as Antique Row. All the shops are different and unique. The Old, Odd, and Unique is true to its name selling an array of “stuff” such as old cameras, tools, and hunting items. The Mad Hatter Antiques has three floors chock-a-block full of antiques, one-of-a-kind furnishings, and collectables. Yesteryear Antiques and Collectables offers antique furniture and glass collectibles. There are several stores where potential buyers, and or sellers, can browse.

Candyland: If you can’t find your favorite candy then head to Candyland in nearby Port Crane. It is called the “The Sweetest Place on Earth” where there are a plethora of hard-to-find “retro” candies. Candyland is part of the Windy Hill Candle Factory where they make their own candles including long tapers and floating votive candles. There are candles with every scent imaginable including ones that emit the luscious smell of apple pie and cinnamon buns.

Sports: Binghamton is home to the Double-A minor league affiliate of the New York Mets. They play 71 homes games each year. The Binghamton Senators is a top development team for the NHL, Ottawa Senators, and the American Hockey League. Golfers can “Play Where the Pro’s Play,” at En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott or one of the many other golf courses. Hear the engines roar at Five-Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood.

Spiedies: No visit to Broome County is complete without enjoying their local specialty, spiedies. A spiedie consists of cubes of chicken, pork, lamb, veal, or beef that has been marinated overnight in a special spiedie marinade then grilled on spits. Each year Binghamton celebrates with a Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally with an annual spiedie cook-off. Lupo’s claims to be the home of the original spiedie. Bottles of marinade can be purchased to enjoy at home.

All seasons: Broome County is an all-season destination. Chenango Valley State Park is just one place visitors may swim, rent boats, hike, fish and golf; when winter comes there is ice skating, sledding, and cross-country skiing. Kayaking in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter are very popular. It is an all-season fun destination.