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Greater Binghamton built a reputation as a factory town, but that past also developed it into a family town, where there are plenty of fun things to do with the kids. The tri-city tradition of quality family time, along with a commitment to educational and entertaining kids’ activities dates back more than 140 years and still thrives today.

Among the longtime must-visits for families is the nation’s fifth-oldest zoo at Ross Park, which opened in 1875. The zoo features 90 acres with more than 100 exotic animals on display. And no trip to Ross Park is complete without a spin on its antique merry-go-round, one of six in the “Carousel Capital of the World.”

The stars are quite literally aligned for family fun in Greater Binghamton. Take a “look” at the Kopernik, the Northeast’s largest public observatory.

Explore the Roberson Museum and Science Center and find an incredible collection of art and interactive science exhibits, including the region’s only planetarium. Since 1954, the museum has been an educational destination with a stunning array of exhibits and events.

The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier takes a different approach to learning and fun that fosters play, sparks creative thinking and builds self-esteem. Take some time to enjoy 30 “play and learn” exhibits that children can dig, drive, fly, hop, perform and paint their way through.

Speaking of play, parents can get their Pac-Man on or enjoy other vintage video games at Robot City Games, the state’s largest arcade. After that, you may want to take on “The World’s Longest Mini Golf Hole” or ride a zipline at Chuckster’s, a family fun destination for years.

Explore even more at Animal Adventure Park, which fast became a family favorite after a video of the late April the Giraffe went viral. There’s so much more to discover at Animal Adventure Park, where visitors can get hands-on with 250 animals representing more than 100 species!

Time your stay right and you can catch the Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally, which happens each summer. There are numerous other festivals to check out throughout the warmer months.

Round out a day (or days) of fun with a sports game or enjoy a meal at one of Greater Binghamton’s family-friendly restaurants.

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