Greater Binghamton has time machines.
As the “Carousel Capital of the World,” our collection of antique merry-go-rounds will surely transport you to yesteryear.
Take a step – or spin, rather – back to a simpler time on six of Binghamton’s most unique features, which take residence in tri-city parks that are just as beautiful as these lovingly restored, wood-carved relics of recreation.
Take the time to travel the circuit Memorial through Labor Day. Did we mention all of these are free?
They’ve actually been that way for more than 80 years thanks to legendary industrialist and philanthropist George F. Johnson of the Endicott Johnson Shoe Co. E-J as it was known established Binghamton and the “Triple Cities” (Endicott and Johnson City are the others) as an industrial powerhouse during the first half of the 20th century. It also set an incredible precedent for employee benefits, these morale-boosting carousels among them.
Also home to the city of Binghamton’s historic zoo, Ross Park has included a carousel since at least 1897. Johnson donated the fixture you’ll find there today in 1920.
You’ll hear the sounds of a Wurlitzer organ resonating throughout nearby Recreation Park, one of Binghamton’s most popular. Johnson donated this one in 1925 and it eventually became the inspiration behind an episode of the “Twilight Zone” courtesy of the show’s creator and television pioneer Rod Serling, another favorite son of Greater Binghamton.