Greater Binghamton built a reputation as a factory town, but that past also developed it into a family town. Industrial pioneers also served as benefactors of parks, museums and even carousels.
The tri-city tradition of quality family time, along with a commitment to educating and entertaining youth, 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 Northeast’s largest public observatory. Each Friday night, the Kopernik opens its doors for observation and talks by astronomy experts.
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, shop, 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” at Chuckster’s, a family fun destination for years.