Binghamton Carousels Officially Open This Weekend
Greater Binghamton has the only carousel collection of this kind in the world. Of the fewer than 150 antique carousels remaining in the United States and Canada, six are in Greater Binghamton, New York.
Thanks to shoe manufacturer George F. Johnson, we proudly display the six working carousels that he donated to the community between 1919 and 1934. All six carousels were manufactured here in New York State outside of Buffalo. The only stipulation from Johnson is that there would never be a money charge for a ride on any of his carousels, except it is encouraged that you bring "one piece of litter" for your admission.
Now, into their eighth decade, these magical carousels will once again start to spin this weekend through Labor Day. Weekday and weekday hours vary. Check the VisitBinghamton.org web site for any updates. Here is the latest information I have as of this posting:
C Fred Johnson Park, 98 C.F.J. Blvd, Johnson City: Carousel and Spray Park Open: May 26th through Labor Day. Memorial Day weekend through June 24th; Monday-Friday 4pm-8pm; Saturdays & Sundays 12 noon-8:00pm. June 25th through Labor Day have extended hours. (607) 797-3031
George W. Johnson Park, 201 Oak Hill Ave., Endicott: Carousel open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day, 10:00 am – 5:00pm and 6:00 – 8:00 pm: (607) 757-0856.
Highland Park, 801 Hooper Road, Endwell: Carousel open: Memorial Day through June 22nd 12:00 – 7:45 pm, Saturday and Sunday only. June 28 through Labor day 12:00 – 7:45PM daily. (607)786-2970.
Recreation Park, 58-78 Beethoven Street, Binghamton: Carousel open: Monday-Friday 3-5pm and weekends Noon-7:45pm thru June 20th. Summer hours to be announced. (607)772-7017.
Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park, 60 Morgan Road, Binghamton: Carousel open: Memorial Day through June 17th, Weekdays 3 – 6PM, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 6:00 pm and from June 18th through Labor Day, daily 10 am
West Endicott Park, 501 Maple Street (at Page Ave.), Endicott: Carousel open: Memorial Day through June 22nd 12:00 – 7:45 pm, Saturday and Sunday only. June 28 through Labor day 12:00 – 7:45PM daily. (607) 786-2970.