Surrounding community

Explore the city of Binghamton

There's so much to do on campus, but don't forget downtown Binghamton is just a short bus ride away and buses are free with student ID.


Students enjoy going to the many unique and independently owned restaurants —whether you’re in the mood for casual or fine dining, Indian or Mexican, you’ll have no problem finding something you like! In the fall and spring, local restaurants host Restaurant Week, a week of discounted meals where some of the profits are donated to a local charity. 


Binghamton also hosts the LUMA Projection Arts Festival every fall, which is the country's premiere Projection Mapping festival! Every year, more than 40,000 people come to downtown Binghamton to experience a festival like no other. Using powerful projectors and 3D animation, we create the illusion that enormous structures are transforming as if by magic. 

Binghamton also has several museums, and every month a First Friday art walk highlights art in local shops, galleries and restaurants. This tradition started in the early 2000’s, and has grown tremendously in the past two decades. This is a great way to explore Binghamton’s beauty.


Interested in sports? Attend a Binghamton Rumble Ponies game, the New York Mets Double-A Affiliate team. This is the perfect opportunity to go to a minor league game, and show your support for the Binghamton area!

The Greater Binghamton area

The Greater Binghamton area has even more to offer. Not far from the city is the Ross Park Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in the country! Another fun activity to do with your family and friends is go to Chuckster’s Family Fun Park, which has mini golf, laser tag and batting cages. You can also visit Roundtop Picnic Area in Endicott to enjoy a beautiful picnic overlooking the Susquehanna River Valley, or visit one of our local parks or hiking trails. Afterwards, you can get dessert at Sugar Lips, one of the most popular ice cream places around! Want to venture out a bit? Plan a day trip to an exciting place like Cooperstown, Watkins Glen State Park, Ithaca or Lake Skaneateles! 

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