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 Thai, 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! Baseball not your thing? We have other options too! Attend a professional hockey game! Binghamton is home to The Binghamton Black Bears hockey team, a minor professional hockey team!

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! Animal Adventure Park is another up-close interactive park filled with domestic and exotic animals close to the Binghamton area! They even host Binghamton University family weekends and other fun events!

Looking for some relaxing options? You can visit Roundtop Picnic Area in Endicott to enjoy a beautiful picnic overlooking the Susquehanna River Valley, or visit one of our many local parks and hiking trails. Afterwards, grab dessert at Sugar Lips Ice Cream Shop, 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! 

ross park zoo

You’ll find the Binghamton area has a wide range of options to keep you entertained! Start exploring more off-campus attractions today!