17 Fun Things to Do Around Binghamton This Summer

Posted by Jacob Wilkins on June 7, 2021

As more venues begin to open up, there’s plenty to do in Binghamton this summer! Whether you’re a student staying in town for the semester or looking for something to do with your family….we’ve got something for you!

Attend a Binghamton Rumble Ponies game

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The Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the New York Mets Double-A Affiliate, are back in action this season! Whether you're a big baseball fan or just looking for an affordable family option for an evening out, Rumble Ponies games are always a good time! And on most Friday nights, fireworks follow the game!

Visit The Ross Park Zoo

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The Ross Park Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in America, is now open daily, and no advance tickets or registration are required! Tickets are sold from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with the park closing at 5 p.m.

Explore Animal Adventure Park

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Animal Adventure Park is just 15 minutes from Binghamton and open 7 days a week from 10-5 p.m. They have special events throughout the summer such as their World Giraffe Day Celebration on Father’s Day and special evening events.

Grab some ice cream

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What’s better on a hot summer afternoon than ice cream! There are many delicious places to get a cone or sundae around Binghamton (with sprinkles on top, of course!). (Photo courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/SugarLipsIceCreamShop).

Plan a trip to Chuckster’s Family Fun Park

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Looking for a day of fun? Chuckster’s Family Fun Park is the perfect place to bring the kids and have some summer fun. Chuckster’s claim to fame is the world’s longest miniature golf hole, but they also have laser tag and batting cages!

Drive up to Roundtop Picnic Area in Endicott

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Roundtop Picnic Area has been around for decades but has been revitalized recently to provide a spectacular scenic overlook of Binghamton through the Susquehanna River Valley. It also has a new seating area and plenty of room to enjoy a picnic. Definitely worth a visit! (Photo courtesy of WNBF)

Attend the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open

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Another event returning after being cancelled due to COVID-19 is the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, held at En-Joie Country Club in Endicott. This Champions Tour event is entering its 50th year of play in Broome County. Country group Old Dominion will perform at the Friday night concert. Tickets can be purchased at dsgopen.com

Check out Binghamton First Friday Art Walks

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Enjoy a beautiful night downtown on the first Friday of every month checking out galleries and unique artwork in your favorite shops. 30 to 40 locations participate and the event runs from 6-9 p.m.

Go to Owego First Friday

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Very few towns are as charming as Owego and First Fridays are a wonderful way to take in all that it has to offer. On the first Friday of each month, patrons can enjoy free lemonade, live music and more! (pic c/ lifeintheingerlakes.com) 

Play a round of golf

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Take advantage of the warm weather by getting in 9 or 18! Binghamton has so much to offer in terms of golf course options, with first-class venues such as The Links at Hiawatha Landing, En-Joie Golf Club and Conklin Players Club! (Picture courtesy of Hiawathalinks.com)

Go for a swim

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Our area has three great parks where you can swim: Greenwood Park, Nathaniel Cole Park and Dorchester Park. All three feature white-sand beaches and offer canoes and kayaks for rental. Dorchester also offers sailboats for rental! (Photo courtesy of https://www.gobroomecounty.com/parks/greenwood).

Take a hike

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There are many beautiful trails to explore in the Southern Tier, with varying levels of difficulty. Check out this list of parks that provide trails for hikers of all levels!

Experience Recreation Park

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Located on Binghamton’s beautiful west side, Recreation Park lives up to its name. Whether it’s to play on the OurSpace Playground or swim in the pool, Rec Park has something for everyone!


Looking to take a quick day trip out of town? Here are some options that are not too far away that are perfect for summertime!

Visit Cooperstown

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Just about 90 minutes east from campus, Cooperstown is best known for the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Not a baseball fan? No problem. It also has lovely shops and restaurants that line its main streets. There are water activities such as canoeing and kayaking, the Glimmerglass Festival’s summer-long celebration of the arts, and you can go hiking at Glimmerglass State Park! (photo courtesy of thisiscooperstown.com) 

Venture to Skaneateles Lake

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Only one hour and 20 minutes from the University, Skaneateles Lake is one of the most beautiful Finger Lakes. It actually provides drinking water for 220,000 residents! Whether you’re looking to go boating, explore the boutique shops or just take in the sights of the blue-green waters...Skaneateles is a bucket-list item! (Picture courtesy of Fingerlakes.com/skaneateles)

Hike at Watkins Glen State Park

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About a 45-minute drive from campus, touring the various trails at Watkins Glen State Park will leave you with some of the most spectacular views of waterfalls and gorges. There are 19 waterfalls and the glen’s stream descends 400 feet past a 200-foot cliff!

Plan a trip to Ithaca

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You can start your day in Ithaca hiking and setting up a picnic at Buttermilk Falls State Park and end it enjoying a delicious dinner in downtown Ithaca! Ithaca also has tons of shopping options throughout the Commons and in Dewitt Mall. (Picture courtesy of Iloveny.com)

Jacob Wilkins works as an assistant in the Office of Media and Public Relations. He also serves as the lead broadcaster for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the Mets Double-A Affiliate. 

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