12 Awesome Things to do in Binghamton this Summer

Posted by Rossana Candela on June 1, 2017

Summer means bare legs, longer days, a lot of sunshine and plenty of free time. If you're unsure about how to spend your spare time in the Southern Tier, I've got you covered. (I've lived around here almost my whole life, so you can trust me.) Check out all the fun summer activities Binghamton and the surrounding area have to offer this sunny season.

Indulge at Spiedie Fest

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You can't be in Binghamton and not go to the Spiedie Fest. Serving my all-time favorite chicken spiedies isn’t the only part. There's also crafts, vendors, auctions and the third-best hot air balloon rally in the country! To close out the festivities, all you country fans can rock out with Kellie Pickler. You can't miss out!

Practice yoga with a goat

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Photo by dunyanews

It may sound quirky, but it’s becoming a popular activity. If you’ve never tried yoga because “you don’t want to look silly,” then why not try it with a goat on your back, when everyone looks silly. For just $15, this is a sweet deal, and most definitely on my bucket list.

Get some fresh air

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Dorchester Park is one of many spots around Binghamton where you can take in the beautiful outdoors. Between walking trails, a white sand beach, picnicking, volleyball, fishing and boating, you will never be bored here! Don’t have a boat? No worries! For a small fee, you can rent a kayak, sailboat, paddle boat and more right at the park.

My personal favorite is taking romantic photos overlooking the river with my dog.

Hit the green at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open

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My boyfriend is on his way to becoming a head pro and being PGA certified, so I am all too familiar with this day. The Dick's Sporting Goods Open is a Champions Tour where you can watch all your favorite professional golfers tee off up close. If you’re lucky, you may even get an autograph.

Rock out at a Bon Jovi concert

If you are at the Dick's Sporting Good Open, then you shouldn't miss this throwback! For all the old souls and parents out there, this is the event to attend. Jam out to all your favorite songs in one rockin’ night! 


Check out the wildlife

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If you want to meet April the Giraffe, the one who had you glued to your Facebook screen like me, you can at Animal Adventure. You can also feed and interact with all kinds of animals. From wolves to camels to pigs -- you'll see (and maybe ride) them all.

Live it up on First Friday

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You stole my heart at “food trucks." Binghamton Live on the Waterfront also has vendors, wine and beer tastings, and live music that all goes perfect with food trucks.

Get your camp on

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Camping is on my to-do list every summer, and Chenango Valley State Park is a perfect place to set up tent. It’s pet-friendly (which is mucho bueno because I bring my dog everywhere), there’s hiking trails and a pool area. Also, civilization is just 10 miles away in case you need anything! (or if you’re really craving Wegmans Chinese -- been there.)

Get in on the action at a Rumble Ponies game

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Calling all sports fans! Go show your Binghamton pride at a Rumble Ponies baseball game this summer! #LetsRumble

Connect with your inner faerie

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If you’re looking for something more family-friendly, this event is for you. The NY Faerie Festival celebrates imagination and the outdoors. You can expect live music, jousting and so much more.

Wine and dine

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At the Wine and Tapas Tour, you can taste all types of wines from different cultures with a rightfully paired tapas. Call up your best friends, take a walk downtown and get lost in the deliciousness.

Eat cake

Okay, so Strawberry Fest has more than just strawberry shortcake (but it’s totally the best part.) This festival also features live entertainment, a parade, pageant, 5K and fireworks.

(But if you want to go just for the cake, I completely understand.)


Rossana Candela is a senior majoring in communications: public relations and advertising from Marathon, N.Y. She is interested in creative marketing, advertising, event planning and eating an unhealthy amount of Panera Bread.

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