16 Fun Things to Do This Summer in Greater Binghamton

Posted by Conrad Taylor on June 1, 2018

As summer gets into full swing, you’re probably thinking a lot about the next few months -- dreaming about your future days on the beach, hiking excursions or trips to the zoo. Luckily, you can do all of these things and much more right here in Binghamton, all summer long! Many stay in Binghamton for the summer, whether it's for a class, job, internship, research, etc. Summers in Binghamton are beautiful, and many students take the time to get to know Greater Binghamton in a whole new way. Here are some of my favorite things to do!

Visit world-famous Animal Adventure Park

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Made famous by April the Giraffe’s live birth last year, Animal Adventure Park is an exciting destination nestled in the hills outside Binghamton. Keeper talks are performed daily for a variety of habitats. And with a focus on animal rescue, you’ll fall in love with Animal Adventure after just one visit.

Attend a baseball game

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A top summer destination in downtown Binghamton is NYSEG Stadium, home of the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. The Rumble Ponies are Binghamton's professional baseball team and a New York Mets AA affiliate. A summer in Binghamton wouldn't be complete without an evening watching Tim Tebow and the Rumble Ponies, often followed by a spectacular fireworks show.

Experience the world’s longest mini-golf hole!

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Chuckster’s Family Fun Park in Vestal is an awesome way to spend a summer afternoon. From a spectacular mini-golf course to zip-lining, endless fun awaits. Chuckster’s also claims to have the longest mini-golf hole on the planet. Check it out!

The Wine & Tapas Tour, Martini Walk, and more….

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The Binghamton Wine & Tapas Tour will allow you to sample delicious cuisine and wines from all around the world at over 20 Binghamton eateries. This is the perfect opportunity to take a beautiful summer stroll and discover everything downtown has to offer. If you miss the Wine & Tapas Tour, make sure to mark your calendar for the Martini Walk! Get tickets now -- they’re almost sold out. 

Explore the lakes and hiking trails of Broome County

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Nature itself offers some of Binghamton's best summer amenities. Visit one of Broome County's many parks for a summer adventure. Have a beach day at Nathaniel Cole Park (affectionately known as "The Blake"), kayak at Dorchester Park or hike at Chenango Valley State Park. There’s so much to explore!

Experience an air show at the Greater Binghamton Airport

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The Greater Binghamton Airshow will provide fun for people of all ages at the Greater Binghamton Airport. With the help of the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team and the U.S. Air Force A-10 Demonstration Team, the airshow will highlight static displays, acrobatic aerial performances, jets, formation flights and much more.

Tour America’s fifth-oldest zoo

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The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park, settled in the hills of the city's South Side, is the fifth-oldest zoo in the country! It's home to amazing animals such as snow leopards, red pandas, howler monkeys, African lemurs and many more. Take the time to learn about animal conservation as you ride the Binghamton Zoo Express and enjoy one of the cutest experiences Binghamton has to offer.

Enjoy live music and fireworks on the Chenango River

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The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra will fill the banks of the Chenango River in downtown Binghamton as audience members enjoys music, drinks and a fireworks show. Join us for an unforgettable night of music, theatrics and visuals that will drum up the magic of summertime in Binghamton.

Celebrate arts and culture at First Friday

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The First Friday Art Walk is Binghamton’s signature monthly event, celebrating the art and culture scene that heavily influences Binghamton’s downtown. From the incredible art galleries of Artist’s Row on State Street -- such as Anthony Borelli Fine Arts, Orazio Salati Studio and the Cooperative Gallery -- to the passionate karaoke at Strange Brew on Washington Street, you won’t be bored for a second. Join the fun on the First Friday of every month!

Visit a mysterious fairy-tale world

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New York Faerie Fest is a one-of-a-kind event, to say the least. Fairies, elves and fantastic creatures gather in wooded hollows between the hills outside Binghamton. With enchanting music and colorful pageantry, they invite you to join them in celebrating nature's wonders and the magic of imagination. It’s one of those things you need to experience.

Munch on strawberries at the Owego Strawberry Festival

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Don’t miss the Strawberry Festival in Owego, located just 20 minutes outside Binghamton! An estimated 20,000 visitors come back each year to enjoy live entertainment, hundreds of vendors, spectacular fireworks, a 90-minute parade and, of course, delicious strawberry shortcake.

Rock out and indulge at July Fest!

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This July, downtown Binghamton is home to the 56th annual July Fest. Enjoy tons of bands, awesome food, arts and crafts, fireworks and a 5k run!

Experience the Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally

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If there’s one event that has become synonymous with summers in Binghamton, it’s the Spiedie Fest. The Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally will bring almost 100,000 people to the Binghamton area and feature carnival and hot air balloon rides, car shows, music and some of the best spiedies in the world.

Hit the green at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open

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The Dick’s Sporting Goods Open is a Champions Tour where you can watch some of the biggest professional golfers tee off up close. This massive event at the beautiful En-joie Golf Course is not to be missed. You might even get a PGA golfer’s autograph!

Party with a country music legend

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Blake Shelton, also known as 2017’s “Sexiest Man Alive,” is coming to Binghamton this summer! The country music artist and star of NBC's The Voice will perform at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in August. Get tickets now!

Attend the country’s largest projection mapping festival

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The summer doesn’t end when the semester begins! LUMA Projections Arts Festival, taking place September 7-9, is a must-see spectacle. Last year more than 35,000 visited downtown to watch the historic buildings of Binghamton come to life at this free festival. Using powerful projectors and 3D animation, LUMA creates the illusion that enormous structures are transforming as if by magic. City hall turns into a gingerbread house. The courthouse becomes Stonehenge. Make sure not to miss this!

Conrad Taylor is a 2018 graduate of Binghamton University. He works in the University's Office of Media & Public Relations.

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