18 Fun Things to Do in Greater Binghamton This Summer

Posted by Conrad Taylor on May 28, 2019

Many Binghamton students stay in the area for the summer for classes, jobs, internships, research and more. Summers here are beautiful, and many students take the time to get to know Greater Binghamton in a whole new way -- whether it's hitting the beach or attending a ballgame. Here are some of my favorite things to do!

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 the Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally

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If there’s one event that has become synonymous with summers in Binghamton, it’s Spiedie Fest. The Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally brings almost 100,000 people to the Binghamton area and features carnival and hot air balloon rides, car shows, music and massive quantities of our famous local delicacy: spiedies!

Visit world-famous Animal Adventure Park

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Made famous by April the Giraffe’s live birth, 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 the Mets' rising stars, often followed by a spectacular fireworks show.

Play 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!

Enjoy downtown Binghamton's outdoor patios

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Eating outside is a delight, especially on the beautiful streets of historic downtown Binghamton. This summer, treat yourself to the outdoor patio experience at restaurants such as 205 Dry, Citrea, The Colonial, Dos Rios Cantina, Garage Taco Bar, Sake-Tumi, Social on State, Craft, Thai Time and 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.

Have fun at Binghamton Pride Palooza

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Binghamton Pride Palooza is one of Upstate New York's greatest celebrations of LGBTQ pride. The 15-year anniversary celebration is poised to be the best yet, with fireworks, food trucks, drag performances, craft vendors, live music and more. Come party downtown on the banks of the Chenango River! 

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 this summer!

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, 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.

Celebrate summer at the Broome County Farmer's Market

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The sprawling Broome County Regional Farmer's Market is open almost every Saturday and Sunday of the summer! All vendors are local to Broome or surrounding counties and produce the best products around. Come visit the market to meet local farmers/artisans, buy fresh produce and delicious prepared food. Help your community thrive. Buy local, buy fresh!

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 at this fun annual event!

Pick berries at Apple Hills

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Serving the community since 1848, for many Apple Hills is an annual tradition. The summer is ripe for berry picking and a beautiful lunch at the Apple Hills Cafe. 

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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Country music mega-star and Grammy award-winner Keith Urban is coming to Binghamton this summer! Urban 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 6-7, is a must-see spectacle. Last year almost 55,000 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!

Enjoy free music at Porchfest

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You don't need to go to a massive venue to hear good music in Binghamton -- you can listen to great tunes on the porches of Binghamton's West Side! Porchfest, held every August, is a music festival in which hundreds of local musicians perform at neighborhood porches, stoops, driveways, yards, etc. It's free, fun and a great way to embrace the local community, so don't miss it!
 

Conrad Taylor is a 2018 graduate of Binghamton University and works in the Binghamton University Office of Media and Public Relations. 

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