Top 10 Things To Do in Binghamton, NY

Bus service between NYC and Binghamton is one of our major routes here at TrailwaysNY. Most people only think of Binghamton in connection to its prestigious State University of New York (SUNY) campus, or maybe just as that city we drive by on Route 81 in central New York. But did you know that the area’s also bursting with little-known gems that make it a terrific weekend destination in its own right? In addition to convenient buses from New York City (NYC) to Binghamton, TrailwaysNY also offers buses from Albany to Binghamton and buses from Syracuse to Binghamton. Check out our picks for all types of things to do in Binghamton, NY and our bus schedules to get you there:

 

1) Roberson Museum and Science Center

Housed in a 1904 mansion, the Roberson offers exhibits, special events, and interactive programs on science, art, local history, and natural history. Don’t miss the planetarium and the region’s largest model train layout, recreating Central New York landscapes in the 1950’s.

2) Phelps Mansion Museum

Binghamton wasn’t nicknamed The Parlor City for nothing; its “Mansion Row” used to be filled with regal homes like this three-story 1870 wonderland built by banker and Binghamton mayor Sherman D. Phelps. It’s now a historically preserved museum filled with artisan wood, crystal chandeliers, and a true taste of what it was like to live in America’s Gilded Age.

3) The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park

The 5th oldest zoo in the U.S. is home to red pandas, red wolves, penguins, a snow leopard, an arctic fox, otters, wallabees, and a menagerie of birds, amphibians, and invertebrates. As a bonus, you’ll also one of Binghamton’s famous vintage carousels! Binghamton Zoo is open from April to November.

4) Eat a Spiedie

Philly has its cheesesteaks, Buffalo has its wings…and Binghamton has the Spiedie. What, you didn’t know about this signature food? In the 1920’s, restauranteurs and Italian immigrants to the area invented a new sandwich made with marinated and grilled cubes of meat served on soft Italian bread or a sub roll. Yum! For the full authentic Spiedie experience, visit Lupo’s or the Spiedie & Rib Pit. If you’re traveling to Binghamton in early August, you can hit the annual Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally.

5) NYSEG Stadium

Double-A baseball is one of sports’ great secrets, offering up affordable, old-school fun for all ages. You can get your fill of it here, where the awesomely-named Binghamton Rumble Ponies play their hearts out each season.

6) Antique Row

Otherwise known as a mile-long stretch of Clinton Street filled with places to discover hidden treasure or flights of fancy for all budgets. In addition to the shops, you’ll also find cafes, community events, and a retro arcade. Ready, set…wander!

7) Recreation Park

This city park is so classic and something-for-everyone — there’s a playground, public art and fountains, walking paths, bandstand — it looks like something out of a TV show. Maybe that’s because it was in a TV show: Rod Serling grew up nearby and set his “Twilight Zone” episode Walking Distance in this very spot. The park is also home to another one of the “Carousel Capital of the World”’s antique merry-go-rounds.

8) See What’s Brewing

Home brew aficionados are in on the secret and now you are, too: Binghamton has a hopping craft beverage scene! (Pardon the pun, we had to do it.) Breweries like Galaxy Brewing Company, Water Street Brewing Company, and Binghamton Brewing Company serve up their farm-to-table innovations in unique tasting rooms. Beyond beer, spirit-makers like French Distillers & Alchemists and Black Bear Winery also deserve a stop on your tasting route.

9) Tri-Cities Opera Company

Whether you’re a buff or a newbie, regional companies like Tri-Cities are a great place to experience professional-quality opera in a more intimate setting. Tri-Cities stages both classical and modern theatre productions throughout the year.

10) Kopernik Observatory and Science Center

While you’re in Binghamton, why not reach for the stars? The Kopernik is one of the best-sited and best-equipped public observatories in the Northeast, and the first science lab facility in New York State designed for K-12 teachers, students, and their families. During their Friday night programs, you’ll find hands-on investigations using advanced telescopes, computers and other tools to discover the wonders of the Universe.

Ready to book your bus from NYC to Binghamton? You can purchase bus tickets online at TrailwaysNY.com.