City of Binghamton, New York

Carousels

History of Greater Binghamton's Carousels

Between 1919 and 1934, George F. Johnson  (1857 – 1948), shoe manufacturer and great benefactor, donated six beautiful carousels to our local parks. Johnson’s commitment to recreation was always more than just good business. He felt carousels contributed to a happy life and would help youngsters grow into strong and useful citizens. Because of his own poor childhood, “George F.” believed carousels should be enjoyed by everyone and insisted that the municipalities never charge money for a magic ride.

Now, into their tenth decade, these magnificent machines still spin from Memorial Day to Labor Day at no charge or for an admission of “one piece of litter.” In a day when nothing is free, we boast the world’s greatest entertainment bargain!

Broome County has the only carousel collection of this kind in the world.  What is even more remarkable is that of 150 wood-carved carousels remaining in the United States and Canada, six are right here in Greater Binghamton, New York.  All six are now on the New York State Historic Register and the National Register of Historic Places.

For more information on the carousels in the Southern Tier, check out the Greater Binghamton New York Convention & Visitors Bureau's brochure

Ross Park Carousel

Installed in 1920, this carousel features sixty jumping horses, four-abreast; two chariots (one with monkeys) and an original fifty-one key WurliTzer Military Band Organ which is currently under restoration.
 
Ross Park Carousel
60 Morgan Road
Binghamton, NY 13903 
 

Open daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day, 10:00am to 5:00pm. 

Recreation Park Carousel

Installed in 1925, this carousel features sixty jumping horses, four-abreast; chariots; and the original two-roll frame WurliTzer Military Band Organ with bells. The horses and the original carousel house cupola have been restored.  Situated in the historic George F. Johnson Recreation Park, facilities include a reflective pond, statue of George F. Johnson, Rod Serling Memorial Plaque, bandshell concerts, pools and bathhouse, tennis courts, playground and ballfields.
 
Recreation Park Carousel 
103 Laurel Avenue
Binghamton, NY 13905
 

Memorial Day through June 14th

Open Monday through Friday, from 3:00pm to last ride at 7:45pm
Open Saturday and Sunday, from 12:00pm to last ride at 7:45pm

June 14th through Labor Day

Open daily, from 12:00pm to last ride at 7:45pm.   

Please note that carousels may not operate during inclement weather. Please call ahead to confirm if the carousel is running.