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
- Open daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day, 10:00am to 5:00pm.
- During the months of July and August, the Carousel will open until 7:45pm on Thursday's only
Recreation Park Carousel
Saturday May 23rd through June 19th
- 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 20th 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.