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 at http://www.visitbinghamton.org/things-to-do/carousels/ .
Ross Park Carousel (Closed for the 2020 Season)
Recreation Park Carousel
May 29th through June 25th
- Monday through Friday, 4:00pm - 7:45pm
- Saturday and Sunday, 12:00pm - 7:45pm
June 26th through Labor Day
- Daily 12:00pm - 7:45pm.
Please note that carousels may not operate during inclement weather. Please call ahead to confirm if the carousel is running.