(Binghamton, NY) Memorial Day weekend kicks off another carousel season for our unique collection of antique carousels. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Heritage Area and Broome County, this summer marks the eighteenth consecutive year for the “Ride the Carousel Circuit” program. This one-of-a-kind activity draws thousands of carousel riders to our area parks each summer. This year the carousels will be open from May 30, 2011 through September 5, 2011.
It’s easy to complete the CAROUSEL CIRCUIT and receive a special “jeweled” button…all you need to do is take one ride on each of the FIVE open local carousels before Labor Day. Currently, the Recreation Park carousel in the City of Binghamton is scheduled to reopen on August 29, 2011. Not to worry, riding FIVE until the Recreation Park carousel opens will still entitle you to receive the “I RODE THE CAROUSEL CIRCUIT” button after collecting the color-coded special cards (each carousel has an individual color) from a park attendant at each carousel site. When you have collected all of your cards from the participating sites, any of the parks will validate your cards and present you with a commemorative “I RODE THE CAROUSEL CIRCUIT” button. The carousel button includes the words “Susquehanna Heritage Area” as the carousels are significant historic resources of the beautiful Susquehanna Heritage Area.
You can take all summer to ride the Carousel Circuit or complete it all in the same day….just saddle up and enjoy the rides! Remember that riding the carousels is FREE. For more information on these historic carousels and their locations pick up a “carousel” brochure at the Binghamton Visitor Center (30 Front St.), the Endicott Visitor Center (300 Lincoln Ave.) or go to the Greater Binghamton Convention & Visitors Bureau website at www.visitbinghamton.org. A “Ride the Carousel Circuit 2011 Guide” is also available to download on that website. Information on the carousels is also available at www.gobroomecounty.com.
Website addresses for Visitor Center hours, Carousel & Community Information: