Binghamton Zoo in Ross Park is a wonderful day adventure for the whole family! It originally opened in 1875, making it one of America’s oldest zoos. In fact, it’s the 5th oldest zoological institution in the USA, today. With the love and dedication of the local community, through the Southern Tier Zoological Society the zoo has remained open. ,
Like any great zoo, the range of animals at Binghamton Zoo is impressive! From well-known mammals, like rabbits, goats, cougars, and foxes to the family favorite two-toed sloth. A day at Binghamton Zoo will include seeing an array of amazing creatures. While you are creating everlasting family memories, you’ll also witness some fascinating and unusual reptiles and colorful birds.
Where should I stay when visiting Binghamton?
One of the great things about visiting Binghamton is accommodation. The Quality Inn and Suites Vestal Binghamton is a great choice, the hotel provides impeccable professional and friendly services. Plus, it’s only a 13-minute drive to the zoo.
If you have a toddler or young child that has difficulty sleeping in hotels, read ‘Tips to Help Your Toddler Fall Asleep, Away From Home‘.
Why is Binghamton Zoo special?
What makes Americas 5th zoo so impressive is the opportunity to witness some of the planets endangered animals. Don’t leave without seeing the adorable red panda, the majestic snow leopard, and super cute African penguins.
In addition, you also have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of your favorite animals through their Animal Encounter program. If a member of your family has a passion for animals and zoo keeping or you want to give a special gift then sign them up.
Exciting Events at the Binghamton Zoo
The Binghamton Zoo calendar is bursting with a variety of events across the whole year, during the zoo after hours. We think you’ll enjoy the events listed, and there are plenty more to discover online:
- June 29-30 is ‘Conservation Weekend: Climate Change.’ This kid-friendly event is an interactive and fun couple of days, designed to educate all who attend. On Saturday and Sunday, exclusive shows and discussions will be presented from 10 am – 4 pm.
- Zoo Brew and Wine Too is an event for the adults. The zoo will be hosting a craft beer festival on June 8th, from 5:30 pm until 8:00 pm. It’s going to be a super fun evening with a variety of breweries and wineries in attendance. So, if you’re partial to a tasty beer or delicious wine, this is the place to be! There’ll also be some exciting activities like the Ambassador animal meet and greet. For more details click here.
- For every animal lover, the ‘Feast with a Beasts’ is an unmissable event. Taking place on August 21st you can expect a range of tasty cuisine samplings, live music acts, comedians, a behind-the-scenes look at the animals and an exclusive silent auction. For more details visit the site in August.
Binghamton Zoo Opening Hours and Prices
Attending the zoo at Ross Park is an incredibly affordable day activity for the whole family. The entrance fee for adults is $9 and children aged 3 – 11 can enjoy the fun for $7. Discounts are available for seniors, college students, and military personnel. For a spectacular discount visit on July 18th for BOGO Admission Day.
From May 11th to September 15th the opening hours for the zoo are 10 am – 4 pm. If you plan to visit outside of these dates, check the official Binghamton Zoo website. Once you fall in love with the zoo, you’ll want to check out the annual membership program, so that you can have unlimited visits.
To get your family adventure started, add 60 Morgan Road, Binghamton, NY 13903, to your GPS. For more great local activities in the Binghamton area, read: ‘Binghamton’s Best.’ You’ll be able to build a great itinerary for your entire stay.