Sitting high on a hill above Binghamton is one of Broome County’s many historical treasures — The Greater Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park.
The park, which sits on over a 100 acres of land, was a gift to the city in 1875 from Erastus Ross, a local businessman with a nearby housing development. From the time of the trolleys to today, the park has been a vital part of life in Binghamton. The park includes the fifth oldest zoo in the country and is a destination for reunion goers, hikers, lovers of nature, and students and kids of all ages. It is also home to the oldest of Broome County’s six carousels, a gift given to the local community by George F. Johnson in 1919.
Today the Southern Tier Zoological Society operates the zoo. Both the Greater Binghamton Zoo and Ross Park continue to grow and change with additions like the Discovery Center for children. This nature respite remains a popular and unique stop on New York’s Path Through History.
Photos Courtesy of:
The Broome County Historical Society