Family Fun

Trails, educational attractions and unique experiences make Central New York a great family destination.

No one will be asking “Are we there yet?” during an old-school road trip down historic Route 20. This classic bit of Americana is a gateway to Central New York’s signature attractions and cornerstone village communities.

Sylvan Beach Amusement Park has been a Central New York favorite for decades. The rides, midway and other attractions all offer a nostalgic experience.

Head to Binghamton to explore Chuckster’s Family Fun Park. From batting cages to miniature golf to rock climbing walls, this entertainment powerhouse guarantees a day full of fun, food and excitement. Guests can also embrace their adventurous side on the facility’s Aeroboard, Jumpster, and zipline.

Schoharie County’s Howe Caverns Adventure Park offers a fantastic blend of family fun and exploration. See rock formations six million years in the making or take on several above-ground activities that range from biking to zip-lining to fudge tasting. Scenic cave tour miles below the Earth’s surface provide families with the adventure of a lifetime.

Family in Howe Caverns

Gobbler’s Knob Family Fun Park is home to a scenic miniature golf course with the perfect ice cream parlor to grab a sweet treat at after a few holes. The park also includes an arcade area and a go kart speedway.

Madison County holds a great U-pick destination for a day of family fun. Critz Farms allows the family to enjoy fun fall activities and pick a variety of different apples and pumpkins. Kids even have the opportunity to embark on a behind-the-scenes tour to see how apple cider is made.

With so many nature trails to choose from, take the family on a day-long hike through the outdoors. Chittenango Falls State Park, for one, offers breathtaking views of some of nature’s finest waterfall creations. Guests can enjoy a family picnic, mingle on the playground or hike to the falls while taking in the fresh air from the great outdoors.

Head to Otsego County for a variety of museums, including the world-famous National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum boasts frequently updated exhibits, some 40,000 artifacts, three million books and documents and 500,000-plus images.

The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier, a hands-on interactive children’s museum, takes a different approach to learning and fun that fosters play, sparks creative thinking and builds self-esteem. Just next door is the Binghamton Zoo, which celebrates more than 135 years as a local treasure. It’s one of the oldest zoos in the country.

And don’t forget a full slate of local festivals that fuel fun all summer long.

Family on tubes at Water Safari water park

Named one of the top events by the Press & Sun Bulletin Readers’ Choice Awards every year since the contest began, Spiedies Fest & Balloon Rally in Binghamton draws nearly 100,000 people each year. Enjoy a weekend full of great food, musical performances and hot air balloon launches.

Outdoors, indoors and anywhere in between, Central New York has you covered when it comes to family entertainment.