George F. Johnson Recreation Park Carousel is a historic carousel located at Binghamton in Broome County, New York. The carousel and its pavilion were built in 1925. The carousel is housed in a wooden, one story, 16-sided, pavilion topped by a cupola. The carousel has 60 horses standing four abreast, each of which is a "jumper," and two chariots. It was constructed by the Allan Herschell Company and contains its original Wurlitzer Military Band Organ. It is one of six carousels donated to the citizens of Broome County by George F. Johnson (1857–1948), president of Endicott Johnson Corporation.
This carousel, the gazebo, and in fact, the entire Recreation Park served as inspiration to Rod Serling's classic Twilight Zone episode entitled "Walking Distance." Serling is honored with a bronze plaque in the floor of the gazebo as well as with beautiful paintings, depicting memorable scenes from The Twilight Zone, on the carousel. Recreation Park is as close to the Twilight Zone as one might get, without crossing over.
It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.
Other carousels located in the Greater Binghamton Region: C. Fred Johnson Park Carousel George W. Johnson Park Carousel Highland Park Carousel Ross Park Carousel West Endicott Park Carousel To visit Recreation Park Carousel and other attractions in Binghamton, use our Binghamton online road trip planner.
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We were able to take the kids to the carousel and create some lifelong memories. There are not too many kids in this world these days they get to ride carousels like they did in the old days.
We were able to take the kids to the carousel and create some lifelong memories. There are not too many kids in this world these days they get to ride carousels like they did in the old days. more »
I only recently learned of the existence of the Carousels in the Binghamton area (I'm from PA about 2.5 hours distance away). I was excited to learned that I was going to get to visit some of them..... more
I only recently learned of the existence of the Carousels in the Binghamton area (I'm from PA about 2.5 hours distance away). I was excited to learned that I was going to get to visit some of them..... more »
Horses were in great repair, real old Wurlitzer doing its thing, and gold stars for the amazing playground nearby. This place is everything a carousel and park should be. My children said it was happy, and good.
My best childhood memories we’re here in the early 60,s as an elementary school age child….
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