From gently rolling hills to lush green valleys, Greater Binghamton offers big-city ambiance with upstate New York appeal and affordability. Thanks to the State University of New York at Binghamton, there is a perennial demand for the quality of dining, entertainment, shopping and sightseeing to be found here, as well as many educational facilities doubling as Binghamton event venues.
Three major highways, Interstates 81, 88 and NY Route 17 (future I-86), intersect in Binghamton, making arrival by car fast and convenient. Greater Binghamton Airport offers nonstop service from Washington, DC, Detroit and Philadelphia and is served by United, Delta and US Airways.
The largest convention venues in Binghamton are the Binghamton University Events Center, which has 4,485 seats and 53,000 square feet of space on the main level; and the 6,800-seat Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
The Greater Binghamton area features 2,500 first-class, affordable accommodations in resorts, hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts. Binghamton hotel venues with sizable meeting space include the 204-room DoubleTree by Hilton Binghampton; and the 237-room Holiday Inn Binghamton-Downtown, which has 15,000 square feet of meeting space.
Special event venues in Binghamton are distinctive and plentiful. Available for rental are such venues as the Anderson Center for the Performing Arts; the Bundy Museum of History & Art, featuring Bundy Time Recorders (the company that became IBM), as well as Oriental and African arts collections; and the Phelps Mansion Museum, a Civil War-era mansion. For small groups, there is the 20-seat conference center at the Greater Binghamton Airport, or the computer-aided decision room at the Binghamton University School of Management. There is also The McKinley banqueting facility at Huron Campus (formerly the IBM corporate campus); The McKinley was once IBM's cafeteria.
After the meeting's over, groups can get a taste of SoHo at the numerous art galleries and studios along "Artists' Row" that all participate in monthly "First Friday Art Walks." And there are numerous walking and biking trails, cross-country skiing, hunting and fishing, and 15 public golf courses. Sporting activities include the AHL Binghamton Senators, AA Binghamton Mets baseball, Chris Thater Memorial Races, Dick's Sporting Goods Open (Champions Tour event) and the Levene Gouldin & Thompson Tennis Challenger. Unique festivals and events featured in Binghamton include the annual Crappie (ice fishing) Derby, First Night Binghamton, Apple Fest, Arts & Crafts shows, Boo at the Zoo and the Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally.