George W. Johnson Park Carousel

12.07.17Calling Children of All Ages: Come to the County of Carousels

As a child, George Johnson lived in poverty before growing up to become a successful shoe manufacturer and one of the region’s most generous benefactors. Like many adults who were poor as children, Johnson never forgot his early experiences, and, after donating six magnificent carousels to various local parks, he was adamant that rides on them would always be free of charge. A magnanimous gesture, but Johnson felt it was also a practical one, due to his belief that carousels were integral to living a happy life and helped children grow up to be useful citizens.   

Today, all six of these antique carousels have been placed both on the National Register of Historic Places and on the New York State Historic Register. Every year from Memorial Day to Labor Day, tourists flock to the “Carousel Capital of the World” to experience the old-fashioned thrill of a carousel ride. Rides are free, but the parks ask a small “fee” of one piece of litter per ride. The carousels are located at Recreation Park and Ross Park in Binghamton, C. Fred Johnson Park in Johnson City, Highland Park in Endwell, and George W. Johnson Park and West Endicott Park in Endicott. For more information, click here.

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