Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: Adults
The year was 1889. Harlow E. Bundy, an entrepreneur by trade and nature teamed up with his brother, Willard Bundy, to market the time recorder. Willard worked as a jeweler and inventor, and combining his expertise with his brother's business savvy, the two founded Bundy Manufacturing Company. After working in Binghamton, the brothers' company moved to Endicott and changed names. Today, people know it as IBM.
The brother's legacy still stands in Binghamton, though, in the form of Harlow Bundy's one-time house, now the center of the Bundy Museum of History and Art. The museum preserves not only the story of the brothers, but also the history and artwork of the region that inspired them. The collection includes a wide array of early manufacturing implements, broadcasting tools, and even a life-sized recreation of the Bundy's booth from the 1893 World's Fair. The curators run an open art gallery that showcases different artists every month, as well as an African Gallery focusing on ancestral and ceremonial African artifacts. There's even a vintage barbershop on the campus, a recreation of the one that stood next to IBM's original Endicott headquarters.
The Electric City Trolley Station & Museum provides a hands-on opportunity for visitors of all ages to discover the history of Electric Traction systems and the impact they had on Northeast Pennsylvania and beyond. This historic attraction also includes a 10 mile Trolley Excursion which stops at the Iron Furnaces, travels through the 4,747 ft. long Laurel Line Tunnel and tours the Trolley works building at Montage.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Dry docks, blacksmith shop, canal boat
Recommended Age Group: All ages
What is the experience like?
?The best field trip ever??school children from all over Central New York share this sentiment when they visit Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum. Last year, over 1,800 school children learned about the Erie Canal, boat building, [and] life on a canal boat, and they experienced what it is like to be a real archaeologist searching for historic artifacts while enjoying our top-notch education program. An award-winning historic site, the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum preserves the history of the only restored historic dry dock on the canal and shares the story of the Erie Canal?s role in making New York the Empire State.
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Walk along the Erie Canal to the stone aqueduct. Bring or rent a bike and explore along the path where Sal the mule walked from Buffalo to Albany pulling the canal boats loaded with New York state agricultural products, and see the sites that thousands of immigrants from Ireland and all of Europe first saw as they traveled on the Erie Canal to settle western New York and the states west [of there].
Every winter, the professional ice carvers at Sculpted Ice Works whittle and chip away at large blocks of ice to create Crystal Cabin Fever, an indoor, interactive display of expertly formed frozen water. In the event’s infancy, the exhibit was limited to a life-size ice cabin, but it has since blossomed to include a unique annual theme, live carving demonstrations, and an ice slide—totaling more than 100 tons of ice in all. In the fall, Sculpted Ice Works hosts Night at the Ice Museum, with ice sculptures and fall fun, and factory tours and a museum on ice harvesting are open year-round.
Hidden in Oneonta lies a 3,000-square-foot slice of tropical paradise. Part conservatory, part herbarium, the Joseph L. Popp Jr. Butterfly Conservatory brings together plant and animal species from the world's warmer climates in beautiful displays for visitors to enjoy. While walking the carefully manicured pathways of the facility, guests encounter more than 32 different animal species, including reptiles, fish, and tropical birds. Numerous jellyfish and even a two-toed sloth call the conservatory home, which welcomes in every season.
WonderWorks didn't always reside in Syracuse, at least not according to Professor Wonder. As the story goes, his laboratory in the Bermuda Triangle was uprooted and relocated by the power of the tornado he was tasked to create. Even disbelieving kids won't be able to deny that WonderWorks upside-down rooms and wacky attractions seem to corroborate Professor Wonder's tale. Let them test out the Hurricane Shack, where winds emulate the 84 mph gusts of a real storm, or the Bubble Lab, where they can actually go inside a huge bubble. For some more active fun, visitors can rocket around an indoor laser-tag maze or climb the lines of the ropes course.