Mighty Molar’s Guide to Albany, OR

Located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Albany is an agriculture-based city with historic homes and a charming, walkable downtown. It’s also home to a variety of quaint shops, distinctive restaurants, breweries and family attractions. Here’s what you should see and do while visiting.

 

1. The Historic Carousel and Museum

Marvel at this antique carousel with more than 50 hand-carved animals, along with exhibits of historic carousel artifacts.

2. Talking Water Gardens

Explore this peaceful oasis, filled with lush flora, local fauna, waterfalls and scenic walking trails.

3. Childers’ Raspberry Farm

Savor freshly grown raspberries, as you tour this family owned and operated Willamette Valley farm.

4. Pool at Swanson Park

Get in some wet and wild fun at this shimmering pool, featuring 81,800 gallons of refreshing water, a water-play structure, a 36-foot slide and gentle river ride.

5. Thompson’s Mills State Heritage Site

Take a short drive south to the small town of Shedd and tour the state’s last water-powered mill, which ran for 143 years.

6. Springhill Cellars Winery

Treat your palate to world-class vintages, as you tour this lovely winery in the Willamette Valley.

7. Deluxe Brewing Co. and Sinister Distilling Co.

The area’s very first brew-stillery, this popular destination offers distinctive pilsners, lagers, whisky, rum and gin.

8. Hoffman Bridge

Originally constructed in 1936, this beautiful covered bridge was deservedly added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.