Albany Historic Carousel Hours and Information

We know many of you are as excited as we are about the Albany Historic Carousel. This is no ordinary merry-go-round. Our city’s carousel is a community volunteer-driven project 15 years in the making. Artists and laborers contributed countless hours to hand-carve and decorate the fabulous animals. It’s an attraction you won’t want to miss, no matter what age you are.

Hours of Operation and Ride Tokens

Since the carousel is staffed by an all-volunteer team, hours of operation may have varied from what was originally printed or posted in other publications and online. Albany Visitors Association is helping to spread the word about the hours.

Admission and rides Admission is free to the carousel’s building facilities such as the gift shop, snack bar, museum, and workshop area. Ride tokens are $2 each and can be purchased at the snack bar, the gift shop, or from a token machine ($1 bills only) next to the concessions counter.

Hours The Carousel is open six days per week (Closed on Tuesdays):  Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Sat: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM; Sun: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.


There is ample street parking around the Carousel building and the USP Office on Washington and 1st Ave. Visit the Carousel’s website for maps related to overflow parking and public lots throughout downtown Albany.

Additional Information

For inquiries about reserving the Carousel Building for birthday parties, meetings, receptions, and other events, make sure to visit the Carousel website.

9 Comments on “Albany Historic Carousel Hours and Information

    • Hi Deanna, We hope you have a wonderful visit to Albany and the Carousel. It’s worth the wait, we promise!

  1. I have saved the article that was in the parade in mpls tribune in 2013 in minnesota I will be there this summer Can’t wait!
    Alice from silver lake mn.

    • Alice, That’s great! We can’t wait for you to see it in person. You will be blown away by its beauty.

  2. My husband and I just learned about your carousel on PBS. We are so impressed with the love and dedication of the many volunteers working on this lovely piece of art. We will be visiting Albany to see and ride your glorious carousel.
    Kathleen Gartrell-Hunt
    Phil Hunt

    • Kathleen, that’s exciting news! We hope you stop by to see us at the visitors center. We’d love to meet you and your husband.

  3. I have been looking for a place to buy the DVD of The Ride, that was shown on PBS. Can’t find anywhere. Do you have the wonderful discs for sale? I would like to buy 2. Loved the movie of it’s journey.
    Marie June Tidball

    • Hi Marie, please contact the Carousel by sending an email to: or telephone 541.497.2934 for information about the DVDs. We haven’t heard if they are available at the carousel gift shop or from PBS. We hope they are! Good luck, Maddie

  4. Have seen parts of this wonderful PBS program on WEIU, Eastern IL. University. Loved it. Brought back memories of our park in Paris, IL. when I was a child. They will run it again I’m sure.

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