Mid-Valley Day Trips

Staying in Albany and need trip ideas? Here are just a few ways to fill a day, an afternoon, or a weekend.

Fun with Kids

Start your day with coffee, cocoa and home-made crepes at Red Daisy Coffee Company, which has two locations. Downtown at 115 Ellsworth, little ones can play with a selection of available toys while adults sit in comfy chairs; at Heritage Mall, kids can work off energy in the play area right next to Red Daisy’s location.

After breakfast, visit one of Albany’s two public libraries, which open at 10 a.m. and both have public play sections and offer storytimes four days a week.

Kids of all ages are welcome at the Albany Historic Carousel and Museum. Kids can watch woodcarvers at work, learn about how they create carousel animals, and even ride on a few completed animals.

Visit Sunnypatch Boutique in downtown Albany for kids’ toys and clothes, including items that are out-of-the-box and welcome for children to play with.

If you need to work off more energy, visit G2 FunZone, a downtown Albany bounce house. Or, visit one of Albany’s 29 beautiful parks, 21 of them with kids’ playgrounds. Try miniature golf at Lake Shore Lanes or watch a family movie at The Pix Theater.

Have dinner at Pizza King, where kids can play in an arcade or sing karaoke; adults can order the Italian food menu (chef Ruby Lewis travels frequently to Italy to gather recipes and take cooking classes).

Wine Tasting

Albany is home to a region full of vineyards and wine tasting opportunities. Enjoy lunch at Sweet Red Wine Bistro, where you can order from local and international wines and sample great food and cheeses.

After lunch, head to Springhill Cellars, where the estate vineyard and winery are on the slopes of Springhill, a gentle hill not far from the banks of the Willamette River. Their tasting room is open on weekends or by appointment.

Those with more time can take a scenic drive through country roads to reach Marks Ridge Winery, one of the highest elevation wineries in the Willamette Valley. Enjoy their panoramic views while relaxing with a glass of Pinot. They are open Fridays-Sundays and at other times by appointment.

Just to the north of Albany is Willamette Valley Vineyards, one of the oldest and most prestigious wineries in the mid-valley. Their tasting room is open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily and closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.

If you have more time to explore, try one of the Heart of Willamette Wineries–a collection of boutique wineries within 50 miles of Albany, producing memorable Oregon wines.

Looking for even more day trip ideas?

  • Head to the Cascades for hiking, mountain biking, and exploring alpine lakes. Don’t want to drive? Take the summer adventure bus.
  • Explore pioneer history in the charming little town of Brownsville (bonus: it’s also where the classic ’80s movie Stand By Me was filmed!)
  • Beach day: we’re only an hour from the beautiful Oregon Coast.
  • City tour: hop on a train at the historic Albany station and you can be in Portland, Oregon’s largest city, in two hours.