The Albany Regional Airport, located between I-5 and the Linn County Fair and Expo center, is home to many small private and corporate airplanes. Albany is full of history, including history that relates to aviation. Among the first to venture into the great blue yonder, Albany boasts of many aviation accomplishments. The first hot air balloon and the first man to parachute in Oregon was Professor Hagel in the 1890s. And John Burkhart was the first man born west of the Mississippi to achieve a successful flight in 1908.

Parts of the Albany Airport form one of Albany's four Historic Districts. Included is the old arch topped hanger and light tower. Its period of historic significance was 1929-1947 durring which time Albany had the busiest community airport in Oregon, second only to Portland International.
For more aeronautic history stop at the Visitors Association and pick up your free copy of Seems Like Old Times or click on the Self-Guided Tour button, under Historic Albany.

Come to the Wah Chang Northwest Art & Air Festival to see air craft up close and personal! Kids 7 to 17 can sign up to be part of the Young Eagles program and take a free airplane ride durring this festival.


Albany has several antique stores where you can find that very special accent piece to decorate your home or office. Stop by one of these shops for that perfect piece to decorate your home or an addition to your collection.The Albany Downtown Association located in the Two Rivers Mall has a free guide map to the antique shops.Browsing through an antique shop is like walking through a museum.


An apple a day keeps the doctor away!

Stop by one of the local Farmers' Markets or visit a local road side stand or u-pick orchard for some fresh tree ripend apples. Nothing tastes better than an apple picked right off of the tree in late summer or fall. Stop by Antique Apple Orchards on highway 20 near Sweet Home in the late fall where you can tast many varieties of apples and you can also help make fresh apple cider. Wow! What and experience and what a treat.


Historic downtown Albany has many different styles of archetecture. In the three downtown histoic districts there are over 700 histoic homes and buildings with in about one hundred block area. Stop by Albany Visitors Association for a copy of Seems Like Old Times, a self guided tour of these districts.


Interested in the fine arts? Visit one of the many art galeries or exhibitions in the area. Albany's City Hall has artist displays that rotate through the loby area on a monthly basis. View the work of local photographers, painters and sculpors in the comfort of City Hall.

Or . . . Why not follow the Oregon Crafted Trail? Pick up a copy of the guidebook at Albany Visitors Association and set out on an art adventure. This guide lists artists throughout Oregon that have opened their studios and galeries on specific days for public access. Visit with the artist, see "Where Art Lives."

On the weekend before labor Day you could join festival goers at the Wah Chang Northwest Art & Air Festival. There are arround 80 juried artist, art demonstrations, and live entertainment. Plus art experiences for kids.

Balloons (Hot Air)

Imagine floating effortlessly in the early morning sky beneath a beautiful, bright colored balloon. You can contact a local balloon pilot to schedule a ride or you can join us at the Wah Chang Northwest Art & Air Festival the weekend before Laborday.

Each year about 40 hot air balloons lift off Friday, Saturday and Sunday morings filling the skies with vivid colors. Call the Albany Visitors Association (541-928-0911) to schedule a ride at the NW Art & Air Festival.


Come enjoy Hoopjam, an annual street basketball event where amateur teams of all ages compete for prizes one weekend each summer. There is a basketball hoop at every city park in Albany and in most school playgrounds. For locations call 917-7777 or go to


Did you know that downtown Albany has two of the largest bat colonies in the valley? Each summer evening at dusk they awaken and fly along the riverbank and remove all sorts of flying bugs. Harmless to humans, they are sometimes visible as you walk along the riverpath. They are environmentally friendly and keep mosquitoes from bothering river rhythmns concert goers as well as walkers along the riverfront.


Spearit Beads & Company is a local bead store that has a large, diverse selection of jewelry making supplies. They offer supplies for every level of interest and ability, from the novice to the professional. Take the trip downtown to see their large selection of supplies, you won't be sorry you did! For store hours and classes visit them at


Be in historic downtown Albany on August 15th for the second annual Criterium Bike Race. This race will test the skills of all levels of bicycle riders. Bring your lawn chair, sunglasses and sun screan and cheer on your favorite rider or team. The 2009 race will be the Oregon State Championship race and should draw top rate competitiors.


A new birding trail has just been published and it includes sites up and down the Willamette Valley. Want to see an Osprey or click a photo of a Bald Eagle? Would you like to watch Eurasian Wigeons and gulls go to Grand Prarie Park.
Sites for all of these, as well as other speicies of birds can be found on the Willamette Valley Birding Trail Map. Maps are available at the Albany Visitiors Association (541-928-0911) or online.


Fast boats or slow boats that is the question you need to ponder!
Does a leisurely boat ride around a beautiful lake sound good to you? Then go to Waverly lake and rent a paddle boat (June 18 through September 6, 2009). These two to four person boats will make a great family outing on sunny day. Be sure to take along some bread to feed the ducks and geese as you explore the lake. The cost is only $5 per boat for a half hour of fun. Hours of operation are Thursdays and Fridays 12:00 to 7:00, and Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 to 5:00. For more information call Albany Parks and Recreation (541-917-7777).

Just south of Albany on HWY 99 is Tangent, Oregon and the "Field of Dreams." This is a race track for sprint jet boats. These little boats fly around the track and can literaly turn on a dime. We are told this is the most technically difficult and quickest track in the US which provides for some excitement! Races will be held on July 25th and September 12, 2009.


Spend part of your summer in a relaxing place and catch up with your reading. Albany has two libraries where the reader can find good summer reading that is free to residents. The Downtown Carnegie Library is located at 302 Ferry St, call 541-917-7585 for further information. The Main Library is located on 14th Avenue behind Heritage Mall, call 541-917-7581 for further information.

Albany has several new and used book stores to browse through to find that current bestseller or that book that you wanted to read, but missed, several years ago. Call the Albany Visitors Association, 541-928-0911, for further information. So find a favorite book to read, curl up in the shade in a comfortable chair with a cool drink, and relax away some summer hours!


Looking for a great breakfast? Perhaps something other than the usual eggs and bacon? Try one of these suggestions!
Novaks' Hungarian Restaurant - This localy owned and operated restaurant serves breakfast lunch and dinner. Over the years Novaks' has become a destination for travelers in the area. For a truly unique breakfast try "Spaetzle and eggs." Spaetzle is a homemade Hungarian noodle (dumpling) mixed with the creamy scrambled eggs . . . oh so good! Novaks' is also known for its bakery that produces delicious cinnamon rolls and sticky bunns and wonderful European treats.
The Original Breakfast - This busy restaurant serves breakfast from early morning to mid afternoon and earns rave reviews. For those with a sweet tooth try the "peanut butter stuffed French toast." Thick slices of bread filled with a honey, peanut butter and banana mix, diped in egg batter and rolled in cornflakes . . . what could be a better way to start your day. If you have a "man size appatite" (or you are bringing a friend) try the "Hungry man omelet." This little beauty consists of five eggs, 3/4 lbs. of ground beef, potatoes, onions, brown gravy and cheese. Wow is this ever great! . . . but good luck fininshing it!
Lumber Jack Breakfast - A local tradition is the annual Lumber Jack Breakfast served at Elenor-Hackleman Park. Each year the local Lions Club serves pancakes, eggs and sausage to thousands of attendees. This event is held over the 4th of July and attracks folks from all around the area for an opportunity to enjoy breakfst served in a beautiful park. Check the Events Calendar for times and dates.


Calapooia Brewing Company is the only micro brewery in Linn County and they are creating some very interesting products that are winning awards and garnering a lot of attention. You will find this brew pub located at the corner of Hill Street and Water Avenue in Albany where you can enjoy a game of darts with friends or on Sunday afternoons you will be treated to the blues by local artists.

Kenneke rates local restaurants and has rated Calapooia Brewing the best hamburger in Albany and the best Pub food (go to for more comments) How can you go wrong . . . great burgers and award winning brews at Calapooia Brewing Company.

For the "do-it-yourself" type why not check out Nichols Garden Nursery on Old Salem Road just north of Albany. Nichols offers a wide range of brewing and wine making supplies along with "how to" books and recipes. You might even find root stock so you can grow your own hops there.


Albany is building a carousel! The Historic Carousel and Museum project is a grassroots driven effort to create a carousel in the same manner as the Dentzels did back in the 1800. Local people are coming together to learn to carve, sand and paint the beautiful and unique animals.

The Dentzel family, through the National Carousel Association, donated a 1909 Gustave Dentzel mechanizm to the project. This mechanizm has nearly been refurbished in time for its 100th birthday. When operational there will be a menagerie of 52 animals and two chariots will populate the mechanism when it is complete. Stop by the project and take a tour . . . but be careful you may be tempted to join in the carving or painting process.

About thirty miles north of Albany in the state capitol of Salem is another hand built carousel. This project was completed about 5 years ago so stop by for a ride!


Come to the Albany Carousel Project and take a carving lesson. You will learn a new craft and perhaps help to create a carousel for Albany.The carousel project is located at the corner of 1st and Washington in downtown Albany. Call 541-791-3340 or 541-928-0911 for hours and further information.


During July and August the Albany Parks feature free Concerts in Monteith Park. Nationally know artists perform Thursdays at "River Rhythms". On Mondays, local and regional artists appear at "Mondays at Monteith." All concerts start at 7:00pm.

Covered Bridges

Oregon and Linn County is known for its collection of covered bridges. It is said to be the best collection west of the Mississippi River. Just east of Albany in the Crabtree and Scio areas you will find several bridges that will make about a two hour (+) drive. This beautiful leisurely drive through the rural countryside is a good way to spend time with the family. On a warm summer day take a picnic lunch and your swim suit along to enjoy the little park at the foot of the Larwood Bridge. Then after that recommended hour wait . . . enjoy a refreshing swim in the "old fashioned" swimming hole beneath the bridge. When you leave you can drive the extra few miles to the Roaring River Fish Hatchery and see how Oregon Rainbow Trout are raised.

Crazy Days

Enjoy shopping at the annual downtown sidewalk sale known as Crazy Daze. July 10 - 11, merchants put merchandize on the sidewalk at crazy discount prices. Enjoy shopping outdoors and looking for an irresistible bargain. Contact the Albany Downtown Association at 541-928-2469 or for further information.


"Eagles Club in downtown Albany has live music and dancing every Fri and Sat night. Located at Water St and Broadalbin, become a member or come as a guest of one and enjoy an evening of fun and fancy footsteps." Barbara Ehlers, soon to be Winter.

Dining Eateries

Give the cook the day off and visit one of Albany and Linn Counties great restaurants!
Novak's Hungarian - is a destination of its own! The Novak family serve breakfast, lunch and diner . . . all with healthy, genuine helping of love. Located in Albany, Novak's is known for its fresh authentic European cuisine and great deserts.
Corner Cafe - One of Brownsville's great little restaurants. Try the chicken enchiladas covered in a creamy, cheesy sauce. Oh so good.
Outfitters - This Harrisburg eatery is housed in an old bank and features some great BBQ.

For more restaurants in the area choose Dining, under Visit Us.


Downtown Albany "is a caring community" exclaimed Karl LaCalli, Short and Sweet, its all you need.


Hunt for elephants in historic downtown Albany . . . the season is always open. Some prime hunting spots are:
The historic Carnegie Library - Hunt down books like "Horton Hears a Who," or "Water for Elephants." (302 Ferry St SW, Albany, OR)
Albany Antique Shops - Enter quietly and walk softly you just might bag an elephant to add to your collection
Historic Carousel and Museum - Don your hunting gear and set out on safari to the Historic Carousel and Museum. There is a menagerie of animals living there . . . look close you might spot an elephant! (503 First Ave W, Albany, OR)


Check out what is happening at the Linn County Fair and Expo today! There are horse shows, dog shows, RV shows and the Linn County Fair just to name a few. for more information of these and other events go to

Farmers Market

Shop at the Farmers Market in downtown Albany(4th & Ellsworth) and enjoy locally grown produce, flowers, honey, eggs, baked goods and much more. Open from 9am to 1pm each Saturday from Mid-April through Thanksgiving.For more information go to are also farmers markets in Lebanon, Sweet Home and Brownsville.


Do you like to "Ooooo!" and "Aaaaaa!" and the beauty of fireworks? On July 4th at Timber Linn Park will be a new event called Summer Fest. It will feature live entertainment and a wonderful fireworks display.

Also at the Wah Chang Northwest Art & Air Festival held the weekend before Labor Day (August 28 through 30, 2009) features hot air balloons, aircraft displays, live entertainment, art show, sale, and demonstrations and . . . fireworks. The fireworks will happen on Saturday evening right after the Main Stage performance.

"Picture this...a warm summer night, lying on the bank of the beautiful Willamette River across from Monteith River Park, patriotic music playing and a BOOMING fireworks show right overhead for 4th of July. For our family, and especially our children, this has become a richly anticipated gathering - one that we wouldn't miss for anything." Mary Hood


Are you or someone in your family an avid fisherman? There are lakes and streams in the area that will meet the skill level of any fisherman. Beginners can fish in Waverly Lake and Timber Linn Lake. Waverly is a good place for kids to fish with some nice open spaces that can keep tackle out of trees. Timber Linn is stocked with trout early in the spring and a kids fishing derby is held there.

For a more experienced fisherman there are several rivers near by that contain rainbow trout and at various times salmon and stealhead. Check with Oregon State Fish and Wildlife for seasons and licensing information.

For a fun family outing visit one of Oregon's fish hatcheries. Roaring River Fish Hatchery is just east of Albany between Crabtree and Scio. Often there are tanks with thousands of fish of varying sizes to watch and feed.


. . . and polywogs too! On First Street in Historic downtown Albany there is a shop called Frogs and Polywogs. This little store is chalked full of great toys, and entertaining stuff! Its located in the beautiful Flynn Building and will make a great outing for your youngsters. Or talk to them about hosting a Birthday party there.


One of many things to do in Albany is to visit the gardens in the area. Take the day off your own garden and take a tour "Thru the Garden Gate," Albany's garden Tour, Annually in June. This year it is June 20th, 2009.
From Wendy M. Joy


"Come into the Albany Visitors Association while you have a case of the hiccups (20 + hiccups) and get a prize!"
Jimmie Lucht

Historic Homes

Albany is fortunate to have an amazing collection of hundreds of historic homes of many architectural styles and sizes, dating from the 1850s to the 1950s. Their concentration in the downtown provides a beautiful and unique backdrop for evening walks and great neighborhoods.
"The variety of historic homes close to downtown employment, entertainment, and schools was a key reason I chose to relocate to Albany and decide to restore a Hackleman district home." Anne Catlin

Honey Bees

Honey Bees are a sure sign of spring in the Willamette Valley. Take a short drive in the country and you will likely see hives set up along side flowering fields. Local bee keepers offer honey at many of the farmers' markets and even roadside stands. Not all honey is the same; the variety of honey flavors is rather surprising. Despite the argument that honey will never spoil and one of only a few foods with this quality - a jar of fresh locally grown honey is certainly quite a treat. Online research can lead you to all sorts of information but we found the trivia on the National Honey Association Site to be quite interesting, for instance: How much honey does the average worker honey bee make in her lifetime? Answer: 1/12 teaspoon. We found this at

"We are always happy to see honey bees in our yard. They are a sign that summer is coming and they help to pollinate our fruit trees. At a recent trip to the Albany Farmers' Market my children were delighted to hold honey bees. We were told that males don't sting. They also mentioned that the females do all the work."
Rebecca Bond

Hot Air Balloons

Imagine floating effortlessly in the early morning sky beneath a beautiful, bright colored balloon. You can contact a local balloon pilot to schedule a ride or you can join us at the Wah Chang Northwest Art & Air Festival the weekend before Labor day. Each year about 40 hot air balloons lift off Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings filling the skies with vivid colors. Call the Albany Visitors Association (541-928-0911) to schedule a ride at the NW Art & Air Festival.

Robin reserved a hot air balloon ride for her aunt, Ilse who would be visiting from Germany during the NW Art and Air Festival in 2007. Ilse was turning 92 and when she returned from her balloon ride she told everyone this story of her flight from Germany to the US.

When her plane took off it was an early morning and the sun was just coming over the horizon, out her neighbor’s window she noticed several hot air balloons. Her neighbor said "oh I could never fly in one of those, never!" Ilse shared her reply to the woman in her soft German accent, holding her hand over her heart, "Oh, but it is my dream." She didn't know at that time what was awaiting her in Albany, Oregon.

Ice Cream

The best crushed ice in your drink and hot fudge sundaes are at the Hasty Freez (no E on the end, thank you) at the corner of S.W. Seventh Avenue and Lyon Street. This Albany landmark has a whole lot of other treats to offer as well.
Kim & Julie Jackson


Who, what, where, when, how and why -- The Albany Democrat-Herald has been entertaining and informing Albany area residents since 1865. Pick up a more recent copy and find out what's going on.
Kim & Julie Jackson


Call it a cup of joe, black gold, mud, cuppa, cafe', bean juice, plasma, caffe, latte or cappuccino! Call it whatever you want, just get it here! Whether I feel like java from Sidekicks, Allann Bros. or Boccherini's, I know that I can find that lovely cuppa on just about every corner in town. Driving through or just sitting and sipping, I simply enjoy my joe in Albany!
Debbie Lusk


Yes Jello, You know from the jingle? J-E-L-L-O. Jello jigglers, jelly molds and jelly & fruit salads are all making a comeback for a light and simple summer treat. Jello can be a dessert option for so many on your guest list with low calories, no fat and sugar free options. They even hit the lime light in Martha Stewart Living May 2009 issue with recipes for jellies, pies, coolers and shortcake. Of course their title is a bit more formal "Gelatins that Break the Mold" but what else would you expect from Martha. From simple to simply exquisite, from childhood to old age, Jello can be a real crowd pleaser. Take a treat to your next picnic at one of Albany's parks or create a one-of-a-kind Jello masterpiece for your meeting, reunion or wedding. For a list of all the best places to eat Jello in Albany– contact the Albany Visitors Association.
"There's always room for Jello."

Jet Boats

Just south of Albany on HWY 99 is Tangent, Oregon and the "Field of Dreams Sprint Boat Race Track." These little boats fly around the track at about 100 MPH and can literally turn on a dime. We are told this is the most technically difficult and quickest track in the US which provides for some excitement! Races will be held on July 25th and September 12, 2009.
During the Bi-Mart Willamette River Festival there will be a jet boat races and demonstrations on the Willamette River. This Festival is July 31 to August 2 and the races will be held on Saturday and Sunday. The boats can be seen from Monteith, Bryant and Bowman Parks.


It is great to be a kid in Albany. The city offers so many different things for kids to do. With around 30 parks, many with updated play equipment, you and your family can take advantage of a beautiful day and feed the ducks at Grand Prairie Park, go for a walk on Dave Clark walking path, or play on the slides and swings at Lexington Park. On rainy days, a visit to the library will prove to be relaxing and enjoyable. A variety of other organizations also offer great programs for Albany's youth and families: the Albany Boys and Girls Club, the YMCA, the Albany Parks and Recreation, as well as many others.

"I love that my son gets to grow up in Albany. There is always something fun for him to do. Whether it is going to the park, the library for a puppet show, a tour of the museum, or an arts and crafts class; there is always something fun and safe for us to do together."
Amanda Pool


Come and learn magic! Albany has a magic club that meets every Saturday morning in downtown Albany where magicians of all levels meet and share and learn magic. Albany also has a shop dedicated to selling magic tricks(and classic movies on DVD) of all levels from beginners to professional. It is the only magic shop between Seattle and San Francisco. Located at 241 SW 3rd, call 541-791-4135 for further information.


"Bring along a magnet and discover which of Albany's downtown buildings use cast iron as a decorative material. Cast iron was extensively used for architectural ornament in the late 19th Century. Albany not only has five buildings with cast-iron pilasters, there were also two iron works that manufactured architectural cast iron for use throughout the Pacific Northwest." Bernadette Niederer

P.S. If you're stumped, or forgot the magnet, here's a list:
Flinn Block (you could probably buy a magnet at Frogs & Pollywogs in the Flinn Block and save me from typing more...)
Conn & Huston Building (have a snack at the new restaurants here if all the hunting for cast iron made you peckish)
Western Union Office (309 1st Ave NW)
Murphy's Seed Store (the one at 225 2nd Ave SW)
Straney-Moore Livery Stable (aka the Pix Theatre)


Summer is made for making memories, especially for kids. Warm summer days spent outdoors having fun with friends. Having adventures, going places or just exploring your town or neighborhood. Albany and its surroundings is a great place to create lifelong memories.

" I'll always remember summers in Albany. Getting to stay with my grandparents. And especially great times with my high school friends, whether it was Twister at someone's house or impromptu picnic road trips. A time of innocence and fond memories." Oliver J Anderson


Hasty Freeze Drive through has the excellent milk shakes and malts and so many to pick from not to mention great burgers and fries. It is somewhat of a community icon and a favorite for the locals. Hasty Freeze Ice cream & hamburger -655 Lyon St S 541-926-2144

"We love to get milk shakes on hot summer days. Either the drive through or walk up window is a quick and easy treat for the kids and it's on the way to or from the Cool Pool. The hard part is deciding which flavor." Rebecca Bond

Multiple Monteiths

"Memorize some Albany history at the Monteith house museum, meander through the Monteith Residential National Register Historic District, and end the day by taking in some music and a picnic in the park during the Mondays at Monteith concert series. If you're really dedicated, bring along a Monteith, a large bowl used for the cooling of wine glasses."
Bernadette Niederer


If you like music you are in the right place!
River Rhythms is held most Thursday evenings during July and August in Montieth park. This concert series features nationally known entertainers and is held in Monteith Park on the Banks of the Willamette River. And it is free! Just bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a pleasant evening.
Mondays at Monteith is a free concert series that is held most Monday evenings during July and August. This series features local and regional artist. You will need to bring your blanket or lawn chair to join in the fun. “We really look forward to sitting in our lawn chairs along the river and listening to great music. Take along a picnic or grab a dinner to go and it’s a wonderful way to relax and enjoy the summer.” Don Vance
Oregon Jamboree is held in Sweet Home on July 31 to August 2. It features nationally known Country headliners. Buy a ticket early it fills up fast.
Willamette Country Music Festival will be held August 28 to 30 in Brownsville. This will be the second annual event that features many top name stars.


Whatever you do this summer, wherever you go, take along a camera. Albany and Linn County are great places for a photographer, amateur or otherwise, to enjoy. From the carousel project to historic homes; from covered bridges to hot-air balloons; our community has many features and events to photographically capture. Taking pictures is a great way to retain summer memories of the things you see and do. So take a snapshot of a backyard butterfly or grab a pic of a pirate at the Willamette RiverFestival and relax and enjoy the summer in Albany.And if you need a map or a schedule of events or just some ideas contact the Albany Visitors Association.


The Albany Skate Park is located in Eleanor Hackleman Park. Practice your tricks and jumps at this popular attraction. Located at 654 Pine St SE. For the story of the park and more information go to

Volks Walking

VolksWALKS are walks of 10 kilometers or 6.2 miles, Most Volkswalks are accessible to families with strollers, and many are wheelchair friendly. Other events include the popular bike rides which are 25 kilometers or 15 miles. All events are eligible for IVV achievment awards for the modest credit fee of $3.


Check out "Cool!" Swanson Park Action Center. This pool has attractions for all ages. It has everything from a water cannon to a water slide, a water fall to a meandering stream. For times and dates, features and attractions go to

Wine Tastings

Albany is in the middle of the Willamette Valley, Oregon Wine Country. Stop by Albany Visitors Association to pick up a winery guide and spend a pleasant afternoon touring the rural side of Oregon and a few wineries.
In the local area there is Springhill Cellers and Marks Ridge Winery Both offer tastings and a nice selection of wines. Check their sites for the times and dates they are open and also for any special events.

Yard Sales

Albany and Linn County is a great place for yard sales. Pick up a copy of the Democrat Herald (Thursday's paper is good for sales that begin on Friday). There are garage and estate sales year around and during the summer and fall months there are typically about a hundred sales in the area. Check them out for that unique piece of furniture, or a memorabilia from your childhood.


Yes even Zebra's!
Visit the Historic Carousel Project and Museum for a beautiful example of zebra and quaga. A quaga is an extinct breed of zebra that is brown/orange and tan instead of black and white. Quiga the Quaga is even the star of a story book by designer Terryl Whitlatch.

In Jefferson, a community just northeast of Albany, there is a beautiful live zebra named Zoe. She sometimes comes to Albany to visit and has been spotted at various festivals and businesses in the area.