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 more than 17 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.
The carousel is located at 503 First Ave. W. in Downtown Albany, across the street from the US Post Office and kitty-corner from Sybaris Bistro.
Hours of Operation, Admission 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.
Hours: The Carousel is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 pm. (as of Oct. 5, 2021). Albany Visitors Association is helping to spread the word about the hours, however these are subject to change. We update as soon as we receive notice. Please visit the carousel website for the most current information.
Admission and Ride Tokens: 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.
There is ample street parking around the Carousel building and the USP Office on Washington and 1st Avenue. Visit the Carousel’s website for maps related to overflow parking and public lots throughout downtown Albany.
To reserve the Carousel
For inquiries about reserving the Carousel Building for birthday parties, meetings, receptions, and other events, make sure to visit the Carousel website.
Contact and volunteering
For more information, including how to volunteer, please telephone 541-497-2934.
Photo by Oliver J. Anderson.