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 pastries at Little Weusten Cafe or the West Side Bakery in Downtown Albany. After the treats, head on over to the Heritage Mall, and kids can work off the sugar energy in the covered play area.

Plan to visit one of Albany’s two public libraries, both have public play sections and offer storytimes four days a week.

Kids of all ages are welcome at the spectacular Albany Historic Carousel and Museum. Families can ride the carousel, watch woodcarvers at work and learn about how the artists create the carousel animals. Snacks are available onsite and the gift shop is stocked with toys and mementos.

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, located at the Heritage Mall. 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 Southpaw’s Pizza, in North Albany, where kids can play arcade games, and adults can watch sporting events on the big screen televisions.

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?

  • 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.