Experience history in the making at Albany's Historic Carousel; Carving studio and museum. Free to everyone and open six days a week year-round, the carousel project allows visitors to witness a team of volunteer wood-carvers and artists at work creating a menagerie of hand-crafted carousel animals. The 52 whimsical animals destined for placement on the carousel range from a 7-foot-tall giraffe to a mythical mer-horse. All are carved entirely by hand, and each takes more than year to create. Finished animals are on display at the museum, and visitors are welcome to photograph and climb on the completed pieces, in addition to watching the artists at work.
Stability marks the history of Albany’s Downtown Historic District. Many of the buildings and businesses pictured in fading old photographs still exist as evidence of the downtown’s continuing vitality and charm. Enjoy local antique shopping and dinning while visiting the downtown area.
Covered bridges are a picturesque reminder of Oregon's past, and Linn County is home to nine of the wooden wonders. Take a cycling or driving tour of peaceful country roads and be transported to a slower pace of life, when structures were built to last, and builders put roofs over their bridges to protect the timbers from Oregon's rainy climate.