Albany Travel Guide

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Albany Things to Do

  • Talking Water Gardens

    Supposedly, the Albany - Millersburg Talking Water Gardens is the first project of its kind in the USA: a combined private and public engineering effort to provide wastewater treatment for both municipal and local industry.Sewage treatment lagoons are not usually considered tourist attractions. However, the Albany - Millersburg Water Reclamation...

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  • Waverly Park: Pond, Benches and Paddle...

    Surrounded on all sides by busy roads, Waverly Park isn't an especially quiet place to relax. However, the trees that also surround the park, as well as the fact that the park is somewhat sunken, help make the park quite a bit quieter than you might expect when looking at it from the outside. I won't call it a tranquil place by any means, but at...

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  • Dave Clark Riverfront Path

    Named after a City of Albany employee that once had a vision and once led the Albany Parks and Recreation department, this short trail connects a number of points along the Willamette River, and provides river views.The east end of the trail is near Front Avenue and Sherman Street, while the west end of the trail is at Monteith Park, so the trail...

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Albany Restaurants

  • Far Better Restaurant than You Might...

    Albany doesn't have a huge assortment of restaurants, and the area isn't exceptionally prosperous to really support that many good places to eat. My first thought was that House of Noodle would be just a road side teriyaki place that was borderline fast food.This was far from the case! In fact, House of Noodle is a full service restaurant, and a...

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  • More Than Just the Pizza

    As the name implies, the primary purpose for eating here is the pizza. As with most pizza parlors in the USA, there is an assortment of sizes available, and you can order a fair number of different toppings.Sadly, there are few windows to the outside world here, but then the restaurant is surrounded by busy streets so there really isn't that much...

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  • Popular Location with Good Fish and...

    Inside this little restaurant, which is not easy to get to but well worth the time taken to get here, you are first greeted with an antique teller window and mail slot from an early post office. The walls and ceilings are decorated with great gobs of other paraphernalia, many of which are quite large model airplanes - as one of the previous owners...

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  • BEST-AB Chinese restaraunt (skip China...

    AB Chinese Restaraunt is the place to go for fresh, inexpensive chinese food. The portions are huge, the food is great (did I mention fresh?), and the staff is small (it seems to be run by a family). When my family and I went to the Chinese Buffet (up the street), we had a terrible experience. It was around 10 dollars for all we could eat, which is...

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  • Quaint and Relaxing Coffee shop

    This is a very Quaint little coffee shop , that also serves wonderful food. They owners are wonderful and the workers are great.This is my favorite coffee place of all in Albany , I love the People, The food , and the Coffee of course~ The place is done up so cute , you almost feel like you are in a little place in Italy ..It is truly wonderful..If...

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  • Coffee and Sandwiches For Your I-5 Trip

    This is a restaurant that is hidden away on the side of Interstate 5 on the South side of Albany. Allann Brothers distributes coffee and coffee products throughout the Willamette Valley. This is their headquarters and they have established a nice restaurant that serves breakfast, sandwiches, and desserts with their coffee. The atmosphere is...

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  • Nice Coffee Shop

    Sidekicks is a nice little coffee shop near downtown Albany. I like the cozy feel of the place, and the coffee is good. They also have deli food and yummy desserts. In the summer, you can also eat outside on the patio area. I usually got a latte with hazelnut flavoring. Yummm!!!

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  • Big Expensive Hamburgers

    Red Robin is one of those places where you can buy a good 'ol American hamburger, but for something like $8! You pay for the ambiance. It's a family restaurant with TV screens all over (even on the floor), coloring for the kids, and other forms of entertainment. Most dishes are $8 and up.

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  • Nice Chinese Lunch Spot

    You can get a nice platter of Chinese food for about $5, plus your choice of hot and sour or egg drop soup. This is one of the places I regularly went to with a few other guys during lunch break. I probably liked the sweet and sour chicken the best.

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Albany Nightlife

  • by agentk Written Jan 10, 2011

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    It was very hard to live in Albany with regards to nightlife. if you drive through the town at night, you will see most lights are out by 10 p.m. Live music is almost non-existant here (go to Corvallis). However, the Calapooia Brewing Co. (old town) does have some live acts (you can go to their website to check) and excellent beer, it closes by 12 pm, on the weekends as well. Also located in Old Town is a bar called JP's, which is frequented by locals and students from the community college. This place is notorious for being a pick-up joint--you will find many trolls at the bar. When a friend and I first went, I felt as if I was walking onto a movie set filming a late 70s/early 80s movie, starring Will Farrell ("Everyone was Kung-Fu Fighting" was being played). On the plus side, the drinks are strong and there are a few pool tables. Just don't *** off the bouncers. Up the street, at Bogey's Bar & Grill, you will find hip-hop music and a younger crowd. Father up, at Chaser's (my personal favorite), the weekends feature karaoke, where you will find a whole range of singers from the truly awful to the pretty good. The charm of Chaser's is, no one cares how good the singing is, it is really about having a good time. You might even be lucky enough to walk in during someone's Bachelor/bachelorette/birthday/anniversary party or when the local Roller Derby (still in uniform) comes to visit. People are always willing to share in their fun here.

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Albany Shopping

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    by klarson Written Jan 10, 2003

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    The Heritage Shopping Center is an enclosed mall with several department stores, like Sears, Ross Dress for Less, Emporium, and Target. It is not a real big mall, with only one floor. There are about 65 shops plus the usual food court.

    What to buy: One specialty shop sells only calenders.

    What to pay: Pretty normal prices.

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Albany Off The Beaten Path

  • Waverly Park to Water Gardens Pathway

    While not necessarily an attraction in its own right, this pathway connects three reasonably good attractions in Albany together without having to walk beside busy roads - though you do have to cross one.Waverly Park is fairly easy to find as it is a large park located at the main freeway entrance that leads to downtown Albany. It is an attractive...

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  • Grand Prairie Park

    There isn't much to this park beyond the typical city park environment. It has a picnic shelter, a small pond formed by the artificial dam of a creek that runs through the park, and scattered picnic tables with benches. There is a small playground and a small platform that reaches out over the pond. There's lots of open grass. Some of the picnic...

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  • Bowman Park

    This park has a picnic shelter, a boat ramp, and a fair amount of open grass. Some of the picnic tables outdoors have cooking stands. Other than other park users, the park is fairly quiet as it is several blocks from the nearest road and the area across the river also has no busy roads. Boat traffic noise can sometimes be a problem, but is nowhere...

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