Attractions – What To Do In Albany
Are you wondering what to do in Albany when you get here?
Albany boasts some of the most fun, most interesting attractions. There’s something for everyone, so…
Y’all come check it out!
Historical Tourism – from the historic and lovingly restored Shackelford County Courthouse (tours available) to old Fort Griffin a few miles north of town, history buffs will find plenty to enhance their knowledge of the “Old West”. The Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center offers maps for a historic walking tour of the city. One of our most popular events is the Fort Griffin Fandangle that has been lovingly remembering our history and heritage since 1938.
Fine Art – The Old Jail Art Center, outdoor sculpture gardens and various public art displays are sure to please anytime. Albany is also home to several artists, including painters, photographers and sculptors. Fandangle season (mid to late June) offers quilt shows and vintage window displays in the downtown shops. During the summer the farmers’ market offers a variety of produce, homemade foods and crafts for sale on Fridays and Saturdays.
Performance Art – The Fort Griffin Fandangle is performed Thursday through Saturday evenings the last two weekends every June under the stars at the Prairie Theater. Get more information or purchase tickets. At other times of the year the high school and various theater and musical groups perform at the high school auditorium, at the restored Aztec Theater and at an assortment of other indoor and outdoor venues.
Sports – The Albany Golf Club has a lovely 9-hole course for your golfing pleasure. There is also a driving range for practicing your swing. 325-201-5473
Hunting, fishing and trail rides are available on numerous ranches throughout Shackelford County and there are several outfitters in town should you need supplies while you’re here.
Webb Memorial Park (described in more detail below) features a swimming pool 325-762-3133 and ball fields.
Year after year, the Albany Junior and Senior High School teams perform well in football, baseball, soccer, track and field, basketball and more if you’re looking for a game or match to watch.
Parks – The City of Albany has several well appointed parks.
Webb Memorial Park, also called City Park is located northwest of downtown at the end of Railroad Street. It is just completing a full renovation and has a brand new swimming pool, water slide, bath house with concessions, picnic pavilion, playground for the children and rebuilt softball fields. The pool opened July 5, 2012 and the rest of the park is scheduled to reopen in late summer of 2012.
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Bank Park, located downtown at the corner of Main Street and South First Street, houses the Ledbetter Picket House along with a number of artifacts salvaged from the old Ledbetter Salt Works. It also has a moving monument to the Georgia Volunteers that was built to honor the soldiers who gave their lives in the fight to help Texas gain its independence from Mexico. During the summer, First National Bank sponsors Movies At The Park, a free, family friendly good time.
Creek Park is located just south of the downtown area and runs along the creek. It is a picturesque park that features biking/hiking trails, playground equipment, picnic tables on both sides of the creek and a charming gazebo.
Spudder Park is located at the intersection of Hwy 283 (the Baird Highway) and Hwy 180 on the west side of town. Named for the old drilling rig that stands beside the highway, the large park has picnic tables under the trees, soccer goals and grandstands for spectators.
Airport – The Albany Municipal Airport has a 5,000 foot long asphalt runway in excellent condition that can accommodate 90% of private aircraft. Fuel pumps have been installed and in the immediate future fuel will be available for your stopover.