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Empire State Plaza Convention Center

Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY
(518) 474-4759
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Ranked #26 of 34 Attractions in Albany
Type: Convention Centers, Other
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Isabela, Puerto Rico
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Our visit was on a Sunday so we didn't had the chance to see the indoors convention center. But the outside is very beautiful. Love the water feature. The view is awesome. On one end is the NY Museum & the other end is the Capital & in a corner the famous Egg. Free parking on Sundays. Overall: Great.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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48 reviews 48 reviews
17 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I needed to do some genealogy research on the 11th Floor of the Empire State Plaza because the records are not online. It was absolutely worth the time and effort to get to the records. I paid $10 to park for the day but got everything done in 2 1/2 hours. Follow the directions to the center very closely. There... More

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Forest Hills, New York
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202 reviews 202 reviews
47 attraction reviews
241 helpful votes 241 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We attended the July 4th Celebration at the Empire State Plaza. It was a festive event with over 30,000 guests, music, dancing, food vendors and other entertainment. The amphitheater is a comfortable place to sit and enjoy the shows. The park is well laid out and beautiful.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

The architecture is brutalistic and uninviting. Cold, hard empty spaces. The mall below the surface is hideous. Not a very welcoming place. No help for tourists. Parking is incredibly hard to find (not very well marked). Public restrooms scary. Pitiful food offerings (a LARGE food court with only a few fast-food restaurants worthy of a third tier airport). I would... More

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192 reviews 192 reviews
62 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

While I love the outdoor part of the center (it has a unique atmosphere), the conference rooms below are airless and stuffy, poorly arranged, and in need of some renovation. The rooms are long rectangular boxes, and it is difficult to see or hear anyone at the head of the room, even with the sound system in use. Walls are... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

I had a couple of visits exploring the plaza while in Albany recently. It is a lovely place . Its like an oasis of tranquility in the madness of life . 2 lakes are surrounded by office blocks on one side and The Egg on the other side At the back a stage area was being set up for a... More

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

It's a huge office complex housing the NYS Museum, the Plaza (open air with seating, fountains; the Egg performance auditorium (check for pricing). Call NYS information number for events scheduled, which are almost always family friendly. The Concourse houses McDonald's as well as an upscale restaurant;, drugstore and a gift shop (I think?); artwork all along the way. Leads to... More

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Albany, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

Nothing special. Some of the events were good. They have boat and car shows in the Plaza area and there is an annual high tech show in the center once a year.

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Orange County, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
11 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

The whole layout is strange, inconvenient and dated. Embarrassing for Albany to host events/shows for out of town guests.

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Colonie, New York
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

We've had occasion to attend numerous events at the EPSCC in downtown Albany and also have attended events in several other cities. The concourse seems to be lacking compared to what is offered in numerous other areas and parking can be a challenge if your event is during business hours.

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