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Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza

Between Madison Ave & State St, Albany, NY 12224
518-474-2418
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Ranked #12 of 33 Attractions in Albany
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: One of the most ambitious urban renewal projects in America features 10 government buildings set on a six-story platform, delighting visitors with... more » Owner description: One of the most ambitious urban renewal projects in America features 10 government buildings set on a six-story platform, delighting visitors with historical attractions, a performing arts center and plenty of music and other entertainment in the summer and fall. « less
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Wading River, New York
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90 reviews 90 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Very large complex with lots of different shapes buildings. Reminds me of the concrete building era from the 70's. The water pools give a nice break from it.

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NYC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a combination of all kinds of architecture and art. From the 1899 capitol building to modern buildings like the Egg! It was nearly deserted on a Sunday morning but for the ducks. Although many of the buildings can be seen from other locations in the city...It was great to see the buildings from the plaza for the full... More

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Albany
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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

If you've never visited this Plaza, and you are in Albany, you definitely should. It is an architect's marvel. Many years ago when it was first built, a friend from NYC, an architect, came up and I showed him around. He was floored. It really is something to see even tho the years have gone by. Beautiful.

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Austin, Texas
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45 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We walked here on our arrival in Albany staying up on State Street. It is very interesting, a beautiful reflecting pond captures views of the Capitol building on the far end. Unbelievable works of art all around. The Agency 1-4 buildings reminded us of the Easter Island statues. The Egg is really neat, we wanted to see something there but... More

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Sanbornton, New Hampshire
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We walked about after attending an equine affair and found this location. The buildings, the sculptures, the views and the large pool of water in the middle of the plaza made it all worth while. We would definitely go back to this spot in the future if back in Albany.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The design of the whole plaza is very cool and well worth seeing. The gov't buildings surround a calm pond. The pictures here give you a good idea of what it looks like and walking around it was nice and relaxing. It is literally across the street from the capitol building so you can do both places at the same... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The plaza is HUGE! If you like art and architecture, you will enjoy this place. There are many art pieces in the plaza that give it the feel of a free outdoor/indoor contemporary art museum. The buildings (the Egg, Corning tower, and the NYS Musem) are connected underground (beneath the plaza). Plus, food trucks come to the plaza from 11-2... More

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This was a nice stop across from the State museum, close to Times Union, governor's mansion. The Crowning Tower is High! the egg is ......interesting, Rockefeller buildings are cool and the sate house I the back drop, great photo op!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I'd seen this when seeing the State Capitol in Albany. As a former NYS resident, I see why the state taxes are so high and why the state government is so big yet ineffective in seeing this place. In no other state have I yet to see a State Capitol complex that is this large and out of control. The... More

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Cohocton, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Buildings are beautiful was a nice walk through the courtyard. Centrally located to alot of the bldgs we wanted to see and museum and such.

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