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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 #13 of 28 Attractions in Albany
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Owner description: One of the most ambitious urban renewal projects in America features 10 government buildings set on...
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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.

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Cohoes, New York
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54 reviews 54 reviews
33 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

Being down on the plaza on a cold, windy winter afternoon added to the ambience of this seemingly Soviet-inspired architectural design. Concrete and some glass was all around with no color to break it up. The odd feature of the plaza is the Egg, which seems completely out of place in the straight lines of the surrounding buildings. The plaza... More 

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Queensland, Australia
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109 reviews 109 reviews
38 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

When I was growing up in the area in the 1960s and 1970s, I just remember there was always a big hole in the centre of Albany - the South Mall Project. How amazing to return from overseas after all these years and see the results of all that construction. The Plaza is certainly stunning on an autumn day with... More 

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Groton, Connecticut, United States
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57 reviews 57 reviews
23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This was an interesting building to go through but the things to see were not inside the building; the only thing we did INSIDE the building was eat lunch in the food court. Hopefully someday the state legislature will see fit to freshen it up a bit.

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Chicago, Illinois
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61 reviews 61 reviews
17 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The architecture and design of this plaza is fitting of a world class city. The juxtaposition of the modern design of this plaza to the classic architecture of the State Capitol to the south make this a worthwhile visit. Take the stairs down to the Times Union center to Peal street for a nice stroll with great views.

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Oakville, Canada
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70 reviews 70 reviews
15 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We enjoyed walking the neighbourhood around Delaware Avenue admiring the charming old homes. Arriving to Swan street we were faced by a high, long wall that seemed impenetrable. Walking around it we got to the immense complex of the plaza, that was deserted on a beautiful sunny Sunday morning, the vast expanses of concrete obstructing the view of the pretty... More 

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West Lafayette
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186 reviews 186 reviews
58 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

The Corning Tower is the tallest building on the plaza. Although not clearly marked, it’s the obvious location for the free observation tower. There are notable modern sculptures in the lobby and on the plaza. The express elevator takes you to the 42nd floor for impressive views of the Hudson Valley to the north, south, and east. The plaza is... More 

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Wading River, New York
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127 reviews 127 reviews
54 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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229 reviews 229 reviews
45 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 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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