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Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza

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Address: 279 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12242
Phone Number: +1 518-474-2418
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6:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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In June 1965, the cornerstone was laid for what would become The Governor...

In June 1965, the cornerstone was laid for what would become The Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza. Marketed at the time as a "Design for the Future," the Plaza exists today as an icon of 20th century Modernist architecture. The Empire State Plaza features 10 state government buildings set on a six-story platform connected by a quarter mile long underground concourse. The Empire State Plaza is complete with historical attractions, walking tours, modern paintings and sculptures, memorials and remembrances, a performing arts center, 42 story observation deck, ice skating rink during the winter and plenty of music and other entertainment in the summer and fall.

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get to see the business of the state up close...

I came into the capitol and plaza for a legislative lobby function and it was nice to have parking and the venues all connected under the street level and out of the snow.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Potsdam, New York
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Potsdam, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I came into the capitol and plaza for a legislative lobby function and it was nice to have parking and the venues all connected under the street level and out of the snow.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really enjoy coming to the plaza specifically when it is warm out and you can walk around the pools and watch the ducks. In the winter it is fun to go ice skating (especially at night). It is very pretty with all the lights on.

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Maputo, Mozambique
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36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Very modern architecture with global inspiration....this is a must visit for people interested in art and recent architecture history developments

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Adrian, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 705 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

This entire plaza is sort of a work of art. The buildings surrounding the central court are arranged in an almost artistic manner to create a memorable sight that can be appreciated. The large central fountain is certainly aesthetically pleasing by itself. On the other hand, and at the same time, the feel of the plaza is almost futuristic, especially... More 

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Albany, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

Nice place. You park underneath and go to a big lobby that is full of indoor sculptures etc. This is a nice place but we arrived during a weekend and it was hard to find our way up to the open air. Finally we made it to the empire state plaza. It is a nice place with great architecture and... More 

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Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

Our fall convention was in Albany, Ny. this year. This was a great venue for us as it was close to everything and we didn't have to drive everywhere. The restaurants where great, and lots of pubs to visit

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Vadodara, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

The Empire State Plaza was a great place to visit. we entered the long plaza lobby and enjoyed a great collection of sculptures, exhibits and murals. It was a cold October Sunday, so everything was closed, including the coffee shops and entrances to the stately buildings and The Egg. It was good that the lobby was kept accessible, and we... More 

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Albany, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

I ranked The Plaza a three because that is where I saw a lot of these "concrete" comments. Name a building without concrete? Ok, now that we got that out of the way. Where is all of this concrete anyway... Oh, The Egg. Strange how all of these architecture 'experts' would call The Egg some "monstrosity" or "out of place",... More 

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alberta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Worth a detour.. imposing architecture contrasts with nearby somewhat rundown residential areas, Take the free tour of the Caiptol building.. allow at least two hours, better three

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Menands, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Well I was just out of high school when this was started it is nice to see but my friends I went to school with lost their homes and business were closed to build it

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