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New York State Capitol

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Address: State St., Albany, NY
Phone Number: 518-474-2418
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Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Description: New York's Capitol building took four decades to build, from 1867 to 1899...
New York's Capitol building took four decades to build, from 1867 to 1899, and is considered a magnificent example of 19th-century architecture.
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Grand building; great history

Take a tour! There is so much history that goes with this magnificent building that you need to have what you are seeing described. I was amazed that every carving, and there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Ossining, New York
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Ossining, New York
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81 reviews 81 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Take a tour! There is so much history that goes with this magnificent building that you need to have what you are seeing described. I was amazed that every carving, and there are countless, are unique. We were there when civil war re-enactors were all over the place. Getting in is like at an airport.

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Hurley, New York
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

When I last visited the Capitol many years ago, it was dim and dreadful, all broken up into small offices. The tour guides were pretty dispirited. A few years ago they restored the skylight and cleaned up the accreted clutter nicely. The wonderful staircase is back as it should be, and the tour guides were much happier with their work.... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The New York State Capitol is different from all the others! You must see the sculptures, the architecture and the impressive 2 chambers. A free guided tour is also highly recommanded. It was a very nice surprise in the heart of Albany.

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Columbus, Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Very clean and easy to walk around. Went on a sunny day and able to enjoy the fountains as well as food trucks available. Nice opportunity to see the view from the top!

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Chateaugay
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The architecture is beautiful and has an entire area below for shopping, eating, events and history. Senators and Assembly people can be seen by appointment which must be made ahead. Go see where laws/history is made.

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Rye, New York
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85 reviews 85 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We have driven by the State Capitol, off in the distance, on I-90 for many years on the way to the Adirondacks. We decided to stop this time to see our Capitol. We took the free guided tour (a must) and were much impressed. The inside architecture is unbelievable and eye opening. You must tour this building if you are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Go see for yourself. New York State Capitol is a beautiful site. Nelson Rockefeller knew what he was doing.

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Virginia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Walk around the outside and the for the inside seek a tour guide. If you are from NY, your elected official can help you or may even have one of their interns give you a tour. Wear comfortable shoes and if you have strollers there are elevators.

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Stephentown, New York
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Take a tour - get the details that you'd miss otherwise - and enjoy the stunning architecture as well as the fascinating history. Don't forget your camera - it's gorgeous!

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Holbrook, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and nothing was really off limits.. will definitely repeat that tour.

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