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New York State Capitol

State St., Albany, NY
518-474-2418
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Ranked #1 of 33 Attractions in Albany
Type: Government Buildings
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Description: 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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Chatham, NY
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

I worked in the Capitol for 10 years and never failed to wander around like a tourist looking at the stonework and architecture. My niece visited from CA and said she's never been - so I jumped at the chance to show it off to her. We took a Capitol Tour - about an hour long, throughout the entire building,... More

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Austin, Texas
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225 reviews 225 reviews
45 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We had just a day to see Albany and were staying over on State Street. This was an easy walk and we were glad we included a visit inside the Capitol on the second day before flying out. Absolutely amazing architecture! Do not miss the staircases in the center of the building! Would have liked to seen things in action... More

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Fulton, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

it was beautiful.... nothing more.. nothing less took tons of pictures, wish we could have had a tour of the inside but its just offices anyway... but its beautiful

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Hudson River Valley, New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Having lived in NY all of my life, I was excited to visit the Capitol building for the first time. I had no idea it would be as amazing as it was, and my husband and two kids, 13 and 8, loved it, too. The architecture is incredible, so ornate, so detailed! They have free guided tours, and since we... More

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Delmar, New York
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55 reviews 55 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

I live in the Capital Region and have been to the Capitol once before. However, the visit was before all of the skylights and staircases had been renovated, so this visit was very special. The tour guide was friendly and informative. The tour is only an hour and could be longer, although you are free to wander around the building... More

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Fargo, North Dakota
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106 reviews 106 reviews
39 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

If you are in the area you need to stop by the NY State Capitol building in Albany. It is absolutely beautiful and huge and a wonderful sight in an older city. Free tours available too.

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Massachusetts
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

If you're in Albany at lunch time on a summer day, join the crowds of state employees on the mall. There are food vendors with several different types of food along the east side of the vast, modern reflecting pool with benches, trees, and sculpture. It can be windy but on a sunny, warm day, it's a great place to... More

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47 reviews 47 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This is a stunning building. It would be a real shame for any visitor to miss it. Tours start at 10 and then every 2 hours through the day

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Really was pleasantly surprised with this site and the tour was very nice. Lots of food trucks on both sides of the capital and would definitely visit this site again.

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5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I'm giving this five stars because it is hands down the most bizarre mix of buildings and architectural designs for a Government Capital. At times it was strangely eerie. You really need to check out this place. And to get a truly "Shining"-like experience go on a Sunday. If there was a state capital complex near the hotel in the... More

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