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“Well worth seeing!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza

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
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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.
Austin, Texas
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“Well worth seeing!”
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 it was Tuesday, nothing scheduled. Observation deck in Corning Tower was closed but still go inside to see the sculpture pieces. Wednesday around noon the place loaded up with food trucks, farmer's markets, exhibitors and more and was hopping! Don't miss this!

Visited August 2014
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Sanbornton, New Hampshire
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“Neat Addition to Our Trip”
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.

Visited May 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Great vision”
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 time

Visited July 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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“Great architecture and public art”
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 in July. I was able to get a great meal for $5!

Visited July 2014
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“Really cool”
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!

Visited July 2014
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