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Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza

100 S Mall Arterial, Albany, NY 12242-0001
+1 518-474-2418
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Great place to visit

If you're not from the area, this is definitely a place worth stopping. It's near the museum as... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Chevy1806
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Albany
Obviously a must

This is kind of a must stop if in Albany. It would be sort of strange if you came here and did not... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jvalliant
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Brooklyn, New York
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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100 S Mall Arterial, Albany, NY 12242-0001
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're not from the area, this is definitely a place worth stopping. It's near the museum as well as the Capitol. Either way, it's a nice place to stop and visit on a good weather day.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is kind of a must stop if in Albany. It would be sort of strange if you came here and did not come see the state capital. The plaza outside is very lovely. My husband and I came here in March so none of...More

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Reviewed 8 March 2018

Unusual architecture featuring "The Egg" - used for performances. The underground portion is apparently used for a variety of public events. It also lets you escape from cold and windy weather!

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

The whole building and area is very interesting especially from architecture point of view. This is besides the state Capitol building the icon of Albany. The area is not very busy during the weekend but during the week, I would expect the area to be...More

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Reviewed 25 February 2018

It's a small rink, but free if you bring your own ice skates. They supplied skating aids for the kids, and it was a nice outdoor setting in the empire state plaza.

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Reviewed 13 February 2018

If you drove around Albany, you experience the under belly of this complex. Think, basement, foundation structure, tunnels, all the stuff nobody wants to see or experience. So the complex ruined Albany at the street level. Think Blade Runner the movie, only worse. When you...More

Thank Keydawn
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Reviewed 8 February 2018

Lot's of concrete here to surround the former governors private collection of art. What? paid for by taxpayer dollars? Oh well, better come and enjoy then. It's an interesting place for sure. Too bad they ripped out an ethnic neighborhood to put it in and...More

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Reviewed 24 January 2018 via mobile

The plaza is a beautiful Albany complex that houses the gorgeous Egg theater and Albany Museum, wonderful outside skating rink in the mall available in winter, nested along side beautiful office bldgs. The Egg, a wonderful bldg that looks like a flying saucer, houses wonderful...More

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Reviewed 18 January 2018

Really nice place for a walk no time of year. We strolled around the plaza taking in the 4 Agencies, The Egg, Skating Rink, the statues and art pieces. You can go up the tower to the observation deck, 42 floors up with a great...More

Thank Mork001
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

A walk up the hill from Broadway and then around four times works perfectly to get some exercise when the weather cooperates! Farmers Market on Wednesdays.

Thank Denise540
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There are several dining options at the Empire State Plaza. Most of the options are found in the underground concourse but some of the Plaza's other buildings have eating options as well. A full list of dining options... More
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