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Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza

279 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12242-0001
+1 518-474-2418
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Great attraction

This plaza has something for everyone. First, architecturally, it is absolutely beautiful. Lined... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
jer b
Bristol, Connecticut
Great place to visit

We were keen to visit this part of Albany and it did not disappoint. Similar in concept to the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Leigh P
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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.
  • Excellent43%
  • Very good39%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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Hours Today: 06:00 - 23:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
279 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12242-0001
+1 518-474-2418
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This plaza has something for everyone. First, architecturally, it is absolutely beautiful. Lined with interesting agency buildings, the cultural education center and the egg, it sports a very large fountain/reflecting pool and plenty of walkways. The corning tower has an observation tower on the 42...More

Thank jer b
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were keen to visit this part of Albany and it did not disappoint. Similar in concept to the Rockefeller Centre in NYC, but a very different architectural style. We had a guided tour - including The Egg - and it was very informative. And...More

Thank Leigh P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This area was absolutely amazing so many great landmarks to see. We found the Firefighters Memorial, The Police Memorial Wall and a tribute area to victims of 911. Beautiful garden areas with benches and beautiful locations to take photos

Thank Breezy203
Reviewed 11 August 2017

The Plaza is a pretty area to stroll around and enjoy the open air in a metropolitan area. Parking is a bit of a pain - make sure you take note of your location! The plaza has a large reflecting pool and the nearby administrative...More

Thank Paul_inSunPrairie
Reviewed 24 July 2017

The plaza has large reflection pools surrounded by paved walkways, a few trees and plants, and buildings. The Egg is an interesting building, but the Capitol building is the star. We visited during a weekday morning, so there weren't many people around. There was some...More

Thank GregIndiana
Reviewed 21 July 2017

Fireworks on the 4th and New Years, farmers markets in spring, summer, fall, free concerts in Summer, and the ice skating in winter. These are good thiings.

2  Thank Thatguypaulie
Reviewed 20 July 2017

My wife and I attended a concert at The Egg last night. We arrived too early and weren't permitted access to the theatre so we decided to kill some time by walking around the Plaza. WHAT A MESS! Every surface seemed to be cracked, chipped...More

Thank MAR-VIN93
NYSCapitolVisit, Property representative at Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2017

Sorry you had a bad experience. So many people enjoy coming to the Plaza because of the many free events we have here. Give us another try on August 9th for the New York State Food Festival and Concert featuring The Charlie Daniels Band. You...More

Reviewed 6 July 2017

After all day running around the state capital we sat down. And relaxed. There. With nice tall buildings around. With fresh. And cool air. Nice small water to see

Thank marty344
Reviewed 29 June 2017

Great place, very modern and eclectic. The architecture and design of this area is sublime. Modern, simple and magnificent buildings including a unique oval shaped theater. Great location for picture taking and strolling after a good day of work.

Thank Rafael P
Reviewed 22 June 2017

We walked around the Empire State Plaza after visiting the Capitol, which is on the northern border of the plaza. It was alive with people. I don't now if it was a matter of being there on the right day, but there were vendor tents...More

1  Thank JackofPBFL
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9 July 2015|
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Response from NYSCapitolVisit | Property representative |
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