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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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Beautiful and fun spot

We walked around the Empire State Plaza after visiting the Capitol, which is on the northern... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Palm Bay, Florida
Beautiful architecture

Stroll along the plaza and feel the warm breeze in the summer. Underneath is the shopping and food... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Albany, 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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  • Very good39%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
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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 5 days ago

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

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Stroll along the plaza and feel the warm breeze in the summer. Underneath is the shopping and food plaza. It is a very unique area. No admission, free skating on fridays in the winter.

Thank Koldslaw
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been to the Plaza many times over the past 25 years. It is a barren place. LOOK AT THE PHOTO. Does that look like a place where you want to hang out? "Hey, guys, let's hang out on the concrete moonscape!" The farmers'...More

Thank Thatguypaulie
NYSCapitolVisit, Property Representative at Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are sorry you have been disappointed by your visits to the Empire State Plaza. The Plaza has much to offer, all year, including our popular farmers market, summer concert series and 4th of July fireworks display. The complex was designed by renowned architect Wallace...More

Reviewed 18 May 2017

Empire State Plaza is part of the Campus of the State Capitol in Albany. Built in the 1970s, it is the Taj Mahal of Urban Renewal projects. A good portion of Albany was bulldozed to create Empire State Plaza. Upstairs are the palatial pools and...More

Thank patrickjf2001
Reviewed 27 March 2017

On the Sat following a one to two foot snowstorm the Plaza was almost empty. Four or five families were taking it in and taking pictures. I was very impressed with the design of the Plaza, its uniform towers and the "Egg" being so unique....More

1  Thank Steve R
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

When visiting Albany state museum and Capitol, you need take some time and walk around here. It's a good place to eat lunch on a sunny day. It is an interesting place to watch people visiting Albany.

1  Thank Eric P
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Just in the middle of New York state museum and New York state capitol building. Stopped by at The egg for some pictures fill your stomach at food trucks nearby. Beautiful plaza with the big great fountain in the middle.

1  Thank dannytrotters
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Futuristic and aesthetically pleasing, the Plaza is a wonderful resource. It is in fact one of a very few things the city of Albany has going for it. It adjacent to the capital as well as the NYS museum. There are severl modern art pieces...More

1  Thank NewYorkBighawk68
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Love these buildings. Just a fun place to see fire works, skating or go to it's many festivals. Take the elevator up Corning Tower on a clear day

1  Thank Joe B
Reviewed 13 January 2017

Clean and Friendly with lots of things to see, museum, capitol, observation deck, gardens, walk ways.

1  Thank yank5138
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Where to eat? Is there a place to buy food at the Plaza?
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