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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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Something a 3rd year architectural student would have come up with

If you drove around Albany, you experience the under belly of this complex. Think, basement... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Concrete, concrete, concrete

Lot's of concrete here to surround the former governors private collection of art. What? paid for... read more

Reviewed 1 week 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 good38%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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Hours Today: 6:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
100 S Mall Arterial, Albany, NY 12242-0001
+1 518-474-2418
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank wildwolfen
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank tikkitikkitembo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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
Reviewed 22 December 2017

Governor Rockefeller built the Empire State Plaza at great cost to the taxpayers and the surrounding communities. His idea was to create something like NYC,s Rockefeller Center in a much smaller way. So, there’s a concourse and lots of underground passages between the various buildings....More

Thank BLeon1227
Reviewed 21 December 2017

Great fireworks, and echos off buildings make even better! Various scattered options for parking around downtown.

Thank hardluck67
Reviewed 8 December 2017

If you are a tourist, visiting all 50 states, and their capitols should be on your list. The Rockefeller Plaza in between the State Capitol, and the NY State Museum, will not disappoint. The Plaza is not a destination, rather, it is a part of...More

2  Thank NeilMavis
Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

You feel at the center of it all -- a reflection of one of the buildings or off of on of the many beautiful interactive sculptures in the long reflection pond in the center of the plaza. Sitting the summer there are many great free...More

Thank Beyondthegreysky
Reviewed 1 December 2017

The layout is breathtaking and yet every little nook is functional. A great playground for kids, beautiful memorials for both fallen veterans and another for fallen police and corrections officers, a unique and wonderful civic center, the majestic Corning Tower with the Agency buildings and...More

Thank DaveCasler-74
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8 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