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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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An urban mega plaza

Fireworks on the 4th and New Years, farmers markets in spring, summer, fall, free concerts in... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Albany, New York

My wife and I attended a concert at The Egg last night. We arrived too early and weren't permitted... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Castleton On Hudson, 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.
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good38%
  • 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 3 days ago

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.

1  Thank Thatguypaulie
Reviewed 5 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks 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

Thank JackofPBFL
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 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 26 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 22 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
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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