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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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wonderful resource

Futuristic and aesthetically pleasing, the Plaza is a wonderful resource. It is in fact one of a... read more

Reviewed 12 February 2017
new york
Fun to walk around or go to a street festival

Love these buildings. Just a fun place to see fire works, skating or go to it's many festivals... read more

Reviewed 18 January 2017
Joe B
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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: 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 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
Reviewed 3 January 2017

I was a teenager when what we then called "The South Mall" was being built. Many of us didn't realize until much later how disruptive this development was to the neighborhood that it crushed (there is an excellent documentary on it), and then when it...More

1  Thank PainterRob
Reviewed 15 December 2016

The Mall in and of itself is not really a destination. In winter there is ice skating, so come for that if you like. In summer concerts one or two evenings a week plus the July 4 fireworks show. The ESP (Empire State Plaza) has...More

1  Thank David S
Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

I never thought it can be that stunning people by the way we build the government building. It is absolutely beautiful and iconic than what I have ever seen. Nice place, nice design.

1  Thank joshuah378
Reviewed 15 November 2016

The Rockefeller art collection belongs to the citizens of the state of New York. This is a stunning collection of about 80 pieces of mid-20th century modernist art. The artworks can be seen in the concourse (below ground), the plaza level, and in the State...More

2  Thank gomcat
Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

What a statement, this large Plaza is a testament to the city, like a modern day Roman statement of powers and influence. Love photographing the towers and The Egg

Thank JudyGraham
Reviewed 28 October 2016

We visited this area and travelled to the 42nd floor to enjoy the views of Albany and surrounding areas. An added bonus is that admission to the Tower is free.

1  Thank James G
Reviewed 12 October 2016

We went to the South Mall for the playground for toddlers, tucked behind Agency 1 Building--still a great protected spot for little ones. I had forgotten the wonderful Calder sculptures and the great art work that Rocky had commissioned for the South Mall. Worth the...More

Thank gormlk
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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