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Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza

Open Now: 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Open today: 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Huge expansive concourse level for frigid winter time. Parking garage V, for visitors. Lots of... read more

Reviewed 12 January 2019
New York City, New York
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We were pleasantly surprised at the beauty of the architecture and the way this space is set up... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2018
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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...more
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100 S Mall Arterial, Albany, NY 12242-0001
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped by the Empire State Plaza with some friends who were visiting Albany. It is an impressive place, but it is hard to figure out. It is hard to imagine why the observation tower would not be open on weekends when visitors would most...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Bourlingueur60
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We visited in February of 2019. Parking in the underground Visitor lot was only $5 on a weekend. Although we couldn’t get inside of many of the buildings because it was a Saturday evening, a brisk walk around the area as the sun was setting...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank DantesCaulfieldGatz
Reviewed 12 January 2019 via mobile

Huge expansive concourse level for frigid winter time. Parking garage V, for visitors. Lots of places to eat, artworks entire length.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JosephfromNYC
Reviewed 30 October 2018

The Empire State Plaza is just plain impressive, The architecture is very interesting especially "The Egg". This theatre complex offers a sharp contrast to the other building because of its horizontal orientation and shape. After walking around the plaza go down one level and explore...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank William B
Reviewed 10 October 2018

May think you’ve stumbled onto the set of 2001 Space Odyssey when you see these huge monoliths standing in a row which make the Albany skyline unique. It is interesting to explore the adjoining plazas.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank gatortunor
Reviewed 19 August 2018

Somehow the lineup of state office buildings along a narrow reflecting pond didn't hit me as all that scenic. People were relaxing around the place on a Sunday afternoon in August, but the surface of the floor isn't that pretty and it just doesn't inspire.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Karen L
Reviewed 7 August 2018

The Empire Plaza is a beautiful attraction in Albany due to free concerts, and plaza events and festivals throughout the summer. In the winter, there is ice skating.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Lynette F
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised at the beauty of the architecture and the way this space is set up. Very interesting buildings - I found them to be elegant to look at. The Egg is unique, the Capitol stunning at one end, the New York museum...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank julese686
Reviewed 21 July 2018

Differing genres of architecture. Quite modern in part. However, looking down the mall towards the State Capitol building, you will find that some of this architecture obscures the lovely old building!! (Did no-one notice?) The underground mall is quite empty and eerie. Especially in the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Margaret C
Reviewed 9 July 2018

We stopped here on a Saturday around 5 p.m. If you're into architecture, there's a variety of styles. The NY State Capitol is a gorgeous building that people can actually visit and take tours in (except weekends and holidays). The There is the Corning Tower,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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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