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Albany and Central New York Sights

Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza
  • Fodor's Choice

Fodor's Review

The ¼-mi-long, 98-acre concourse includes modern art and sculpture, the New York State Museum, the State Library, the elliptical performing-arts center, and the New York State Vietnam Memorial. At the center of the plaza is a rectangular reflecting pool. The capitol crowns the plaza's north end. On weekdays in July and August you can take a free hour-long tour, which examines the plaza's history, architecture, monuments, and artworks. Tours start at 11 and 1 at the concourse-level

visitor center.

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Sight Information

Address:

Bordered by Madison Ave. and State, Eagle, and Swan Sts., Albany, New York, 12230, United States

Phone:

518-474–2418

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • July and Aug., tours weekdays 11 and 1

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Oct 13, 2008

Works in spite of itself

A big concrete expanse both above and below ground, but it surprisingly works well enough in spite of itself because of its art work (sculpture on the top level, abstract paintings on the lower), its reflecting pool, and the view downhill towards the river.

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