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Erastus Corning Tower

5 Empire State Plz, Albany, NY 12223-1500
+1 518-474-2418
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Great view

We entered this very interesting building in order to go to the 42nd floor to the observation deck... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
jer b
Bristol, Connecticut
Love a view from the top!

This is a great, free attraction. Not knowing the area, it was great to be able to go to the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Leigh P
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This 42-story building was dedicated in 1983 to the memory of Erastus Corning 2nd, a long-time mayor of Albany who played a special role in the creation of the Plaza as the center of state government. The Tower is the tallest building in New York State outside of New York City. The building dominates the Albany skyline with its glass, marble and angular forms. The Corning Tower Observation Deck is located on the 42nd floor. Breathtaking views of Albany, the Plaza, and surrounding areas can be enjoyed. Also visible are the Hudson River Valley, the Port of Albany, large portions of the city and its government, the foothills of the Adirondacks, the Catskills, and the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (LAST CHECK-IN AT 3:45 p.m.). Hours subject to change without notice. Closed Saturday and Sunday and holidays. To gain access to the Observation Deck, all persons 16 and older must check in by presenting photo identification at the Observation Deck Check-In, Concourse Level, Corning Tower. Persons under 16 must be accompanied by an adult with photo identification.
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 15:45
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
5 Empire State Plz, Albany, NY 12223-1500
+1 518-474-2418
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We entered this very interesting building in order to go to the 42nd floor to the observation deck. As you enter from the plaza, the elevator for the observation deck is to the left and toward the back of the building. Very quickly, the elevator...More

Thank jer b
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great, free attraction. Not knowing the area, it was great to be able to go to the observation deck and look out over Albany and the district to understand the geography. Helpful signs to identify the buildings we could see from the...More

Thank Leigh P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Noticed these amazing structures from other areas of the city decided to take a ride to review them up close. The entire area is full of interesting land marks

Thank Breezy203
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ride to the 42nd floor and see beautiful views of Albany in all directions. Easy parking ($5) under the plaza.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice treat because it is free and the view of the city and the Hudson River is beautiful. The observation deck was not crowded for a Friday afternoon, which is another nice treat. Try to go early because they close around 3.

Thank JudyV409
Reviewed 17 July 2017

The View from top is breathtaking. Weather was beautiful. The Hudson river is visible. The Whole of Albany is visible from the Observation deck on the 42nd Floor

Thank ad_dayz
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Once at the top talk to the clerk and they can give you the history of the tower and the plaza below. Kind of an ironic story. But the views from up here are amazing. its Albany's own Empire State building :)

1  Thank Jurrific
Reviewed 22 June 2017

As we were in the area, we went to the observatory at the top of the Corning Tower. There was no charge and the view was absolutely amazing. . There are picture windows on three sides of the top floor observatory. There were some coin...More

1  Thank JackofPBFL
Reviewed 7 March 2017

As Albany's lone skyscraper (lol), the Corning Tower provides great views of the city and surrounding areas. Only downside is it's only open Monday through Friday.

1  Thank Chevy1806
Reviewed 7 January 2017

I wouldn't make a special trip just to see the Corning Tower, but if you are already at the plaza, then the view from the top is definitely worth the 15 minutes.

Thank NukeMBA
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Response from NYSCapitolVisit | Property representative |
The only way to access the Corning Tower Observation Deck is by elevator. The stairs are only meant for emergency purposes. The Observation Deck is open M-F from 10AM - 3:45PM. Visit ogs.ny.gov for more info or contact the... More