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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 from the top

I wouldn't make a special trip just to see the Corning Tower, but if you are already at the plaza... read more

Reviewed 7 January 2017
Albany, New York
Stunning views over Albany

Its free! Go! Terrific view over Albany and further up to Vermont along the river. Entrance is... read more

Reviewed 19 November 2016
simon 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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  • Very good32%
  • Average15%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 3:45 pm
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
5 Empire State Plz, Albany, NY 12223-1500
+1 518-474-2418
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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
Reviewed 19 November 2016

Its free! Go! Terrific view over Albany and further up to Vermont along the river. Entrance is via the underground plaza near to the Museum end. Check opening hours. Apparently worth going in the snow!

1  Thank simon p
Reviewed 13 October 2016

The tower is one of the many State Government buildings in the area of the city. It is the tallest building in Albany, NY. The Observation Deck on the 42nd floor is open to the public free of charge. There is a dedicated elevator to...More

Thank uhamdani
Reviewed 26 September 2016

This is an office building for NYS OGS, NYS Health and other smaller agencies. Not much to see, unless you visit the observation deck. Great Skyline views from the tallest building in Albany.

Thank Jim W
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Nice view from the top of this tower. You can see all of albany and the major buildings from this tower for free.

Thank Margaret C
Reviewed 24 August 2016

42nd floor and free (bonus). Great views of Albany and the Hudson. I only stepped into the building to see the giant stainless steel horse statue up close and realized from there we could go up to the observation deck. Glad we found it when...More

Thank taleoftwokitties
Reviewed 11 August 2016

Want the best views in Albany? Then come here and go to the 42nd floor. You have a close up view of the capitol and on a clear day you can see both the Catskills and Adirondacks! It is best saved for a clear day...More

Thank Mike4TraveI
Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

We've been to numerous observation decks (Freedom Tower, Empire State Building, Space Needle, numerous Lighthouses) and each offer exciting views to its own surroundings. We came to Albany for the weekend to visit our oldest Daughter and her boyfriend and as that we came up...More

Thank Steve T
Reviewed 20 July 2016

I'm not sure I'd make a special trip to go to the top of this tower, but it's the tallest building in albany and you'll get some nice views of the Hudson Valley and surrounding areas. The building itself is sort of blah with the...More

Thank eluper
Reviewed 2 June 2016

I don't think you can get in any more unless you have a visitors pass from NY State, due to security. There is a Subway restaurant on the 29th floor with great views.More

1  Thank David S
NYSCapitolTours, Attraction representative at Erastus Corning Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2016

Thank you for your review. We did want to clarify a few points you made. The Corning Tower is mostly NY state government offices, but on the 42nd floor there is a FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC observation deck. It is officially known as...More

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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