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Erastus Corning Tower

5 Empire State Plz, Albany, NY 12223-1500
+1 518-474-2418
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Good Birds eye View

The View from top is breathtaking. Weather was beautiful. The Hudson river is visible. The Whole of... read more

Reviewed 17 July 2017
See downtown and beyond

Once at the top talk to the clerk and they can give you the history of the tower and the plaza... read more

Reviewed 22 June 2017
Albany, New York
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
5 Empire State Plz, Albany, NY 12223-1500
+1 518-474-2418
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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 21 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 6 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
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 12 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
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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