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Erastus Corning Tower

5 Empire State Plz, Albany, NY 12223-1500
+1 518-474-2418
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We've been to numerous observation decks (Freedom Tower, Empire State Building, Space Needle... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2016
Steve T
Sayville, New York
via mobile
Tall Tower with Some Nice Views

I'm not sure I'd make a special trip to go to the top of this tower, but it's the tallest building... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2016
Albany, NY
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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.
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good32%
  • Average16%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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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 29 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 1 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

Reviewed 14 May 2016

While visiting the Empire State Plaza's modern art collection, took elevator to top of Corning Tower for 360-degree view. Fun to recognize famous Albany landmarks & views of the mountains, Hudson River. Take tour of the Capitol also.

Thank srhahm
Reviewed 14 January 2016

Being able to see Albany from @42 stories is a real treat. This is a free experience, with plenty of viewing area, and also a help assistant who can answer questions. The designated elevator goes directly to the observation deck, and is very convenient. There...More

3  Thank Mags B
Reviewed 25 November 2015 via mobile

The observation area had amazing views of Albany, the state buildings, and the surrounding area. Only saw three people who were leaving as I was arriving, so I practically had the whole observation area to myself! If you want to see some breathtaking views of...More

1  Thank Samantha H
Reviewed 11 November 2015

It is in the midst of historic 19 Century architecture and then there is this huge Modern building...some would say it stands out like a large strange finger! I say it is a great contrast, similar to the "egg" in the middle of the plaza!...More

1  Thank Lorraine C
Reviewed 13 October 2015

Has a great view of Albany and the surrounding area this is worth seeing and taking pictures from top of the tower

1  Thank scottish232
Reviewed 7 October 2015

Well worth a trip to the top for the view. The day we were there was very clear and the view was magnificient. The attendant was very helpful in describing what we were seeing.

1  Thank Tom B
Reviewed 6 October 2015

Interpretive signs point out some of the locations visible all around this 40+ story viewpoint. On a clear day it's a wonderful experience....but not on weekends. Be prepared to show a photo ID. There is food available in the underground concourse below the Empire Plaza.

Thank AKT0707
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Can you climb the stairs to the top?
14 October 2015|
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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