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Erastus Corning Tower

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Address: 5 Empire State Plz, Albany, NY 12223-1500
Phone Number: +1 518-474-2418
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10:00 - 15:45
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 15:45
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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This 42-story building was dedicated in 1983 to the memory of Erastus...

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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Great way to see Albany area through this tower for free

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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 September 2016
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redditch
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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!

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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 get there. Along the perimeter of the floor, there are pictures which show what you... More 

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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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 we did (friday) because others in our party tried and couldn't go up on a... More 

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Queens, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 if you want to see further. For those who are into photography, you won't be... More 

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Sayville, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 early before they got off work, we decided amongst other sites to go to the... More 

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Albany, NY
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 exception of some oddly placed large pieces of art here and there.

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Albany, New York
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1 of 5 bubbles 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.

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NYSCapitolTours, Attraction representative at Erastus Corning Tower, responded to this review

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 the Corning Tower Observation Deck and is open Monday through Friday from 10AM to 3:45PM.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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