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New York State Office of General Services - Convention and Cultural Events - Corning Tower Observation Deck
Visiting The Empire State Plaza
Corning Tower Observation Deck
Corning Tower

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.

Hours and Procedures
View from the Observation Deck

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. For more information, contact the Plaza Information Office at (518) 474-2418.

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.

The Corning Tower Observation Deck is available to rent for private functions. For more information, visit Convention And Cultural Events, or call (518) 473-7665

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