A view of the Albany skyline from the Corning Tower Observation deck

Corning Tower Observation Deck


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.

The Corning Tower Observation Deck has been identified as a top Albany attraction by KAYAK.


Hours and Procedures

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 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, take the dedicated elevator that can be accessed by the public on the Plaza level of the Corning Tower. Persons under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Corning Tower Observation Deck is available to rent for private functions. For more information, visit the Convention Center, or call (518) 474-4759.