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Address: 5 Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY
Phone Number: 518-474-2418
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Great View!

Great to get to the top of the building and see the full view of Albany! Breathtaking! extra words here to meet the 100 character requirement! :P

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2015
Dan H
Raleigh, North Carolina
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Saint Augustine, Florida
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68 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 are also bathrooms, and water fountains if required.

Thank Mags B
Newton Falls, New York
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 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 Albany, I highly suggest you visit here.

1 Thank Samantha H
New York City, New York
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 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! If it were art, someone would say the artists was making a point of the... More 

1 Thank Lorraine C
Menands, New York
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14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 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
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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394 reviews
162 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 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
Niskayuna, New York
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18 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 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
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Great to get to the top of the building and see the full view of Albany! Breathtaking! extra words here to meet the 100 character requirement! :P

Thank Dan H
Chesterfield, MO
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289 reviews
177 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 328 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

I was able to walk right into the Corning tower and take the elevator up to the observation deck. No lines, no cost, no security check, no problem. The view was great, though you can’t see anything on the Northwest side. It would be nice if they could open up the roof on that side so you could get the... More 

1 Thank jjctraveler
Albany, New York
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54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Great view of Albany! Free observatory and on a clear crisp day you can get a beautiful glimpse of the Adirondack mountains .. Fall colors make for a beautiful landscape.

Thank Librada P
Yorktown Heights, New York
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Its ok. The highlight was a very sweet woman at the desk up top, who was very knowledgeable of what you were looking at. Not much to see if its hazy. You have to go on a clear day. Its a decent free attraction but I'd recommend doing other stuff that takes longer.

Thank Threeeagles2014

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