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

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High Atop Albany

Take an fast elevator ride up to the top of the tallest building in Albany and take in the view. You will see city, river, mountains, and fields. And you can look down on the rest... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Albany, New York
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Albany, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
27 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Take an fast elevator ride up to the top of the tallest building in Albany and take in the view. You will see city, river, mountains, and fields. And you can look down on the rest of the Empire State Plaza that is a work of art when viewed from above. Even if you don't like heights, the nice thing... More 

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Pompano Beach, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The view of Albany and the Empire State Plaza from 43 floors up was beautiful. It was nice to be able to see everything from above and decide where we were going and what we wanted to see. The gentleman at the information desk was very helpful with information on where we might want to go and what to see.... More 

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Albany
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

When you visit the capitol and the museum, be sure to take the elevator to the observation deck of the Corning Tower. What a view you get! We were there on a damp and cloudy day, and we could still find all the important landmarks in the capital.

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Manchester, Connecticut
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

It has very easy access from the underground passage way, once upstairs the priority elevator takes you to the observation deck. The deck itself is barren and uninspiring and worst of all NO view west over the N.R. Plaza.

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Southington, Connecticut
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158 reviews 158 reviews
59 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We had a few minutes before a meeting and went up in the Tower and was glad we did since the views were great. I'm not sure how far you can see on a clear day but it was far enough that the mountains in the distance were clear. The entire area of Albany, the Hudson, etc. are visible from... More 

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Lapeer, Michigan
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Great aerial view of some magnificent city architecture! Which made for some great pictures. And it's free!

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Groton, Connecticut, United States
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70 reviews 70 reviews
30 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is well worth a stop. Although the windows weren't all that clean and clear, the views are phenomenal and the countryside is beautiful.

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ny
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61 reviews 61 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

It is great to go to the observation level and look around the whole area, picking out places you normally drive by. Especially nice when the leaves are displaying their fall colors.

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Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
10 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We planned to go into the tower. After reading trip advisor reviews, we decided to call to see if it was open. Good thing we did....... The tower elevators were closed for maintenance . We were very disappointed.

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Albany, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

You will need to show ID but you cannot do something better in Albany for free. If it is clear you can see a looooog way and there is interesting stuff to see.

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