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New York State Office of General Services - Empire State Plaza Directions
Visiting the Empire State Plaza
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The Empire State Plaza is a 70-acre complex of governmental buildings in downtown Albany, New York. Adjacent to the historic State Capitol, the Plaza is home to over 10,000 State employees and many State agencies and commissions. Frequent special events are held at the Plaza, including those hosted by the New York State Office of General Services' Special Events Office. Additionally, the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, New York State Museum and Empire Center at the Egg are frequent venues for public activities.
For more information, please contact the Plaza Visitor Center at (518) 474-2418.
From the North Take Interstate I-87 (Northway) to Interstate I-90 East (exit # 1E). Take Interstate I-90 East to Interstate 787 South. Take Exit #3A for the Empire State Plaza.
From the South Take New York State Thruway (Interstate 87) to Exit 23 - straight through Toll Booth to Interstate 787, then take Exit #3 for the Empire State Plaza.
From the East Take Interstate 90 West to Exit # B1 (I-90). Continue on I-90 to Interstate 787 South. Follow I-787 South to Exit #3A for the Empire State Plaza.
From the West Take the New York State Thruway (Interstate 90) to Exit 24 (Albany), proceed east on Interstate 90 to Interstate 787 South. Take exit # 3A for the Empire State Plaza.
HOURS OF AND ACCESS TO PLAZA, CAPITOL, AND SURROUNDING STATE PROPERTY AND FACILITIES
  • The Capitol is open Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., (closed Saturday and Sunday), except during legislative session when the building remains open for one hour after conclusion of session.
  • The grounds of the Empire State Plaza, the Capitol, and all surrounding areas, including the West Capitol Park, East Capitol Park, and Lafayette Park, are open to the public daily from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • The outdoor Plaza level of the Empire State Plaza is open from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. but is closed during the winter months from December 1 – March 31.
  • The underground Concourse level of the Empire State Plaza is open daily 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., through the State Street Entrance (next to the Justice Building near the Vietnam Memorial) and through the Madison Avenue entrance. On weekends, these entrances and the Cultural Education Center provide the only access to the Concourse.
  • The Corning Tower's Plaza and Concourse levels are open Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.
  • The Empire State Plaza and Concourse are handicapped accessible except for the State Street Capitol entrance and the Concourse tunnel to the Swan Street Building.
  • Empire State Plaza Access for the Disabled.