Visit The Empire State Plaza & New York State Capitol

New York State Office of General Services

Getting to the Plaza: Directions, Parking, Hours and Access

Directions  

Please note, the Empire State Plaza does not have a physical address that interfaces well with GPS, Google Maps, or other mapping systems. We suggest using the following GPS coordinates to direct you to the Visitor’s Parking Lot: N 42.650674, W 73.760061

From the North: Take I-87 South (Northway) to I-90 East (Exit 1E). Take I-90 East to 787 South (Exit 6A). Take 787 South to Exit 3A for the Empire State Plaza.

From the South: Take I-87 North (NYS Thruway) to Exit 23. Follow signs for 787 North toward downtown Albany. Take Exit 3 for the Empire State Plaza.

From the East: Take I-90 West to Exit B1. Continue on I-90 West toward 787 South. Take 787 South to Exit 3A for the Empire State Plaza.

From the West: Take I-90 East (NYS Thruway) to Exit 24 for Albany. Continue on I-90 East to 787 South (Exit 6A). Take 787 South to Exit 3A for the Empire State Plaza.

To access the Empire State Plaza’s Underground Visitor’s Parking (V-Lot) Lot:

Once you have arrived at the Empire State Plaza, take an elevator to the Concourse Level and follow signs to your destination.

For additional Visitor Parking, see the OGS Visitor Parking website.

Parking  

The Office of General Services maintains numerous Visitor Parking lots within easy distance to the Empire State Plaza. In addition, there are nearby private garages and lots as well. For detailed visitor parking information, including maps, hours and fees, follow the link below to the Visitor Parking website:

Where to Park at the Plaza

Hours  

Empire State Plaza Underground Concourse
Open Daily
6:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Corning Tower Concourse and Plaza Levels
Monday - Friday
7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Closed Saturdays and Sundays

New York State Capitol
Open Monday - Friday
7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (except during the legislative session when the building remains open for one hour after conclusion of session)
Closed Saturdays and Sundays
Security Procedures Apply

New York State Museum
Tuesday - Sunday, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Closed Mondays
Closed Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day
Main Lobby Desk: 518-474-5877
More Information

Corning Tower Observation Deck
Open Monday - Friday
10:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Subject to change
Closed Saturday and Sunday
More Information

Empire State Plaza - Outdoor Plaza
Open Daily April - November
6:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Closed December 1 - March 31, except for the Plaza Ice Rink.

Surrounding Parks and Grounds:
Empire State Plaza, West Capitol Park, East Capitol Park, Lafayette Park and all other surrounding areas
Open Daily
6:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Public Transportation  

Albany International Airport (ALB)
737 Albany-Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12211
Phone: 518-242-2222

Amtrak (Albany-Rensselaer Station)
525 East Street
Rensselaer, NY 12144
Phone: 1-800-872-7245

Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA)
110 Watervliet Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
Phone: 518-482-8822
Schedules are available in the Plaza Visitor Center and Gift Shop or on the CTDA website.

Trailways Greyhound Bus Station
34 Hamilton Street
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: 518-434-8095

Taxi & Ride-sharing

Access for the Disabled  

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.

The following entry locations will be available to provide access to persons with disabilities. For additional reference, view a map of the access points.

Madison Avenue: Elevator entrance located at street level will provide facility access daily from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm.

State Street: Entrance located at street level. There is an outdoor walkway at the northeast corner of the Abrams Building, which leads to a doorway on the Concourse that will provide facility access daily from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm.

Plaza Level*: The Performing Arts Center (Egg): Entrance located at the northeast end will provide facility access Monday - Friday, excluding holidays, from 7:00 am To 5:00 pm and during Egg or Convention Center events.

Plaza Level*: Agency Building One: Entrance located at the southwest end will provide facility access Monday - Friday, excluding holidays, from 7:00 am - 6:00 pm.

*Note: The Plaza is closed during the winter from December 1 through March 31 and access is not available.

For more information, please contact the Plaza Manager's Office at 518-474-8860.

Building Security Rules: Capitol and Legislative Office Building  

In order to safely and effectively allow the passage of visitors into the Capitol and Legislative Office Building, all visitors must pass through the New York State Police security screening checkpoints. Following the link below for information on the screening process, ID requirements, and prohibited items:

NYS Capitol & Legislative Office Building Security Building Security Rules

Ground Rules for Events at the Empire State Plaza  

In order to maintain the public safety and security of State property, its occupants and visitors during OGS sponsored special events, as well as to enhance the efficient and orderly operation of the facilities, until further notice, we are establishing special ground rules for the Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza (ESP), the Capitol, and all surrounding areas, including the Plaza Level of the ESP, West Capitol Park, East Capitol Park and Lafayette Park.

The following special grounds rules will be in effect during special events at the Empire State Plaza: No alcoholic beverages (other than those sold on site by authorized sellers), coolers (defined as rigid insulated containers), or glass containers of any kind; animals or pets (excludes ADA-defined service animals) will be allowed. Any type of recording of the performance or presentation is prohibited without prior written consent. All attendees should be prepared to present age identification at any time if they intend to consume alcohol. State Police or security personnel reserve the right to inspect any bag, container or package and confiscate any prohibited or illegal items.

 
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Convention and Cultural Events Office
Empire State Plaza Concourse Room 120
Albany, NY 12242
Phone: 518-474-0558
Fax: 518-473-0558

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