Directions, Parking & Visitor Information


Click here for a map of the Empire State Plaza Concourse, Legislative Office Building, Lunch Location


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.


Contact: OGS Parking Management, 518-474-8118 / Email:

Note: State Street side entrance of the Legislative Office Building (near the “Flat” people) is closed.


There is no bus parking at the Empire State Plaza. The McCarty Avenue Lot, off Thruway Exit 23, reserves parking for buses dropping off groups at the Empire State Plaza. Bus parking is free of charge; reservations are not required.

Directions from the Empire State Plaza to the McCarty Avenue Lot
Directions from the McCarty Avenue Lot to the Empire State Plaza


Metal detectors and security scanners are installed at all entries to the State Capitol and Legislative Office Building. Photo identification may be requested, and searches of any belongings may occur by New York State Police and security staff. Please ask your group to be patient as they proceed through the security checkpoints, and plan accordingly for time delays.

Visitor Information

As the capital of New York State, Albany has many interesting attractions and sites. Below are several websites to help you plan your stay.

Downtown Albany Business Improvement District:
Albany Convention & Visitor’s Bureau:
Albany Visitor’s Guide:
Empire State Plaza Attractions: