Did you know that you can visit Yankee Stadium even when there isn't a game being played?
Our guides are frequently asked about seeing this historic ballpark whenever they are offering tours in New York City.
That's why we've decided to create this helpful article to provide all the details you'll need to enjoy a Yankee Stadium tour, including directions, the best times to visit, and tips on game tickets.
Yankee Stadium is one of the most popular destinations in New York City.
Whether you want to take a tour or see a game, you’ll probably want to plan out your trip ahead of time.
This section will include the best times to visit, what to expect, and more.
Here are a few other details you might want to check on our Yankee Stadium Visitor's Guide:
Best Times to Visit
If you’re not visiting during the regular season, you probably won’t have any issues with taking a tour of Yankee Stadium.
The Classic Tour runs from 11 am - 2 pm during the offseason and on days when there is no home game.
Tours run once every 20 minutes for a total of 10 hours per day. These tours can sell out quickly, so you may want to consider purchasing your tickets ahead of time.
However, if you plan to come on a game day, tour hours will change depending on when the game starts.
Most day games at Yankee Stadium start at 1:05 pm or 4:05 pm and night games will start at about 7:05 pm.
The gates will officially open about 2 hours before the game starts on most game days.
Pre-game tours often start before the gates officially open, giving you an opportunity to see the ballpark before anyone else.
For more details, check our Yankee Stadium tours section.
What to Expect
If you decide to take a classic tour of Yankee Stadium, there’s no way of knowing exactly which route you will take.
The only thing you can be assured of is that your tour guide will take you to locations such as the New York Yankees Museum, Monument Park, the Press Box, and the Dugout.
Tourists are welcome to take photos as they are shown around the stadium.
How long is the Yankee Stadium Tour?
Each tour will take you about an hour to complete.
Visitors who are coming only for the tour can reasonably expect to be done with their trip within 60-90 minutes.
However, if you’re planning on seeing a game afterward, you should set aside another 2-3 hours.
With recent changes to the rules of MLB baseball, chances are it will be closer to 2 hours.
What time does Yankee Stadium open on game days?
On game days, Yankee Stadium will open to all ticket holders 90 minutes before the game begins.
If you want to get in as early as possible, make sure to consider a pregame tour!
What is the best way to tour Yankee Stadium?
There are both guided and self-guided tours, and both have their positives and negatives.
The answer to this question will depend on what kind of experience you want to have.
Where does the Yankee Stadium Tour start?
All tours begin at Gate 6 of Yankee Stadium, E 161st St and River Ave, Bronx, NY.
How do you get the Yankee Stadium Tour with the New York Pass?
At the moment, you can just present your pass at the gate and you'll be granted admission as long as there is space.
Are there any special Yankee Stadium Events?
Yes, during the offseason and extended periods of away games, Yankee Stadium concerts are actually quite common.
These are usually pretty big concerts with very well-known performers.
In 2023, you can expect to see the Jonas Brothers in August!
TOURS OF YANKEE STADIUM
There are three different types of tours that you can take at Yankee Stadium. Each tour provides a different service and focus.
Depending on the availability of certain areas in the ballpark, your tour guide may choose to take a different route from one day to the next.
Classic Individual Tour
This is the perfect option for a casual fan. The classic tour is affordable and shows you quite a bit of Yankee Stadium.
During baseball season, you will get to see the following locations:
- New York Yankees Museum – which displays Yankee memorabilia (watch this tour preview)
- Monument Park – an open-air museum containing retired numbers of past greats, plaques, memorials
You will also get to see other sites depending on availability.
In the off-season, you will see all of the above with the possibility of visiting areas such as the press box, the dugouts, the warning track (the edge of the outfield), and the Legends Suite (the seats closest to the field) as well.
It is highly recommended that you book these tickets in advance.
- $38 per person (when booked in advance, taxes not included)
- Kids 4 and under are free.
- Buy tickets online here.
There are also combo tickets which include lunch from Hard Rock Cafe for just $10-$15 more.
They currently offer 3 menus with food items as varied as cheeseburgers and fries, pulled pork sandwiches, Caesar salad, honey mustard grilled chicken, and more.
They even have a kids' menu with hot dogs, mac and cheese, and other family-friendly dishes.
- 10 am - 2 pm (every 20 minutes)
- A bilingual tour (Spanish) is at 1 pm
- This tour is not available when there is a day game.
If you already have tickets or plan to attend a game, but want a more immersive experience, this is a great option.
This tour visits Monument Park and the New York Yankees Museum before they open to the public.
It will also usually end in right field to watch batting practice and warm-ups before the game.
Please note that this tour does not include a ticket to the game.
- Ticket Prices: $60.90 per person
- Tour Hours: 3-4 hours before game time
- Click here to purchase.
TIP 1: Viator occasionally offers a VIP Stadium Tour which includes lunch with a New York Yankee legend.
TIP 2: Pregame tours taking place before 1:05 pm games provide early access to the ballpark.
Pregame 'Glimpse of Greatness' Stadium Tour
In addition to the standard Pregame Stadium Tour offered at Yankee Stadium, there is also a self-guided option that might be preferable to some guests.
This tour is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to get early access to the stadium.
As with the standard Pregame Tour, you'll also have access to notable locations such as Monument Park, The Great Hall, Judge's Chambers, and Section 105 where you can see batting practice.
This tour does not include a ticket to the game, and you will need tickets to take a pregame tour.
- Ticket Price: $35 per person (taxes not included)
- Tour Hours: 3-4 hours before game time
- Click here to purchase
TIP: These tours can start as early as 9 am on some game days.
Hands on History
When it comes to both the classic tour and the pregame tours, reviewers tend to take issue with the fact that their guides don’t often spend a lot of time in the Yankees Museum.
If you want to ensure that you’ll be able to see more in the museum, this Hands on History experience will be a must.
Guests who go on this tour will have the opportunity to actually touch and hold several famous New York Yankees artifacts.
Here are just a few of the items you may be allowed to hold during this trip:
- Babe Ruth bat from 1922-1923
- Mickey Mantle's game-worn jersey from 1963
- Babe Ruth's 1927 World Series ring
- Derek Jeter jersey from his 3,000th hit game
- Home plate from the final game at Old Yankee Stadium and the first game at the present stadium
Needless to say, this is a pretty unique experience that die-hard Yankees fans should definitely consider.
However, there are only a few Hands-On History tours offered every month, so it will be important to plan any trip to NYC around this if you plan on attending.
Ticket Prices: $133.50 per person
Hands on History Tour Dates:
- May 28th at 10:15 am
- June 10th at 4:15 pm
- June 25th at 10:15 pm
- July 8th at 9:45 pm
- July 22nd at 9:45 pm
- August 5th at 9:45 pm
- August 20th at 10:15 pm
- September 10th at 10:15 pm
Click here for more information
The classic tour will only take about an hour out of your day, but there are several additional activities you can enjoy near Yankee Stadium.
Some of these activities are actually free with the New York Pass, which also includes the Yankee Stadium tour.
If you’re planning to bring your kids along, consider a trip to the Bronx Zoo. This location is just 15-20 minutes away from the ballpark.
New York Botanical Garden
You will find this beautiful garden just 5 minutes from the Bronx Zoo. Admission to this site is also free with the New York Pass.
The Bronx Museum of Art
See some of the finest artwork in all of New York City. This museum might be one of the easiest locations to find, as it is only a few blocks from Yankee Stadium.
Visit the historic Apollo Theater and see a show while you’re in the area. This theater is only about 10-15 minutes south of the ballpark and they also offer tours.
We provide several pay-what-you-want walking tours in the general area of Yankee Stadium.
Whether or not you are interested in a tour, there are a few places in and around Yankee Stadium that you should see.
Some of these locations are only included on tours, but others are available during games as well.
Check our Yankee Stadium Visitor's Guide for more details.
Babe Ruth Plaza
Before you head into the stadium, head to 161st Street to see this beautiful location. In the plaza, you will find murals depicting the story of the Great Bambino.
Tourists typically get to see this location before everyone else, but it’s also free for ticket holders to visit after the gates open on game days.
Monument Park provides a lot of historical details and monuments to past Yankees legends.
If you want to see this area on game day, make sure to get there when the gates open, because they close Monument Park 45 minutes before the game begins.
Visitors who are interested in seeing some of the most historic Yankees artifacts and learning more about the team should definitely check out this museum in Yankee Stadium.
If you want to see both the Yankees Museum and Monument Park on game day, plan to spend at least 20-30 minutes in each area, and arrive when the gates open.
Check our best times to visit the section for more information.
During some Classic Stadium Tours, you will have the opportunity to visit the location where color commentators and reporters watch the game and record its events either for live television or for other media outlets.
Depending on when you take the Classic Stadium Tour, you may have the opportunity to visit the dugout where Yankees players will sit during a game.
This is a great chance to discover a location that few will ever get to see up close.
Some tour guides may choose to take you to the edge of the outfield.
This is where the outfield grass ends and outfielders have only moments to stop before hitting the wall.
These are the seats closest to the field, and they are typically reserved for special guests.
As a result, few people ever have the chance to see this area of the park.
If you're lucky, you might get to visit the Legends Suite on your tour!
If you’re looking for more activities to enjoy near Yankee Stadium, make sure to check out our list of nearby attractions.
Tips From Locals and Travelers
Although we try our best to be as in depth as possible with our article, there is always a chance that we will miss something you are curious about.
That's why we have a New York City Travel Tips group on Facebook. Group members frequently recommend the Yankee Stadium tour, and they have offered helpful advice as well.
Here are a few of the more interesting comments we found:
Most of the comments about the Yankee Stadium tour are very positive. Even if you're not a fan, chances are the history of this ballpark and the Yankees will be enough to make it interesting.
If you're trying to figure out where to eat before or after the tour, and you want something quick, some recommend just grabbing some hot dogs from a street vendor.
To be honest, it's not a bad idea, especially if you're not interested in the Hard Rock Cafe.
For more advice or reviews, or if you have any specific questions we may not have been able to answer, make sure to check our New York City Travel Tips Facebook Group.