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This post will provide all of the information you need to visit and take a tour of Yankee Stadium including directions, best times to visit, and other useful advice. Finally, we’ll provide some highlights of the stadium as well as getting game day tickets.
PLAN YOUR VISIT
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 best times to visit, what to expect, and how to get there.
Best Times to Visit
If you’re not visiting during the regular season, you probably won’t have any issues with taking a tour at 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.
Like most popular attractions, Yankee Stadium does not allow certain items to be brought onto the premises. In addition to obvious things like weapons, you should avoid bringing any of the following with you while visiting this location.
Most of these are obvious, but the basic idea you should keep in mind is to avoid bringing anything that might distract or disrupt anyone else. Prohibited items cannot and will not be held for you, so it is highly advised to make sure that you don’t bring any with you.
The following items are welcome in the park:
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.
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 hour.
Yankee Stadium is located in the southern part of the Bronx, just across the Harlem River from Harlem. All tours begin at Gate 6 of Yankee Stadium, E 161st St and River Ave, Bronx, NY. Regardless of how you get here, we recommend using this Google Map link for directions to Yankee Stadium.
There is a lot of parking available around Yankee Stadium. If you plan on taking either the pre-game tour or the classic tour, chances are that you won’t have much trouble finding a parking spot.
Visitors can also take the subway, bus, train or ferry to reach the ballpark. One of the easiest ways to get here is by subway, and there are three different lines which service the 161st St-Yankee Stadium stop: #4, B and D. If you’re coming from midtown Manhattan, you should expect the trip to take about 25 minutes.
For more information on navigating New York, check our post detailing how to use the NYC subway system.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
YANKEE STADIUM HIGHLIGHTS
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. Keep these highlights in mind while visiting the ballpark.
Babe Ruth Plaza
This site is actually right outside of Yankee Stadium along 161st Street. In the plaza, you will find several murals which tell the story of this legendary Yankee.
Although tourists typically get to see this location before everyone else, it’s also free for ticket holders to visit after the gates open on game days. Monument Park includes a lot of historical information and monuments to past Yankees players.
If you want to see this area, make sure to arrive when the gates open, as they close Monument Park 45 minutes before the start of the game.
This location is also open to ticket holders, and you can find it near Gate 6. If you plan on seeing both the Yankees Museum and Monument Park, plan on spending 20-30 minutes in each area and being at the gates when they open. Check our best times to visit section for more details.
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. This is only available during tours.
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. This is where many a home run has been stolen by superior players in the field.
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.
Whether or not you intend to take a tour at Yankee Stadium, you may want to consider attending a Yankees home game. Those who choose not to take a tour can still see locations such as Monument Park and the Yankees Museum with a ticket if they arrive well before the game starts. Check our highlights section for more information.
TIP 1: Groupon often offers discounted tickets to select Yankees games.
TIP2: Unlike many popular attractions, Yankee Stadium will actually allow you to bring food and drink in with you for a game. Glass bottles are not allowed, but you can bring a sealed bottle of water. Food items such as fruit must be sliced and prepared beforehand.
If you don’t feel like preparing a meal, you can always grab something to eat while at the game. Yankee Stadium has several different vendors available with different foods for discerning tastes. Visitors taking the tour can also grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants in the area, including the Hard Rock Cafe.
For a full list of restaurants, click here.