The guided Madison Square Garden Tour gives you behind-the-scenes access to one of the world’s most famous sports and entertainment arenas. Here is what you should know about the tour and where to get tickets.
Madison Square Garden Tour details
MSG tour is a guided tour that runs daily, on a 30-minute interval, typically from 9 am to 3:30 pm. The times are subject to the event schedule and may change, so be sure to check the hours before you decide to join the Madison Square Garden tour. On Knicks days, the tour runs from 12:15 pm to 3 pm, so you’ll have a more narrow window. The tour takes approximately 75 minutes. Spanish tours are available, too!
To get to the Madison Square Garden Tour, use the entrance off 7th Avenue, right next to the Penn Station entrance.
What you get to see on the MSG Tour
Madison Square Garden history reaches back as far as 140 years, so you can be sure to see lots of history. In addition to that, both the New York Knicks (basketball) and the New York Rangers (ice hockey) call Madison Square Garden their home.
The tour includes:
- walk through the halls decorated with historical photos
- access to luxury suites and lounges
- a peek into MSG’s beer room
- a look into performers’ dressing rooms
- a look into the Knicks and Rangers locker rooms
- a view from press boxes
- a cool immersive VR (Virtual Reality) experience
- different perspectives of the arena view
- a 10% discount on apparel or other shop items
- a discount to join the Radio City Musical Hall Stage Door Tour
Our Madison Square Garden Tour tickets
To join the MSG All Access Tour, you need to have tickets. A regular ticket for adults is $35 and can be bought online. Reserving your tickets online will save you time in New York and will also guarantee you a spot on the tour. The good news is that you don’t have to preselect a time. You can take the tour whenever you like. However, you also have the option to choose a tour start time. As you can see, your options are flexible!
To get into MSG you will need to go through security, even if you only intend to purchase tour tickets. It’s pretty quick, though. To exchange a pre-purchased voucher, head right into the MSG shop in the center (you can’t miss it). Here, you can decide to join the next tour or select your preferred tour time.
When you do that, don’t shop here just yet!
Don’t buy anything else here when you pick up your tickets! Taking the tour entitles you to a discount of 10% on anything sold here as well as a discount to the Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour.
MSG Tour Discounts
If you like to save money, you probably have one of the New York attraction passes. Some of them include free admission to the MSG All Access Tour.
- New York Pass (learn more)
- Go Explorer Pass (learn more)
- Sightseeing Pass and Sightseeing FLEX Pass (learn more)
Should you not have one of these passes, simply book your Madison Square Garden Tour tickets online.
Madison Square Garden Tour review
On the MSG tour, you’ll get to see places you probably would never see otherwise. That alone is a great reason to take the tour. What I enjoyed the most, however, was the value of information and incredible facts. With more than 140 years of history, you can be sure to learn lots of them. All this makes the Madison Square Garden All Access Tour worth joining, beyond a regular visit for a concert or game.
Our tour guide Justin was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He surely knew his way around the massive venue. His friendly personality truly added to our positive experience at the MSG. Whenever we had questions, he was happy to answer them (and he did have an answer to all of them!). Just so you know, you’ll have only one bathroom break a few minutes into the tour. Be sure to take advantage of it!
Just as at many major attractions, you get to take a photo before the tour. This one is completely free and will be sent to your email address right away. A great, free souvenir! It’s actually more than just a photo, it’s a quick animation.
It’s a kid-friendly and also wheelchair-friendly tour. Our particular group did not include anyone with limited mobility, so we also took a few stairs. However, there’s a way to get to most places in a wheelchair. MSG is equipped with large elevators.
All in all, we highly recommend taking the MSG tour, whether you are a sports enthusiast or not! You’ll learn so many interesting facts about one of New York’s most famous landmarks that’s always worth visiting. It may even inspire you to see a concert or watch a game here later in your trip. I personally noticed that even seats that are higher up aren’t so bad at all which is why I will consider coming here more often.
If you want to read more opinions of people who have taken the Madison Square Garden All Access Tour, you can find more reviews here.
Madison Square Garden events
Madison Square Garden only hosts world-class sports and entertainment events. To perform here once is the goal of any artist and a true career highlight. Yet, not everybody can fill an arena of this size. Madison Square Garden’s capacity exceeds 20,000.
Legends that have performed at the venue in the past include Billy Joel, Beyonce, Justin Bieber, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Prince, Elton John, Whitney Houston… – and the list goes on and on!
However, the venue is just as popular among artists as among attendees. Madison Square Garden tickets can sell out unbelievably fast. The record for selling all seats out the fastest is currently held by Justin Bieber in 2012. All it took was 30 seconds!
Madison Square Garden is also called “the mecca of basketball” as it’s home to the New York Knicks. It’s also home to one of New York’s ice hockey team, the Rangers. Therefore, you can be sure to see a home game at Madison Square Garden.
🏀 NY Knicks
🏒 NY Rangers
Where is Madison Square Garden?
Madison Square Garden is located in Midtown Manhattan at 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, between 7th and 8th Avenue and 31st and 33rd St. It’s located right by Penn Station giving you plenty of transfer options as it’s connected to lines ACE123.
How much is a tour of Madison Square Garden?
A ticket to join the guided Madison Square Garden All Access Tour costs $35. If you have a Go Explorer Pass, New York Pass or Sightseeing Pass, your admission will be free, as it’s included in your pass.
How many people can Madison Square Garden hold?
Madison Square Garden can accommodate up to 20,789 people.
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