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    Balloon Inflation Viewing
    Frequently Asked Questions

    I want to see the balloon inflation before the Parade. When does that start?

    Join us for the Macy's Giant Balloon Inflation from 1pm to 8pm on the day before Thanksgiving (Wednesday, November 22nd) outside of the Museum of Natural History (between West 77th and West 81st Streets).

    Where is the entrance to the balloon inflation viewing areas?

    The entrance has moved! This year, the new entrance to the giant balloon inflation area will be at West 74th Street and Columbus Avenue.

    Will there be street closures?

    Central Park West will be closed from West 72nd Street to West 86th Street beginning 12pm Wednesday, November 22nd through 12pm Thursday, November 23rd.

    73rd Street through 85th Street will be closed from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue beginning 12pm Wednesday, November 22nd through 12pm Thursday, November 23rd.

    The 79th Street Transverse will be closed from 12pm Wednesday, November 22nd through 12pm Thursday, November 23rd.

    What are the closest subway stops?

    For arriving guests:

    • 72 St. station (at Central Park West) — B, C trains
    • 72 St. station (at Broadway) — 1, 2, 3 trains

    For exiting guests:
    • 81 St.-Museum of Natural History station (at Central Park West) — B, C trains
    • 79 St. station (at Broadway) — 1 train

    Volunteers can be found at the subway entrances on Central Park West at West 72nd Street and West 81st Street to help with directions.

    When I arrive, where do I go?

    Guests arriving from the West Side can cross Columbus Avenue south of West 77th Street to join the viewing line at West 74th Street and Columbus Avenue.

    Guest arriving from the East Side should utilize the 65th Street Transverse, then head northwest to join the viewing line at West 74th Street and Columbus Avenue.

    Once I join the viewing line, where do I go to see the giant balloons?

    Upon entering at West 74th Street and Columbus Avenue, volunteers will be located along the route to help guests find their way.

    Guests will view the balloons moving clockwise around the Museum from the north side of West 77th Street, then the south side of West 81st Street.

    Where do I go when I exit?

    Guests may exit via:

    • Subway entrance at West 81st Street and Central Park West (B, C trains)
    • 79th Street Transverse (entrance at West 81st Street and Central Park West)
    • 82nd Street heading west toward Columbus Avenue

    What should I bring?

    Weather can be unpredictable so dress in layers, wear comfy shoes and bring a poncho!

    What items are prohibited?

    For your safety, the following items are expressly prohibited: umbrellas, backpacks, large bags, alcoholic beverages, drones and e-cigarettes.

    No personal property can be left or abandoned at the entrance or checkpoints.