Quirky Attraction: Minneapolis Skyway

minneapolis skyway

Minneapolis Skyway
Location
: Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota
When to visit: Most skyway tunnels are open 6:30am-10pm Mon-Fri (shorter hours on weekends)
Cost: Free
Time needed: 30-60 minutes
Website: www.skywaymyway.com

Just as Houston has an underground tunnel system to help residents avoid the heat, Minneapolis has an above-ground skyway system to help residents avoid the cold.

The skyway connects the Convention Center, Target Center, Wells Fargo Center, City Hall, University of St. Thomas, and dozens of other prominent buildings and institutions as it covers 11 miles

You can connect to stores, offices, residential buildings, and pretty much everything else imaginable. If you really wanted to, you could spend several years inside here without ever going outside. That kinda sounds like a fun experiment, actually – like my Mall of America experiment times 1000.

minneapolis skyway map

Oddly, it can be a little difficult to find the skyway entrances. A few are obviously marked, but many are not. Just look for the tunnels in the sky, enter that building and head up to the second floor.

skyway tunnel

Here’s a link to the official Minneapolis government map of the skyway (PDF.) Here’s a slightly better map that shows exactly which tunnels are connected to which buildings. With the skyway, you can’t let the weather be an excuse for not going out and exploring Minneapolis.

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About Scott Shetler

Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

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