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Skyway in Downtown Minneapolis

Skyway in Downtown Minneapolis

Clara James
Minneapolis skyways make downtown Minneapolis much more livable in the Winter.

Both downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul both have a skyway network linking together buildings and attractions.

Minneapolis' Skyway system links 69 city blocks.

When it's freezing cold, or horribly humid and hot, the Minneapolis skyways are a climate-controlled haven. Yes, people from other cities think we are like hamsters in a exercise run. But it's bliss to leave your coat at the office in winter or not worry about sunburn in the summer.

Minneapolis has 8 miles of skyways - the largest system in the world.

Getting into Minneapolis Skyways

The glass skyway tunnels are obvious. Getting into them can be less so. A couple of buildings have "Skyway Connection" marked on their doors, but most assume you just know the way in.

Actually it's quite easy to get in. Usually, going into any building with tunnels going in and out on the second floor, and the way to the skyway is marked or you'll be able to see the way. If it's rush hour or lunchtime, just follow the crowds!

Navigation in Minneapolis Skyways

Navigating the skyway system can be tricky. Most look very similar and there's only a few signs, and fewer maps. It's also easy to get disorientated in Minneapolis' skyways, since most office buildings and most tunnels look the same. Add distracting shopping malls and attractions and it's easy to get lost if you are not familiar with the system. A map is an essential piece of equipment.

Minneapolis Skyway Maps

If you are in Minneapolis and forget your map, the free magazine Downtown Guide is widely distributed in magazine racks in Minnepolis skyways, and has a skyway map printed in the back.

When are the Minneapolis Skyways Open?

The opening hours of the skyways in Minneapolis are controlled by the buildings they link.

Minneapolis' skyways are not open 24 hours. Most open from early morning until late at night. The skyways are open fewer hours on Sunday, usually closing in the early evening.

Building and Attractions Linked by Minneapolis Skyway

Now you know all about using the skyway. Where are you going to go?

Attractions and Amenities on Minneapolis' Skyway System
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