It’s true- the winters in Minnesota are brutal. Luckily there is a solution and it’s right above your head – the Skyway System!
The Minneapolis skyway system is the longest continuous skyway system in the world! It links 69 blocks and over 7 miles of downtown space. This allows you to work, eat, shop and live – without ever leaving the comfort and warmth of the good ole’ indoors!
Saint Paul’s system is much the same, though on a smaller scale, as its downtown is smaller
Neither skyway is open 24/7, though you probably won’t need to use the skyway during the hours it’s closed. St. Paul’s skyways are open from 6 AM to 2 AM every day and Minneapolis is very similar
If you want to experience the skyway at it’s best, go during the week, between 10 AM and 4:30 PM.
The skyways mostly have been marked, but they are still one big maze. Your initial foray into the skyways may be a bit of a challenge. If you see a skyway above, most doors at street level will have some way to get to it- just enter and find your way to the second floor. My recommendation is to print out a map before leaving. Don’t be afraid to ask for help- we’ve all gotten lost a few (hundred) times!
A great new, user friendly map of the Minneapolis system is here.
Here’s the one for the Saint Paul Skyway System.
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