Getting Around During General Conference
Photo credit Meet Minneapolis
Getting Around Minneapolis
Wherever you want to go in Minneapolis-St. Paul (the Twin Cities), there are many great transit options.
Full of great restaurants, hotels, shops, and theaters, downtown Minneapolis is just blocks from the Minneapolis Convention Center (1301 Second Ave. S).
Many downtown Minneapolis buildings are connected to the Convention Center by a skyway system. Walk from building to building without touching the streets or leaving the air conditioning. View a map of the Downtown Minneapolis skyway system.
Selection of walkable destinations (with distance from Convention Center):
Foshay Museum and Observation Deck (0.4 mi/0.6 km)
Loring Park (0.5 mi/0.8 km)
Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (0.7 mi/1.1 km)
Minneapolis Institute of Art (0.8 mi/1.3 km)
Target Field, home of the Twins baseball team (1.2 mi/1.9 km)
U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Vikings football team (1.2 mi/1.9 km)
Stone Arch Bridge (1.3 mi/2 km)
You don’t have to bring your bicycle to enjoy the Twin Cities by bike. Nice Ride is a non-profit bike sharing system. Both docked and dockless bikes are available for a $2 single ride (up to 30 minutes) or a $6 day pass. Dockless bikes can be unlocked through the Nice Ride app (iPhone app or Android app.)
Midtown Global Market (2.1 mi/3.4 km)
Chain of lakes (2.1 miles/3.4 km)
Weisman Art Museum (2.9 mi/4.7 km)
Midtown Greenway (5.5 mi/8.9 km bike/walk trail from Chain of Lakes to Mississippi River)
West River Parkway to Minnehaha Falls (7.7 mi/ 12.3 km along the Mississippi River to park and waterfall)
Buses and Light-Rail
If you’re already downtown and need to ride a few blocks, the fare is 50 cents in the “Downtown Zone.” Look for buses marked “Free Ride” and pay no fare when boarding along Nicollet Mall.
Metro Transit offers fast, frequent service to both Minneapolis and St. Paul downtowns, the Mall of America, and hundreds of other popular attractions. Dozens of bus lines connect all parts of the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs. The Metro Blue Line light-rail connects downtown Minneapolis with the airport and the Mall of America, and the Metro Green Line light-rail connects downtown Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota, and downtown St. Paul.
Lyft, Uber, and Taxi
Look around for signs stating parking restrictions
Check meter enforcement hours
Parking is easy to find at the Minneapolis Convention Center
Driving Rules and Reminders
Minnesota has a hands-free law for all mobile devices. You may not hold your phone in your hand while driving, even at stoplights. Also, a driver may not use their phone at any time for video calling, looking at video or photos, using non-navigation apps, reading texts, and scrolling or typing on the phone. The law allows a driver to use their cell phone to make calls, text, listen to music or podcasts, and get directions, but only by voice commands or single-touch activation without holding the phone. The first ticket is $50 plus court fees and the second and later tickets are $275 plus court fees.
Minneapolis is a cycling city. Before crossing over a bike lane, make sure there isn’t a cyclist in your path.
Nearly all the streets in downtown Minneapolis are one-way.
Unlike many other cities, cars are not allowed to drive down the city’s light rail tracks.
Credits: Header Image, Minneapolis Parks; Footer Image, Metro Transit