Stuck at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) in Minnesota? The airport is a hub for Northwest Airlines and is one of the busiest airports in the Midwest United States. The airport serves the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and is roughly 16 miles from downtown Minneapolis and 12 miles from St. Paul which makes both destinations accessible for those stuck on long Minnesota layovers. If you’re trying to determine if you can leave the airport during your Minneapolis layover, click here for useful tips.
If you’re stuck in the airport during your Minneapolis layover, there’s plenty to do. There’s a number of quick service restaurants, as well as full service restaurants. In addition, there are many shops including books and magazines, clothing, and gifts. The airport also offers video arcades, a barber and hair stylist in Concourse D, massage chairs, postal services in both terminal buildings, and a quiet seating area on the Mezzanine Level overlooking the Airport Mall. A conference center is available with a number of different rooms, listed here with price.
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Want to stretch your legs a bit during your layover? Check out the MSP Start! Walking Path, which is a 1.4 mile walking path located in Terminal 1-Lindbergh.
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are many hotels nearby the airport. The Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Mall of America hotel is located three miles from the airport in the suburb of Bloomington. For a comprehensive list of hotels in Bloomington, click here. And for a list of hotels in Minneapolis, click here, and in St. Paul, click here.
If you’re looking to drop off your bags, storage lockers are available in Terminal 1-Lindbergh. The locker dimensions are roughly 23″ tall by 15″ wide by 35″ deep and can accommodate carry-on-sized luggage. Locker rental costs: $4 for first 4 hours; $8 per day.
If you’re planning on leaving the airport during your Minneapolis layover, there are a number of transportation options. Taxi, limousine, van and shuttle services, and car rental companies all operate at MSP. Public transportation is also available, including the Light Rail Transit and public bus service.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do In Minneapolis:
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
A free, nonprofit museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts features art from around the world. With an assortment of exhibitions and collections, here you can find something that suites everyone’s interests.
The Foshay Tower is a great place to see a scenic panoramic view of Minneapolis. At 447 feet high, with 32 floors, it is the tallest concrete skyscraper second to the Empire State Building. The Forshay Tower offers a museum and observation deck open to the public.
Walker Art Center
Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center features the famed Minneapolis Sculpture Garden including its centerpiece, the Spoonbridge and Cherry. There is also contemporary visual and performing arts exhibits and programs here.
A great place to stretch your legs in between flights, check out Lake Harriet, where you’ll find 67 acres where you can stroll along the water. You can also bike, rent a boat or enjoy a night concert in the summer.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do In Saint Paul:
Minnesota Children’s Museum
The Minnesota Children’s Museum is a great place to take the kids during your Minneapolis layover. The hands on, interactive enhibits will not only teach your kids but also entertain them.
Cathedral of St. Paul
One of the most recognizable landmarks in St. Paul, the Cathedral of St. Paul is a Roman Catholic cathedral and was designated as the National Shrine of theApostle Paul by the Vatican and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops on March 25, 2009.
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
The Como Park Zoo & Conservatory in St. Paul offers a lot for visitors including animals (most notably, polar bears and sea lions), as well as mini golf, carousel, exotic gardens and plants, food, and art. There’s plenty to do, depending on what interests you most.
Science Museum of Minnesota
The Science Museum of Minnesota offers a number of exhibits including the Dead Sea Scrolls, as well as collections having to do with anthropology, biology and paleontology.
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