Minnesota Attractions

The Minnesota Skyway

Minneapolis Skyway system connects downtown buildings for shelter during harsh weather

Minnesota skyways Minnesota skyways Minneapolis Skyway system connects more than 50 downtown building blocks and itís now possible to walk for miles without being exposed to the harsh cold or hot weather during the winters and summers respectively.

The first Skyway system in the Minneapolis was built in 1962 and is located on the Seventh Street intersection between Second and Marquette. It was the only skyway then and it was a revolutionary idea although it may now seem normal due to the many skyways built since then. All the skyways are surrounded by glass and are air-conditioned/heated throughout the year.

The public loves the skyways and have contributed to the continued commercial success of the city. However, there are some downsides too. Pedestrians have largely moved up from street level to second floor contributing to the decline of the street life. And since there are so many various skyways it can be a bit confusing to navigate through its maze.

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.

Attractions and Amenities on Minneapolis' Skyway System

So next time you are visiting the Minneapolis area check out the massive skyway system. You will actually even find vendors and coffee shops in some of them, so enjoy all the amenities.



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