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Walking Minneapolis Downtown & Skyways Private Tour (2 hrs)

  • E-Ticket
  • Private Tour
  • Live Guide
  • 2 hr

This private walking tour will reveal what it is like to live, work and play in downtown Minneapolis today. Best experienced during the middle of a weekday work day, you'll see why the climate-controlled Minneapolis skyways are so popular and understand how downtown is exponentially growing with new residents and workers. You'll spot hurried workers on their way to their next meeting, leisurely lunch patrons, shopkeepers and troupes of kids on an outing with their day-care providers. You'll see a wide range of noted architecture styles, have a chance to pickup travel info and souvenirs, and, luckily, have time to stop for some fresh caramel corn, chocolates or snacks at a beloved candy counter (purchased on own). "5 out of 5 stars! Personable...knowledgeable..." Thalia S., Georgia USA "Amazing experience! Douglas' passion means return soon!" Ana M., Brazil "Informative and fun! Douglas is a walking Wikipedia and a great photographer for group shots." David S., Florida USA

Itinerary Details

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: IDS Crystal Court

We'll meet near the waterfall fountain in the Crystal Court atrium of the IDS Center in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. From here, we'll walk the bustling skyways and lively streets to experience this vibrant metropolis.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Minneapolis Skyway System

The famous Minneapolis skyways, the world's largest network of elevated, climate-controlled concourses and gathering spaces, is similar to an 11-mile-long shopping mall with connected residences and office towers. Best experienced during weekday working hours (generally Monday-Friday, 8 am to 5 pm), these popular and unique pedestrian bridges offer services, food and recreation to thousands of downtown residents, workers and visitors. Sometimes confusing, we'll navigate part of the skyway labyrinth so you can "be a local" and experience Minneapolis downtown life. (Food & beverage purchases on own, if any.)

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Nicollet Mall

We'll traverse the outdoor pedestrian transit plaza of Nicollet Mall from the dynamic Central Library to the the modernist Peavey Plaza. You'll see the popular Mary Tyler Moore statue, art deco splendors of historic buildings, a flagship Target store and more. Along the way, you'll hear anecdotes about Minnesota culture as well as life in the city.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Minneapolis Visitors Information

So you can browse the visitor information and fun souvenirs at the Meet Minneapolis store on Nicollet Mall , we'll stop by for a quick look. Feel free to pickup brochures or info about area attractions, or select a t-shirt for the family back home. (Subject to opening hours. Purchases on own, if any.)

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Peavey Plaza

Next, you'll explore the cascading waterfalls, grassy lawn and reflective wading pool of Peavey Plaza, an astonishing oasis of modernist architecture that anchors one end of Nicollet Mall. Barefoot wading encouraged! (Available in-season only.)

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Candyland

Luckily, we'll have time for a quick snack of fresh caramel corn or chocolates from world-famous Candyland (purchased on own).

Duration: 5 minutes