Minneapolis Skyway Walking Tour: Explore Unique Architecture
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Discover the unique architecture of Minneapolis on a walking tour of the city's expansive skyway system. Explore 80 city blocks and over 9 miles of interconnected walkways, offering a year-round way to experience the city's treasures and escape the elements.
Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Foshay Tower - We’ll ascend into the second-story walkway from inside the Foshay Tower to begin the tour. We’ll walk through original department stores, new department stores, old banks turned modern restaurants, the widest skyway, the shortest skyway, the double skyway, buildings showcasing impressive collections of public art, sports venues - home to the Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx, as well as some of the most historical buildings still standing, with memorabilia on display, in the skyway, of course. We’ll return to the Foshay Tower where you can take advantage of the opportunity to check out the city from the 31st floor of the only outdoor observation deck in the city!
What's Included
  • Enjoy a 2.5-hour skyway walking tour.
  • Includes a light rail ticket.
Additional Information

Minneapolis boasts the largest unbroken skyway network in the world! It was first developed to offset the suburban expansion in the 1950s by injecting new life into the city’s retail center. Nowadays, these elevated walkways link 80 blocks across the city and stretch over 9 spectacular miles. They offer a comfortable and unique perspective to explore the city during any season – be it chilly times, heatwaves, rainy periods or even the particularly grueling Minnesota winter – practically all year round! Numerous hidden gems can be discovered within the distinctive architectural panorama of downtown, and often, the skyways provide the only access to these delights. Such an integral part of our urban fabric, the skyways have even inspired a song, fittingly called Skyway, by the Replacements.

W Minneapolis - The Foshay
South Marquette Avenue
We will meet at the big "W" in the W Hotel lobby in the Foshay Tower.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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(15 Ratings)
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May 14, 2024
First experience - Good experience tour guide and able to provide a very clear informations. Useful tips provided for first visitor like myself.
Review provided by Viator
Apr 20, 2024
Skyway Tour w/Jessica - Jessica was great!! Super knowledgeable and fun. Very informative (and warm on a cold April day) Don’t miss Cardigan Donuts!
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Mar 30, 2024
Spring break skyways - Jessica was a fantastic tour guide and the skyways were very cool to experience and learn more about the history. Lots of unique foodie places and shops along the way, though it looks like even more to come back. My daughter and I had a great time! We would never have thought you could see so much of Minneapolis via skyways.
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Nov 29, 2023
Great overview of downtown Minneapolis! - The tour gives a tremendous overview of downtown, the history of the skyway, various buildings, and other fun facts along the way, such as filming locations of TV shows. Jessica is extremely knowledgeable in all areas of the tour and is a fantastic guide. I strongly recommend!
Review provided by Viator
Sep 6, 2023
Perfect! - Jessica did a great job. We enjoyed the historic info and the public art was an unexpected bonus. She knows her stuff and the tour was perfectly paced.
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Aug 11, 2023
Skyways with Jessica - We thought it would be more interesting to see the city’s skyways with a guide who could show us points of particular interest as well as talk about the city’s history, and Jessica did an excellent job with both. She was also great with communications prior to the tour.
Review provided by Viator
May 27, 2023
Wonderful Tour and Tour Guide - The most memorable part of our tour was our tour guide, Jessica. She was very knowledgeable and answered any questions we had. She gave us history of the Skywalk and the city. She is very personable and down to earth. We would definitely recommend to anyone who is curious about Minneapolis.
Review provided by Viator
Apr 25, 2023
New to MPLS - The guide was excellent and knowledgeable. We have a much better understanding of the skyway system and enjoyed learning about its history. Jessica introduced us to the art and architecture in the system, the light rail system, and Target stadium. We enjoyed it very much and got in a walk, too.
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Feb 6, 2023
Best Tour Above the Streets - This was such a GREAT tour of downtown Minneapolis on one of the coldest days of this winter. History, architecture, art and so much more. Jessica was such a delight and full of information. My husband and I have recently moved to Mpls from Los Angeles so thoroughly enjoyed learning about our new city in the comforts of the skyway system. We cannot wait to explore more on our own and visit some of the many restaurants. Whether you're a visitor, a new transplant or a native, I encourage you to take this tour--one of the finest!
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Oct 29, 2022
Incredible walk in downtown much better than touring in the streets - Great tour. This skyway labyrinth brings you everywhere in downtown and you see architecture plazas piece of history that you’ll never see outside A much better walk than any outside in the streets
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up to 4 guests
July 2024