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10 Reasons to Explore MSP Airport

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Delta airplane on tarmak at MSP Airport / Emmanuel Canaan

10 Reasons to Explore MSP Airport

By Erica Wacker

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is considered among the best in the country, winning the title of "Best Airport in North America" for three years running. Before you jet off to your final destination, take some time to discover these 10 highlights.

  1. Top-Notch Dining
    Mimosa MSP Airport

    Mimosa MSP Airport

    Top-Notch Dining

    Minnesota's thriving local food scene greets visitors as soon as they touch down at MSP, where many of Minneapolis-St. Paul’s best chefs and restaurateurs have opened up shop. Satisfy your inner foodie with options like coal-fired pizza at Black Sheep, fresh sushi at PinKU, local craft beer from Stone Arch or a Tattersall craft cocktail from the Cocktail Room at 18th & Central.

  2. One-of-a-Kind Shops
    One-of-a-Kind Shops

    If you’re looking for souvenirs, postcards and T-shirts are far from your only options. Take home locally made leather goods and jewelry from Uptown Minnesota, outfit your outdoor adventures at Adventure North, and pay homage to Minnesota's most beloved star at the Prince store, where you can also pick up tickets to Paisley Park.

  3. The Walking Path
    The Walking Path

    MSP has an official 1.4-mile walking path in Terminal 1, sponsored by the American Heart Association. It’s a healthy way to pass the time on a layover or to walk off some of that gourmet airport fare.

  1. Friendly Faces
    Friendly Faces

    One of the reasons MSP is considered the best on the continent is its customer service. The airport employs 21,000 "Minnesota Nice" employees, plus hundreds of volunteers who donate their time to assist travelers. The airport also has popular animal ambassadors, including 96 dogs and one cat named Stitches.

  2. Kid-Friendly Fun
    Kid-Friendly Fun

    Two aviation-inspired play areas (one in each terminal) will keep the little ones occupied while you wait for your flight, as will the delicious treats at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. There's also private and plush nursing rooms for families traveling with babies or moms who need a quiet place to pump, located in both terminals.

  3. Colorful Works of Art
    Colorful Works of Art

    The Twin Cities’ reputation as a hub for arts is reflected throughout MSP. Multiple mosaics decorate both concourses, the airport hosts an annual employee art show and contest, and a trio of Snoopy statues makes for a fun scavenger hunt.

  1. On-Site Pampering
    On-Site Pampering

    Pop into locally founded Aveda to sample some products, get a pre-flight adjustment at The Chiroport, or sit back and enjoy a premium shoe shine. You can even get a full mani/pedi, hair styling and facial treatments at XpresSpa; no appointment necessary.

  2. Luxe Lodging
    Luxe Lodging

    Sleep in before your return flight and stay on-site at the InterContinental Hotel. The 12-story hotel features a spa, two signature restaurants, a penthouse cocktail bar and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

  3. The Public Piano
    The Public Piano

    The piano on the baggage claim level in Terminal 1 is not just for show. Anyone is invited to play it; you may even be entertained by a professional musician or child prodigy while waiting for your luggage.

  4. Light Rail Access
    Customers board the Metro Green Line lightrail

    The Green Line light rail connects both downtowns, Mall of America & MSP Airport / Courtesy Metro Transit and Meet Minneapolis

    Light Rail Access

    The light rail stops at both terminals and connects to 17 locations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, including downtown Minneapolis and Mall of America in Bloomington. Trains run 24 hours a day and are as frequent as every 10 minutes during peak times.

Erica Wacker

Erica Wacker is a Midwesterner through and through, growing up in Illinois, going to college in Wisconsin, and settling down in Minnesota. She loves to run, travel with her family, and go to concerts to relive her youth.