"Minneapolis is one of the most accessible cities you will ever find." — Richard F. Jost, executive director of the Minnesota Paralyzed Veterans of America
Minneapolis is a leader in its commitment to accessible public space. The city instituted a pedestrian ramping program for its streets decades before the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) took effect. Additionally:
- All of the city's downtown parks are accessible.
- Miles of waterfront, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and regional parks (including Minnehaha Falls) are accessible.
- More than seven miles of the skyway are accessible.
- Many of our attractions are accessible. Check out this guide to accessible spots in the metro area from Pediatric Home Service.
The Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, voted "Best Airport in America" by Travel + Leisure Magazine, is accessible to people with disabilities and offers an array of services for those travelers. They even house Scootaround, a mobility repair station and the first of its kind in the country. Travelers can get quick repairs to their wheelchairs, powerchairs and scooters. View the MSP Airport's accessibility page for more information.
There are many transportation options in Minneapolis for travelers with disabilities:
Paratransit transportation — Metro Mobility offers door-to-door public transportation system for persons with disabilities. Call 651-602-1111 (TTY 651-221-9886) for more information.
Van rental — Cummings Mobility provides rentals of wheelchair- and scooter-accessible vans. For more information call 651-633-7887.
Shuttle and taxi service —
- Airport Taxi, 952.928.0000
- Super Shuttle, 1.800.BLUEVAN or 612.827.7777
Minneapolis Convention Center
The 2002 expansion brought the entire Minneapolis Convention Center up to current ADA standards. In fact, the building received the Minnesota Access Achievement Award, presented by the Minnesota Society of Architects, for its attention to access:
- All entrances in the front of the MCC have at least one set of power-assisted doors.
- There are 3 unisex single-wheelchair restrooms.
- Wheelchair seating and sound enhancement tools are available in the auditorium.
- From the skyway, people can reach the first level of the MCC via accessible elevators and escalators.
- Wheelchairs can negotiate walkways that are carpeted (no padding) with a depth of less than one half-inch of closely woven pile. In uncarpeted areas, the flooring is terrazzo tile.
- The marshalling yard in the rear of the MCC may be used for raised van parking.
Hotels, Dining and Attractions
The Minnesota Travel Guide for Persons with Disabilities has compiled a list of profiles—including information on parking, entrances, restrooms and more—for lodging, dining and entertainment locations. Also be sure to check out Pediatric Home Service's guide to accessible destinations within the metro area.