Directions and Transportation

Historic Fort Snelling is located at the junction of Minnesota Highways 5 and 55, one mile east of Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport (MSP).


Take the exit toward “Bloomington Rd/Fort Snelling Historic Site.” Follow the signs for “Fort Snelling Historic Site” to the historic site.

NOTE: Do not follow the signs for “Fort Snelling State Park,” which is a different destination than Historic Fort Snelling.


Free parking is available on-site during the open season. The main parking lot has limited accessibility during the winter months.


Metro Transit Route 7F serves Historic Fort Snelling from Minneapolis with drop-off at the turnaround closest to the fort (just past the turn-off to the chapel).

Light rail train

The Hiawatha Line Fort Snelling Station is located adjacent to the Bishop Whipple Federal Building parking lots. From the light rail station, it is a 15-20 minute walk to the historic fort.

CAUTION: Please note that when walking to the historic fort from the light rail station, you will need to traverse several areas without sidewalks. There are also blind corners and fast-moving traffic, particularly along Bloomington Road. Please exercise extreme caution when walking in this area.


The most popular way to bike to the site is via the Fort Snelling State Trail (PDF), which connects to the 53-mile long Grand Rounds Scenic Bikeway at Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis. The trailhead is located just south of Minnehaha Park, near E 54th St and MN Hwy 55 in Minneapolis.

Rental bikes are available at Nice Ride Minnesota kiosks and may be dropped off/rented at the Fort Snelling Visitor Center docking station. Map your Nice Ride.


Contact information for Historic Fort Snelling and neighboring organizations.