I've had the chance to visit Target Field six times this summer and I'd like to pass along what I've learned in hopes of helping other visitors.
Getting there by Car
Major routes into Downtown Minneapolis:
- From Interstate 94 Westbound, take the 5th Street exit.
- From Hiawatha/55, use the 3rd Street exit.
- From Interstate 94 Eastbound, follow the signs [more info to follow]
Getting there by Light Rail
Light rail train service runs along the Hiawatha Corridor, which runs from the Mall of America to downtown Minneapolis (the ends of the line are MOA and Target Field). Most people who use this service park at the Fort Snelling park and ride lot. The Mall of America does not have an official park and ride area, but I know some people still park there before catching the train.
Parking in Ramp B is $15 in 2010. I'm guessing that Ramps A and C are the same price, although I haven't parked there. There is cheaper parking at privately owned lots and local businesses that are a bit further from the park. As mentioned in the Chaser Guide on this site, sometimes on-street parking is available for free, but read the signs carefully -- I've had at least one friend who was towed while inside the stadium.
Best Foods I've Found at Target Field:
- Vincent Burger: "Vincent’s burger is made with Angus beer and stuffed with braised short rib and smoked gouda cheese." It's not cheap at $12.00, but it *is* good.
- Kramarczuk's Polish Sausage: When you get a whiff of the grilled sausage and onions as you walk by, you'll find it hard to resist. $6.50 buys you a supremely good sausage (they also serve bratwurst) topped with onions or sauerkraut.
Routes out of town after the ballgame:
- Taking 3rd Street will take you to Interstate 94 Westbound
- Taking 6th Street will take you to Interstate 94 Eastbound (toward St. Paul)
- Taking 8th Street will lead you to Highway 55/Hiawatha Avenue
- Taking 4th Avenue will take you to Interstate 35W Southbound