State Fair traffic: Getting to and from the fairgrounds

Updated: August 23, 2019 05:48 AM

The Minnesota State Fair gates open Thursday and as past visitors know, driving to the fair and finding parking can pose challenges.

KSTP Traffic Reporter Josie Smith said parking, especially the first couple days of the fair, can be challenging. 

Smith said park and ride options are the best bet for those wanting to visit the fair. Smith said 32 park and ride options are available and all are free.

This year, three express park and ride locations are closed for construction activity, however, three new locations are open to make up for that loss of parking. The three that are closed are the Fridley Transit parking lot, the Knox Avenue area in Richfield and the Marcus Oakdale Cinema location.

The three opening instead are in Roseville east of Interstate 35W, at Allianz Field off of Snelling Avenue in St. Paul, and at Grace Lutheran Church on Old Hudson Road in St. Paul.

Several State Fair Express Park & Ride locations unavailable this year

Those interested in checking the status of how full the park and ride they plan to visit can do so via updates on the Minnesota State Fair's Twitter page.

Smith also suggested using a ride share service like Lyft or Uber or taking a taxi. Bicyclists can also use three free bike corrals at the fair.

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Rebecca Omastiak

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