The largest city in Minnesota (and home to the Mall of America), Minneapolis is a major draw for tourists from around the world. Rich in water and creative arts, Minnesota has more than twenty lakes spread across the state and is the third-largest theater market in the United States. One thing about Minneapolis that is often overlooked, however, is its accessibility. From shuttles and bus service to light rails and taxis, the city is easy to navigate for the young and old or for those who may be physically challenged.
Here is a short guide to Minneapolis for those using a wheelchair to get around courtesy of AbilityTrip:
Taxi – Airport Taxi serves the Twin Cities region and has wheelchair accessible vans in their fleet.
Shuttle – SuperShuttle offers wheelchair accessible transportation to the MSP International Airport and services can be booked by phone or online.
Bus – Every MetroTransit bus is equipped with a wheelchair lift and drivers have been trained to assist customers in securing their wheelchair according to AbilityTrip.
Light Rail – The MetroTransit Hiawatha Line serves a total of 17 stations between the Mall of America and downtown Minneapolis. All trains and stations feature step free boarding and fully accessible platforms.
Mall of America – Featuring over 500 stores, the Mall of America is wheelchair accessible.
Minnesota State Capital – Offers free, handicapped accessible tours year round.
Guthrie Theater – All theaters offer accessible seating and the bars and restaurants located inside the Guthrie building can be accessed by elevator.
Cathedral of St. Paul – Wheelchair users can access the church, built in the early 1900’s, through the doors on the left side of the building where a ramp is located.
Live in the Minneapolis area and need some help getting in and around your home? Next Day Access can help! Launched in 2011, Next Day Access offers safe and professional accessibility solutions for individuals with physical challenges and their care providers.
Using a “Whole Home-Whole Life” approach, Next Day Access provides a wide selection of products for rent or sale to ensure their customers’ homes are both comfortable and accessible. From wheelchair ramps to lifts, Next Day Access has the product to fit your accessibility needs. Additionally, Next Day Access is committed to meeting their customers’ needs quickly and conveniently and will arrange the delivery and installation of any piece of equipment.