The Target Center is in downtown Minneapolis, in the established Warehouse arts and entertainment district, and parking can be a hassle. Add in the fact that the Minnesota Twins' ballpark, Target Field, is located almost right next door, there are times where competition for parking spaces will be intense.
Not to worry, though: there are thousands of parking spots close by the Target Center -- you just need to know where to look.
Here's the insider scoop on the best place to park in the area, whether you're going to see a show, event, concert or Minnesota Timberwolves basketball game.
Parking Ramps for the Target Center
Four large parking ramps, the City of Minneapolis' A, B, C, and Hawthorne municipal parking ramps, are the closest parking for the Target Center, are connected to the Target Center by skyway, and have 7,000 spaces between them. Parking fees vary.
Several more municipal and private parking ramps are a short walk away, many connected most of the way to the Target Center by the skyway system. Here's a map of the private and municipal parking ramps close to the Target Center.
Parking Lots and Surface Parking for the Target Center
There are currently several surface parking lots in the Warehouse District, many along Washington Avenue and First Avenue, who will be happy to charge you event rate parking.
Metrodome surface parking lots are available for use, and the Light Rail connects the Metrodome to the Target Center, two blocks from the Warehouse District/Hennepin Avenue station.
The fare for riding through downtown Minneapolis is only 50 cents in the downtown zone.
Meter Parking at the Target Center
Meters in the blocks near the Target Center have an eight hour time limit. Bring quarters, dollars or a Minneapolis Parking Card. Parking will cost $4 for eight hours. Watch out for meters further away, as they still have the regular two hour limit for parking.
Street Parking for the Target Center
If you are looking for free street parking for the Target Center , you can find it, but expect to walk around a mile, or a little more, to the ball park. The neighborhoods to the west of the Target Center, around the Olsen Memorial highway, have the closest free street parking but are also a higher-crime neighborhood.
Alternatives are parking in the industrial neighborhoods between I-94 and the Mississippi River, but probably the best place to look for free street parking is on the other side of the river, in the quieter St. Anthony West neighborhood of Northeast Minneapolis.
Consider bringing your bikes -- park, then bike from your car, as there are plenty of bike racks nearby the Target Center.
Alternatives to Parking at the Target Center - Riding the Bus and Train
The Light Rail serves the Target Center, and the nearest station is the Warehouse District/Hennepin Avenue station, two blocks away. There are large, free, park and ride lots at the 28th Avenue station and the Fort Snelling station in south Minneapolis. Several Metro Transit bus routes serve the Target Center too. You can figure out your route to the Target Center at MetroTransit.org.