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).


Map of Fort Snelling


Beginning May 2023, construction on Highway 55 on the Mendota Bridge will result in narrowed traffic lanes. However, travel to and from the fort should not be affected. This project will last through the fall. There will be further travel impacts in summer 2024. Visit MnDOT for more information. 


Take the exit toward “Bloomington Rd/For 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.


Daily parking fee is $6. MNHS Members receive a $2 discount during open site hours (discount validation available inside visitor center at info desk only).

Light rail train

The Metro Blue 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. 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.


Contact information for Historic Fort Snelling and neighboring organizations.