MSP hacks for parents

July and August are the busiest months of the year at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the heaviest due to business commuters.

Here are some amenities that might ease your pain: 

Quick Ride Ramp: Located a mile from Terminal 1 off Highway 5 at the Post Road exit, this ramp offers parking for $14 a day, compared to $24 a day for general parking a Terminal 1 (Lindbergh). Free shuttles run 24/7, offering five-minute rides to (or from) Terminal 1.

Lactation/nursing spaces: Mothers can find refuge in lactation rooms near Gate F2 and near Gate C13 and in two nursing rooms — one near the entrance to Concourse E and another on Concourse C. Terminal 2 (Humphrey) is adding a lactation room this fall.

Play areas: Let the kids explore a mock airplane and air traffic control tower with slides — at Concourse C at Terminal 1 and at Gate H6 at Terminal 2. 

Airport Aircraft Viewing Area: Located in the heart of MSP’s airfield, this mini park, open from dawn to dusk, provides spectacular views of takeoffs and landings from multiple runways. Newly opened in 2015, the space features parking, picnic tables, benches and newly planted trees. Get directions at

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