The Metro Green Line light rail train opened in June of 2014 with celebrations at stations along the line. While the celebration is over, a Green Line day trip can be a fun adventures. Find a schedule on Metro Transit’s website and purchase some All-Day Passes. Then hop a train and check out these stops along the way for a full day of family fun and exploration in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
Green Line Day Trip Stops
- Target Field Station • Target Field Station is, obviously, next to Target Field – home of the Twins. It is the Minneapolis end of the Green Line. If you are starting or ending here, you explore the public areas of Target Field and, if you have the time to explore, spend a little time in downtown Minneapolis.
- Nicollet Mall • This is close enough to Target Field that you may want to combine these stops. Check out our 10 Free Things To Do With Kids In Downtown Minneapolis in Summer for activities on Nicollet Mall.
- U.S. Bank Stadium • You could make this ride a stadium tour – in which case, this is your second stop. Visit the home of the Vikings.
- East Bank Station • Jump off here if you want to visit the Wesiman Art Museum.
- Stadium Village • Third stop if you are on a stadium tour. TCF Stadium, where the Gophers play.
- Prospect Park Station • Hop off at this stop to visit the Textile Center.
- University Avenue & Malcolm Avenue SE Stop • This is not a station, but it is the closest stop to Tower Hill Park, home of the Witch’s Hat Tower.
- Raymond Avenue Station • This is a good place to stop to eat. It’s about midway through the line. There are several coffee shops, bakeries and sandwich shops near this stop. You could also visit Twin Cities Reptiles – a pet store specializing in reptiles.
- Snelling Avenue Station • The biggest hike of the trip (and I think only worth it if you are hitting all the stadiums). This is the stop to visit the MLS Soccer Stadium, Allianz Field, but you can expect a 10 minute walk to get there.
- University Ave & Cleveland Ave • Hop off here if you are visiting the Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum.
- University Avenue & Malcolm Avenue SE Stop • Jump off here to visit Midway Peace Park. Newly built in 2020, this playground is worth the stop.
- Capitol / Rice Street Station • Visit the Minnesota State Capitol.
- 10th Street Station • This is a 5 minute walk to the Children’s Museum (a little long on a very cold day, but not too bad usually).
- Central Station • Is a great place to jump off and explore (although again, when it is cold, this corridor is very cold). Nearby landmarks include: The Science Museum, Minnesota Museum of American Art, The Landmark Center, St. Paul Central Library, Rice Park and the Ordway.
- Union Depot Station • Union Depot itself is worth visiting. Also, if you are doing the stadium tour, this last stop on the Metro Green Line is a 6 minute walk from CHS Field.