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The best State Fair parking options – your picks

Park smarter with the help of GoMN's readers.
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This story is part of our 2017 Minnesota State Fair Music, Food & Beer Guide.

We asked the GoMN Facebook audience where they park when attending the Minnesota State Fair.

See also: We asked for the best MN State Fair drinks – here's what you said

Aside from a couple folks who essentially responded, "No way I'm going," the 70-plus replies show it's totally possible to avoid parking nightmares at the fair. Here's a rundown of your options.

Park in someone's yard 

If you carry cash and don't mind parting with it, this option can be the most convenient way to get in and out.

This option probably makes the most sense if you show up early, do a long day at the fair, and want to head home in a hurry.

Ride a bike

Want to burn off some of the deep-fried eats on the way home? There are three bike lots at the fair that are completely free of charge. Also, motorcycles can park on Como Avenue near the International Institute for $8.

Uber/Lyft/Taxi

Why park when you can get dropped off? Actually, no one recommended this, so we will. It's definitely a viable option. Both Uber and Lyft are offering discounts for State Fair trips.

Bus

Why park when... well, you know. Public transportation: it's like an Uber for a lot of people going to the same place.

A lot of these options are $5 and have minimal stops. Find the bus details for your area here.

Park-and-Ride

There are dozens of options for free parking and free transit (and free headache avoidance) on your way to the Minnesota State Fair. It's a better bet to park earlier in the day because the lots often fill up.

Um, thanks a bunch, Kevin. Fortunately, the State Fair park-and-ride options near you are all listed here.

Check out the rest of the conversation and weigh in right here.

This story is part of our 2017 Minnesota State Fair Music, Food & Beer Guide.

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