Why You Should Visit the Mall of America
The Mall of America, located just outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the suburb of Bloomington, is one of the foremost leaders in entertainment in the country. From roller coasters to shopping, the Mall has just about anything that a person would want to do on vacation, all confined in one massive building.
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Whether you have kids or you are just a kid at heart, you can enjoy the seven-acre amusement park that is Nickelodeon Universe. The park has five roller coasters in its confines, including the new Avatar Airbender, Back at the Barnyard Hayride, Fairly Odd Coaster, the Pepsi Orange Streak, and the SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge. There are also fair games and a Nickelodeon-themed restaurant on-site. If you’re tired after your jaunt, find a variety of hotel rooms at the Radisson Bloomington by Mall of America.
More Than 520 Shops
Yes, you read that correctly. There are currently more than 520 shops operating in the Mall of America, including more than 50 restaurants. If you’re shopping for clothes, then look no further as many popular, fashionable companies are here, including American Eagle, ECCO, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Fossil, and Forever 21. Also, there are many boutique or specialty item stores such as Yankee Candle Company or Things Remembered. Last, but not least, indulge in one of the many restaurants, each with authentic cuisine such as Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. or Dick’s Last Resort.
Location, Location, Location
Although the Mall of America is located in a suburb, it is actually quite close to the city of Minneapolis, and more importantly, to the airport. Also, because it’s in the Midwest, it is typically a shorter flight than going from coast-to-coast. You can find cheap flights to Minneapolis at Hipmunk.com. Plus, if you want to see the sights and sounds of the big city, Minneapolis is only a 15-minute drive from Bloomington.
Other Memorable Experiences
Aside from the aforementioned attractions, the Mall of America has plenty of other activities to occupy your time. Opened in 1996, the Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium features a 1.2-million gallon aquarium that features more than 10,000 sea creatures from all over the globe, including the largest shark collection in the world. Underneath the exhibit, there is a 300-foot glass tube that lets visitors experience the marine life from aspects that humans never normally see. In addition, a movie theater in the mall features the latest flicks. For kids, there is a Lego store that lets kids delve into their creative minds. For little girls, there’s a Barbie Dream Experience exhibit. For adults, there’s Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy that features national acts.
For your next vacation, take a look at the Mall of America, and create memories that your family can enjoy for a lifetime. If you’ve been to the Mall of America, please share your experiences and recommendations in the comments below.
Eric Schad is a writer and gigging musician who lives in St. Louis, Missouri. When he isn’t traveling the world, he loves eating and enjoying a nice cigar. He also is on a writing campaign for Hipmunk.com