Mall of America®
From the mysterious sharks at SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium to the dozens of thrill rides at Nickelodeon Universe®, Bloomington's Mall of America® is so much more than a shopping center. Let your kids' imaginations run wild in the LEGO® play area, then browse more than 520 stores as you hunt for your favorite brands. Wondering whether to buy that perfect outfit you found? Go for it—all clothing sales at Mall of America are tax-free!
Shop every store
From gadgets and runway fashion to sporting goods and Disney® merchandise, everything you're looking for is at Mall of America. Whether you're searching for designer shoes or a refreshing smoothie, you'll find it as you wander the mall's 4.3 miles of storefronts. Take a break from shopping to enjoy a quick bite or sit down to a relaxing dinner at one of the dozens of restaurants found in and around the mall. You can find anything from hot dogs to steak dinners.
Fun and games
After a day of shopping, take the kids to Nickelodeon Universe, where they can spin, loop, and fly their way through 27 rides after meeting favorite characters like SpongeBob Square Pants. Spend an afternoon under the sea at SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, home to a 300-foot ocean tunnel filled with sharks, jellyfish, and other underwater wonders. Try out your creative side at Crayola Experience, or get fantastic views of scenic US landmarks at FlyOver America. At American Girl® kids can have a meal or tea with a special seat at the table for their American Girl doll. There's even a hair salon for dolls to get pampered.
The mall regularly hosts events, so whether you're looking for a concert, group exercise class, book club, dance competition, or fashion expo, you'll find something exciting here. In the winter you can ice skate outside the mall's entrance. There are also regular toddler events on Tuesdays to keep the little ones entertained.
Mall of America offers what they call Signature Experiences—fun adventures that let you gain some in-depth knowledge. In Dick's Last Resort Scavenger Hunt, you compete against other teams to race around the mall solving riddles. The Nickelodeon Universe Physics Program is both fun and educational: you get to ride thrill rides and then learn all about how they work. You can take cooking or cocktail classes at Vom Fass, or even participate in tastings. Finally, you can take a behind-the-scenes tour at SEA LIFE to learn more about the animals and see the lab firsthand.