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Mall of America®: North America's Largest Shopping and Entertainment Center

By: Amy Nance

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Get way more than you bargained for at this can’t-miss USA experience.

Just a stone’s throw (or Light Rail Train ride) from the Midwest’s Twin Cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul, with their abundant lakes, rich historical attractions and cultural offerings, you’ll find Mall of America in Bloomington. The USA’s most famous shopping mall also boasts its largest indoor amusement park, other leading attractions, two on-site hotels and a mouth-watering culinary scene.

World-class Shopping

It’s not just that Mall of America’s 520-plus stores offer everything from major-designer labels to the latest in tech products, or that there’s no sales tax on the clothing or shoes they sell. It's not even that you can shop all of them under one roof in a beautiful indoor setting with a knowledgeable sales staff and virtual concierge ready to help. It’s that Mall of America adds more than 25 new stores every year, meaning no two visits are alike, and fresh products are always on the shelves. You can also expect big savings: On any given day, at least 100 stores offer sales or promotions.

Enjoying the excitement of Mall of America's more than 520 stores

Enjoying the excitement of Mall of America's more than 520 stores
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Top-notch Entertainment

Come for the Apple, Microsoft and Zara stores (and literally hundreds more), but stay for the theme-park level attractions. A truly one-of-a-kind experience, Mall of America is packed with family-friendly activities and amusements. Spend hours in Nickelodeon Universe®, a gigantic, three-hectare indoor park featuring 30 rides. Then, visit the SEA LIFE® Minnesota Aquarium, tackle a ropes climbing course or ride the longest indoor zip line in North America. Unwind from all that shopping with a show, miniature golf or SMAAASH go-karting and gaming. Don’t miss the LEGO Store, American Girl®, Crayola Experience, and Build-a-Bear stores. End your visit on a high note with a stop at FlyOver America, an unforgettable flight simulation experience.

Thrilling rides for the whole family at Nickelodeon Universe

Thrilling rides for the whole family at Nickelodeon Universe
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Restaurants Galore

Just as impressive as the shopping and entertainment is the culinary scene, which includes everything from luxury restaurants to family-friendly eateries. Among the more than 50 dining options to choose from, you’ll discover something to suit even the most discerning palate, whether you want burgers and music at Hard Rock Cafe, farm-to-table fare at Cedar + Stone, Urban Table, or locally-caught walleye fish at upscale Twin City Grill. Unwind at a bar, lounge or comedy club, or toast your shopping success with a glass of wine at Crave.

Drinks and appetizers at Mall of America's FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar

Drinks and appetizers at Mall of America's FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar
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Easy and Elegant Accommodations

Stay at Radisson Blu or JW Marriott, both connected to Mall of America and offering all the post-shopping amenities you could ever want close at hand, including courtesy guest package pick-up and room delivery as well as a full spa. There are also 50 hotels within 10 minutes of both Mall of America and its neighbor, the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP), most offering shuttle service to and from MOA.

A look at the JW Marriott hotel from outside the North Entrance of Mall of America

A look at the JW Marriott hotel from outside the North Entrance of Mall of America
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Getting There

Major international airport Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) is less than 10 minutes by car from Mall of America, which is located in Bloomington, Minnesota. Light Rail Service also connects the two, and a variety of free shuttles operate between area hotels, Mall of America and MSP. Accessible public transportation means you don’t have to rent a car here, whether you want to be ferried between the airport, mall and hotels or to venture into the Twin Cities themselves. For those visiting with their own transportation, multiple valet parking services are located at the majority of main entrances. Official Uber drop-off and pick-up locations can also be found as a convenient on-demand rider option.

Arriving in style at one of Mall of America's several valet areas

Arriving in style at one of Mall of America's several valet areas
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