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The Ultimate Guide to Visiting the Mall of America


The Ultimate Guide to Visiting the Mall of America

As one of the most visited tourist attractions in Minnesota, the Mall of America is a thrilling place to spend the day. Whether you’re looking to pick up holiday presents, or simply see what makes this mall so famous, there are activities for everybody to enjoy for kids from 1 to 92. 

What Makes the Mall of America Unique?

The first thing to know about this tourist attraction: it’s not just a mall. Beyond the shops, there are tons of activities to partake in throughout your time there. Whether you’re bringing your little ones, planning a romantic day, or hanging out with friends, there is plenty to do beyond simply shopping! 

 Can’t-Miss Experiences at the Mall of America

  • Spend an Afternoon at SEA LIFE. With over 10,000 sea creatures, this spot is an ideal time to take a break from the hustle and bustle to connect with nature or educate your little ones about marine life. 

The most magical element: The Octopus Garden!

  • Ride Nickelodeon Universe. Believe it or not, roller coasters abound smack dab in the middle of the Mall of America with more than 7 action-packed acres containing 27 unique attractions. There are rides for all to enjoy, including the country’s longest indoor zip line: Bubble Guppies Guppy Bubbler.

    Fun fact: this is America’s very first indoor theme park, but certainly not its only.

  • Escape The Escape Game. While being trapped in a room might not sound like your idea of a good time, trust us when we say it’s a load of fun. Hunt for gold, get out of prison, or escape from Mars in this 60 minute puzzle experience.

    Our recommendation: Mission from Mars. It’s engaging without being frustratingly challenging, plus the effects are incredible!

  • Play a Round of Mini Golf. Work on your swing with two unique miniature golf areas. Moose Mountain Adventure Golf brings the feeling of a cabin up north right to your mall experience. Meanwhile, Rock of Ages Blacklight minigolf takes you through eras of music, from the 1950s to today.

Keep an eye out for: a nod to Minnesota-native Prince!

  • Shop the Stores. Of course, with so many shops to choose from, you can spend the day trying on clothes or checking out the latest technology. Just how many stores are in the Mall of America? This mall boasts over 520 stores, with additions coming in all the time.

Check out the complete Mall of America directory to plan which stores you most want to stop in. In such a big, expansive place you’ll be glad you made a plan ahead of time! 

Don’t miss: Minnesot-Ah! to pick up a Minnesota-specific souvenir to commemorate your trip.

Where is the Mall of America

The Mall of America is located at: 

60 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425

If you’re coming from the airport, take the light rail straight there by jumping on the Blue Line. If you’re driving, there are plenty of highways that lead straight to the mall (Ask a local about the Killebrew Drive or Lindau Lane debate). Once you arrive, parking ramps are all around, labeled by different state names! 

When you’re done for the day, come visit GrandStay at our Apple Valley hotel. 

Next Stop: The Mall of America

Regardless of what brings you to Minnesota, your trip isn’t complete without a visit to this famous tourist attraction. While hotels on the mall grounds are rather expensive, there’s good news! Our GrandStay location is a quick, easy drive straight down Highway 77. Enjoy river valley views as you make your way to Apple Valley GrandStay, where we’ll have a place for you to rest your head after a jam-packed day. 

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