The Mall of America has long been heralded as one of the world’s most amazing places to shop, and visitors to Minneapolis can enjoy seeing this shopping mecca’s sights firsthand. Unlike a traditional mall, the Mall of America is an immersive entertainment experience, combining shopping, fine dining, rides for little ones, and attractions you won’t find anywhere else. If you’re spending your vacation in Minneapolis, make sure to spend the day checking out these amazing attractions.
Luxury shopping: No matter what your style, there’s something to suit every fashion sense at the Mall of America. The mall is home to a huge number of luxury stores, like Burberry’s classic British style, Hugo Boss’s well-tailored suits, fashionable handbags and accessories from Coach, Kate Spade, and Michael Kors, elegant footwear from Stuart Weitzman, or check out the latest fashions at luxury department store Henri Bendel.
Children’s museum: If your little ones need a break from shopping, take them to the Children’s Museum to help get their energy out. This hands-on attraction is great for children of all ages, with structures to climb on, dress-up accessories, exhibits on beloved children’s books, and even an area where they can channel their inner archaeologist and dig for dinosaurs.
Amusement park: Save up some energy for a trip to the Nickelodeon Universe, an indoor amusement park located right inside the Mall. Kids and adults alike can enjoy an afternoon at this unique amusement park, where they can ride exciting rides, meet their favorite Nick characters, from SpongeBob to the Rugrats, and get souvenirs to commemorate the trip.
Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium: How often can you say that you followed up your trip to a designer store with a face-to-face meeting with a shark? At the Mall of America, it’s not only a possibility, it’s encouraged! Inside the mall, you’ll find one of the Midwest’s most celebrated aquariums, home to thousands of amazing forms of marine life, like sharks, jellyfish, sea turtles, stingrays, plant life, and more. Enjoy safe exploring with touch tanks or check out the thrilling new Shark Discovery exhibit.
Fine dining: Even the pickiest eaters can find something they’ll enjoy at the Mall of America. If you’re enjoying a grown-up dinner out, try Tiger Sushi, an elegant and modern Japanese restaurant offering creative, freshly-made sushi rolls until 9:30 each night. If you have your little ones in tow, check out kid-friendly eateries like American Girl Café, where your kids can dine in the presence of their favorite dolls, or hibachi favorite Benihana, where the restaurant’s chefs put on a show with every meal.
Comfortable accommodations: When you’ve had your fill of shopping, food, and fun for the day, you don’t have to go far to rest your head. Inside the mall is a Radisson Blu hotel where you can retire after a long day of excitement and wake up early to start it all over again. Guests can also enjoy an upscale experience by booking a room at the JW Marriott inside the mall. Perfect for fitness fanatics and gourmets alike, the hotel is home to an elegantly-outfitted gym and pool, as well as two restaurants, Cedar + Stone, a new American bistro, and the lobby lounge, which serves elevated pub fare, craft beer, and cocktails.
Seeing everything the Mall of America has to offer might take a lifetime, but if you find yourself in the Twin Cities, take a crash course on this mega-mall’s greatest hits. You might not get to every attraction, but the whole family will still enjoy a trip they won’t soon forget.
Here’s a directory of all the shops. Happy shopping!
Note: This is a guest post by Candice Schaffer; the views and opinion expressed are those of the author. Candice Schaffer works at Knightsbridge Park, a leading digital marketing firm for luxury real estate brands such as 242 Broome , JDS Development , The Carlton House and Willow Creek.