Minnesota is a beautiful state, and cities like St. Paul are known for their great outdoor activities. However, when the temperature starts dropping, visitors might start looking for entertainment of the indoor variety. Fortunately, the North Star State steps up to the plate in this area! There is no more need to wonder what to do in St. Paul when the weather is chilly; the Mall of America, located in Bloomington, is 15 minutes from St. Paul and 15 minutes from Minneapolis, and is an absolute must-see attraction on your trip to the twin cities! When it comes to the number of stores, the Mall of America is the largest shopping center in the country! (The mall comes in second in terms of square footage, right behind the King of Prussia shopping center in Pennsylvania). Take a look at some of the Mall of America’s great offerings!
The Mall of America, which opened its doors in 1992, is home to over 520 stores, and is often described as a city within a city. The center is a frequent home to events such as celebrity book signings, fashion shows, and musical acts; over 400 events each year are held at the Mall of America! The retail center has been featured on television networks such as the Discovery Channel, the Travel Channel, and TLC. The Mall of America even has its own alternative high school- the Metropolitan Learning Alliance has a main campus available to its students who are taking courses in hospitality, law enforcement, and retail management.
No matter what you’re looking for, you’re likely to find it in one of the hundreds of stores located in the Mall of America. Teenagers will love the popular stores like Aeropostale, American Apparel, Hollister, and Forever 21. Adults can pick up some new outfits at retailers like Banana Republic and J.Crew. If you’re looking for books, stop by Barnes and Noble or Toy Corner, and gadget-junkies can hit up the Apple store, Bose, or Brookstone. The mall is also home to more unique stores, such as the As Seen on T.V. Store (the official shop for the world’s biggest retailer of “As Seen on T.V.” products), and Callister’s Christmas, where visitors can enjoy Christmas on a year-round basis. The recently remodeled LEGO store, filled with play tables and larger-than-life models, is a popular destination for kids, and for adults who are still kids at heart. Check out the center’s website to access the complete directory of stores at the Mall of America.
With a shopping center this big, you certainly don’t expect the entertainment to end with its stores! At the Mall of America, you’ll find a miniature golf course, a wedding chapel, photo studios, and a movie theatre. The mall boasts the country’s biggest indoor amusement park- the Nickelodeon Theme Park- which features 7 acres of rides and attractions, as well as the Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium, home to more than 10,000 creatures, including sharks, sea turtles, and jellyfish. Attractions don’t end there; there is also the Amazing Mirror Maze, one of the biggest mirror mazes in the world, and a true, mind-blowing masterpiece!
Plan Your Visit
Truth be told, you could spend your entire trip to Minnesota in the Mall of America, and not need a thing! The shopping center is open daily, and even has its own hotels and restaurants (in addition to the endless number of sweet shops and fast-food eateries). There are many shuttles that go from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport directly to the mall’s hotels.
Enjoy your trip to the Mall of America! Don’t forget… with a mall this big, there’s no excuse to forget to bring home souvenirs!