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Bloomington, Minnesota: A Shopping Destination and So Much More

May 18, 2017 Shopping No Comments Email Email

When planning a shopping getaway to a destination, Bloomington, Minnesota is always top of mind, for shopping of course.  But, Bloomington and Minneapolis/Saint Paul are so much more than the ultimate shopping destination – Bloomington is a dynamic mix of first-class attractions, vibrant restaurants and diverse hotel options, surrounded by natural beauty and Minnesota nice!  Visit Mall of America, with its 520 stores, more than 50 restaurants and attractions unique to no other.  Start your itinerary in Bloomington at Mall of America and round out your stay with visits to attractions not to be missed.

Be wowed as you soar over America’s most iconic landscapes at the new FlyOver America attraction inside Nickelodeon Universe®. Then discover the magic of color at Crayola® Experience, the thrill of go-carting and virtual reality at SMAAASH, shop high-end stores and relax and refuel at Hard Rock® Café located in Nickelodeon Universe. 

Go behind the scenes with our new Signature Experiences, a collection of new and unique tours, performances and demonstrations.   Ranging from outdoor adventure to culinary arts, to arts and culture, groups can participate in exclusive and interactive activities like VOM FASS Presents: The Art of Delicious Dining | Mediterranean Style, Como Zoo: Behind the Scenes or Textile Center: Felting Fun. See more info at www.bloomingtonmn.org/signature-experiences .

Wilderness Inquiry will get you on a canoe and paddling on the Mississippi River within minutes of your departure from Mall of America.  Adventure seekers will explore the Mighty Mississippi River up close and personal on a half-day guided canoe trip by paddling the Mississippi in a 24-foot cedar strip canoe.  Be sure to be on the lookout for otter and beaver, again bountiful on the river banks and the fishing is superb.

Three Rivers Park District has your paddling options fulfilled with their variety of canoeing, kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding opportunities on one of the 10,000+ lakes in Minnesota. Get exercise and fresh air while you explore the shorelines and bays where motorized boats can’t go. Along the way, keep your eyes open for a variety of animals, including swans, turtles and beavers. It’s peaceful, it’s healthy and fun for the whole family!

Fort Snelling State Park and Minnehaha Falls are located in the heart of the Twin Cities and offer extensive hiking, bike and ski trails that link to Minnehaha Park and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Canoe, play golf, swim in Snelling Lake or hike on Pike Island where the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers converge. Trails also allow visitors to hike up to the historic Fort Snelling for a view of military life in the 1820s.

With more theatre seats in the 30-some theatre venues in the Twin Cities than New York and a shopping experience all in itself at Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota, will not disappoint! Find more information on the Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau website at BloomingtonMN.org, where you can also compare hotel rates and availability, explore getaway packages, detailed itineraries, events and popular The Big Ticket 3-day bundled attraction pass.

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