Kayaking and fishing at Hyland Lake Park Reserve
Lunch at Mall of America’s American Girl Bistro
Taking flight at Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge
Taking the Light Rail to the Mall of America stop
Gateside at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport
The expanded new North Side at MOA
Bursting with excitement over Nickelodeon Universe
Taking the long view of Mall of America’s North Side
In the tunnel at SEA LIFE
- Major Airports:
- Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP)
A mecca for shoppers and outdoor enthusiasts
Mall of America
The USA’s largest retail and entertainment complex is anchored by Macy’s, Sears and Nordstrom and offers the full spectrum of stores, from designer labels like Henri Bendel, Burberry and Michael Kors to top tech stops Apple and Microsoft. Find culinary shops, toy stores, beauty bars and more, as well as no tax on all clothing and shoe purchases. Visit the mall’s Nickelodeon Universe, a full-scale theme park with 27 rides, or head to SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium to see thousands of sea creatures. You can even soar to great heights at FlyOver America, a high-tech flight-simulation ride over the entire country. And for the little ones there’s Crayola Experience, full of hands-on exhibits and attractions designed with creativity and innovation in mind.
Visiting in winter and tempted to just hole up in the mall? Instead, do as the locals do and embrace this invigorating season. Go skating at 13 outdoor ice rinks, ski the Hyland Hills, or set out on a snowshoe or cross-country ski course – Bloomington is laced with trails. Try your hand at Broomball – a Canadian ice game – or go ice fishing at Hyland Lake Park Reserve, which also features walking trails, a play area and disc golf. The reserve’s Richardson Nature Center lets you engage with the area’s native flora and fauna in winter while staying snug inside.
Refined Nature and Culture
Explore Bloomington’s natural beauty at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife refuge, 5,670 hectares of land devoted to preserving the wetlands, migratory birds, fish and other wildlife that inhabit 113 kilometers in the region. Follow the trails to investigate several different habitats, including tallgrass prairie and floodplain forest. Bike or walk over the historic Old Cedar Avenue Bridge across the Minnesota River for a beautiful view of Bloomington and the refuge. At Normandale Community College’s Japanese Garden, you’ll see 300 trees and shrubs maintained in the Japanese style, as well as a drum-shaped bridge, waterfalls, streams, lagoons and pagodas. End your visit with a stop at Bloomington Center for the Arts, which houses exhibitions and hosts theater and dance performances.