Triple Five Group is a well known shopping mall owner and operator, hotel operator and real estate company based in Edmonton, Alberta and Canada. It has a number of places around the world for shopping, staying and eating. It also has Mall of America on its owning list, which is an ultimate shopping hub, located in Bloomington, Minnesota which is just 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. It has 520 stores, 50 restaurants and other attractions including Nickelodeon Universe and largest indoor theme park of country. The Mall of America is also famous for holding corporate events, conventions, field trips, reunions, weddings, receptions, birthday parties, group tours and much more.
Best time to visit Mall of America is around Christmas as all the shops and restaurants offer discounts and schemes for the visitors. The place is quite huge and you need more than 3 hours to complete your little journey inside this mall. The parking is free here. The mall covers an area of 4.2 million square foot and it officially opened its doors to the world in 1992. Almost 40 million visitors from all over the world come here to shop which is tax free too. Apart from restaurants and shops it has 7 nightclubs and a movie theatre also. In short, it is a little world in itself.
How to Get Here?
Bloomington city is located adjacent to Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and it is just minutes away from the heart of Bloomington. Mall of America is only a few short miles from MSP and almost all hotels here provide free shuttle service from hotel to mall and airport. The light rail also runs directly from the airport to Mall of America. So, getting here is a piece of cake.
An almost endless range of restaurants, café, bars reside here in Mall of America. There is American Girl Bistro which offers a casual dining atmosphere with fun appetizers, two course dinners and rich and creamy choices at the dessert counter. If you have seen movie Forrest Gump, then you will recognize the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., which highlights a huge selection of shrimp and seafood entrees. Buffalo Wild Wings is the place for wing fanatics and burgers and sandwiches. You can visit Cadillac Ranch for American bar and grill, Cantina for fish tacos to coconut cocktails, Crave for chicken and Dick’s Last Resort for everything in the food chain. For drink lovers, you have Firelake Grill House and Cocktail Bar offering all kinds of drinks.
Nickelodeon Universe is an indoor family theme amusement park and covers an area of more than 7 acres with more than 30 amazing rides and attractions with places for eating and shopping. It is located right in the center of the mall and remains open everyday. Maximum ticket price per person is $ 32 which includes one day of unlimited rides. You can enjoy Avatar Airbender or try Brain Surge which is hell of a ride. There are many other fun rides for children like Crazy Cars, Danny Phantom Ghost Zone, Diego’s Rescue Rider, Fairly Odd Coaster, Ghost Blasters, Log Chute, Pineapple Poppers and many more. A visit to this amazing place will surely give you a very great time.
Minnesota Aquarium is home to more than 10,000 sea creatures including sharks, sea turtles, rays, jellyfish, seahorses and many more. A 300 feet tunnel is recently made which features a new Giant Green Sea Turtle and thousands of new sea creatures including an Octopus and Garden Eels.
You can also see huge sharks from a 300 foot glass in underground tunnel and if you are a Scuba Certified diver than you can even swim with these sharks at Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium.
Little girls are obsessed with dolls and their obsession finds a home at American Girl where girls can do shopping, some extra special celebrations and some casual dining too. For little girls, there is a huge collection of dolls from Bitty Baby to Barbie Doll. There is also a doll hair salon where stylists treat your doll specially and give her a look you desire. Little girls can also enjoy in store crafting, scavenger hunts, author signings and some cooking classes.
There are 14 theatres in Mall of America with superior digital projection including 4K, digital sound, 3D capabilities and Star Bar Lounge. In the 3D theatre there are 200 D-Box Motion seats that provide a full range of motion to life experience.
There is also a 21+ Theatre where guests 21 or older can enjoy some latest blockbuster movies. At Star Bar, you can get a wide variety of beer and wine and get special concessions before and after the film.
House of Comedy
If you like live stand up comedy then you will love Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy which is located on level 4 of Mall of America. You will surely laugh your lungs out when you will witness nation’s top touring comedians like Jimmy Fallon, Chelsea Lately, jimmy Kimmel, Jay Leno, David Letterman and more. Shows are performed from Tuesday to Sunday and you will be presented with appetizers, sandwiches, pizza, salads, entrees and more during the show. You will surely not want to miss this.
Mall of America is surely one of the busiest malls in the world and it is not without reason. It is a ridiculously amazing experience and at least one visit is strongly recommended.