This is the Yosemite of shopping malls. Even if you don’t love the experience of visiting the mall, this massive shrine to American consumerism is worth a visit simply because it’s the biggest. But it really is just a big mall in middle America, so if you need a new pair of jeans and a pretzel at Auntie Anne’s (there are two locations in the Mall of America), you can do that here, too.
“Busiest mall in America!”
Mall of America® welcomes more than 40 million visitors a year from across the country and around the world to enjoy over 520 retail and specialty stores including Nordstrom and Macy’s. Experience unique dining and entertainment at over 50 restaurants plus enjoy leading attractions like the nation’s largest indoor theme park, Nickelodeon Universe®, SEA LIFE® Aquarium, LEGO®, A.C.E.S. Flight Simulator, Moose Mountain Adventure Golf and more! Theatres at Mall of America® is now open and giving movie-goers the very best movie theatre experience! Located on Level 4 South, the newly renovated theatres feature comfortable high-back rocker seats, digital and 3D screens in select theatres, real buttered popcorn and a one-of-a-kind experience in our VIP Theatre. Check out theatresmoa.com for showtimes, special events and ticket info. Nickelodeon Universe® is a seven-acre park featureing unique attractions and entertainment galore. Meet the Nickelodeon characters, experience new rides like the twirling SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock, visit unique retails shops and much more!
This place is like its own town. There is a roller coaster. A roller coaster! Tons of amazing places, including a Lego store, an aquarium, and a comedy club. PLUS a ton of stores and restaurants. Make a day of it!
Ok, so I first learned about Mall of America from seeing it in Mighty Ducks. I'm sure I'm not the only one... The place is massive, and as everyone has mentioned, it even has a roller coaster. I'm not a big shopper, but the people watching here and the sheer scale of the place make it fun even for someone like me that despises malls.
That moment when you type a review for at least an hour and then accidentally click on something and it all disappears... Ok, so here's a summary of what I was typing before. I've lived in Duluth my whole life and visited MOA many times, especially as a kid. This place has changed many times over the years. The theme park for example used to be called Camp Snoopy, and featured all sorts of Peanuts stuff. Including a giant Snoopy bouncy room. Until about 2005 or so they took away all the Peanuts themed stuff and it was just called "The Park at MOA" (how exciting?) but then they changed it up again a few years later and is now called Nickelodeon Universe, and has a few theme rides of Nickelodeon characters. They had a lot of cool rides and other attractions over the years that they eventually got rid of, such as a huge Merry-go-round, and a shooting gallery (not real guns, they just flashed lights at targets) my favorite was shooting the mechanical bear so it would stand up and roar. The log chute became one of my favorite rides, I was scared to go on it until I was about 12, then I was going again and again, just don't ride in the back if you don't want to feel like falling out. They have some lumberjack themed stuff because Minnesota used to be a major logging state back in the day. Anyway, one of the other things I love about this place is the Aquarium. It's had different names over the years. First used to be called Underwater World, we still have a mug from when it was called that. Then changed it to Underwater Adventures for a long time, but now it has a different name again, Sea Life Adveture. But being a nature and animal freak this became my favorite part of going. At the end they sometimes have touch tanks which are a lot of fun, as a kid I used to spend hours petting sting rays, I couldn't get enough. And the string rays loved me too, they'd turn around and beg to be petted more. That's priceless. But sometimes they'd quit having touch tanks because stupid people would mishandle the animals, lift them out of water and such. Plenty of shops. Lots of restaurants to choose from, I became a huge fan of Rainforest Cafe. (Again cause I'm a nature/animal freak) For a few years I'd request to go there for my birthday. Consider yourself lucky if you get a fish tank seat, those are usually taken. It's very relaxing and a cool place. My favorite menu item was Red Snapper, (unfortunately they changed that off the menu) but it was deliciously seasoned and totally scrumptious. The favorite and featured desert is The Volcano, it's as big and exciting as it sounds, easily can share one with others. Totally recommend that restaurant. The whole mall has fun for everyone. A lot of times we find ourselves people watching, there's people from all over the world that go there, you wouldn't think so but they do. The only reason why I give it 4 stars instead of 5 is because I personally don't like some of the changes they've made, regarding some of the favorites taken away. But this is a place I've always loved going to. Always well tuckered out after going. Oh yeah, and DON'T ever go there on a holiday. We went once on Thanksgiving Day and it was like being in a river of people. Insanely crowded.
We really enjoy our yearly visit to The Mall of America. We make sure to budget extra money for all the fun stuff here. My big tip here (if you have little tater tots) is to go on toddler Tuesday! Lots of kids eat free options and i believe discount ride wristbands.
It's true, this place is a massive playground for kids. What more could you want than a roller coaster, lego store, lots of candy options, etc... I lost my little brother because he was going crazy running from place to place. Unless you live close by, be prepared to spend quite some time in here.
At most theme parks, they force you to walk through the gift shop at the end of the ride. Here you walk through the shopping to get to the ride! Mall of America is the Disney of shopping. If this is your thing, you have died and gone to heaven. If you're not into shopping at all (ahem, ME), there's lots of stuff here to distract you from the dreadful idea of shopping, so really, between my wife and I, this place is a win-win. I just tell her to meet me by the Flight Simulator when she's done.
There's a theme park and thousand of stores. And as Tim mentioned there's even a roller coaster! Holy crap! Their mapping system needs an upgrade though. Definitely keep an eye on your kids! It's a massive mall!!
This place is huge, so big that the directories give you turn by turn directions to the store or restaurant of your choice. There is a store for just about everyone and costars for the little ones.
It's the biggest mall in America. 4 floors, 520 shops, 50 restaurants, an amusement park, an aquarium and a comedy club. Mostly just the same stores in your own mall, just more of them. Why does anyone need 5 "Lids" franchises under one roof?
I'm not a shopper, so I was nonplussed. I did get to try Tim Horton's for the first time, so I'm good.
This mall is so much fun! I've been here over 15 times. Not only does it have unique stores that you're not going to find anywhere else (along with other stores too of course), it also has an entire floor dedicated to restaurants, a movie theater, an aquarium, and an amusement park. Personally though, I think the mall is the best part!
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Mall of America
- Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
- Sun: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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