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A Visit To The Mall of America In Bloomington, MN

Traveling to Minnesota we found the Mall of America, which opened in August of 1992 and is located in Bloomington, Minn., just minutes from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. It is HUGE! Yes, we did venture in to see what it was all about. Inside there is a 3 story, 7 acre theme park with over 30 rides. All day tickets are available. It was so exciting we almost forgot about the shopping area that surrounds the park. But of course being true shoppers, we did explore the wonderful shops . . . so many shops.

Mall of America has been described as a city within a city. Along with an extensive range of retail, restaurants and entertainment, there are many unique features to Mall of America likely to be found in any community. Not only is the Mall of America an amazing place to shop, dine, and explore attractions, it also offers several educational benefits to the community. The National American University offers students courses in 17 study areas, and is the first-ever college campus in a mall. Area high school students utilize the Metropolitan Learning Alliance, a mall campus available for students from five Minneapolis-area school districts. Plus, there is the South Hennepin Adult Programs in Education (SHAPE) that offers classes in adult basic education and English as a second language.

With 520 world-class shops; The Park at MOA™, the nation's largest indoor family amusement park; Underwater Adventures® Aquarium, a 1.2 million gallon walk-through aquarium; a 14-screen movie theater and so much more, the Mall of America has plenty for everyone to do. At the Underwater Adventures® Aquarium you can also Sleep with the Sharks! Sleepovers at Underwater Adventures® Aquarium are one-of-a-kind overnight adventures for scout troops, school groups, church groups, youth organizations, and even families! Your Sleep with the Sharks adventure includes an aquarium tour (behind the scenes too!), meals, craft activities, and much more - even an "I Slept with the Sharks" t-shirt. Plus, there are many other exciting events to enjoy!

The new light-rail Hiawatha Line makes it quick and easy for visitors to get to several key sites in the Twin Cities, including downtown Minneapolis, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and Mall of America in Bloomington. In December a New Light Rail Line will extend to Airport, and the Mall of America. This is a great way for travelers to get around Minneapolis and see the sites! The regular fare is $1.25, and rush hour fare is $1.75. The trains run every 7 to 15 minutes, depending on the time of day, and every half hour after 9:00 p.m.

By Rita Swieczkowski

Getting There:

For entertainment, attractions, events and shopping to experience at the Mall of America visit the Bloomington Convention and Visitors Bureau at http://www.bloomingtonmn.org/.

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About The Author

Rita and Bob Swieczkowski enjoy traveling throughout the nation and beyond.