Bloomington puts you in close proximity to plenty of major attractions in Minnesota.
From Mall of America to adjacent St Paul/Minneapolis, there are limitless possibilities to satisfy anyone’s desired activities. Water parks, wildlife refuges, museums, outdoor adventures, and tons of free- yes, free- attractions will keep you busy from morning ’til you’re ready to collapse in your comfy bed at one of the fabulous hotels in Bloomington.
Mall of America is Just for Starters
There’s much more to America’s largest mall than its 500+ retail shops. Indoor theme parks, aquariums, theaters, and restaurants could keep you busy for days without having to venture beyond its exterior walls. You may; however, want to venture beneath its floors to explore the thousands of sea creatures housed at SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium or get a few thrills at Underwater Adventure swimming the wild Amazon, climbing the rock pool, or scuba with the sharks! If you have chosen to stay at the connecting Radisson Blu Mall of America, conceivably you really wouldn’t have to leave the mall for a fantastic vacation, but too many exciting activities in the area await your visit.
Beyond the Mall
A variety of attractions are located within a few miles of Mall of America. Culture and family fun are alive and well in this model Midwestern city and surrounding area. A sampling includes:
• Comedy Clubs- Your choice of Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy or The Joke Joint have full dinner menus for dining pleasure while you enjoy local and big name headliner comedians.
• Centennial Lakes Park- In the summer, mini golf, a farmer’s market, and paddle boating make this a great family oriented activity. In winter enjoy an ice skating rink for family fun.
• Museums- Mill City Museum is dedicated to and located where the world’s largest flour mill once operated. Gibbs Farm Museum has a historic farm house set in a native prairie environment with working pioneer crop gardens and a Dakota medicine garden. Scott County Historical Society Stans Museum covers people, places and events of the county’s history.
Free Things to Do
Free doesn’t mean boring. The following list is definitely not complete, but does give you an idea what the city has to offer.
• Amazing Mirror Maze- the whole family will enjoy this 2,500 ft. mirror maze with unexpected twists and turns.
• Pond-Dakota Mission Park and Gideon Pond House- Located at the Minnesota River valley, be sure to access the river trails to hike off the rich, sumptuous food of the area.
• American Swedish Institute- You can’t visit Minnesota without learning of its Scandinavian heritage. Housed in a building designed as a castle, exhibits include a combination of museum and historic home programs on Swedish culture.
The Midwest is obviously more than corn and wheat fields. A visit to Bloomington is all it will take to convince you, but before you go, make sure to check out hotel package deals on sites like www.hipmunk.com/Hotels-in-Bloomington-MN so you can make the most of your stay or miss out on the attractions that interest you most.
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