Convenience & Comfort
Bloomington is one of Minnesota’s largest cities, conveniently located within minutes of Minneapolis / St. Paul International Airport (MSP), 10 miles (15 k) of Minneapolis and St. Paul and less than 20 minutes from popular area attractions. You’ll find over 35 family-friendly to elegant hotels to choose from in Bloomington, offering convenience, comprehensive amenities and impeccable service. For your convenience, most Bloomington hotels provide free shuttle service to and from the airport and free transportation to Mall of America®. Our city is also linked to the popular new Hiawatha Light Rail Line providing easy access to the heart of downtown Minneapolis.
For unique experiences that rival some of the country’s top locale, Bloomington provides a dynamic mix of first-class attractions, vibrant restaurants and elegant hotels. From an exhilarating walk in a wildlife refuge to a relaxing dinner at an exceptional restaurant, we’ve got you covered.
No visit to Bloomington would be complete without exploring Mall of America®, the country’s largest indoor retail and entertainment complex. 520 stores, including Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom and Sears. 50 restaurants to satisfy every taste. Free parking. Free shuttles. Fabulous indoor entertainment. And “Mega” more.
- Tax Free shopping on clothing and shoes
- Nickelodeon Universe® Theme Park
- Underwater Adventures® Aquarium
- Moose Mountain Adventure Golf
- LEGO Imagination Center
- A.C.E.S. Flight Simulation
- NASCAR Silicon Motor Speedway
- Theatres at Mall of America™
Beyond the Mall
For the art lover, special exhibits and programs are highlighted throughout the year at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Walker Art Center and the Weisman Art Museum. A variety of theaters and performing arts centers bring impeccable first-run Broadway theater and top notch local talent to the stage at venues including the Guthrie, the Ordway, the Orpheum and State theaters.
The younger set will find fun ways to learn at the Science Museum and the Children’s Museum in Saint Paul. And they can “go wild” at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley and the Como Zoo in Saint Paul.
Speaking of “wild,” the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is a unique 14,000-acre, 45-mile natural habitat - one of the few found in an urban setting. Take a stroll along the winding paths, cross-country ski, bike, hike, watch migrating birds or simply relax and enjoy the pristine wilderness.
If you are looking to visit Bloomington and the Minneapolis / St. Paul metropolitan area, this guide will help you get the most from your stay.
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DISCOVER WORLD-CLASS SHOPPING
Home to the Mall of America®, one of the largest malls in the nation, Bloomington has much to offer shopping fanatics. Although the Mall of America is indisputably the center of the Twin Cities shopping scene, Bloomington also offers an array of specialty stores, shopping centers and malls that cater to a variety of tastes and styles. Nearby shopping destinations like 50th and France, Southdale, Grand Avenue and Eden Prairie Center, provide numerous specialty stores and fun boutiques. Bloomington is truly a shopper’s paradise; clothing is tax-free, and most stores are open seven days a week.
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BLOOMINGTON GETAWAY PACKAGES
Treating the family to a fun filled getaway, catching up with girlfriends with an extended weekend of shopping or just wanting to spend a couple days exploring all that Mall of America® has to offer? Take advantage of the savings available with Bloomington Destinations’ getaway packages. Bundle Mall of America coupons, attraction or entertainment tickets with a stay at one of Bloomington’s exceptional hotels.
Learn more about how to save during your stay in Bloomington, Minnesota.
BLOOMINGTON EVENTS CALENDAR
Bloomington is home to many exciting events throughout the year. Join in the fun during Bloomington’s Fourth of July celebration Summer Fete, featuring great live music and a fireworks show. Register for the Iron Girl Bloomington Duathlon annual event and achieve your personal best. There are many summertime events in nearby Minneapolis and St. Paul like Grand Old Day, Minneapolis Aquatennial, Metris Uptown Art Fair, Minnesota State Fair, and Minnesota Renaissance Festival. The fun never ends!
Minnesotans know how to celebrate winter! Join us at Mall of America’s Holiday Music Festival and enjoy the sounds of the season while you shop. Experience outdoor parades, 5k and half marathon races, and ice craving contests during the St. Paul Winter Carnival. Ring in the Holiday season with the beautiful display of lights at TCF Holidazzle Parade downtown Minneapolis. We know how to celebrate during all four seasons.
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Whether traveling for business or pleasure, Bloomington offers you the best selection around.
The largest retail and entertainment complex in the nation. Features 520 stores!
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