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) from Minneapolis and St. Paul and less than 20 minutes from popular area attractions. You’ll find over 38 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.
No visit to Bloomington would be complete without exploring Mall of America®, the country’s largest indoor retail and entertainment complex. Visit 520 stores, including Macy’s, Nordstrom and Sears. With 50 fast food to sit-down restaurants, you will find something to satisfy every taste and offers free parking.
- Tax Free shopping on clothing and shoes
- Nickelodeon Universe® Theme Park
- SEA LIFE™ Minnesota Aquarium
- Moose Mountain Adventure Golf
- American Girl®
- A.C.E.S. Flight Simulator
- 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.
Promoting tourism and travel between the Nordic Region and the USA. Discover America Nordic is a non-profit umbrella organization operating as a facilitator, coordinator and organizer for USA members as well as Nordic members.
Promoting tourism and travel between Denmark and the USA.
Promoting tourism and travel between Finland and the USA.
Promoting tourism and travel between Norway and the USA.
Promoting tourism and travel between Sweden and the USA.
The mission of Sons of Norway is to promote and to preserve the heritage and culture of Norway, to celebrate our relationship with other Nordic Countries, and provide quality insurance and financial products to our members.
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.
Experience the sights and sounds of Bloomington, Minnesota. See why Bloomington leaves warm memories with everyone who visits.
LET US HELP YOU PLAN
Need ideas on how to plan your stay to include Bloomington’s highlights? Spend your holiday shopping taking advantage of Minnesota’s no tax on clothing and shoes at Mall of America®. Mix-in attractions to experience Minnesota’s great outdoors including the Minnesota Zoo, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge or Valleyfair amusement park. Bloomington’s convenient location is only 5 km from MSP Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and minutes from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Destination Bloomington has put together different types of itineraries including Shopping, Fly / Drive, City Break, and Nature. Contact us at 952-858-8500 or email us for itinerary information. You can also contact Cellet Travel in the United Kingdom at +44 8456 020574 or email Cellet.
Explore Scandinavia Hertiage (PDF, 366Kb)
Set in the Great Lakes, a region of scenic natural wonders, this itinerary provides a brief history of hot spots, as well as recommendations to help plan your tour of Swedish America.
Girlfriend Getaway Itinerary (PDF, 324Kb)
The Girlfriend Getaway gives you and your friends the opportunity to spend quality time relaxing and shopping and receive retail therapy!
A Sport For Every Season Itinerary (PDF, 432Kb)
No matter what time of year you come to the Twin Cities, there will always be a sporting event to take in. Let this itinerary guide you through the seasons.
Art Hop Itinerary (PDF, 344Kb)
The Twin Cities are home to various forms of art from performance, visual, and architectural. Let this itinerary guide you through the arts.
Agricultural Itinerary (PDF, 181Kb)
Take a personal tour of various agricultural farms by selecting between agricultural factories, wineries and educational institutes with pre-planned tours created by the Bloomington CVB.
Fly Drive Itinerary (PDF, 422Kb)
If you are in Bloomington for a layover or using the city as a gateway for other destinations, let this itinerary give you a quick peek at all the area has to offer.
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 Scrapbook Festival or 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.
Check out the Event Calendar for Bloomington, Minnesota.
Stay and shop under one roof at the Radisson Blu Mall of America. Connected to the Mall of America and minutes from MSP Airport, the Radisson Blu is the perfect choice.
Check out upcoming events in Bloomington, Minnesota and the Twin Cities area.
The largest retail and entertainment complex in the nation. Features 520 stores!
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