• Mall of America: A True Shopper’s Paradise

With more than 520 stores, 50 restaurants and countless entertainment options, it’s easy to understand why the nation’s largest mall is also one of the most frequented tourist destinations, welcoming more than 42 million visitors annually through its doors and into Bloomington.

More than 20 years ago, Mall of America opened its doors to excited shoppers, ready to experience their favorite stores all in one place...in the heart of Bloomington. Now, the Mall is so much more than just a mall. With a brand new addition opening this year and new stores, restaurants and attractions added regularly, Mall of America is a destination in and of itself. Whether you’re looking to engage in some retail therapy, dine on a great meal, or find some entertainment, you can do it all at the nation’s largest mall.

Filling the Mall’s 4.3 miles of storefront are more than 520 shops that range from internationally recognized to locally heralded. Anchored by department stores Macy’s, Sears and Nordstrom, in between you’ll find plenty of places to explore on the Mall’s four levels and North, South, East and West sides. Upscale brands are housed on South Avenue, such as Henri Bendel, Hugo Boss, Burberry, Michael Kors and Stuart Weitzman. Shop the latest trends at stores like BCBGeneration, H&M and Madewell, beauty products at Aveda, BareMinerals or Kiehl’s, clothes for kids at The Children’s Place or Peek Kids, athletic gear at Calvin Klein Performance, L.L. Bean or Athleta, accessories at Fossil, Swarovski and Vera Bradley, and tech goods at Apple, Bose or The Microsoft Store. And don’t forget, there’s no sales tax on clothes or shoes here.
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Henri BendelHenri Bendel Even the most drop-dead shoppers need a break once in a while, and the Mall doesn’t hold back when it comes to dining options. With more than 50 restaurants, there’s something to please every taste bud. Experience entertaining dining at Cadillac Ranch, Dick’s Last Resort and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., enjoy something more elegant at CRAVE or FireLake Grill House and Cocktail Bar, or try new options like Benihana and Hard Rock Cafe. Food courts are available for a quick bite, as well as bars if a cocktail is desired. Benihana at Mall of AmericaBenihana by TJ Turner Shopping and dining certainly aren’t Mall of America’s only draws—the unique attractions and entertainment options entice visitors, too. Start in the center of the Mall at Nickelodeon Universe®, a one-of-a-kind theme park filled with coasters, rides and games, and then come face-to-face with more than 10,000 sea creatures at SEA LIFE® Minnesota Aquarium. Young ones will enjoy letting their imaginations run wild at the LEGO Store, spending some time with their doll at the American Girl store, or making new friends at Build-A-Bear-Workshop. You can also play a round of north woods-themed golf at Moose Mountain Adventure Golf or see touring comedians at Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy. Plus, the Mall’s rotunda hosts so many guests, it’s likely you’ll spot an author, chef, musician, political figure or other big star on your visit. Nickelodeon UniverseNickelodeon Universe by Todd Buchanan]

There really is something for everyone, whether you’re a shopaholic, foodie or entertainment junkie, or traveling alone, with family, or for business or romance. All you need for a good time is right here in Bloomington.