Enjoy a wonderful experience at Mall of America with endless shopping, activities, and attractions.

The Mall of America is largest shopping mall in the United States featuring over 500 stores. Located in Bloomington, Minnesota, Mall of America is much more than just a shopping destination. There are plenty of activities in and around the mall that make it a worthwhile visit. Entertainment, dining, and shopping are in no short supply at the Mall of America.

Here are some MOA favorites:

  • Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park
  • Sea Life Aquarium
  • Margaritaville
  • Alpaca Connection
  • Lotus Beads Jewelry and Watches

Fun Things to do at Mall of America

Mall of America features an exciting array of family-friendly attractions to make for a very fun time. The Nickelodeon Universe is an indoor theme park that includes rides, eateries, and gift shops. Perfect for families looking for a bit of fun. Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy is a great choice for laughs, drinks, and appetizers. The SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium is home to thousands of sea creatures and a 300-foot-long ocean tunnel, making for a mesmerizing experience. Along with these great attractions, Mall of America also features, escape rooms, a mirror maze, an adventure course, mini golf, and much more. MOA is the perfect place to keep everyone entertained.

Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America

Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America photo credit Mall of America

Shopping at MOA


Of course, malls are known for shopping, so it only makes sense that Mall of America has over 500 stores to browse. There really is something for everyone, with endless options, including designer stores. It isn’t only clothing available, the wide range of stores offers merchandise of all kinds including but not limited to apparel, books, gifts, luggage, toys, hobbies, homeware, jewelry, and much more.

New and Opening Soon at the Mall of America

Sitting on almost 130 acres of land, Mall of America has plenty of room to add new businesses. Some new stores at the mall are: Zwilling, a cutlery and appliance store, ClimbZone, which features themed climbing walls of varying heights and difficulty, House of Queens and Kings, an African clothing boutique, Honor Roll Athletics, an apparel brand for student athletes, SUSANA Mendez Jewelry, Kura Sushi, and Safari Pride Coffee. Opening soon are Museum of Illusions, with over 60 exhibits, LVLS House of Hoodies, and Vuori, men and women’s athletic apparel.

Something for Everyone

Mall of America offers the perfect shopping experience for parents, children, and everyone in-between. Clothing for the whole family can be found at, Macy’s, Nordstrom, L.L. Bean, Forever 21, Carhartt, and many more great options. Carter’s, The Children’s Place, and Oh Baby! Are perfect when shopping for children’s apparel. Barnes and Noble, Build-A-Bear, Karl’s Fishing and Outdoors, Legacy Toys, and more are superb options to satisfy adult and youth hobbies.

Places to Eat at the Mall of America

Mall of America is well stocked with places to eat. If you’re looking for something quick and easy there is a full food court with all your favorites. They also have plenty of cafés for all the coffee connoisseurs. For those who want the full dining experience, here’s a list of 10 favorite full-service restaurants at Mall of America:

  • Wahlburgers
  • Margaritaville
  • Rain Forest Café
  • Benihana
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
  • Cadillac Ranch
  • Hooters
  • FireLake Grill House + Cocktail Bar
  • Kura Sushi

Wahlburgers has a menu full of delicious burgers, chicken recipes and Mom’s Sloppy Joe, it also features vegetarian and gluten free options with a full-service bar. Margaritaville is a Caribbean inspired eatery, it has a wide variety of dishes and a full bar, it is a great option for the whole family. Rain Forest Café is more than a dining experience, surround yourself with the sights and sounds of a rainforest while you chose from a variety of dishes. Rain Forest Café is perfect for keeping the kiddos entertained and fed. Benihana is stellar choice for diners looking for teppanyaki favorites. Shrimp lovers should take a look at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., of course, there are also options for those who aren’t so keen on seafood. Cadillac Ranch is an All-American Bar and Grill, with a mechanical bull and a full bar, this restaurant is more suited for a 21 and over crowd. CRAVE has a full menu of fresh burger, pasta, and vegetable dishes served for lunch and dinner. Hooters is a casual bar and restaurant where diners can get some chicken wings and sit back to watch their favorite sports team. The FireLake Grill House offers decadent eating with a farm-to-table concept that makes for the freshest dishes. Kura Sushi is newly opened and the optimal choice for those wanting traditional Japanese meals.

Mall of America Student Groups/ Field Trip Planning

There is plenty of learning to be done at Mall of America. Students are always welcome to enjoy the Nickelodeon Universe Physics Program which offers a self-guided tour and Physics Packets. The program is geared toward middle and high school students. FlyOver America is perfect for student groups of all ages. They offer special rates for groups of 15 or more and a comprehensive curriculum to learn about all things related to the journey. The SeaLife Minnesota Aquarium offers V.I.P behind the scenes tour groups for students of all ages. Learning programs associated with the aquarium are based upon age.

Event Spaces at the Mall of America

Mall Of America hosts many different event spaces, great for any kind of group gathering. The Parkview Meeting and Event Center is fully equipped with audio and video so your business meeting can be done with the most efficiency. The Lounge is a beautiful setting for casual receptions and gatherings. The Overlook can host 300 or more people, making it the ideal choice for large events. There is an event space for everything at MOA.

Where to Stay at the Mall of America

Where to Stay at the Mall of America

Where to Stay at MOA

With so many things to do and see at MOA, it only makes sense to stay for a few days. The mall has plenty of accommodation options on-site and nearby. The JW Marriott is located on-site for the most convenient stay when visiting the mall. The hotel features rooms of many sizes including luxury suites. They also offer a complimentary group service for those travelling with friends and family. If the JW Marriott doesn’t work out, don’t worry, there are plenty of other great options nearby that offer shuttle services to the mall and the airport. Mystic Lake Casino Hotel is a nearby option, they run a complimentary shuttle to and from the mall. A golf course and indoor pool offer loads of fun for travelers. The Radisson Blu has direct access to Mall of America through a skyway, it also includes a luxurious indoor saltwater pool and a fitness center.

The Mall of America offers plenty of activities and stores for every group of travelers to enjoy, but Minnesota still has so much more to offer. If you’d like to learn more about things to do in Minnesota or just get some more travel ideas, be sure to Subscribe to Leisure Group Travel magazine for FREE

By Cady Price