Late last month I was sent to Minneapolis for work. I didn't mind too much, because it allowed me to do some last minute Christmas shopping at the Mall of America! One piece of advice if you plan on visiting this shopping center: wear a good pair of shoes. Fun Fact: Walking around one level of the mall is .57 miles, but that doesn't include the walking you will do inside each of the stores!
Visitors could easily spend all day at the mall. There is a theme park in the center of the mall, called Nickelodeon Universe, that has 25 rides and attractions! The Minnesota Sea Life Aquarium is also inside the mall, along with a 14-screen movie theater. Fun Fact: The aquarium holds 1.2 million gallons of water!
My favorite part about the Mall of America is the random stores that you don't see at every other shopping center. The Lego store was my favorite. They even had a play area in the front of the store where kids (or adults) could build whatever their imaginations could think up! Fun Fact: Over 170,000 legos have been lost in the play area.
My other favorite was the Peeps store. I really liked how bright, colorful and fun the store was! The store was so clean and organized. It was pretty impressive, considering the amount of children that come through and mix everything up! I actually HATE Peeps. They are terrible. My kids love them though (but then again, what kids don't?).
I thought it was pretty funny that the Apple store and Microsoft store are right across from each other. They were both extremely busy!
After shopping, I needed to take a trip to the food court. There were restaurants as far as my eyes could see! Of course, I still couldn't figure out what to eat. I ended up leaving the food court and going to a mexican restaurant called Cantina #1, which had a great happy hour special. I had chicken quesadillas, chips and guacamole...so delicious!
Here are a few more fun facts from the Mall of America website:
-32 Boeing 747s could fit inside the mall.
-The mall is home to more than 520 stores.
-There are 40 million Mall of America visitors each year.
Have you been to the Mall of America?