We knew if we went to Minnesota that we'd have to go to Mall of America. It's an iconic place. We didn't want to make it an all day thing though.
They have FREE parking. The fast train links up to it.
We spent the morning at Fort Snelling, the afternoon at Mall of America, and the evening at Minneapolis Institute of Art. A worker at MIA said we're crazy, and hardcore. Let's just say that Isaak and Mica were DONE. I had a blister on my foot that indicated I was DONE. BUT I loved all the places. I don't think I would have changed things. Possibly do Fort Snelling a different morning. My husband likes to pack all our time as full as possible. It was handy having the fast train hook up.
We had reservations to Rainforest Cafe. We rushed to go eat. Then, for some reason we looked at the brochure only to see the map thinking it was outside of the Mall of America. I was annoyed because the boys were set on eating there. In another way happy because online people said the service wasn't great, and it was expensive. The place we ended up going to had crappy service too. It took way too much time to get our food! I wanted to eat at a place we don't have in Omaha, Nebraska. Looking back I would have gone to their food court. Lots of choices there!
Online they do have a coupon book. If you're a shopper, that may be something to invest in. It's $10, and full of savings. We didn't get it.
I didn't want to freak the boys out by going into all the stores. I said, "Ok we're only going to go into stores that we don't have in Omaha." Even after saying that we skipped a lot of stores.
L.L. Bean - I know the catalog, but have never been in the store.
Paper Source - Kansas City has one, but it's not in Omaha. They have fun things in there.
Chapel Hats - I know they shouldn't have tired them on (lice), but dang they had fun. They look like Elton John, only younger.
Crayola Store - The boys had fun with their computer that did a drawing of a photograph.
Lego Store - We've been in them in other cities. Mica drooled over $300 and up sets that I'd never buy. I do have to say that The Stranger Things set looked pretty cool. Just not $200 cool.
There were some other fun stores we went in. I have to say that I'm proud that I didn't buy a whole lot. There was a bee shop that had all things to do with bees, a shop that had fun socks, a shop that had cool shirts. I do wish we found some artsy local shops in Minnesota. I found that, that's what I was longing for. There is an art district, but we ran out of time to go there.
Favorite Store Front:
Isaak's so like me. He said, "Mica we don't have to go on rides. Mom and Dad spent enough money on us." I always thought that way. Are we cheap, or practical?
Mica's like Travis. He said, "Don't be so cheap. We should get to do some rides, and pick out whatever Lego set we want. We are on vacation." My reply, "Ummm no!"
Close Up - OMG Mica's face!
They weren't too excited about the swings, but after they went on different rides, this one was just the right amount of tickets.
Are you a shop till you drop kind of person?
Disclaimer: This is not a paid review. I got no compensation, for writing this post. All opinions are my own.
Wouldn't that be fun to do a paid review of the Mall of America!!
Anyway, I had no idea there were rides there! How cool!
Did you discover any stores you would recommend to people visiting?
Wow! Looks like loads of fun! Thanks for hosting!
No I'm not a shop till you drop person but my mom was and my sister-in-law is. I go and get what I want and then I'm done!
Your photos always make me smile I enjoyed the post LOL :-)
Have a funtastic weke :-)
@Mandy - There were a lot of stores that stood out:
Worker B was all bee things with cool design
Chapel Hats was fun it's the store where the boys tried on all the hats and they had artsy socks
Paper Source is always fun, we don't have one in Omaha, but I've been there in KC
Mica would say The Lego Store
Buba Gump Shrimp Co. had some neat t-shirts and food
Carlo's Bakery for treats
Turkish Pottery and Gifts had some neat-o pieces
Typo I loved - we bought stuff in there
Those are the main shops I liked. I did take pictures of SWATCH because I talk about the designer Paula Sheer that works at Pentagram in NY. She designed most of SWATCH watch stuff.
How fun. I've never been there but I've heard about this place.
I'm not a shop till I drop kind of person. Hate shopping.
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The old home of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings looks like an interesting place to explore. Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.
What a cool mall! Love the photos, A.
I am more of a window shopper than a shop-till-you-drop gal! I love to hang out at malls.
HOLY MOLY, My daughter is taking my grandson there tomorrow! hahahaha what a coincidence. Looks like they're gonna have tons of fun. Thanks for sharing. Oh, and by the way I'M BAAAAAAAAAAAACK! I was sooooooooooooooo sick, but I'm on the mend now! Hope all is well with you and yours... your boys are getting soooooooooooo big! Hope you're having a great summer!
I haven't been, but I would love to go. I think it would be an awesome visit. I'm not a shop until you drop kind of girl, but I'll shop a little.
I AM crazy about shopping :). Well, here in Indonesia malls are HUGE. Literally huge. But I enjoy just browsing around and stopping for lunches and dinners. Looks like you enjoy the mall indeed
I'm the cheap one. Jason splurged and took the kids to Coney Island last week and it irritated me that he spent so much for them to ride a few rides.
I am not a big shopper, but I have always wanted to see the inside of MOA.
I'm not necessarily a big shopper but would love to go to Mall of America someday and see all the stuff. Kids look cool in those hats.
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