Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau
View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website The city of Bloomington’s #1 attraction is Mall of America, the largest retail and entertainment complex in the Western Hemisphere, welcoming over 42 million visitors annually. This shopping mecca boasts over 520 stores, 50 award winning restaurants and countless entertainment options that range from nightclubs to the Nickelodeon Universe® amusement park to a 14-screen cinema. Like the outdoor, another popular Bloomington destination is the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, spanning 14,000 acres, with miles of hiking and biking trails, prime bird-watching opportunities, and an extensive visitor’s center. With all these great attractions, fine restaurants, and convenient location, it’s easy to see why the city of Bloomington is home to the largest concentration of hotels in there state, over 40 total, ranging from luxury to economy. Bloomington offers free parking, free hotel shuttles to/from the airport and Mall of America, and the light rail line, which runs from the Mall of America, to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and downtown Minneapolis and Saint Paul. If you like your TBEX experience to have a game plan, we’ve got you covered. From the ultimate family experience to girlfriend shopping retreats, there’s a Bloomington itinerary just for you.
Mall of America
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Mall of America®, located in Bloomington, Minnesota, is the nation’s largest retail and entertainment complex, attracting more than 40million visitors annually, making it the most visited tourist site in the U.S. The 2.5 million square foot destination is home to 520 world-class shops offering thousands of designer brands and no sales tax on clothing or shoes. Families can enjoy hours of activities and excitement at Nickelodeon Universe®, the nation’s largest indoor family theme park; Dutchman’s Deck four story ropes course and the nation’s longest indoor zip line; SEA LIFE Minnesota’s 1.3 million gallon walk-through aquarium; Mirror Maze; Moose Mountain Adventure Golf; LEGO® Imagination Center; A.C.E.S. Flight Simulation; and the 60,000 square foot Crayola Experience (opening in the summer of 2016). Some 50 restaurants cater to virtually any eating whim, ranging from elegant dining to fun family eateries to grab-and-go quick eats, including the newly opened Hard Rock which offers live music on weekend evenings. Additionally, the Mall hosts hundreds of events each year, free to all guests, including celebrity appearances, concerts and charitable activities. The 500-room Radisson Blu is attached to the Mall by a climate-controlled skyway, allowing guests to shop, refresh, revel and retire without stepping foot outdoors. In fall 2015, MOA will open a major expansion, featuring a 342-room J.W. Marriott, up to 50 new and unique retail stores and a food market. The Mall is only 10-12 minutes by taxi or 13 minutes by train from Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport, allowing for visits during layovers of three hours or longer. Having revolutionized the shopping experience by combining retail and entertainment, Mall of America has become the most visited tourist destination in the U.S. and earned world renowned name recognition.