Family-Size Rooms Adjoining Gigantic Indoor Water Park
The Mall of America is practically its own ecosystem: more than 500 stores, 50 restaurants, an aquarium, and a 7-acre theme park with roller coasters are contained inside. The mall, now celebrating its 20th anniversary, is just a shuttle ride away from Radisson Hotel Bloomington by Mall of America. You don't need to leave the hotel premises to keep the family occupied, though: the Radisson connects directly to the Water Park of America, and hotel guests enjoy exclusive daily access to the park from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Beyond the parks, there's plenty for families to do onsite at this sprawling hotel complex. Downstairs, the Split Rock Grille serves wood-fired pizzas, homemade turkey pot pie, and a full kids' menu, and you can feel free to dine on an outdoor patio. On the other side of the lobby, dozens of video games ping and flash alongside skee-ball and air hockey at the Northern Lights Arcade, a 5,800-square-foot midway.
Getaways customers can take $10 off any spa treatment valued at $30 or more at the Trillium Spa, located on the second floor of the hotel. Stop in for a 30-minute Swedish deep-tissue massage ($48) or a signature manicure with an exfoliating scrub, hot towels, and hand massage ($35).
Designed with families in mind, the Radisson's deluxe king rooms pack four beds into a spacious floor plan. Twin bunk beds occupy a recessed alcove on one side of the room, and a full-size mattress unfolds from a sofa on the other. Feel free to use the activity table in the center of the room for card games, drawings, or plans of attack on unsuspecting siblings.
Bloomington, Minnesota: Gargantuan Mall of America and Family Fun
Although the Radisson is not directly affiliated with the Mall of America, the hotel has a free shuttle service that makes dozens of daily trips to the massive shopping center. The shuttle also can take guests to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
It's worth it to visit the historic Fort Snelling, a 19-century fort that still has several of its original buildings and antique cannons intact. It's located inside an expansive state park about 5 miles east of the hotel, and it hosts craft demonstrations, military drills, and cooking exhibitions performed by costumed characters.
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