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 to do onsite at this sprawling hotel complex. Downstairs, the Split Rock Grille serves wood-fired pizzas, housemade 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.
Designed with families in mind, the Radisson's guest rooms fill a spacious floor plan with enough beds to sleep six guests. Twin bunk beds occupy a recessed alcove on one side of the deluxe king rooms, and a full-size mattress unfolds from a sofa on the other. The premier queen rooms are similarly laid out, with two queen beds in place of the deluxe king bed. Feel free to use the activity table in the center of both rooms 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 trips daily 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 19th-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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