Family-Size Rooms Adjoining Gigantic Indoor Water Park
The Mall of America is practically its own ecosystem, with more than 500 stores, 50 restaurants, an aquarium, and a 7-acre theme park with roller coasters. The mall is just a shuttle ride away from Radisson 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 Water Park of America, and one of this Groupon’s options includes four passes to the park, where families can careen down a 10-floor body slide or wade in the wave pool.
Designed with families in mind, the Radisson's guest rooms have spacious floor plans. Downstairs, the onsite Split Rock Grille serves wood-fired pizzas and a full kids' menu.
Bloomington, Minnesota: Gargantuan Mall of America and Family Fun
Located right next to Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport and crisscrossed by two major highways, Bloomington is fairly easy to get to. It’s a good thing too because the suburb’s main attraction, the Mall of America, draws 40 million visitors each year. When it first opened in 1992, the massive shopping center marked a new trend for indoor malls not just for its size but for the way it combined shopping and entertainment.
- Amount of Yankee Stadiums you could fit in the Mall of America: Seven
- Mall of America highlights: More than 500 shops, a half-dozen attractions, including an aquarium, comedy club, and Nickelodeon Universe, an enclosed theme park complete with roller coasters and friendly mascots such as SpongeBob SquarePants
- Distance from Minneapolis: 20 minutes by car
- Best place to see people in period costume: Historic Fort Snelling, a restored military fort that looks just the way it did in the early 1800s when it was the furthest outpost of the US government. Located inside a sprawling state park, the fort hosts craft demonstrations, military drills, and cooking exhibitions performed by costumed characters.