Family-Friendly Hotel 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 theme park with roller coasters. The mall is just a shuttle ride away from the Radisson Bloomington by Mall of America. You don’t need to leave the hotel premises to keep the family occupied, though—it connects directly to Water Park of America, where families can careen down a 10-floor body slide—one of America’s tallest indoor water slides—or wade in the wave pool. One of this Groupon’s options includes four passes to the park.
Designed with families in mind, the Radisson’s guest rooms have spacious floor plans and plenty of creature comforts, such as a 42-inch flat-screen TV and complimentary WiFi. Downstairs, the Split Rock Grille serves wood-fired pizzas and offers 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 in retail, not just for its size—you can fit seven Yankee Stadiums inside it—but for the way it combined shopping and entertainment. In addition to more than 500 shops, the mall has half a dozen attractions including an aquarium and a comedy club. Kids will love Nickelodeon Universe, an enclosed theme park with roller coasters and friendly mascots such as SpongeBob SquarePants.
If you’re looking to learn a little something, visit Historic Fort Snelling—a restored military fort that looks just the way it did in the early 1800s, when it was the farthest 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. The museums and galleries of Minneapolis, meanwhile, are less than 20 minutes away by car.