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 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 those choosing Option 2 receive four passes to the park, where they can careen down the 10th-floor body slide or wade in the wave pool.
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. Or, head down to the on-site Split Rock Grille for wood-fired pizzas, housemade turkey pot pie, and a full kids' menu.
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.
Aside from its famous mall, guests visit this area for 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.