The Mall of America Attractions

by Dana Tuffelmire
The Mall of America has a variety of attractions for every taste.

The Mall of America has a variety of attractions for every taste.

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Scream down a fast track, climb high above a gangplank, grin and pose with Dora the Explorer, walk through a tunnel of sharks, fly a military jet or challenge someone to 18 holes of mini golf. Sound like a week's vacation? You can do it all at Minnesota's Mall of America. In addition to retail stores and major department stores, the mall offers dining, entertainment, nightlife and special events. Plan ahead to ensure ample time to experience everything you desire.

Family Attractions

Nickelodeon Universe is the mall's 7-acre theme park, featuring thrill rides for the brave and junior rides for the young, a ropes course and a chance to meet some Nickelodeon characters like Dora, SpongeBob SquarePants or the Backyardigans. The Sea Life aquarium showcases more than 10,000 sea creatures and includes interactive activities like a quiz trail, touch pool and play area. The A.C.E.S. Flight Simulator attraction allows you to fly modern and historical jets like real military pilots. Visit the 2,500 square-foot Amazing Mirror Maze for a unique experience or try Moose Mountain Adventure Golf for 18 holes of miniature golf.


Catch a blockbuster movie or an independent film at one of 14 theaters equipped with digital sound and images. The VIP theater features a full-service movie experience for guests 21 years and older and the 3D theater includes 30 D-BOX seats that bring the movie to life with full range of motion. The STARBAR is located in the lobby and offers a full line of beer, wine and concessions for guests to enjoy before or after a movie. Specials include daily happy hour and wine and beer tasting events as scheduled.


Specialty stores for children include American Girl, Build-a-Bear Workshop, the Lego store and Scoops Kid Spa. Book a birthday party at any of these stores for exclusive access to designated parts of the store, gift bags, favors and a host. The American Girl store offers shopping, a doll hair salon, bistro and other special events. Build-a-Bear Workshop lets guests visit eight different stations as they create unique stuffed bears. The Lego store allows shoppers to peruse and play while under the watchful eye of a 34-foot Lego robot. Scoops Kids Spa allows kids to indulge in ice cream-themed manicures, pedicures and hairstyles.

Dining and Nightlife

Whether you want to sit down or grab something quickly, South Street Dining offers a variety of food choices in one convenient area. Choices include Famous Dave's, Cadillac Ranch, CRAVE, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Tony Roma's, Noodles and Company and more. Rick Bronson's House of Comedy hosts live comedic performances each night.


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