Mall of America, Minneapolis

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  • like any mall...but bigger!
    like any mall...but bigger!
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    The Mall of America

    by gregoryr1m Updated Apr 26, 2004

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    Most will tell you The Mall of America is a "must see" when you visit Minnesota but let's face it, it's a shopping mall and it has most shops in The Mall of America can be found in almost any other mall in America including teenagers who have nothing better to do than to hang out at the mall. It's got an indoor amusment park but most people go there to shop and it's a tourist destination for people from all over the world; I don't get it.

    Unique Suggestions: Go see Camp Snoopy located in the center of the Mall. I doesn't matter what the weather is like out side, this amusement park is indoors.

    Fun Alternatives: Stillwater is a nice alternative. A walk thru downtown Stillwater is a favorite activity of mine, with plenty of shopping, eating, and sight seeing.

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    Mall of "Another Big Mall"

    by KevinAdams Written Aug 2, 2005

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    You know...I don't quite know what the attraction is here. Yes. IT IS BIG. Huge. So big I refuse to go there anymore fearing I won't park near the entrance for the store I want and have to walk all the way around.

    That aside. All I can say is that they do have almost every store imaginable along with the standards. In fact, the Gap, Vicky's, Banana's have several locations in the Mall in case you miss them. I think maybe the only redeeming quality is if you have kids, you can shop a while, then go to Camp Snoopy for them.

    If you don't have kids, then ask yourself, "Why?" Do I want to spend a vacation in a humongous, crowded mall?

    Unique Suggestions: Camp Snoopy. Cereal Town, Legoland

    Fun Alternatives: They are building the world's largest indoor waterpark next door. ?? on when it opens, but it looks like they are making progress.

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    It's hard to find a deal in the Mall of America.

    by Kastahi Written Jun 15, 2012

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    The famous Mall of America sign.
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    As a local of Minneapolis, I have been to the Mall of America many times. Each time I'm there, somebody ends up dropping at least $50 to $100 on food and other things. Lots of stores have higher prices because the Mall has so many tourists.

    The biggest offenders:

    Nickelodeon Universe. The deal is, you get either a ticket with "points" added onto it or a full-day wristband. Each point is one dollar, however, many of the tickets have discounted prices (yet still have outrageous prices, up to $60). Each ride costs between two and six points, so if one rode four rides you could end up spending $24. The all-day wristband is a better bet, but it's still $30. Not to mention the three extra activities (the Ghostly Gangplank {ropes and boards to walk on while strapped to a harness 50 feet above the ground}, mini golf, and the "Anchor Drop," each costing about $5.

    The American Girl Doll store: I don't know if the company normally prices things like this, but the dolls here are upwards of $100 each. Not to mention their 'gear,' such as a baby grand piano for $150. If you have a little girl with you, don't let her into this store. Any begging might result in the foreclosure of your home.

    Sea Life Aquarium: Yes, the experience of walking under a manta-ray is fun and just a little creepy, but tickets are $16-20. The Minnesota Zoo (towards the suburbs) is cheaper, but you get much, much, much more out of it.

    Any of the kiosks: Various things that you really don't need for exorbitant amounts of money. I mean really, who goes to the Mall of America looking for a pet hermit crab?

    Another thing- Because the mall is HUGE, everything is far away. One might end up walking three miles just between stores. Try to do each floor in one fell swoop and try not to go back.

    Unique Suggestions: - Find the chain stores where you know prices are the same as anywhere else in the world.
    - Eat somewhere else and skip paying $30 for a meal.
    - Use the many directories if you get lost.
    - If you absolutely MUST ride on a roller coaster, buy the $18 20-point ticket. It should satisfy your craving for rides without spending too much money. Also, do not buy treats or soda at Nickelodeon Universe. They are half the price anywhere else.
    - Ask yourself this: "Does this item cost the same as it might elsewhere? If not, can I buy it somewhere else?"
    - Take a look at what's going on in the Rotunda, there might be a fun (and free) event to watch.
    - Ride the Light Rail train for only $1.75.

    Fun Alternatives: If you want the long walks and shopping from the Mall of America, walk around downtown's Nicollet Mall, or just all of downtown. Even the sweltering heat of Minnesota's summer or its famous winters isn't prohibitive- just find an entrance to the skyway and literally walk above all the other tourists.

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    Mall of America

    by Faracy Written Jul 25, 2004

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    Its huge, its redundant... but you really do have to see it at least once.

    Unique Suggestions: I would avoid going on Saturday afternoon when everything feels the need to go there, although if you do go then its very likely you will see some kind of American Idol type of talent show, or amatuer model search in the rotunda. If you´re under 16, you can´t be there after 6 PM without an adult... pretty stupid I think. I beleive this is only on the weekends... if you look really young they will ask to see ID!

    Fun Alternatives: What is it that you need at the Mall? If you just want to shop, go to one of the Dales, such as Southdale, Ridgedale, Rosedale.. They are somewhat smaller malls that are closer into the cities, although all are still large by any standard.
    Mall of America does have some specialty stores, and the sheer magnatude of stores is impressive, but most are repetitive.

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    Mall of America

    by mnhaus Updated Jan 24, 2003

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    like any mall...but bigger!

    It doesn't have anything in it that any other mall doesn't have....well, except an amusement park....

    Fun Alternatives: If shopping is the goal, Southdale and the Galleria are nearby in Edina. Otherwise for a more interesting experience try the Skyway downtown - you can do all of your shopping and have access to great restaraunts & entertainment, the Nicollett Ave market (summer only), and in the winter not even have to go outside!

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    Mall of America

    by Redlats Updated May 9, 2004

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    Mall of America

    With mixed feelings, I have decided to stick the mall in the tourist trap section. I do not think you can visit the Twin Cities without checking out the largest mall in the US, and we did spend a whole day there. Over 500 stores - they have a store that specializes in garlic for heaven's sake!

    But it is just a mall. It has a theme park called Snoopy's in the centre of the mall. The theme park is only suitable for kids (probably under 14). They also have Legoland. Legoland sells and displays Lego, but also provides many tables for kids to build Lego. The mall also has WaterWorld, but we did not try that out.

    We also decided we did not enjoy the choice of food in the Food Court as much as we did our last vacation in Hawaii. There the food court choice and quality was amazing. In the Mall of America, there were a lot of franchises (Arby's, A&W, Panada Express, etc. etc.) - normal stuff - not amazing

    We have spent time in the West Edmonton Mall - the largest shopping centre in the world. I rate that mall better as it has more attractions (skating rink, water slides and wave pool, theme park geared more for older kids, etc.).

    In 2001, for a Canadian, the prices in the US were very high. The Canada to US conversion is approximately $1.50Cdn = $1.00US. The problem is that many items are priced in Canada the same $ as they are in the US -- I mean for instance that the current CD specials in US music stores cost approx. $14.99 (that's US$). In a mall in Canada, the same current CD specials also cost approx. $14.99 (but Cdn$). Why would anyone want to shop in the US if they can shop in Canada? By 2004, the difference between the Cdn $ and the US $ is a little closer now - $1 US = $1.39 Cdn, but we still do not find bargains in the US.

    If you want to read someone's report that enjoyed the mall, read Ladyfisher's page

    MOA website: http://www.mallofamerica.com

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    'Megga Mall' or Mall of...

    by Davenusa Written Aug 26, 2002

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    'Megga Mall' or Mall of America.
    Not Many locals shop here. It would take you a whole day to get what you need if you had a variety of things to get. This is because most shops in the mall only deal with one item. Like socks! You can only buy socks at that particular store. Or another store may only deal in beads, or Flags. Plus you'll pay top doller there. The only positive is the movie theater. Nice!

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    Gaggggggg!

    by SF_Grrl Written Oct 24, 2004

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    A complete shrine of plasticine trash.

    I can't believe the Mpls/St. Paul area allowed this banal piece of crap to be built on the hallowed grounds of the old Met Stadium; home to the MN Twins from 1961-1981.

    PATHETIC!

    Unique Suggestions: a FEW of the speciality shops are cool - I'm a BIG fan of classic muscle cars and I got a t-shirt here with a beautiful classic 1965 'Stang' on it.
    I can't remember the name of the place - sorry.

    Fun Alternatives: Funky shops in the U of MN area and Uptown - (which was becoming kind of plastic so...)...U of MN or Loring Park for the G/L/B/T community.

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    Mall of AmericaSometimes...

    by photobf Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Mall of America
    Sometimes called the 'Megamall', it's the largest indoor mall in America. According to the Mall's website (www.mallofamerica.com), the mall has 4.3 miles of storefront. It's .57 miles to walk around the mall on one level. It opened in 1992 on the former location of Metropolitan Stadium.

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    The biggest tourist trap is...

    by melissamn1 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The biggest tourist trap is the Mall of America hands down. It can get really really busy. If you plan on coming to MN during a holiday season like Christmas be ready to fight the crowds. It's a mess.

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    MALL OF AMERICA...

    by JeanCooke Written Aug 25, 2002

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    MALL OF AMERICA http://www.mallofamerica.com/

    Mall of America opened in August, 1992 and has more than 500 stores, 70 restaurants, 14 movie screens, a wedding chapel, an 18-hole mini-golf course, a gargantuan aquarium and Camp Snoopy amusement park, all under one roof. Riding the exciting spiraling roller coaster among the twenty-eight other rides is fun plus gives an overview of the seven-acre indoor park. For die-hard shoppers, Northwest Airlines and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines operate special packages to Mall of America as part of their “World Vacations” and “Shop ‘til you Drop” programs.

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    The Mall of America

    by acemj Updated Nov 19, 2003

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    It's just a really, really, really big mall.
    Okay, so there is an amusement park inside and it has some great anchor stores including Nordstrom and it's got some great restaurants and bars and a theater and . . . .

    Still, it's just a mall.

    It's located in Bloomington, a southside suburb.

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  • Canyons, lakes, mountains, and...

    by tralala Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Canyons, lakes, mountains, and rubber band balls are things to see for their size, but not shopping malls. In my opinion, the Mall of America is over rated. Hit uptown or downtown Minneapolis for shopping. The picture to the left is of the Gavidae Shopping Center located downtown on Nicollet Mall. The creative use of color and fountains are invigorating and there are never unbearable crowds like the Mall of America has.

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  • The Mall of America is...

    by JenNJohn Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The Mall of America is definately considered a Tourist Trap to us locals, but we do understand why every tourist wants to visit atleast once. Their prices are outlandish compared to most other malls, and the only way that it is that different is the fact that it is BIG. Be warned, many tourist are so overwhelmed that they spend the day lost and walking in circles never going into the stores they want to look at. If you wait til you see everything, you'll be riding home before you realize you spent 2 days there and never went into a store!

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    A Mall is a Mall is a Mall..

    by JosM Updated Jul 31, 2004

    Although the Mall of America is promoted as a major touristic attraction, it will remain a mall forever. If you are an addicted shopper, this is the place to visit.

    Unique Suggestions: If you are accompanied by children (under 14), then visit Camp Snoopy.

    Fun Alternatives: Take a bus to St-Paul and visit the Cathedral.

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