Bloomington offers a nearly unlimited selection of diverse restaurants. Family-style home cooking, candle-lit dining rooms, outdoor cafes and intimate little snack bars are just a few of the options diners have in the area. Cuisine ranges from fast food to ethnic delicacies to incomparable steaks and walleye pike – Minnesota’s state fish and a specialty of the area.
Mall of America (located in Bloomington) is the largest enclosed retail, dining and entertainment complex in the nation, and welcomes more than 42 million annual visitors. Spanning over 4.2 million square feet, the mall features more than 500 stores, thrilling family attractions, nightlife and great dining options. Anchor stores include Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom and Sears. In addition to shopping, Mall of America also features more than 30 rides and attractions at Nickelodeon Universe®, a seven-acre amusement park in the mall’s center. Sea Life™ Aquarium, a 1.2-million-gallon aquarium, showcases more than 10,000 sea creatures, fascinating displays and creative hands-on activities for kids – bringing a new level of excitement and understanding for the world’s oceans.
Mall of America also houses more than 50 restaurants (from fast food to fine dining), Theatres at Mall of America, a 14-screen movie theater with VIP seating and D-Box motion seats, and Moose Mountain Adventure Golf. IKEA, the Swedish home furnishings retailer, is adjacent to Mall of America. This 336,000-square-foot, two-floor store features more than 10,000 products, a Sweden Shop, a Swedish restaurant and Bistro.
Even more shopping opportunities abound in Bloomington, where there is never sales tax on clothing. Non-seasonal and mainstream shops are generally open seven days a week, 362 days a year (closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter). Area Bloomington shopping districts celebrate year-round (even in the coldest winter days) with special events from art fairs to street dances to sidewalk sales to parades.
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