Your New Summer Mini-Vacation Destination: Mall of America®!

When I was approached about traveling to Mall of America and staying at the brand new Radisson Blu hotel attached to it I was excited to say the least! Great shopping, comfortable accommodations, and entertainment all under one roof? Sign me up! I asked my boyfriend to accompany me on my journey over the Memorial Day weekend, and what a weekend it was. We started off near Chicago, which is about a 6.5 hour drive. It was a cloudy day with a chill in the air- perfect driving weather. We settled in with a new audiobook and it seemed we were suddenly at our destination: the new Radisson Blu hotel. MOA Radisson Blu Hotel A gorgeous, modern hotel that is as comfortable as it is chic. MOA Lobby 2 MOA Lobby 1 We were greeted with the cozy and upbeat lobby and incredibly friendly staff. We were guided to our room (on the 11th floor- gorgeous view!)… MOA Raddison Blu Room The room was spacious and clean and the view of downtown Minneapolis outside our window set the tone for the weekend. As did the cupcakes that they had waiting for us…. MOA Cupcakes After we settled in the first order of business was to scope out the Mall and all of the stores I wanted to shop visit. I found several that tickled my fancy: MOA Kiehls MOA Crabtree & EvelynMOA Coach MOA Sigma MOA Sephora MOA MAC and Origins MOA Loccitane Of course I had to pick up a few beauty items while I was there, but I was also excited to experience Mall of America… as in… MOA Rides MOA Mini Golf MOA Ferris Wheel MOA Mini Golf 2 MOA Flight Simmulator MOA Sea Life We explored the theme park, and although it is overwhelming at times, it is SO much fun! There are rides for everyone, big to small and even for the meek of stomach. We had our picture taken on one of my favorite rides (that we actually went on several times) the Pepsi Orange Streak. It wasn’t particularly fast and it did not go upside down, but it was enough to give you wind in your face and a great aerial view of the whole park. We also played the Moose Mountain Adventure Golf course. It was 18 holes of fun and at times frustration. We aren’t sure who won because halfway through we stopped keeping score. We just got lost in the game I guess. :) We also stopped by the Sky Deck Sports Grille & Lanes and played air hockey, video games and raced cars. I have to mention that I won the game of air hockey. ;) My boyfriend’s favorite was the A.C.E.S. Flight Simulation experience. He went into a cockpit-like chair that gives you the effects of turbulence, banking, etc. The views were spectacular, though I admit sometimes it made me a bit queasy. The upside down parts were a little nerve-wracking. >.< He chose the F18 fighter jet as his aircraft and was absolutely enthralled with his flight. He came out with his knees shaking and he can’t wait to do it again. SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium® was a lot of fun. There were “petting” pools in the beginning where you could touch starfish and other creatures. It’s a very cool experience. I loved the jellyfish exhibits as well; they are so entrancing. Afterwards we hit up the Rainforest Cafe for some drinks… MOA Drinks And the chic restaurant, CRAVE MOA Lamb Lamb anyone? It was delicious and the atmosphere was cool, yet refined. Art_of_Shaving_13

The final day we were there we were pretty exhausted from being on the go all day and night. We were each treated to spa-like experiences catered to men and women. He received a Royal Shave at the Art of Shaving. There were several stages involved and although I wasn’t there, I heard it was a fabulous experience with hot towels and warm lathers. Progressions Aveeda Salon

I received a facial and plant peel at the Progressions Salon. It was incredibly relaxing. My aesthetician, Erin, was soothing and calming in voice and delicate with my face, neck and shoulders. The peel was cooling and all of the oils that were used felt amazing. She put Blue Oil on my back with a hot towel and it really helped my aching muscles. Afterwards, Brianna shampooed my hair and gave me a beautiful blow out. My hair and skin have never been softer or smoother. Side note: how amazing do Aveda products smell?! After relaxation time was over, I decided to pop into Sephora for one last hurrah. I ended up purchasing a few Dior lip products. Oops. :) I had to get the Addict Extreme in Holiday, because it was after all a holiday weekend and I was on holiday. We are incredibly grateful we had the opportunity to visit Mall of America and have recommended a trip to all of our family and friends. I wouldn’t hesitate to return. There is something for everyone, whether it’s the thrill of adventure or the thrill of a great shopping bargain, or to experience several amazing restaurants – Mall of America has you covered.


What are some of your favorite places to visit in Mall of America?  If you haven’t been where would you go first?  Leave an answer in the comments below and you will be automatically be entered into a drawing to win a $100 MOA gift card!


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79 Responses to Your New Summer Mini-Vacation Destination: Mall of America®!

  1. rachel says:

    I’ve never been! I’d go to Williams-Sonoma.

  2. I’d visit Legoland first. Friends tell us it’s a must see!

  3. I remember this place! I went there when my husband was living there. Maybe we should make a trip back to the ol’ USA. It’s been a while. Lovely cupcakes there :-)

  4. Jessie C. says:

    We love Lego land and NR.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  5. man i haven’t been there since my early teens, but they sure have upgraded the place. when i went, probably 12+ years ago now, so many stores were vacant and it felt like an icky low-end mall. the hotel you stayed at looks nice too! i’ll have to visit again! hehe i would totally go to Sephora and the AQUARIUM! I didn’t even know they had an aquarium there :)

  6. Maureen says:

    I have not yet been to Mall of America but hope to some day. I would love to visit the rides and the stores such as Nordstrom

  7. Amy Tong says:

    What a wonderful trip you had. I’ll definitely take my kids to Sea Life first. I’m sure they’ll love it. Of course, gotta visit all those yummy restaurants in there.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  8. Rachel Keele says:

    I’ve been to Mall of America twice, these last two summers. I plan to go again this summer, while visiting my boyfriend in Stillwater (outside of Minneapolis).

    I look forward to going to H&M (since they don’t have online shopping), and stocking up on basics at American Apparel. I love grabbing some gelato too, mmmmm. And I wouldn’t forget Sephora and Kiehl’s like you. ;)

    Thank you for your blog, I love your perspective
    and you always seem to know about things first. Thanks again

  9. I’ve never been but am going for vacation next month. I am going to the papercrafting store: Archivers. I can’t wait! Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. Dwayne Berry says:

    If I win, I’d have a good excuse to buy some Twins tickets.

  11. Kiara says:

    I like Macy’s.

  12. Susan Denning says:

    I would love to stay at the new Radisson Blu!!!!!!

  13. HilLesha says:

    I’d love to go to Legoland. :)

  14. Debi says:

    The Aquarium

  15. dan williams says:

    twitted this today, 28/06

  16. Colleen W says:

    I would love to go to Sephora.

  17. Anastasia says:

    I have never been, but the first thing I’d want to do is take a ride on the roller coaster! Then I’ll hit Nike and also find out what store sells awesome cupcakes like the ones you got in your room! :)

  18. dan williams says:

    twitted this today, 29/06

  19. dan williams says:

    fresh fruit, twitted this today, 30/06

  20. Christine Gatzke says:

    Adore going to Sephora and Lush! Food wise I’m into Tiger Sushi and for entertainment….well there’s always the 4th floor with the comedy club!

  21. Carly says:

    I would go to Sephora and the AQUARIUM!

  22. I’ve never been! I think we’d probably hit up Legoland first.

  23. Kerry says:

    I’ve never been there – I think we would head to Nickelodeon Universe® first.

  24. Kelly Commerford says:

    I have never been. My first stops would be MAC & Sephora, especially Sephora. I can never make it past one without stopping in.

  25. I’ve never been. The Amazing Mirror Maze sounds like an interesting place to go

  26. I haven’t been there but I’d go the amazing mirror maze

  27. Wild Orchid says:

    I have never been, but I would love to go! I think my first destination would be the rollercoaster, but it would be so hard to decide!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  28. Wild Orchid says:


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  29. I’d love to go on the roller coaster!

  30. Saver Sara says:

    We love Tiger Sushi at MOA!

  31. diane Baum says:

    I would go to the lego store

  32. David says:

    I have never been, but I just moved to Nebraska from the Pacific Northwest, so I am only a few hours away now. I think this will be on our summer vacation list.

  33. Derek Timm says:

    I have never been there. I would like to just walk around and explore!

  34. Daniel M says:

    never been would go to legoland

  35. Mihaela D. says:

    I’d visit Legoland first.

  36. kim h says:

    ID go to the Rainforest Cafe and challenge myself to visit every store…not on the same day of

  37. Jenny says:

    I would go to Williams-Sonoma first

  38. Lisa Garner says:

    I’ve never been to MOA but it sounds like so much fun. I would like to shop Lush Cosmetics first.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  39. shawna says:

    I love the wisconsin cheese store!

  40. CharityS says:

    I want to visit the Burberry store.

    ccboobooy at gmail dot com

  41. I haven’t been in sooo long. I’m talking about 10 years or so, I went with my parents a few times on vacation and loved it! Now that I have a family of my own, I’d love to go for the rides for my daughter, I’m sure she’d love it just like I did. I’ve always wanted to try out Rainforest Cafe too, looks so good!

  42. llew415 says:

    Legoland- we always go to the one in Orlando!

  43. Pam Hunt says:

    I ve never been there but I would probably find the nearest bookstore!

  44. Brenda Elsner says:

    Haven’t been there yet, but planning a trip there in August. Lego land would be our first stop!!!

  45. Lisa says:

    I want to visit for the rides!!

  46. DanV says:

    I’d like to go to Swim ‘N Sport

  47. Gordon Purcell says:

    Like the Just Born candy store–you can get Mike and Ikes by the bag!

  48. May Avalon says:

    my fiance and i have been wanting to go for a long time!

  49. I want to visit the new Tervis store, while my girls will want to go to Juicy Couture.

  50. vivian says:

    try LEGOLAND ty

  51. meme says:

    I would love to take my kids to lego land

  52. never been but the first place i’d like to see is the aqaurium!

  53. Natalie yeoman says:

    I’ve never been here but I’d love to go fingers crossed

  54. nicole w says:

    I’ve never been there, but I would love to go and I’d probably check out Sephora first!

  55. Vicki D. says:

    When my kids were small, we went to Legoland and on the rides. Now, I like to shop, go to the movies, and eat at the various restaurants. I want to try the Dick’s Last Resort restaurant. My favorite place to go and eat now is Crave.

  56. Thomas Murphy says:

    I would love to go to the aquarium.

  57. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I would go to Legoland first!
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  58. Ann Council says:

    I have never been but love to shop at Macy’s.

  59. susansmoaks says:

    i would like to go to the aquarium. my family and i love to look at wildlife!

  60. marilyn says:

    yes to Legoland

  61. Sandy says:

    Some of my favorite places to visit are Nickalodeon Universe, Lego, Auntie Anne’s, A&W, Movie Theater, Nordstrom Rack etc.

  62. Heather S says:

    I want to go to legoland

  63. Kelly says:

    I’d go to old navy.

  64. Never been to a Hooters

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