Rain or shine, summer or winter, you need never brave the elements – or even think about them – in Bloomington. Long a bedroom community for the Twin Cities, Bloomington is now a major destination in its own right thanks to its biggest (and we mean biggest!) attraction: the Mall of America.
The largest enclosed shopping center in the US can occupy days of your time, and that's before you even begin to explore its over 500 stores. Join the more than 40 million people who visit the mall annually for thrills that include Nickelodeon Universe, a vast indoor theme park based on the popular kids cable TV channel. Its array of roller coasters includes the SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge.
Another highlight is the huge Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium, where you can travel through a 300-foot-long tunnel of glass surrounded by swimming sea creatures. For more aquatic fun, visit the Water Park of America, a large indoor water park. And getting here couldn't be easier – Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is right nearby.