Mall of America, Minneapolis: Destination Thrill

Mall of America, Minneapolis: Destination Thrill on FalcondaleLife blog. The biggest shopping mall in America also has a theme park and many other thrilling attractions to make it a tourist destination in its own right. Nickelodeon Universe theme park has 27 thrill rides. The Sea Life Aquarium includes a shark tank tunnel to walk through. There are two mini golf experiences and all of these are reviewed in the blog post. Also, can we talk about how this fish looks like Donald Trump? Or Elvis?

Everything in America is bigger, right? The name “Mall of America” conjures up an image of the biggest shopping mall I’ve ever seen. It’s in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota; a northerly city in the American Midwest. And yes, it is the BIGGEST mall in the USA!

This is a destination shopping mall which is now celebrating its 25th anniversary year. There’s so much extra going on here that people come for vacations and short breaks. You can buy hotel and theme park packages for the Mall of America. That’s right, I did say “theme park”! This is the home of Nickelodeon Universe with thrill rides of all kinds right in the center of the mall. In addition there is a superb high-ropes adventure “Dutchman’s Deck” with zip-wires right across this huge central space. Also there are two elaborate mini golf experiences and a Sea Life Aquarium. A big Lego store dominates one side of the central area with giant Lego sculptures to admire. There’s plenty of dining and still more attractions but we had a kind invitation to try out and review a few.

Mall of America, Minneapolis: Destination Thrill on FalcondaleLife blog. The biggest shopping mall in America also has a theme park and many other thrilling attractions to make it a tourist destination in its own right. Moose Mountain adventure golf.

Moose Mountain Adventure Golf

This is the first of two mini golf attractions which we tried. We liked the wild west mountainous set which meant it was a bit like threading our way through a hilly labyrinth. There were sometimes views over the mall from on high then we would be back in a gully or tunnel, twisting and turning on our route. The holes themselves were 3 or 4 shots each which was a good test for us. We were kept on our toes by some nice options for trick shots.

Rock of Ages Black Light Mini Golf

This second mini golf was a glow-in-the-dark layout with a rock music theme. This was visually appealing with great colours and a few fun tricks like rolling your ball through a juke box to make music. However most holes were quite flat and the attraction is really the décor and sound. Each hole was only 2 or 3 shots each to complete so it was much faster than Moose Mountain Adventure golf and tested our skills less.

The queue for Rock of Ages mini golf was mainly adults and the queue for Moose Mountain golf was mainly children. I would recommend each group tried the other mini golf, it might suit them better than they imagine!

Mall of America, Minneapolis: Destination Thrill on FalcondaleLife blog. The biggest shopping mall in America also has a theme park and many other thrilling attractions to make it a tourist destination in its own right. Rock of Ages Blacklight Mini Golf.

Food Hall

There are plenty of restaurants but we grabbed a quick lunch in the food hall. Here at the Naf Naf Grill I had the only kebab I’ve ever eaten in the USA and very nice it was too. It was called a Shawarma but I know a kebab when I see one! The girls had chicken and chips from A&W which is pretty much all they survived on for ten days in the Midwest.

Mall of America, Minneapolis: Destination Thrill on FalcondaleLife blog. The biggest shopping mall in America also has a theme park and many other thrilling attractions to make it a tourist destination in its own right. Sea Life Aquarium.

Sea Life Aquarium

Next we went down to the basement to visit the Sea Life Aquarium. It was that great winning formula of all the best Sea Life Centre Aquariums the world over. The funny thing for me was that we were so incredibly far from the ocean in Minneapolis! Nonetheless the same dedicated conservation work was underway at this aquarium and there was a very telling display of jellyfish in one tank and plastic bags in another that looked so similar. It really makes you think about pollution.

A very large, supervised touch and feel tank is near the entrance. Further on I fulfilled a lifetime ambition and fed a ray. We especially liked the display of graceful seahorses. The shark tunnel was fabulous; really long and with a big range of very active creatures including massive swordfish, some of whom were rescued and being nursed back from injury.

Mall of America, Minneapolis: Destination Thrill on FalcondaleLife blog. The biggest shopping mall in America also has a theme park and many other thrilling attractions to make it a tourist destination in its own right. Nickelodeon Universe theme park.

Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park

All too soon the visit to the Sea Life Centre was over and we made our way to Nickelodeon Universe. It was quite late so we just picked a few rides. This is a serious theme park with some awesome thrills. It deserves a full day to get around all 27 rides. You can ride, shop elsewhere in the Mall and come back for more later; the rides are not in a fenced-off area.

Mall of America, Minneapolis: Destination Thrill on FalcondaleLife blog. The biggest shopping mall in America also has a theme park and many other thrilling attractions to make it a tourist destination in its own right. Nickelodeon Universe theme park, Pepsi Orange Streak

Fizz had been a bit unwell the previous day so we selected a coaster which didn’t look too challenging – no upside-down bits anyway. The Pepsi Orange Streak gives a great view of the whole park, travelling at a height. The track goes all around over the top and around other rides so you get a bit of a tour – if you get time to look! Belle loved that and rode it two times.

Mall of America, Minneapolis: Destination Thrill on FalcondaleLife blog. The biggest shopping mall in America also has a theme park and many other thrilling attractions to make it a tourist destination in its own right. Nickelodeon Universe theme park, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle ride.

None of us were brave enough to go on the rides like the Spongebob Squarepants Rock Bottom Plunge. Nor did we try the Avatar Airbender but it was fantastic to watch. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock is a lovely ride were each person straps into a turtle shell and flies in swooping arcs like a superhero. You have control over your own spin here. There are some upside down or plunging rides but the range is excellent with less scary experiences too like the Log Chute. Eleven of the rides are ideal for smaller kids and I particularly liked the look of the adorable baby bumper cars with a Rugrats theme.

Mall of America, Minneapolis: Destination Thrill on FalcondaleLife blog. The biggest shopping mall in America also has a theme park and many other thrilling attractions to make it a tourist destination in its own right. Nickelodeon Universe theme park.

Plan a visit

I still can’t get over the fact this huge park fits inside a shopping mall. Minneapolis is northerly with variable weather so being indoors means Mall of America is a year-round destination. Anyone using KLM/Delta to fly from Europe would do well to consider a route through Minneapolis to make a visit here. Minneapolis airport is a main hub for these airlines and there is a vast range of internal onward flights throughout the whole USA. This is a real undiscovered gem for European thrill seekers and tourists. We didn’t see any other British and European travellers on our ten days in the Midwest so I’m delighted to have been welcomed by Mall of America to write a review.

Mall of America, Minneapolis: Destination Thrill on FalcondaleLife blog. The biggest shopping mall in America also has a theme park and many other thrilling attractions to make it a tourist destination in its own right. Sea Life Centre. Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park

Disclosure: we were kindly given tickets for the two mini golfs, Sea Life and Nickelodeon Universe rides for the purposes of this review but all opinions are my own. This blog also contains an affiliate link for an airline. If you click on it then make a purchase, then I will get a small commission at no cost to you. This contributes to the running costs of this website; it’ll never make me rich!

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Mall of America, Minneapolis: Destination Thrill on FalcondaleLife blog. The biggest shopping mall in America also has a theme park and many other thrilling attractions to make it a tourist destination in its own right.

Inside Mall of America, Minneapolis.

Mall of America, Minneapolis: Destination Thrill on FalcondaleLife blog. The biggest shopping mall in America also has a theme park and many other thrilling attractions to make it a tourist destination in its own right.

Inside Mall of America, Minneapolis.

Mall of America, Minneapolis: Destination Thrill on FalcondaleLife blog. The biggest shopping mall in America also has a theme park and many other thrilling attractions to make it a tourist destination in its own right. Moose Mountain Adventure Golf.

Moose Mountain Adventure Golf, Mall of America.

Mall of America, Minneapolis: Destination Thrill on FalcondaleLife blog. The biggest shopping mall in America also has a theme park and many other thrilling attractions to make it a tourist destination in its own right. Lego store.

Lego Store, Mall of America.

Mall of America, Minneapolis: Destination Thrill on FalcondaleLife blog. The biggest shopping mall in America also has a theme park and many other thrilling attractions to make it a tourist destination in its own right. Lego Store.

Giant Lego sculptures, Mall of America.

Mall of America, Minneapolis: Destination Thrill on FalcondaleLife blog. The biggest shopping mall in America also has a theme park and many other thrilling attractions to make it a tourist destination in its own right. Nickelodeon Universe theme park and Lego play area.

Nickelodeon Universe theme park and Lego play area, Mall of America.

 

Mall of America, Minneapolis: Destination Thrill on FalcondaleLife blog. The biggest shopping mall in America also has a theme park and many other thrilling attractions to make it a tourist destination in its own right. Sea Life Aquarium.

Shark tunnel, Sea Life Aquarium, Mall of America.

Mall of America, Minneapolis: Destination Thrill on FalcondaleLife blog. The biggest shopping mall in America also has a theme park and many other thrilling attractions to make it a tourist destination in its own right. Sea Life Aquarium.

Sea Life Aquarium, Mall of America.

Mall of America, Minneapolis: Destination Thrill on FalcondaleLife blog. The biggest shopping mall in America also has a theme park and many other thrilling attractions to make it a tourist destination in its own right. Sea Life Aquarium. Feed a ray.

Me, feeding a ray at the Sea Life Aquarium, Mall of America.

Mall of America, Minneapolis: Destination Thrill on FalcondaleLife blog. The biggest shopping mall in America also has a theme park and many other thrilling attractions to make it a tourist destination in its own right.

 

 

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15 Comments

  1. 10th October 2017 / 9:38 pm

    Moscow boasts the biggest mall in Europe (of course), and what with the weather and all, they do also have a bit of a habit of putitng some serious attractions in amongst the shops. But there definitely isn’t a whole indoor theme park there! Cool!

    • 10th October 2017 / 9:46 pm

      I was so impressed by the size of Mall of America but although it is the biggest in the States, it doesn’t make it onto the list of the ten biggest malls in the world. But the attractions are really neat!

  2. 7th October 2017 / 7:43 pm

    Only in America right? I think my son and I would head straight for the aquarium while my daughter rode the rides with my husband. Fun for the whole family right? I’d probably have to stop by JCrew too to fuel my addiction. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

  3. 7th October 2017 / 2:44 pm

    I can’t get my head around the concept of a theme park inside a shopping mall. I think I’d find it a bit distracting. Shop or play? Really enjoyed getting to see it through your eyes though. Thanks for showing me more of the world on #FarawayFiles

  4. 7th October 2017 / 10:17 am

    Whoa! It’s like Disneyland meets shopping mall… paradise on earth! Can you even visit this mall in one day? I feel like you need to stay overnight in a next door hotel.

  5. 6th October 2017 / 10:59 pm

    Looks like a fun place. You’d never get me on a rollercoaster though!

  6. 6th October 2017 / 12:08 pm

    Wow! I had no idea The Mall of America had so much stuff. I’ve never really given much thought to this mall as I always just thought it was an over sized version of the malls I’ve been to already. I will have to give this one another thought and take my kids next time I get the chance to travel:)

  7. Helen
    5th October 2017 / 9:06 pm

    This looks like my kind of place – I’ve heard amazing things about this place, now to book the holiday to America!

    • 6th October 2017 / 10:44 am

      I’m sure you won’t regret heading to Minneapolis – it’s a bit quicker to immigrate here than some other big airport hubs too.

  8. 5th October 2017 / 8:58 pm

    What a mall! We went to a mall in Dubai with a ski slope on the side in Dubai and was completely blown away by the side but a rollercoaster! Wow!

    • 6th October 2017 / 10:45 am

      A ski slope in Dubai sounds pretty wild. Snow in the desert!

  9. 5th October 2017 / 8:49 pm

    whoa! check out that ride! the theme park looks amazing! this is one for the Wishlist of things I want to do with my family, once I have one.

    • 6th October 2017 / 10:46 am

      I don’t think you need any excuses to go and ride great coasters!

  10. 5th October 2017 / 5:23 pm

    Wow what an incredible looking place. I can’t believe all of that is under one roof. BattleKid would love SeaLife, I’d have to dragged away from the Lego shop and BattleDad would love the rides!

    • 5th October 2017 / 5:52 pm

      We barely scratched the surface! It has lots to offer.

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