The 10 Best Things to Do in Bloomington, Minnesota

Bloomington is the fifth largest city, as of 2016 estimates, in the U.S. state of Minnesota. It is located in Hennepin County on the north bank of the Minnesota River, above its confluence with the Mississippi River. Bloomington lies 10 miles (16 km) south of downtown Minneapolis. As of the 2010 census the city's population was 82,893, and in 2016 the estimated population was 85,319.

1. Mall of America

60 E Broadway, Level 2, Bloomington, MN 55425-5510 Shopping, Shopping Malls
Excellent
54%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 5490 reviews

Mall of America

Mall of America(R) is one of the top tourist destinations in the country! The Mall welcomes more than 40 million visitors a year from across the country and around the world to enjoy over 520 retail and specialty stores including Nordstrom and Macy's. Experience unique dining and entertainment at over 50 restaurants plus enjoy leading attractions like the nation's largest indoor theme park, Nickelodeon Universe(R) indoor theme park, SEA LIFE(R) Aquarium, LEGO(R), A.C.E.S. Flight Simulator, Moose Mountain Adventure Golf and more! By hosting more than 400 events each year, the Mall has become the place where fans can meet and greet their favorite celebrities or take part in interactive, one-of-a-kind events.

Reviewed By BellaB33 - Lake Geneva, WisconsinLake Geneva, Wisconsin

Interesting enough to visit once

The first thing you need to know for your first trip here is that there are 2 areas for parking, East and West. We wasted a lot of time looking for North and South parking because this place is so big and the online mall maps are not clear. Shopping is fi

2. Nickelodeon Universe

5000 Center Ct, Mall of America, Bloomington, MN 55425-5505 Water & Amusement Parks, Theme Parks
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2185 reviews

Nickelodeon Universe

Reviewed By jordandemarre - Burnsville, MinnesotaBurnsville, Minnesota

All Day Wristbands

I brought my son and a friend of his to Nickelodeon Universe for his birthday. We spent 5 hours in the Park. The boys had so much fun riding unlimited rides with an All Day Unlimited Wristband. The lines were great until about 5pm then the wait times incr

3. SEA LIFE Minnesota

120 E Broadway, East Entrance, Level One, Bloomington, MN 55425-5511 Nature & Parks, Zoos & Aquariums
Excellent
45%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1657 reviews

SEA LIFE Minnesota

Discover thousands of sea creatures in SEA LIFE Aquarium at Mall of America and touch real sea creatures! Explore the world famous 300-foot long tunnel exhibit where guests come nose-to-nose with sea turtles, sharks, sawfish and more! Purchase the Behind-the-Scenes tour for a more in-depth look at how SEA LIFE cares for its thousands of creatures at the Aquarium. Conveniently located in the Mall of America the Aquarium is within walking distance to hotels, restaurants, stores and the light rail.

Reviewed By Grussingtravels - Detroit Lakes, MinnesotaDetroit Lakes, Minnesota

Super fun

It’s an hour which is perfect for a toddler. Each section is unique and fun. We went right when they open and it wasn’t too busy. Would definitely do again.

4. Lego Imagination Center

164 S Avenue, Mall of America, Bloomington, MN 55425-5525 Water & Amusement Parks, Theme Parks
Excellent
56%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 868 reviews

Lego Imagination Center

Six thousand square feet of Lego models in the Mall of America.

Reviewed By JoyShurjo - Dhaka City, BangladeshDhaka City, Bangladesh

Lego Land in the Mall of America

My son would have loved it. It is a Lego Land in the Mall of America. Very nice to watch. Models made by Lego were scattered within six thousand square feet area.

5. Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington, MN 55425-1600 Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
Excellent
60%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 128 reviews

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Reviewed By sevie699 - Saint Paul, MinnesotaSaint Paul, Minnesota

Loved the views and Eagles

This is a short drive from either city and is worth the drive. Many paths, sifting areas, and indoor things to study. There is an excellent bookstore too. You park for free and no fee to enter. There are many large charts to explain habitat and the Missis

6. Hyland Lake Park Reserve

10145 Bush Lake Rd, Bloomington, MN 55438-2164 Nature & Parks
Excellent
83%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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5 based on 79 reviews

Hyland Lake Park Reserve

Reviewed By JSLTraveler - Bloomington, MinnesotaBloomington, Minnesota

Beautiful Park/Trails/Play Area/Water Rentals

We go to Hyland on a regular basis. The play area is huge. It has tables and sitting areas for watching your kids was they climb run and slide. At the lake they have canoe, paddle boats and kayak rentals. There isn't a swimming beach. The park also has aw

7. Normandale Japanese Garden

9700 France Ave S, Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN 55431-4309 Nature & Parks, Gardens
Excellent
58%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 72 reviews

Normandale Japanese Garden

Reviewed By dbunnies - Salem, WisconsinSalem, Wisconsin

Very pretty - very small

Not exactly what I imagined but it was nice. Very pretty and serene but smaller than it appeared. It was a nice walk through and if your are in the area worth it, if you are not in the area I would ot go out of my way.

8. Amazing Mirror Maze

335 N Garden, Mall of America, Bloomington, MN 55425-5519 Water & Amusement Parks, Theme Parks
Excellent
22%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 217 reviews

Amazing Mirror Maze

Reviewed By Sarah S - Minneapolis, MinnesotaMinneapolis, Minnesota

Bought Groupon coupon, it’s closed

Why have a current Groupon if you’re closed? Drove an hour for my daughter’s birthday gift to the Mirror Maze and it was closed. No notice on the Groupon or online hours. Tried calling to verify hours but nobody answered. Not impressed.

9. The Works Museum

9740 Grand Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55420-4225 Museums, Science Museums
Excellent
38%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 38 reviews

The Works Museum

Reviewed By MidwesternBaker - MissouriMissouri

Kids had fun, but it is rather small

We were able to visit for free using our reciprocal membership. I don't know if I'd say it would be worth it if you are paying full price. It is basically a very large room divided up in to stations. That being said, our kids had a very good time for the

10. Northwest Airlines History Centre

8101 34th Ave S Ste 100, Bloomington, MN 55425-1606 Museums, Specialty Museums
Excellent
59%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 12 reviews

Northwest Airlines History Centre

Reviewed By KevinA35 - Nampa, IdahoNampa, Idaho

Modest "Must See" Collection

Must see for any former Northwest employees, their families, or those who are interested in aviation and/or Northwest Airlines. A modest collection but extremely interesting. Smaller children would likely not find anything interesting. Plan on spending up

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