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
4.5 based on 5490 reviews
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
4.5 based on 2185 reviews
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
4 based on 1657 reviews
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
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
4.5 based on 868 reviews
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
4.5 based on 128 reviews
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
5 based on 79 reviews
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
4.5 based on 72 reviews
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
3.5 based on 217 reviews
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
4 based on 38 reviews
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
4.5 based on 12 reviews
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