Family reunions are time-consuming—from the planning to the actual trip. An unknown number of hours and days goes into organizing the gathering, while an inordinate amount of time is spent commuting from one place to the next, cutting into precious bonding moments. If you’ve planned a reunion, you’re familiar with this issue. However, there is a simple solution. Minimize the hassle of planning and coordination by hosting your family reunion at Mall of America® in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Everything you could possibly need for a fun-filled reunion can be found at Mall of America. There are rides and games for the young (and young-at-heart), tons of shopping, casual and upscale dining, and affordable accommodations—all conveniently under one roof.
What Can We Do at Mall of America?
The real question is, what can’t you do here? Mall of America is filled with thrilling attractions, hilarious entertainment and much more. The whole purpose of a family reunion is to create memories that you can reminisce about for years, and the many attractions at the Mall will certainly leave a lasting impression.
Nickelodeon Universe® is a one-of-a-kind theme park located in the center of the Mall. It offers seven acres of rides, including roller coasters, a ferris wheel, bumper cars, indoor log chute, and much more! Families shouldn’t miss the Dutchman’s Deck Adventure Course, where they can ride along the longest indoor zip line in the U.S., hanging 55 feet above the ground.
Bring the whole family to SEA LIFE® Minnesota Aquarium to get close to sea creatures, sharks, turtles, rays and jellyfish. Reunions will find fun interactive activities throughout the aquarium, including touch pools, stamp stations with dive books and WOW! facts. SMAAASH is a world-class gaming and entertainment center that brings together sports, virtual reality and dining into a highly interactive and innovative social experience for families.
FlyOver America is a flight simulation ride that gives guests a tour of landmarks and regions throughout the U.S. It’s a fully immersive experience, with wind, mist and even scents that put you right in the moment.
Adults in the group can head over to Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy for a night of laughter. Enjoy stand-up comedy from some of the country’s top touring comedians, sip on comedy-themed concoctions and munch on plates of appetizers as you burst out laughing all night long.
Family-Friendly Dining Options in Mall of America
Food brings people together. Gathering around a table to share delicious meals is a big part of a family reunion. This is the time to share experiences, stories, memories and joys with your loved ones. Of course, you want a great place to do that. Mall of America® has plenty.
Cantina Laredo offers a modern take on traditional Mexican favorites. Its extensive menu of made-from-scratch recipes includes tamales, carne asada, fajitas and tacos. Adults shouldn’t miss the hand-squeezed, lime-juice margaritas.
Fresh, great tasting food can be found at CRAVE. This restaurant offers fresh and innovative cuisine in an atmosphere that is both energetic and inviting. With a menu that has something for everyone, CRAVE is a great place for a special family reunion meal.
Another family-friendly establishment is Hard Rock Cafe. Classic American food and a live music stage make this restaurant a fun and delicious option for families. Be sure to check out the Rock Wall Solo™ interactive touch wall that lets you explore the world’s greatest music memorabilia collection. You can even reserve a private room for your group.
For a meal filled with fun and laughter, head to Dick’s Last Resort, where it’s fun for all and all in fun for those who dare to enter. Dick’s is known for its outrageous and energetic atmosphere and staff. The whole family will get a kick out of dining here. Plus, you can test your Mall of America® knowledge with a fun scavenger hunt.
Convenient Accommodations at Mall of America
After a long day of shopping, exploring, eating and fun, your family needs a comfortable, convenient place to rest and relax. Luckily, at Mall of America, you don’t have to go far to find a soft pillow and warm bed. There are two wonderful hotels attached to the Mall.
The newest hotel at Mall of America® is the JW Marriott, which offers a sophisticated experience. Grab a meal at Cedar + Stone, where the dishes are inspired by Minnesota’s natural roots and local culture. At the Radisson Blu, the Solimar Spa & Salon can pamper your family with massages, body wraps, facials and manicures. FireLake Grill House + Cocktail Bar offers a farm-to-table concept that serves dishes made from local produce.
How Do We Get to Mall of America?
Located in Bloomington, Mall of America is minutes away from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is a major hub serving points throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. The Mall is also a short 15 minutes drive away from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. Many hotels offer free shuttles to and from the airport and the Mall. Also, Light rail runs from the Mall to both city centers.
Your time is precious. Every minute you can spend with your family is important, so don’t waste any of them planning and commuting and coordinating. Mall of America has everything your family needs at their fingertips, making your reunion easy to plan and enjoy.