Unique shopping, restaurants, and indoor water park open in MSPB Gateway city Bloomington

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The crown jewel of Bloomington is Mall of America®—the nation’s largest mall, attracting more than 40 million visitors annually. MOA® has added new shopping, like Evereve for the fashion-loving mom, ALEX AND ANI for meaningful, eco-conscious jewelry, UNTUCKit quality men’s and women’s shirts and Ulta Beauty, the largest beauty retailer in the United States.  With 520 stores, everyone will find something to love at Mall of America®.

After shopping, try new restaurants, with Carlo’s Bakery, Chick-fi l-A, Cowboy Jack’s and City Works Eatery and Pour House featuring American food and 90+ craft beers on draft, complementing the 50-plus dining options. And Nickelodeon Universe® in Mall of America® is celebrating its 10th birthday on March 15!  Since its opening in 2008, the World’s first Nickelodeon-themed amusement park has given more than 174 million rides to thrill seekers of all ages.  The 7-acre indoor theme park continues to excite guests by adding new and unique experiences to the current roster of nearly 30 rides and one-of-a-kind attractions.  There is fun for the entire family this year with special events, daily meet + greets with your favorite Nickelodeon characters and unique experiences to enjoy. Read more here


The newly opened Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota offers shopping at its extensive gift shop, and everyone will enjoy this year-round, first class destination, with it’s 75,000 square-foot indoor water park, Great Wolf Adventure Park with its ropes course and rock climbing wall, Scooops Kids Spa and MagiQuest live-action adventure game. Read more here


From rags to riches, The North Loop has made the ultimate transformation. Within 20 years, this historic neighborhood has gone from industrial railroads, to the historic shopping “hot spot.” This artistic neighborhood, located just north of downtown Minneapolis, is home to some of Minneapolis’ unique and trendy boutiques.

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The heart of downtown Minneapolis is being transformed with the complete redesign of Nicollet Mall, part of the Minneapolis Big Build. By late 2017, all 12 blocks of the Mall will be rebuilt, making it an even greener, more inviting place to shop, dine, or explore the project’s captivating new art installations. Even during construction, the best of the Mall is open and ready to welcome visitors. Check out its signature sidewalk cafes, do some shopping and wander through the impressive skyway system that spans downtown. Take in some jazz, see the orchestra or take a walk down the Mall to the Mississippi River. Come experience the heart of the city on Nicollet Mall. Read more about the Minneapolis Big Build here

Lightwalk at the Nicollet Mall


Fashion-forward clothing and shoes, outdoor gear, home décor, locally made jewelry, coffee, and artisan chocolates, Saint Paul’s diverse neighborhoods offer virtually every type of shopping.

Saint Paul’s famous Grand Avenue delivers 2 impressive miles of remarkable shopping including Anthropologie, Bibelot and Atleier 957. Funky finds and distinct designs can be found in the Selby at Snelling district in shops like Lula, Karma, Flirt and Everyday People. Cathedral Hill is home to Primp Boutique and Idun for women. BlackBlue offers a wide selection of pieces for men and women focusing on tired and true materials. In downtown Saint Paul, shop Heimie’s Haberdashery and Landmark Jewelers.

Put yourself in the shoes of locals and see where they shop in Saint Paul with our Retail Insiders video series: view here.

Shop in Saint Paul


Minneapolis/St. Paul/Bloomington, MN 
Meet Minneapolis 
250 Marquette Avenue South, Suite 1300
Minneapolis, MN 55401 
Fax: 612.767.8001 

Visit Saint Paul 
175 West Kellogg Boulevard, Suite 502 
Saint Paul, MN 55102 
Ph: 651-265-4904 
F: 651-265-4999 

Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau 
7900 International Drive, Suite 990 
Bloomington, MN 55425 
Ph: 952-858-8500