Top 10 Things to do at the Mall of America

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Top 10 Things to do at the Mall of America

Katelin Shaft and Maggie Mynderse

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Spring Break time is coming, and you know what that means – hordes of people visiting the Mall of America for their annual spring shopping spree. Below, we have listed the Top 10 Things to do at MOA – it’s more than just a shopping hub and amusement park galore!

1. Nickelodeon Universe

Even though we said that MOA is more than just an amusement park galore, it’s unethical to put Nickelodeon Universe anywhere but the number one spot. Minnesota may be a forgotten state, but we’ve got the largest indoor amusement park in the United States and that’s something to brag about. Nickelodeon Universe has rides that can appeal to little two year olds and even your fifty year old mother. Nickelodeon Universe is charged full of energy and fun rides which makes it a perfect destination in the world-renowned Mall of America.

2. The Rotunda Events

One of the coolest things about Mall of America is that it is notorious for hosting celebrities of all statuses at the Rotunda. Because the Mall of America is so big, so exciting, and so large, celebrities tend to be a little awe struck when visiting (which is pretty cool if you think about because the majority of them are from California – which is pretty hard to beat). The Rotunda also hosts dance parties, musicians, and informational meetings that anyone can enjoy or learn new things from.

3. The House of Comedy

Up on the fourth floor, I would highly recommend visiting The House of Comedy. Here, you can dine and whine – yes literally whine – as the waiters are intentionally crabby and pick on their customers (think Dick’s Last Resort). The idea may sound daunting, but you’ve got to admit that it’s kind of fun playfully messing around with people. The waiter’s mean no harm, and the jokes have no deep meaning. In addition, The House of Comedy hosts touring comedians to do stand-up comedy and you can even go bowling.

4. Sea Life Aquarium

Sea Life Aquarium is a must-see for anyone who loves the water and all the encompasses it. The aquarium kicks off the adventure in the headwaters of the Mississippi water life and takes you on a journey all the way down to the depths of the ocean, surrounded by sharks, eels, stingrays – you name it, they’ve got it.

5. The Exhibits

Once in awhile, the Mall of America hosts an exhibit to a popular phenomenon that attracts thousands of people that span from across the United States. In 2012, MOA exhibited Princess Diana and her iconic dresses and items from her short, but phenomenal life, fifteen years after her untimely death. The Mall of America also hosted a Star Trek themed exhibition in recent years.

6. A.C.E.S Simulator

Anyone who has an interest in flying, or even just seeking a thrill, would find the perfect adventure in A.C.E.S Simulator. In this simulator, you strap into your choice of a WWII fighter plane and you have the ability to virtually soar above countless sceneries, whether it be the beaches of Hawaii or the deserts of Arizona. It is $19.95 for a twenty minute ride, $29.95 for a thirty minute ride, and $44.95 for an hour long ride – with over 250 fighter planes to choose from.

7. The Shops

I bet you didn’t know that there is over 520 shops and fifty restaurants at Minnesota’s beloved Mall of America, now did you? Mall of America has virtually every store that you would wish to come across – from Urban Outfitters to Northwoods Candy Emporium, from Michael Kors to Lulu Lemon. There is something for everyone.

8. American Girl

You may be wondering if I’m well aware of the demographic to whom I’m writing to, and I can assure you I am. American Girl is seriously a shop you need to check out just to say that you’ve witnessed the chaotic magic of a little girl’s dreamland. American Girl hosts parties for dolls and even hair appointments for said dolls. It’s probably one of the weirdest experiences you’ll ever encounter, but it’s something everyone should experience at least once.

9. The Theaters

The theaters are unreal at Mall of America. One theater caters to 3D special effects and hosts D-Box seats that move with the action of the movie (for real). One theater treats the the 21-and-older crowd with beer and wine services. Another theater accommodates kids with specials needs with adjustments for the lighting and the ability to move around. Lastly, for families, the theater shows free older movies at 10 a.m. on Saturdays. An added bonus: $6 movies all day on Wednesdays.

10. Twin Cities Grill

I couldn’t create this list without throwing one almighty restaurant onto the list, and Twin Cities Grill takes the top spot. I don’t have much to say about this restaurant except for the fact that you need to check this place out, because you won’t regret it.

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