From an adventure in the great outdoors, to one inside the biggest mall in the country, you'll discover lots to do with our Bloomington travel guide.
Stay in Bloomington, MN hotels to enjoy everything the twin cities area has to offer including the Mall of America. Located just south of Minnesota’s twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Bloomington combines the amenities of larger cities with the comforts of a smaller town filled with the friendly folks that Minnesota is known for. Staying with Choice Hotels in Bloomington is the best way to experience everything that this area has to offer.
If you are ready to shop ‘til you drop, make a visit to Mall of America (MOA) your first stop in Bloomington. With more than 500 stores, a 14-screen movie theater and numerous restaurants, MOA is the largest shopping and entertainment complex in the country. The Mall of America also has one-of-a-kind attractions like the Underwater Adventures Aquarium, the Dinosaur Walk Museum and the NASCAR Silicon Motor Speedway. If you are taking a family vacation, make sure not to miss The Park at MOA, the largest indoor amusement park in the nation. The park features more than 30 rides spread across seven acres, including the thrilling Timberland Twister and Treetop Tumbler, as well as more family-friendly options like the Skyscraper Ferris Wheel and Paul Bunyan’s Log Chute. In addition to rides, The Park at MOA also offers a 24-foot rock climbing wall and a petting zoo.
A National Historic Landmark since 1960, Fort Snelling is a great place to get an in-depth look at the history of the Midwest. Visitors to Fort Snelling are greeted by costumed guides, who paint a detailed picture of early military, civilian and American Indian life in the region. The Fort Snelling History Center details Minnesota’s history through films and exhibits, and the adjacent Fort Snelling State Park is a beautiful place to go for a hike. Featuring more than 2,300 animals representing 447 species, the Minnesota Zoo is the ideal destination for any animal lover. Kids will love the park’s special areas like the Minnesota Trail (featuring animals native to the state), Tropics Trail ( an indoor walking trail featuring tropical animals) and Discovery Bay (a marine life-themed area filled with tons of activities for kids). As one of only four urban wildlife refuges in the nation, the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is another great way to see local wildlife up close and in person. Here, you will find wild coyotes, bald eagles, badgers, beavers and more right “next door” to three million twin-cities area residents.
In addition to spotting wildlife, visitors can enjoy an abundance of warm-weather recreational activities including boating, fishing, horseback riding, hiking and biking. Snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter months make this wildlife refuge a year-round paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Speaking of winter sports, the nearby Buck Hill ski area offers something for skiers and snowboarders for all ability levels. Buck Hill boasts perhaps the best snowmaking system in the Midwest, meaning that you can hit the slopes all winter long, even if there is no snow in the forecast. Equipment rentals and lessons are also available, meaning that everyone can get in on the fun.
Bloomington has clean, comfortable hotels with easy access to local attractions in Minnesota. Book now and save with Choice Hotels.