In addition to being the largest shopping center, the Mall also houses the world's largest indoor amusement park.

Family Vacations in Minnesota: Mall of America

You can spend the whole day at Bloomington's Mall of America (MOA) and never even set foot in any of its more than 520 stores on four floors. The Park at MOA is a seven-acre playground with more than 30 rides and attractions for children. It is the nation's largest indoor theme park, complete with its own food court and restaurants.

There is a 14-screen movie theater, a NASCAR simulator, a four-story Lego play area with more than 30 full-size Lego models, a lively, interactive dinosaur museum, and much more.

The MOA's popular Underwater Adventures Aquarium is a 1.2-million-gallon tank that teems with more than 4,500 sea creatures. Visitors cruise by on a moving walkway inside a transparent tunnel to observe sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, and all kinds of fish. Its Seven Seas Gallery features poison dart frogs and an octopus that likes to pull her crab dinner out of a peanut butter jar. A turtle center and hatchery has more than 1,000 turtles.

Mall of America Information

Address: Interstate 494 and Highway 77, Bloomington, MN

Phone: 952/883-8800

Hours of Operation: 10 a.m. - 9: 30 p.m., Mon. - Sat. and 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun.

Admission: Cost varies by attraction

Continue on to the next page to see some of the dramatic entertainment opportunities provided by the Children's Theatre Company of Minnesota.

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  • Family Vacations: Learn about hundreds of family vacations in destinations all over North America.
  • Minnesota State Guide: Learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in Minnesota, as well as other recreational activities.
  • Scenic Drives: For those who think that getting there is half the fun, we have compiled more than 100 of the most scenic drives throughout the country.