It’s not a secret that I like to shop. It’s also not a secret that my daughters are getting older, finding their own sense of style, and also love to shop. I’m an equal opportunity shopper in that I love to shop online, in small local boutiques, and also at our local malls. However, when it comes to making the whole family happy – with a good selection, activities, food and fun – well the Mall is where it’s at.
So consider us about the luckiest shopper family in the world that we have Mall Of America in our hometown! Mall of America has pretty much everything, which is why I find myself visiting there at least once a month if not more. And I don’t go there just to grab the latest fashions and sales from my favorite shops at MOA™ (that’s what we all call it), it is a great morning outing for me and my toddler on a quiet Tuesday (Toddler Tuesday® offers fun events just for the little guys!) when we are looking for something to do, a perfect and central place to meet for dinner with my girlfriends, the place that I take all visitors to our city, and a place for everyone to find something truly special and fun to do whether it’s a snow day, a rainy day, or even a sunny day. MOA is THE destination to hit whether you are a resident or a visitor…and in the 20 years I’ve been heading to MOA, well I’ve never been left to wonder what I should do for fun or shopping during my visit! Here are some of our favorite spots! If I’m shopping for me – I love the unique offerings and shops at MOA. A trip to MOA is not complete without a stop at Sephora, Desigual, Athleta, JCrew, Nordstrom (and also Nordstrom Rack!), the Loft, and lululemon athletica. MOA is also one-stop shopping for finding the perfect shoes, accessories, handbags and gifts for just about anyone. Selection is huge, sales are great, and remember – TAX FREE for clothing in Minnesota!
My kids also love Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack – but love to check-out the latest Euro-fashions at H&M, be trend ready at the best prices at both p.s. by aeropostale and Ruum, love the tween vibe at Justice, and the classic stylings of Crewcuts and Gap. For my little one, I love naartjie kids and for my older girls it seems that a lot of Abercrombie is in our future.
I also have to mention how lucky we are to have an American Girl store at MOA – sometimes we visit the Mall JUST for AG – to see the latest dolls and clothing, for their fun events, or for a very special meal or ice cream treat. All my girls (and ME) love the American Girl store!
If you aren’t in the shopping mood (as if…), you will find plenty to do – like being a fighter pilot at A.C.E.S, screaming on a roller coaster at Nickelodeon Universe®, trying the ropes course (Ghostly Gangplank), winning a game of mini golf (at Moose Mountain), hanging with the sharks SEA LIFE® Minnesota Aquarium, or catching the latest flick at the Theatres….Trust me, you could spend days at MOA and never do it all. So tell Dad and your husband – that you don’t have to be a shopper to visit MOA, you just have to love some fun! And if you’re looking for a quieter time – well Barnes & Noble at MOA is a great place to read a good book, or see what’s happening at the MOA rotunda – from bands, concerts, book signings, star sightings, and cultural events – there’s always something to see and do.
Need to rest those feet? Well MOA is home to some of the best restaurants for everybody’s palette…from sushi to burgers, from sit-down to fast-food, from great wine to milkshakes, from a much needed cup of coffee to some frozen yogurt – well you won’t leave hungry at MOA.
Worried about parking or directions – one of the best things about the Mall is that it’s just minutes from the airport, you can take light-rail to visit, or find ample parking in the huge lots and ramps. And if you really don’t want to worry about parking and want to take your time to fully enjoy your MOA experience – well the Radisson Blu has recently opened at MOA, so now you can enjoy a full-service hotel with a pool, restaurant, bar, parking, and fabulous rooms while you spend time with family and friends at MOA – talk about a full and worry-free and fabulous fun vacation!
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