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The largest Mall in the U.S. which is in Minnesota. I would love to go there. Just visiting all the stores and attractions and shopping sounds so much fun. Does it have any rare or unique shops? What did you like or didn't like about it? I've always thought maybe going there.
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I went there with my mom and sister over New Year's. I needed a distraction because XH had DD for a week for the first time.

It was neat to look at everything, like the roller coasters and the lego store.

We went to the movies and ate dinner at Famous Dave's, which we really don't have around here. That was nice.

The stores are ok, but they kind of start to repeat, IMO. It was a lot of people, but it was a holiday weekend.

Parking was great!

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I am originally from MN so my brother and I went there when it first opened, and I have been back many times. The last time was at Christmas with my family. I don't know if these stores exist still but they had a cool recycle store (everything made from recycled material), an Endangered Species Store, and some cool bead stores. They have an aquarium in the basement called Underwater World. DD loved it at Christmas time (she is 2).
It is full of commercialism, but it is quite a site.
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I shop there several times a year for clothes (live in Minneapolis).
My favorite shop is Nordstrom Rack. It's similar to Marshalls, but all of the items are from Nordstrom (which is also nice and in the MOA but more expensive).
You should be able to check the MOA website for all the shops.

IKEA is right across the street if you want to check that out as well.

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yep, I am going tomorrow. It is a GIANT mall - it even has a theme park inside with some great rides. They also have a Hanna Andersson store!
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I haven't been there in ages and i turned down a weekend trip there with my cousins for later this month- now I am kinda regretting it..... No not really. It is cool- but I am like the laziest person in the world- so anything I can do at home online is way better than driving 5 hours and wading through gobs of people.

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Yep, I live about 15 min. from the MoA although I'm lucky if I make it there once or twice a year. It does have all the usual mall stores, but also unique shops. The indoor theme park is nice, especially with our cold icky winters. It also has a movie theater (I think it's still there). Lots of restaurants and places to eat. And as someone else mentioned, Underwater world.

I've actually been hoping to get some time to take DS there, just to let him run around and look at all the stuff in the theme park and maybe go on the merry-go-round.

They also have charity events like walk-a-thons and other events.

The MN Zoo is only about 10 minutes south of the Mall and there is an indoor water park at a hotel on the other side of the highway from the Mall.

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Unexpectedly, I had a 5 hour layover at the airport and took a shuttle over to the Mall of America. To me, it's not one mall. It's the same mall over and over and over.

What I noticed (because I was just walking and not really shopping) was that I'd see the same exact store or restaurant over and over again.

I'm not a mall person, so a mall on steroids was actually worse for me, not better.
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We used to make an annual trip there just to window shop for a couple days and then visit other places in/around Minn/St.Paul.

The first time we went I threw my hip out and walking was very painful. One piece of advice - if you see a store and aren't sure about buying something, don't expect to come back to get it later. We could never find the store again even with a map! Apparently we get lost easily when we're indoors.

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We live about 15 minutes away from the MOA. DD and I take the light rail there about once a month for their Toddler Tuesday events, free events (usually themed) for toddlers...strollers are free on Tuesdays and kids eat free at pretty much all of the restaurants on Tuesdays as well. It's a nice break and weekdays are really manageable-not super busy.

We shop the MOA like a regular mall. It's got a ton of regular mall selection stores, but there's a few that you can only find there (at least in MN)
  • Nordstrom rack & Nordstrom
  • Underwater World (coupons available online!)
  • Build a Bear Workshop
  • Bloomingdales
  • Nickelodeon Universe theme park
To us it's just a regular mall, but bigger. Like PP mentioned, it does have a few stores with multiple locations, but not much overlap. If you want a good workout walk "mall laps" starting on the 3rd level (least amount of traffic) and moving your way down. You'll see everything and by the time you're tired you're on the more heavily trafficked floors and moving slower!

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We live about 15 minutes away from the MOA. DD and I take the light rail there about once a month for their Toddler Tuesday events, free events (usually themed) for toddlers...strollers are free on Tuesdays and kids eat free at pretty much all of the restaurants on Tuesdays as well. It's a nice break and weekdays are really manageable-not super busy.

We shop the MOA like a regular mall. It's got a ton of regular mall selection stores, but there's a few that you can only find there (at least in MN)
  • Nordstrom rack & Nordstrom
  • Underwater World (coupons available online!)
  • Build a Bear Workshop
  • Bloomingdales
  • Nickelodeon Universe theme park
To us it's just a regular mall, but bigger. Like PP mentioned, it does have a few stores with multiple locations, but not much overlap. If you want a good workout walk "mall laps" starting on the 3rd level (least amount of traffic) and moving your way down. You'll see everything and by the time you're tired you're on the more heavily trafficked floors and moving slower!
Thanks for the Tuesday tip! I had no idea. I'm usually trying to head there alone so I don't have to wrangle children while perusing sales racks.

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Eh, I don't think it's that big of a deal, but I'll admit that I worked at the Mall for about 6 years so that may affect my view!

As PPs mentioned, they do have some specialty stores and things like Underwater Advestures and the amusment park, and a lot of good restaurants. But really, it's just a really BIG mall with stores you can find at most other malls. I like shopping there whenever I go home (no sales tax on clothes in MN!) but it's just another mall to me.

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We go several times a year when we are in the cities. What I love is walking around and window/people watching. I usually check out Hanna Andersson, the crepe stand, Nordstroms, and a few other ones. I think its great for kids with having Nickelodeon there, Underwater Adventures, Rainforest Cafe, Lego Land... Parking is a breeze and its easy to get to. Like someone mentioned Ikea is right next door and if you were there an extra day or two I would drive up to Albertville and check out the Outlet Mall, they also have Hanna Andersson.
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I haven't been there and I never want to go. To me it is represents everything I am don't like about North American culture.
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I was there once and it was pretty cool. I much prefer the Ikea across the way! We don't have one anywhere around here!
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Unexpectedly, I had a 5 hour layover at the airport and took a shuttle over to the Mall of America. To me, it's not one mall. It's the same mall over and over and over.

What I noticed (because I was just walking and not really shopping) was that I'd see the same exact store or restaurant over and over again.
This was my take, too. Although the Nordstrom was fantastic--since it was so huge and had a much bigger selection than ours. Unfortunately, all I bought myself was a few nursing bras and some pajamas.

Oh--the aquarium was cool, but admission was pretty expensive.

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I go there all the time so it's not as exciting to me as it used to be but I love that so many stores are in one mall. I also love the restaurants. Especially Tucci Benucci.

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We live about an hour away. I've been there several times. Usually not to shop, but to walk. It's great exercise and I love to people watch. I don't think the shops are anything special, but then again, I don't go to shop most of the time

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I went there once just to go when I was visiting family in Minneapolis. It was just big, didn't thrill me beyond any other mall. Although the amusement park may have more appeal now that I have kids.

Then again I avoid my local mall too.
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Its a blast, if you dont mind crowds! My sis used to live in Minneapolis, so Ive been there a few times.

I LOVED "Under Water World". Its been a few years, so I dont know if its still there or not. But it was too cool. And the amusement park is fun. And Lego Land! Man.. its a fun place.
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I was there about 9yrs ago. It was pretty neat from what I remember. I can't believe it's been that long.
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I've been once, since it's 10 minutes from where my brother lives. I don't get the big deal. It's a really large mall, full of the same old chain stores, didn't even have a decent toy store. I'd take one good independent bookstore or toy store over MOA any day.

I won't be going back.
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Awh, I love that place! I had a lot of fun the two times I've been. No complaints .

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The largest Mall in the U.S. which is in Minnesota. I would love to go there. Just visiting all the stores and attractions and shopping sounds so much fun. Does it have any rare or unique shops? What did you like or didn't like about it? I've always thought maybe going there.
wow . I must really hate malls cuz your post just made me amazed! not to be a downer, it just shows we all like different things. I grew up in MN and i have gone to the Mall of America. I have taken my son there when going back home for visits. But do i "like " it? no. i feel utterly overstimulated and exhausted in that kind of environment though. kids love it. the rides are fun and Lego land is ok. its not bad really. i just hate it. lol!
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I think it would be neat to check out, just to be able to say that I did it. But I live in California and don't know anyone in Minnesota (or anywhere near there!), and I'm not making a special trip to the midwest just to go to a mall.
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I love MOA. I am from Canada but my parents live in WI. We go and visit every summer (except this one) and go. I like it since there are many stores that we don't have in Canada. Also the no sales tax is great since we are taxed in Canada. DS loves the amusement park and Legoland. We also always ate at the Rainforest Cafe.

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I haven't, but I have been to West Edmonton Mall. I liked it.
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No, and the thought of it makes me hyperventilate a little. I don't think I'm a mall person. I love to shop, but too many store options all in one place make me a little crazy.
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I grew up in MN, so I've been there two or three times when visiting family. Once when they first opened to look around. Once just to go to a movie, and the second time was because ds wanted to take the bus, and the bus we took went to the Mall of America.

What don't I like about it?
It's huge.
It can be really crowded at times. I hate crowds.
I hate shopping, so why would I want to go there?
I hate being overstimulated.
I hate loud places.
They closed the place that served walleye on a stick!
The rides are expensive (IMO). I've never been to underwater world because I'm too cheap.

What's OK:
It's got a huge range of shops - but the thing is, there are repeats too, in addition to some one of a kind things.
If your kids like rides, it's cool.
The lego store is neat.
The light rail goes there now, so you don't necessarily have to drive (you can get from the airport or from downtown to the Mall of American via the rail).

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it sounds like my own personal hell. i have never been, though.
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