Thursday, August 29, 2013

Bloomington, Minnesota: Mall of America

Stating the obvious, this is one big mall.

With an amusement park in the middle of it.

The Mall of America, located outside the Twin Cities, is indeed the largest such shopping destination in the country. It covers 96 acres. Picture the park in the middle, with three rings of stores (and a fourth level in one portion) surrounding it. While you are at it, throw in a hotel, aquarium, etc. adjoining it.

The amusement park might be the most impressive part. It's shown above. Nickelodeon Universe has something like 27 rides for all ages, including some ones that are downright scary. It's crammed into a relatively small place, making it that much more overwhelming - whether you are looking from above or at ground level.

There are a couple of big parking ramps - I had to take a picture of a sign to remember where I was - on either side. It looks like they aren't done either, as IKEA is in a separate building on the grounds and other construction going on. I wonder how many places you can buy shoes here? I guess there are about 520 stores in the place.

I have been in the West Edmonton Mall, and found that a little more spectacular. That facility is grouped into more themes, and seems more of a destination. But this is all well done as these things go.

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