Mall of America Review
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
The Mall of America was at one point the largest malls in the world. It is truly massive, and walking around its many floors is the equivalent of walking several miles. The mall looks gigantic from the outside and features two large parking ramps to accommodate the thousands of people that visit every day. They frequently host celebrities and music groups that give free performances or autographs.
One of the mallâ€™s many features is an indoor amusement park called â€œSnoopylandâ€. It features a small rollercoaster that is fun, but not very exciting for seasoned rollercoaster veterans since it only twists slightly and does not have steep drops or loops. My favorite ride at this small park is the Paul Bunyan Log Flume, which is a water ride with a large drop at the end. As you ascend to the top of the flume, you are taken through animatronic scenes of Paul Bunyan and his giant ox, Babe. Other cool rides include the Mystery Mine Ride, which is a simulated ride where your seat moves in response to what is happening on the screen. Overall, for an indoor amusement park, it is very cool.
On the second floor of the mall is another one of its main features, Lego Land. This is a giant Lego store featuring statues made of Legos and exhibits of their many themes. If you are a Lego fanatic, this will definitely be right up your alley.
A newer feature in the mall is an aquarium in the basement. It is well stocked with unique specimens and is well worth the admission price. Inside, you are transported around on a conveyer belt and can watch the fish swim all around you.
These attractions are all impressive on their own, but the mallâ€™s most impressive feature is its massive collection of stores. I had never seen such a wide assortment of stores in one place before going to the Mall of America. Along with the typical mainstream stores, they have unique stores such as magic shops, specialty food shops, and other rarities.
The Mall of America also features a wide assortment of restaurants, ranging from cheap fast food places to expensive sit-down restaurants. The Rainforest CafÃ© is quite unique and features a natural atmosphere with the sounds of animals. Another favorite of mine is Boogieâ€™s Diner, which recreates a 50s style diner with classic food and memorabilia. On the top floor of the mall, there is even a Hooters grill for the gentlemen.
There are also numerous third-party entertainment locations in the mall. One such place that I went to featured full size NASCAR simulators that you and your friends could race each other in simultaneously. I also saw paintball and laser tag places, but I did not go into any of them. One of the giant sports stores even had a basketball court, street hockey rink, and tennis courts for entertainment.
Overall, visiting the mall is an awe-inspiring event. However, it might not be as fun if you donâ€™t have money to spend. If nothing else, you are sure to get some exercise since at the end of the days that I have gone, my legs have been very sore from all of the walking.
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