The Mall of America, also called MOA and the Megamall, is a shopping mall located in Bloomington
, a suburb of the Twin Cities, in the United States
. It is located southeast of the junction of Interstate 494 and Minnesota State Highway 77, north of the Minnesota River
and is across the interstate from the Minneapolis
-St. Paul International Airport. Opened in 1992, the mall receives 40 million visitors annually. In the United States, it is the second largest mall in terms of retail space, but is the largest in terms of total enclosed floor area. The Mall of America is the second largest mall in North America
, after West Edmonton Mall, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Level One is the location of Nickelodeon Universe, Sea Life Minnesota (underground), The Theme Park Food Court, LEGO, American Girl Doll store, the Apple Store and Microsoft store (directly across from each other near the Lego Store), and of course the first level of general retail.
Level Two features restaurants, shopping, and other stores.
Level Three has two food courts with more than 20 eateries, Marshall
's, mini-golf, and other hot places like Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Level Four is the entertainment level with The Hooters restaurant, Cantina #1 restaurant, Rick Bronson's House of Comedy, Dick's Last Resort, Skydeck Sports Grille and Lanes and Theatres at Mall of America now occupy the fourth floor
Radisson Blu Hotel
Started construction in early 2011. The hotel will be a 500 room hotel off of Killebrew Drive. It is estimated to cost $137 million. It is planned to open in March 2013.
Nickelodeon Universe is an indoor theme park in the center of the mall, formerly known as Knott's Camp Snoopy, Camp Snoopy, and The Park at MOA. The park features roller coasters, among numerous other rides and attractions, and is the largest indoor theme park in the United States.
SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium
Guests travel through a 300-foot-long (91 m) curved tunnel through 14 feet (4.3 m) of water to view over 4,500 sea creatures including sharks, turtles, stingrays, and many more. SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium offers special events such as sleepovers, scuba diving, snorkeling, and birthday parties.
Other Notable Attractions:
- 14-screen movie theater (formerly operated by General Cinema until 2002, then AMC Theatres, now operated by MOA itself as the "Theatres at Mall of America")
- LEGO Store-remodeled in 2010
- American Girl Store-opened in 2009