Tip-top shape. That’s what you’ll need to be in when you choose to partake in a shopping excursion in Minneapolis. With all the great deals on clothes and the like, you’ll be carrying so many shopping bags that Gillian Michaels would give you a dignified “Nice rep” nod. The point is, you’ll need to get the blood pumping right away, and a dip in the beautiful indoor pool at the Courtyard by Marriott is a great was to start the day.
This is a no-nonsense itinerary, so we're not going to beat around the bush. After your morning energizing, it'll be time for the shopaholic in you to make the necessary pilgrimage to the mother of all malls: The Mall of America. Hop on the MetroTransit Blue Line light rail for a direct 20 minute commute. With over 520 stores and an entire theme park to boot, you're absolutely guaranteed to find something to your taste.
Did you know SEVEN Yankee Stadiums could fit in the Mall of America? Check out some other mind-blowing facts here.
You're already at the Mall of America, so we'll make it easy for you and suggest some great full-scale restaurants that are already inside the mall. Personally, we recommend Cadillac Ranch for fantastic food in a fun atmosphere. If a bar and grill isn't what you're looking, there are over 50 other restaurants to choose from.
After lunch, hop back on the Blue Line, geek out about all the cool stuff you just bought, get off at the Nicollet Mall Station and walk a couple steps to a Top 10 Shopping Street in America. Nicollet Mall is a pedestrian mall/street hybrid full of stores and entertainment. Feel like throwing your hat in the air? This is where you can find the iconic Mary Tyler Moore statue in front of Macy's. Speaking of, head into Macy's with this exclusive visitors saving pass to save even more at this great store!
While you're downtown, don't miss the Target Holidazzle Parade! Starting at 6:30pm Fridays and Saturdays (Nov. 29th - Dec. 21th), you can experience the magic of twinkling lights parading down Nicollet Mall! If you have time beforehand, join Taste Twin Cities Food Tours on their Downtown Skyway Tour. You'll get to experience of some of the best food finds Minneapolis has to offer all while learning history of downtown and soaking in the local culture.
It's been a fantastic whirlwind of a day, hasn't it? Rest your feet and settle in at the Dakota Jazz Club for a late dinner. You'll lose yourself in the great food and music and, if you embraced your inner shopper, have a great time showing off your new tax-free clothes you just bought.