Before hitting the stores start your day at The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel and spend the morning in the 15,000 square foot indoor waterpark. There’s no better way to have fun with the kids a 185 foot-long water slide.
No shopping excursion to Minneapolis would be complete without a trip to the Mecca of malls. Hop on the Metro Transit Blue Line for a quick ride to the Mall of America. This place is so big that seven Yankee Stadiums can fit inside the mall. Peruse the 520+ stores in the mall and count how many Lids there are (lots). Make sure the kids check out Lego Land, American Girl, Barbie Dreamhouse Nickelodeon Universe and Sealife Adventures.
Shopping around one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world you will be sure to work up an appetite! Head over to South Street Dining and have lunch at any of the over 50 restaurant options ranging from quick-serve to fine dining.
Jump back on the Light Rail and get off at the Nicollet Mall Station. Once named one of “America’s Best Shopping Streets” with the likes of Rodeo Drive, 5th Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard, Nicollet Mall stands head and shoulders above the others. We’ve have tax-free shopping on all apparel, AND the stuff here already costs less than it does on the coasts. It would be CRAZY not to load up on apparel while you’re here, so take a trip down to Nicollet Mall for a slice of shopping heaven.
After you have shopped til you’ve almost dropped enjoy dinner at any of our downtown restaurants. Experience the flavors of Sweden, Germany and Poland -- or Somalia, Vietnam and Mexico. From fine Minneapolis restaurants to local fairs, you'll find a culture of locally-grown, globally-inspired foods that nourish body and soul.