If you didn’t already know, the Mall of America (MOA) is THE place to be in the winter. It has everything you could ever ask for. There are dozens of restaurants to eat at, an aquarium full of sea creatures at Sea Life, virtual tours across the globe at FlyOver America, indoor roller coasters at Nickelodeon Universe, arcades, The Escape Game escape rooms, a movie theater, hands-on fun at Crayola Experience, hundreds of stores, and that’s just the start. Best of all, you can easily get there on the light rail! If you prefer to drive, there are plenty of parking lots surrounding the mall. MOA also has a schedule of events to check out throughout the winter months.
A Twin Cities favorite you have to check off your shopping to-do list is Wild Rumpus. A bookstore with page-turning events and a whole library of animals, they have Tail Time every Monday. It’s free for families to join in the cozy space and listen to great stories - some you’ll want to take home with you. Ever been around the world in 80 minutes?
Take your tastebuds on a trip at Midtown Global Market. This bustling offers shopping and world-class food from 18 different restaurants. From Indian burritos to tamales, they’ve got it all. They also have craft beer along with kid-friendly events and live music to make the culture come alive. If you want to keep your food more local, check out one of the indoor farmers markets, like the Winter Market at Mill City Museum. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays November through April, you can find winter crops, artisan cheeses, kids’ veggie tasting club, and live music. You can check out their calendar to see what’s happening each week or sign up for their newsletter, so you don’t miss a "beet".