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Bloomington (Minnesota)

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Bloomington, Minnesota is a suburb of Minneapolis. It is near the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (IATA: MSP) and home to the Mall of America, the United States' largest shopping mall. Bloomington has a population of 82.893 people (as of 2010)[1].

Bloomington skyline

Get in

From MSP, simply take the Hiawatha Light Rail Line to the Mall of America.

Get around

Bloomington has abundant public transit options and it is well connected to Minneapolis and St. Paul and other cities in the Twin Cities metro area. The south end of the Hiawatha Light Rail line ends in Bloomington at the Mall of America, giving easy access from Bloomington to Downtown Minneapolis for a sports game, shopping or night out on the town. Within the city of Bloomington, there are a plethora of bus lines to get you just about anywhere that you need to go.

Bloomington's uses the same public transit system as the rest of the Twin Cities Metro area, including Minneapolis and St. Paul. This integrated system is called Metro Transit. Metro Transit fares are valid for 2 1/2 hours of unlimited transfers from first use and are valid on all Metro Transit buses and light Rail (excluding the Northstar Light Rail Line which requires an additional fare.)

Adult fares as of 2011 are $1.75 non rush/$2.25 rush ($2.25 for express busses during non rush hours and $3.00 for express buses during rush hour.) Discounts apply for senior citizens and children, as well as disabled veterans and people with disabilities. Up to 3 children under the age of 5 ride for free with a paid adult fare[2].

See

  • Underwater Adventures Aquarium, 120 East Broadway (inside Mall of America), +1 952 883-0202, [3]. Visit the world's largest underground aquarium and see over 5,000 marine creatures! From 360 pound sea turtles to young sea horses, you will find everything you were hoping to see in the underwater adventure. Scuba Certified, try scuba diving with 9 foot sharks.

Do

  • Hyland Ski & Snowboard Area, 8800 Chalet Rd, +1 763 694-7800 (, fax: +1 952 835-1180), [4]. With 175 feet of vertical, it may be the shortest ski resort you ever experience.
  • Water Park of America, 1700 E American Blvd, +1 877 757-5433, [5]. "America's biggest indoor water park"
  • Nickelodeon Universe, In Mall of America, [6]. "A large indoor amusement park in the middle of the Mall of America. It has 3 roller coasters in addition to many different rides."

Buy

Food court? Check. Legos? Check. Gap? Check. Roller Coaster? Check.
  • Mall of America, at the junction of Interstate 494 and Minnesota State Highway 77 (Cedar Avenue), +1 952 883-8800, [7]. Largest indoor shopping complex in the United States. A dizzying shopping experience. It has hundreds of stores, a LEGO play area, an indoor theme park, and a large aquarium. There is an IKEA next door. You can get there by light rail or bus.

Eat

  • Chez Daniel, 2800 W American Blvd (inside the Embassy Suites), +1 952 888-4447. Pricey but authentic French cuisine. Better than you'd expect from a hotel restaurant. $20-$30.
  • Gyropolis, 90th & Penn, +1 952 646-2091 (fax: +1 952 646-2092), [8]. M-F 11AM-8PM, Sa 11AM-3PM.
  • Joe Senser's, 4217 W 80th St, +1 952 835-1191, [9]. M-Sa 11AM-1AM, Su 10AM-midnight. A bunch of big screen TVs makes this a good place for visiting sports fans to catch their hometown team's game or "the big game". Decent bar food, trivia and video games round out the experience. $7-$15.
  • Surabhi Indian Cuisine, 517 W 98th St, +1 952 746-3663, [10]. A Bloomington favorite. $8-$20.
  • Osaka, 2631 Southtown Dr, +1 952 884-3633. Minnesota's premier Japanese steak house. $15-$25.

Mall of America

The Mall of America has several good eating options inside from fast food to upscale restaurants.

  • Bubba Gump, 396 South Avenue, +1 952 853-6600, [11]. Su-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM.
  • CRAVE, 368 South Avenue, +1 952 854-5000, [12]. M-Sa 11AM-10PM, Su 11AM-8PM.
  • Rainforest Cafe, 102 South Avenue, +1 952 854-7500, [13]. Su-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM.
  • Tucci Bennuch, 114 West Market, +1 952 853-0200, [14]. M-Th 11:15AM-9:30PM, F-Sa 11:15AM-10PM, Su 11:30AM-8PM.
  • Twin City Grill, 130 North Garden, +1 952 854-0200, [15]. M-Th 11:15AM-9:30PM, F-Sa 11:15AM-10PM, Su 11:30AM-8PM.

Drink

Sleep

  • Try the new Water Park of America looked adjacent to the Mall of America. Hotel features indoor water slides soaring 90 feet above the Twin Cities' skyline.
  • Cambria Suites Hotel Bloomington, 2870 Metro Dr, +1 952 854-0300 (fax: +1 952 854-0306), [16]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: noon.
  • Comfort Inn, 1321 E 78th St, +1 952 854-3400 (fax: +1 952 854-2234), [17].
  • Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Bloomington West, 5120 W American Blvd, +1 952 831-9595 (fax: +1 952 835-5909), [18]. Charming country style décor.
  • Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Bloomington, 5401 Green Valley Dr, +1 952 831-8000 (, fax: +1 952 831-8426), [19]. Hotel near the Twin Cities.
  • Embassy Suites Hotel Bloomington, 2800 W American Blvd, +1 952 884-4811 (fax: +1 952-884-8137), [20]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: noon.
  • Embassy Suites Hotel Minneapolis-Airport, 7901 34th Ave S, +1 952 854-1000 (fax: +1 952 854-6557), [21]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: noon.
  • Hampton Inn Airport, 4201 W American Blvd, +1 952 835-6643 (), [22]. checkin: 3pm; checkout: Noon. $79 - $129.
  • Hilton Garden Inn Bloomington, 5140 W American Blvd, +1 952 831-1012 (fax: +1 952 831 0738), [23]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM.
  • Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington, 3900 W American Blvd, +1 952 893-9500 (fax: +1 952 854-0306), [24]. Extensive nearby shopping and dining at the Mall of America or Southdale Center as well as quick, convenient access to the Twin Cities business community. Bloomington ChopHouse Restaurant and the Olive Lounge on premises.
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 1601 E American Blvd, +1 952 854-1687, [25]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: Noon. Located directly across from the indoor Water Park. Free 24-hour shuttle to and from the airport and the Mall of America. Indoor pool and spa, fitness room, free wifi, business center, free hot breakfast, free parking. $89. (468166,175666)
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton® Minneapolis-Mall Of America, 2261 Killebrew Dr, +1 952 854-0900 (fax: +1 952 854-9571), [26]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: noon. Across the street from the Mall of America.
  • Le Bourget Aero Suites, 7770 Johnson Ave S, +1 952 893-9999 (fax: +1 952 893-1316), [27]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: noon. Complimentary wireless high speed internet access, a European style bistro & espresso bar, on site fitness center, heated indoor pool, and business center. $79 to $109. (44.8592,-93.3337)
  • Quality Inn and Suites, 814 E American Blvd, +1 952 854-5558 (fax: +1 952 854-4623), [28].

Get out

Routes through Bloomington
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