Ways to Spend a Day in Bloomington

If a city is only as much fun as its menu of attractions and activities, then Bloomington, Minnesota, is probably the most fun city in America. Whatever you like to do, from shopping and dining to sports and recreation, Bloomington has it. Delve into the following three great ways to spend a day in Bloomington.

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory


In true Twin Cities fashion, the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is more than a nice zoo. The complex is also home to a number of attractions that will have you clicking pictures left and right. The zoo has your typical animals, such as giraffes and lions, but it also has some rare animals such as polar bears and gorillas.

Next up is an amazing array of different types of gardens, including the sunken garden, tropical garden, and water garden. The display of flowers and plants is breathtaking, regardless of the season. While you’re there, you may as well take the kids to the amusement park, play a round of mini golf, or ride the carousel.

The Mall of America

The Mall of America is not your average shopping mall. Located only about 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, it is one of the most visited shopping malls in the world. The Mall of America has more than 520 stores and 50 great restaurants, along with a long list of fun and unusual attractions.

For example, you can go to Nickelodeon Universe, the nation’s largest indoor theme park, or try the Escape Game or the Amazing Mirror Maze. The Mall of America is full of great entertainment, so plan to spend a day there. Plus, if you decide to do a little shopping, you’ll be happy to know you won’t pay sales tax on both clothing and shoes.

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, then you’ll love Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. The 14,000-acre recreation wonderland provides habitat to a large number of migratory waterfowl, many different fish, and other wildlife species otherwise threatened by commercial and industrial development.

The goal of the refuge is to provide important environmental education, opportunities to see wildlife in their native home, and interpretive programming for tourists and residents alike. The wildlife refuge stretches 70 miles along the Minnesota River, from Bloomington to Henderson, Minnesota.

Bloomington is also home to many enchanting waterways, fascinating museums, and great family restaurants. To make the most of your experience, review a good Bloomington travel guide before you go. Whether you’re looking to play games at Dave & Buster’s or watch a dinner show at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, you’ll find a menu for every palate.

Grab some friends or take along your family for a fun-packed day of adventure in Bloomington. Make sure you wear good walking shoes and charge your smartphones or cameras because you’re going to need them here. The photo opportunities are as endless as the entertainment selection you can find in the fun-filled Twin Cities.