Just 15 miles from Bloomington, this hotel features free hot breakfast and an indoor pool
Conveniently situated right off Highway 169, Fairfield Inn & Suites Minneapolis Shakopee features free hot breakfast, a heated indoor pool, and 24-hour fitness center. Located less than 20 miles away from the nation’s largest shopping mall, Minnesota Zoo, and Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, this Fairfield Inn offers comfort and convenience right outside downtown Minneapolis.
Located right next to Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport and crisscrossed by two major highways, Bloomington is fairly easy to get to. It’s a good thing, too, because the suburb’s main attraction, the largest mall in the country, draws 40 million visitors each year. When it first opened in 1992, the massive shopping center marked a new trend in retail, not just for its size—you can fit seven Yankee Stadiums inside it—but for the way it combined shopping and entertainment. In addition to more than 500 shops, the mall has half a dozen attractions including an aquarium and a comedy club. Kids will love Nickelodeon Universe, an enclosed theme park with roller coasters and friendly mascots such as SpongeBob SquarePants.
If you’re looking to learn a little something, visit Historic Fort Snelling—a restored military fort that looks just the way it did in the early 1800s, when it was the farthest outpost of the US government. Located inside a sprawling state park, the fort hosts craft demonstrations, military drills, and cooking exhibitions performed by costumed characters. The museums and galleries of Minneapolis, meanwhile, are less than 20 minutes away by car.