Many of my co-workers cringe when they hear the words Minneapolis Layover!  They would rather sit on a sunny beach in Miami than face the chilly weather of Minnesota.  I, on the other hand, was delighted to pick up a few twenty-four hour layovers in Minnie this past February!  The weather was surprisingly comfortable!  I had a chance to visit family and was able to explore The Mall of America!

The Mall of America is probably best known for its indoor amusement park.  When I visited the Mall as kid, this playland was known as Camp Snoopy
and the attractions were decorated with themes from the Charlie Brown comic.  Today the amusement park is called Nickelodeon Universe and the rides feature characters such as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dora the Explorer, and Transformers.  My co-workers highly recommend trying the
SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge!  This rollercoaster sends you flying toward the ceiling at ninety degree angle, careening toward the carousel ride (see photo!), and then zooming back along a closed-loop track.  You can see a video of the ride HERE.

I enjoyed my time at the mall doing some serious window shopping with my sweet mother-in-law!  We marveled at the Crocs store.  Did you know that Crocs makes sandals and even dress heels?!  I also had my eye on a funky tanktop with a print of a sloth climbing the Empire State Building (see photo!).  Of course, Mom and I had to stay hydrated as we walked so we made a trip to Caribou Coffee (a must-see while in Minnesota!) and later, the Tea Garden to get bubble tea!  



There is just so much to see and do around the Mall of America!  They even have an indoor aquarium and a wedding chapel for marriage ceremonies!

Here are some fun photos from my visit to the largest mall in the United States.

Happy flying!
~Jenn Grahams

 


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    Jenn Grahams

    is a flight attendant and an aspiring writer.  She lives in the Midwest with her husband, many pet fish, and two chinchillas named Kuzco and Pancho.

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