Escape the routine at home and have a much-needed romantic getaway in Bloomington, Minnesota, the home of Mall of America®. Here’s our suggestions for how to spend a long weekend with your partner in our destination!
After a short road trip, arrive in Bloomington and check in to one of our 45 hotels, which are all located just minutes away from Mall of America. Many hotels offer special romance packages designed for your special weekend away. JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America’s Romantic Getaway Package includes breakfast for two at Cedar + Stone, Urban Table, and guests receive chilled champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries upon arrival. Radisson Blu Mall of America’s Blu Romance Package also includes arrival gifts and breakfast at FireLake Grill House. View a full list of Bloomington’s hotels here, and scroll down to the bottom of this itinerary to see more romance packages.
After you’re settled in, visit one of our favorite local restaurants for a romantic evening. Book a table at Ciao Bella or Lela and enjoy delicious Italian food. Kincaid’s and Hazelwood Food and Drink also offer upscale dining and a cozy ambiance.
Today, you and your sweetheart will be exploring Bloomington’s star attraction: Mall of America! Hop in the car or take the complimentary and safe shuttle from your hotel to MOA and get ready for shopping, dining, and fun. You’ll kick things off by checking out some of the Mall’s 520+ stores, which sell everything from electronics to handbags and everything in between. Take turns choosing which store to shop at next, and make sure you have your Mall of America coupon book handy – it includes over $2000 worth of discounts. Plus, there’s no sales tax on clothing and shoes in the state of Minnesota!
Give your feet a rest over lunch at one of the Mall’s 50+ restaurants. Since there’s so many options, the two of you should have no issue with finding something you both agree on! Culinary on North in MOA’s new north expansion includes over a dozen fast casual options, and favorites like Sugar Factory, Twin City Grill, and Wahlburgers offer table service if you’d like something more substantial for lunch.
Now that you’re rested up, it’s time for a little immersive adventure. Head to The Escape Game, located on Level 3, and choose from 5 exciting themes. You'll have 60 minutes to crack codes, uncover clues, solve puzzles and complete a mission. Next, visit one of Mall of America’s two mini-golf courses, Moose Mountain and Rock of Ages, and face off against your S.O. If you really want to hit the links, you can even buy a ticket bundle and golf at both courses! Wrap up the afternoon by riding a few roller coasters at Nickelodeon Universe® or taking flight at FlyOver America, an indoor flight simulation ride that’s currently featuring FlyOver America and Fly Hawaii.
Spend your evening at Mall of America relaxing and take in a show at Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy. At House of Comedy, national headliners and emerging comedic talents entertain crowds with their stand-up performances. The comedy club also offers a complete dinner menu and full bar.
Your final morning in Bloomington will take place outdoors, where you can reconnect and enjoy the beauty of nature. Over 1/3 of Bloomington is made up of parks and green space, so there’s plenty of spots to choose from where you can go for a hike or bike ride. On Bloomington’s west side, visit Richardson Nature Center inside Hyland Lake Park Reserve and experience a peaceful retreat and many miles of trails. If you need equipment like walking poles or snowshoes, stop inside the nature center building for low-cost rental. Near Mall of America, the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge has scenic views, paved and dirt paths, and plenty of opportunities for spotting animals and plants. To blend arts and culture in with your day of nature, check out the South Loop Public Art Itinerary – it lists out the sculptures, murals, and other forms of art in the area around Mall of America.
After you’ve wrapped up your outdoor adventure, it’s time to pack up the car and head back home. Hopefully you’ll feel rejuvenated and relaxed after a wonderful weekend of spending time with your partner!
This is just a sampling of romantic getaway activities in the Twin Cities. Other options include Paisley Park, Normandale Japanese Garden, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and visiting wineries and breweries. View our list of attractions to help plan your trip!