Mall of America Vacation Snapshots {at a glance}

Mall of America Vacation Snapshots {at a glance}
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Nickelodeon Universe

The Rainforest Cafe


Moose Mountain Golf

By Teri
Teri Hardy is a 30-something married, mom of 7 and the face behind the popular online publication, Motherhood Defined as well as the founder of Mom Powered Media. Known as the Iowa Mom blogger by her local peers and “The Fairy Blogmother” worldwide. She loves to write, doodle & go, go, go. Control freak, master multi-tasker and shopaholic. Ms. Hardy has professional experience in working closely with clients on brand ambassadorships, client outreach services, content creation and creative social media advertising exposure.

272 Comments

  1. That looks so cool. My family and I want to visit that mall Someday. I see it on the mall cops show on TLC. Was it as big as it looks on tv? The food looks great as well.

    • very nice trip

  2. This place looks great. My family and I hope to visit someday. I see mall whenever I watch mall cops on TLC

  3. Looks like you and your family had a great time. My family and I hope to visit this mall one day.

  4. That mall is HUGE! We went there maybe a year after it opened and didn’t even see the whole mall- it was amazing! It looks like you all had a wonderful time! We didnt go on the rides or the attractions- just walking around was enough for us!

  5. I used to go to the Mall of America all the time when I lived in Wisconsin, it was a treat for my friends an I to go on the weekends. I have good memories, and these pictures make me happy. :D

  6. Looks like fun! Hope to visit one day.

  7. Looks like fun! Hope to visit one day. It would be a great new extravagant experience.

  8. Looks like fun! Hope to visit one day. It would be a great new extravagant experience. Ive only seen it on TV.

  9. What an amazing trip and I love the photos you took. I have never been there but would love it

  10. I’ve never been to the mall, but wow…it looks fantastic!! Seems like there’s too much going on there for just one day’s visit.

  11. These look incredible! If I ever make it to Minnesota to see Prairie Home Companion I’ll have to make a stop while I’m there :)

  12. My favorite mall in the world! It looks like you had a wonderful time.

  13. That looks like they had so much fun. Definitely a place we need to take the family. Thank you for sharing

  14. Wow this looks like such a great time!

  15. Wow! That looks like fun! I have never been up that way – even though Minnesota and Ohio are both considered the “midwest”, it’s not exactly close by!

  16. Looks like so much fun..would love to go and enjoy my family!

  17. Love the pictures that you are sharing. It looks like lots of fun. These are all places I would love to take my daughters to when they get a bit older. I’ve always wanted to take my older daughter mini golfing and the Moose Mountain Golf looks great!

  18. Looks like a lot of fun…I’ve always wanted to visit there!

  19. this places looks awesome! fantastic pictures!

  20. I have always wanted to go there it looks like so much fun if I could ever afford it I will go some day.

  21. Oh My goodness! This looks like such fun! I had no idea the Mall of America was such a great vacation destination. I assumed it was just a bunch of stores, but I was wrong.

  22. Wow!! I’ve never been, but have always wanted to go. Fun pictures!!

  23. Wow I have always wanted to go there. It looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing these pictures with us all, they are awesome :)

  24. I’m so jealous. I’ve always wanted to go to the Mall of America!!!

  25. I’ve never been there but it looks like a really cool place to visit!

  26. I last visited there in 2007. Do they still have Snoopy there? O I was head over heals when I saw that!
    My hubby has never been there so it would be great to visit.
    Your photos make the place stand out. Nice shots!
    ~Naila Moon

  27. that is one mall I wouldnt mind going to! Looks so fun! :)

  28. That mall is huge!! I’ve always dreamed about going there. Maybe one day I will be able too! =)

  29. I went there one time for a vacation. I loved it, it was so huge and exciting because the only mall around here is 63 miles away and looks nothing like this Mall. I had a good time.

  30. What kind of dish was that on the skewers? It looks delicious!

  31. I really love the look of the rain-forest cafe pictures this really sounds like a fun eating experience

  32. That looks like an amazing place! The food looks delicious and it all makes me want to go there so much.

  33. I want to go to the Mall of America some day!

  34. Someday, if I’m lucky, I’ll make it to the Mall of America. :)

  35. Great pictures. Have never been there but hope to make it one day!!

  36. What a fun vacation! Great pics too!

  37. This place looks fabulous! I wish it wasn’t so very far away. I bet you could spend days there without going outside.

  38. We just recently visited my fiancee’s family in Minnesota. Straight out of our hotel room was the entrance to Mall of America… we didn’t go. :(

  39. I’ve always heard about the mall of america- but you just made me really want to go…. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

  40. wow!!! im soo missing out lol never been and hoping i can save enough to take my son here!<3

  41. Wow! Makes me want to go!

  42. How about that Rain Forest Cafe??? We have one at the Glendale Galeria (Los Angeles) but I think it’s a scaled down version of this one but it’s still such a cool place. I was following along with all your posts and tweets on your vacation and glad you had a blast!!! P.S. Welcome Home BTW!!!! :)

  43. Every girls dream vacation! lol. I would love to go there!

  44. Love the Mall of America, hope to take my daughter there one day

  45. I don’t know much about this mall. Do the attractions for kids cost money?

  46. Looks like everyone had a wonderful time! There was a time I had wished to go but I can’t do all that walking anymore! Y’all just do it for me and keep posting pics so that I can live vicariously!! Thanks for the beautiful pics!

  47. Wow looks like an awesome trip … would love to be able to go to the mall of america with the kids !

  48. Looks like you had an awesome time !!

  49. Looks like a fun trip! The Rainforest Cafe was my youngest daughter’s favorite restaurant when she was a toddler. She was obsessed with the movie Finding Nemo and she would sit infront of the fish tanks and call the fish by name. We haven’t been back there since it flooded in Nashville 2 years ago though.

  50. Looks like wonderful play to check out for the family.

  51. We live in Florida and have yet to do the Nickelodeon Hotel or Restaurants. We really want to and by the picture of the food.. Yum to the EEE…. We have done the Rainforest Cafe’ and if you like them you will love the sister animations dining in Downtown Disney.. T-Rex is the name and it is AWESOME…. they have themed rooms just like Rainforest but the best part is T-Rex has a dinosaur Build A Bear inside it…

  52. Wow, what a trip of a life time-I would like to take my family to the Mall of America. The place looks huge.Thanks for sharing.

  53. My daughter and 2 granddaughters went there. They had a great time.I am planning on going there one of these days.

  54. Awesome pic’s of your family!!

  55. looks like some fabulous memories for your children and you :P

    no matter how hard the task is on me, and how taxing it might be on my disabled body, i have learned to do as much as humanly possible with my children while they still wanna do things with me! we just joined a gym if for no other reason that we can do it together. my son is 18 and he has amazing memories of things we did as a family. my 9 yo now is getting less than he did (vacation wise, for sure as i am now disabled and we’re on a VERY Fixed Income because of it :( ); but we will DEFINITELY have some amazing memories nonetheless :)

    going to a place like you did would definitely create some great memories for you and your “little ones” : )

  56. Would so love to be able to take a family vacation to somewhere like that.

  57. I would love to be able to take my family on a vacation there. ♥ it

  58. Great Mall, I’ve been there a few years back.

  59. This looks like so much fun. My kids would love the Nickelodean Universe. This is a dream trip for me.

  60. Looks like a great place to have fun. Thanks for sharing.

  61. looks liek a lot of fun

  62. What a fun outing. Lots to do for everyone.

  63. I would Love to take my son there I just wish my daughter where still here to go with us as well.

  64. Looks like you had a wonderful trip. I’d love to visit the Mall of America. It looks amazing.

  65. That looks like a fun day. Hope to get there one day

  66. I have always wanted to go here! Thank you for sharing these pictures with us. :)

  67. Thanks for sharing. Looks like an interesting place to visit.

  68. “Mall of America” has a great reputation even all the way out here in Los Angeles!

  69. THIS REALLY LOOKS LIKE AN AWESOME PLACE, I’M SURE YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN HAD A WODERFUL TIME . PICTURES ARE GREAT.

  70. That looks like tons of fun. I’ve always wanted to go there, maybe one day….

  71. I used to have a friend who lived not far from here and we often talked about all the cool things that the Mall of America had to offer. I’ve never made it there, but I still plan to put it into my travel plans someday!

  72. We should try this sometime ,it sounds interesting:)

  73. All of these look like fun. I wish I lived closer to all of them since I have two boys who would love them all.

  74. My oldest daughter used to live in Iowa and they went to Mall of America! My Grandson still talks about the roller coaster! :)

  75. Mall of America is so much it has some of everything for everyone.

  76. what an amazing vacation! i have always wanted to go there;)
    gina

  77. I was there nearly 15 years ago. Looks like so much more fun now!

  78. It looks like you and your family had a great time. I have always wanted to go to the Mall of America, but haven’t made it out there yet. Maybe one day.

  79. it looks very interest and fun i know my boy will love it

  80. My boys might enjoy this! Thanks for sharing!!

  81. looks like a great time :0).. that mall is huge!!

  82. The Nickelodeon and the golf look like they are pretty cool places.

  83. Looks like a terrific place for the family to visit. I’m going to have to check this place out, as it looks like you had a great time.

  84. Aww it looks like so much fun. I want to go there so bad.

  85. those kabobs look ah-may-zing!

  86. I haven’t been there for years!! It still looks like a lot of fun!!

  87. great photos..hope i get there one day

  88. It’s Nickelodeon so I know it has to be fun. I like watching some of their programs!

  89. looks like a great trip!

  90. Looks like a wonderful trip.

  91. wow what a cool place

  92. Looks like you and your family had a fantastic vacation! Lovely photos, thank you for sharing.

  93. I would love to go to the Mall of America!! It looks like so much fun!

  94. My family would love to vacation there.

  95. What an amazing place. Would love to bring my family there one day.

  96. sounds like a good time was had by all

  97. Looks like a great time!

  98. HEARD ALOT ABOUT THE MALLS OF AMERICA…LOOKS LIKE FUN

  99. The Moose Mountain Gold looks like fun.

  100. I have always wanted to go here! I can’t imagine what other fun stuff there is to do their.

  101. looks fun!

  102. I would probably get lost in that mall.

  103. Mall of America is awesome

  104. I have always wanted to go there as well. It looks like you had a blast. Lots of good food and entertainment! Definitely something someone of any age can enjoy.

  105. Nickelodeon Universe looks like fun and the food looks delicious.

  106. ALL look like fun!

  107. These photos are so awesome! I want to go to the Mall of America so badly. I’ve never been, but it looks so cool!

  108. Never been to the mall of America, not really in my part of the country. But, I here it’s an amazing place.

  109. Thanks for allowing me to enter this contest! Love your blog and it looks like an amazing adventure!

  110. Great pics. MofA is definitely a cool place!

  111. Love rainforest cafe

  112. looks fun and hope you had fun ! :)

  113. Great pictures, it looks like you guys had an amazing time!

  114. We went there years ago. They’ve added alot of new stuff. Maybe another trip is on the venue.

  115. Wow, the Moose Mountain golf looks wonderful. I love doing putt putt!

  116. great pics. thanks for sharing. never been there. i’ll be planning on it now though. :)

  117. I hope some day I get to go there,it looks like so much fun.

  118. That looks like a fun and wonderful place to go

  119. Looks like a good time :)

  120. This looks like fun!

  121. love the rainforest cafe! Havent been there in almost 15 years

  122. that looks awesome

  123. Thanks for the giveaways!

  124. i have heard of mall of america before and always wanted to go. it looks like a fun place to go!!!

  125. Great idea – like it – has everything

  126. The mini golf looks like so much fun. I can’t get anyone to play mini golf with me.

  127. thank you

  128. I Hope some day to make it to the Mall of America this looks like so much fun.

  129. It all looks so fun!! I have never been!

  130. Looks like fun! :)

  131. Ooooooh! Love love rainforest cafe!! The perfect place to have fun with food!

  132. Awesome!! Haven’t been there since I was a kid. Was just talking about how i should take my kids there and see how much it’s changed!

  133. what a cool site..u have great photos, information & fun stuff to do..Thank U…Michelle Ashby

  134. We live close to the mall of America and the kiddos absolutely love day trips to the mall!

  135. We live close to the mall of America and the kiddos absolutely love day trips to the mall! I remember going back when Nickelodeon universe was camp snoopy and always had sooo much fun!

  136. I am not a fan of ANY mall! However, it looks like there are lots of other fun stuff to do …instead of shopping! :) Love Rain Forest Cafe!

  137. looks like so much fun

  138. this looks so fun!!

  139. Your pictures look amazing! I wish we had been able to take a family vacation this year, but it just wasn’t in the budget.. hopefully next year!

  140. The food looks scrumscious!

  141. It would be nice to visit this place! A woman’s fave place :D

  142. I would love to go to this mall! It’s a woman’s fave place.

  143. We almost made it there once but we were so tired and decided to head home from our vacation. Now I wish we would have went there. It looks like it would have been so much fun.

  144. I have never been to the mall of America but will definitely have to go!

  145. Have never been but I have always wanted to go.

  146. i need a vacation haha

  147. It has been years since I have been to the mall of America…I think I will have to plan a trip soon now that we live closer!

  148. Maybe someday i willl get to go

  149. Wow, I have never been there but now I really want to go! That place looks awesome and the whole family would have fun!!!

  150. Would love to take my daughter to all these places!

  151. Looks like a great place to take a field trip. thanks for sharing.

  152. Great pics! I would love to win the mixer….it would make the best birthday present!!!!

  153. i really want to go there.

  154. I love your photos :).

  155. neat

  156. I would love to visit the mall of america

  157. i would love to see mall of america in person. Amazing

  158. Great website

  159. looks like tons of fun, thanks for sharing pic’s :)

  160. If I ever make it to see the Mall of America one day it’d have to be during the warmest time of year. That place is a destination vacation in itself with everything it has to offer! Looks like you & your family enjoyed your time there too.

  161. Fun pictures.

  162. Love the Mall of America! I remember when Nickelodeon Universe was Camp Snoopy. I loved Camp Snoopy as a kid. :)

  163. Looks like fun. I’m not much of a shopper, but I think I would go if I could.

  164. i can’t wait to take a family vacation. We have never taken one, and my husband has never seen the beach. Looks like you guys had a wonderful time, but then again, “Time spent with family is time well spent”…no matter what you are doing or where you are!

  165. So envious! I want to go to Mall of America..Someday!! :-)

  166. Looks like an awesome trip!! Maybe my family can go there one day

  167. I think that if we took a vacation there and spend several days there, just at the mall

  168. Looks like fun! Great snap shots.

  169. Wow, that doesn’t even look like a mall! I have only heard of it but never been. Maybe when babygirl gets older, I can plan a family road trip and include that in our route!

  170. Rainforest Cafe… nom nom nom… looks yummy and fun!

  171. I LOVE Mall of America! I’ve always wanted to visit it.

  172. i would love to go here! i have always wanted to eat the the rainforest cafe too. my kids would love it.

  173. I’ve always wanted to go to the Mall of America. It’s definitely on my list of things to do. And your pictures are awesome!

  174. I would love to go there someday!

  175. That place looks amazing! I have been dying to go there for years.

  176. wow looks like so much fun, i want to go

  177. have been there 3 times when on vacation to minnesota and love the mall!

  178. the photos look like a blast!

  179. How Fun! This trip is on our bucket list!!

  180. Looks like so much fun,great day that would be.

  181. would like to go there some day

  182. We go to the MOA a lot and love it! School shopping is up next! lol

  183. I want to go!

  184. That looks so cool. My son and I want to visit that mall Someday. Was it as big as it looks on the internet? The food looks great as well.

  185. Mall of America, definitely added to our future family stops! Cool :)

  186. I have always wanted to go here and your pictures only make me want to go more. It looks like you and your family had a blast.

  187. oy vey. the hubby and i desperately need a vacation!

  188. def looks amazing, id love to go there!!!

  189. awesome!!!!!

  190. So fun

  191. That looks like such a blast ! Great pictures !

  192. I took my girls to the Rainforest Cafe and the baby got scared when the gorillas started going off but would love to go back now that she is a little bigger.

  193. Very cool

  194. That really looks fun! We’ve eaten at the Rainforest Cafe in Florida and Canada. I love it! What you had looks amazing!

  195. love your pictures thank you for sharing!!!!

  196. We haven’t been since the early 90s but THAT PLACE IS AWESOME! We had so much fun in the Minneapolis area. Someday I want to go for the winter carnival.

  197. Love the page. Bookmark so I can thoroughly go through it later. mommysmemorandum reccomended ya!

  198. Wowza! Nickelodeon Universe looks amazing for the kids!

  199. I would to go to this mall. I love your pictures.

  200. my girls, hubby and i would have a ball

  201. Gorgeous pictures.

  202. Thank you for providing us all with such great fun and the chance of winning some great prizes. ;D

  203. Would love to go someday. Great pics.

  204. That looks so fun!

  205. That looks fun. I’d love to go there someday.

  206. Something tells me I need a vacation!

  207. The pictures look old and faded – I think you need a new camera!

  208. This mall is absolutely amazing. I dream to be able to go there one day. Thank you for sharing your trip there. =)

  209. everything looks awesome!

  210. Thank you for cohosting the Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Giveaway! I think it’s the only way I’ll get one, to win it!!!

  211. Great photos :) It looks/sounds like your family had a lot of fun! I grew up not too far from the MofA, (in Iowa), but I never made it there. Although, I would have really liked to. Now I live in Oregon, so it’s not likely to happen soon. I would like to take a trip there when my 3 yr old son is a few years older. I’m sure my husband will prompt us to go by ourselves because he HATES shopping & especially hates malls :( Thanks Terry!

  212. Would love to visit one week.

  213. Love your pics~i’ve seen so many but have never been there :*( Would love to take my grand kids, at least the oldest 1. Do they have much for 1/2 yrs olds? Any kind of on site babysitting?

  214. I would live to have more places like this to visit in Ct. Its still a little backwoods here, unless your a gambler which I’m not.

  215. Gorgeous!!!!! I would love a vacation……anywhere!

  216. I would love to bring my daughters there to have some fun! Thank you for sharing your adventure with all of us. I love the pictures that you have taken.

  217. would really love to win….looks like such fun!

  218. would love to visit this mall someday

  219. Love your website!

  220. WOW that is incredible I have always wanted to do this. I miss the rainforest cafe such a great place to eat.
    Looks like you had fun.

  221. I am not much of a mall person for shopping, but this one looks like it would be fun for the whole family. Thanks for your info!

  222. Great pictures! We’ve never been to Mall of America. One day we’ll get up there. Thanks for sharing.

  223. Looks like a great place to go with the family!

  224. Wow! I will make it out there, one of these days! :)

  225. Looks like a fun time! You actually got to have FUN instead of just shopping…

    We made a rushed trip last September as my 12 year old’s Birthday request…she was just kidding but we did surprise her with it. We only spent one night and didn’t cover really any ground there…and didnt make it to the “fun floor”. Ten hours in a car to spend one afternoon and then a couple hours the next morning was not nearly long enough. I would suggest two days minimum to spend at the mall and see some other Twin City sites. We wished we would have taken in MLB baseball game while there and the Aquarium?
    Life is too short to NOT take in the mini trips you CAN drive…almost ten years passed between the last time we went there…way too long as the the kids have grown so fast. sigh..

  226. A new website to read.thank you!

  227. Great pictures!!! Look like fun!

  228. We have a very large mall here – Sawgrass Mills Mall, but it doesn’t have all the fun stuff Mall of America has!

  229. This looks like a blast :)

  230. Thanks for sharing your personal photos. I can only imagine how big the place is and must have been fun to visit!

  231. I love the pictures! It adds so much more to the experience. I would really love to go there someday.

  232. Ive never been here but it looks like an adventure !

  233. I liked the Mall of America Vacation pics & one thing about going there…everything is inside & no spoiled plans because it rained!!! And who doesn’t want to shop on your vacation as well…. :)

  234. I will have to go there sometime and see all those wonderful places! THanks for all the great opportunities and contests!

  235. Looks like fun…I have always wanted to visit there. thanks for sharing!

  236. this looks cool!;)

  237. wish I lived close enough to go!

  238. Nice pictures. I’ve never been before,hopefully can take the family there sometime! Thanks for the inside look!

  239. That looks like fun. I will have to go one year.

  240. Not really a mall person, but, this does look like fun.

  241. Awwww!! Love your pix :-)

  242. Love your pictures!!!! One day I wanna visit the Mall of America…..looks like you had a blast :-)

  243. Love your pictures!!!! One day I wanna visit the Mall of America, if we didn’t live on the east coast I’d probably have been there by now…..looks like you had a blast :-)

  244. Looks like a fun time.

  245. I have never been there but it looks like a TON of fun!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

  246. Great pictures and would love to go on a trip there. Hope to be entering your contest soon.

  247. I’ve always wanted to go there! Looks awesome! :)

  248. Wow this place looks so awesome thank you for telling everyone about it.It looks like a great adventure for the family =}

  249. nice pics :)

  250. Its a great place to go to,,

  251. Thanks for the giveaway KitchenAid Mixer! I have always wanted one!

  252. I would luv to see it in person.

  253. great pics

  254. Wow!! Very cool!!!

  255. This mall looks exciting and I wish I could go through the computer to be there.

  256. I remember when I used to live in Milaca, MN. We used to drive up to Edina, MN where my aunt lived and she ALWAYS used to take us to the Mall of America! It was so fun to go to as a kid! But I think I’m too old to do all that walking now! lol But it would definitely be fun to go back and just wander around for a few hours!

  257. Lucky me, I live in Minnesota…and close enough that it’s only about a half-hour drive. :D I only miss when it was Camp Snoopy; I don’t like Nickelodeon Universe as well.

  258. WOW!!! this looks so amazing! I really need to see it in person. Thank you so much for sharing!

  259. Awesome pics. I wish I could visit as well!

  260. I’ve never been there but always wanted too. It looks like so much fun. Not only fun but learn about things and experiences. I hope some day I can go.

  261. I have never been there but it looks totally awesome. I would love to visit with my family one day.

  262. I went to the Mall of America about 15 hrs ago. I know it has changed by now. I would love to go back. It was so fun!

  263. Really cool to see! Thanks for sharing!!

  264. great pics. looks like loads of fun!

  265. This looks so cool! I’ve always wanted to go, but haven’t been able to yet. I’ve been to West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. i think it’s kind of similar, but a little smaller.

  266. I’ve always wanted to go to both Mall of America and Nickelodeon Universe! These pictures are great. You’re a really good photographer. p.s. You gotta love Rainforest Cafe! :)

  267. How cool. Is that a real shopping mall? Looks like fun.

  268. I have wanted to go to the Mall of America for years! These pics make me want to go even more. They look so cool!

  269. I’ve never been to the Mall of America, and your photos make it seem that much more exciting! My husband has been there, but I definitely haven’t.. kind of jealous. Can’t wait to go eventually! (He is planning a trip out of it hehe)

  270. I have always wanted to go to Mall of America! Seems like it would take days to get through it all! I could do some serious shopping there!

  271. Love the pics. I wish I lived closer, as I would love to go there!

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