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Mall of America: Nickelodeon Universe Unlimited Ride Pass

1. Mall of America: Nickelodeon Universe Unlimited Ride Pass

Enjoy a full day of fun at Nickelodeon Universe, the nation's first indoor Nickelodeon theme park, with an unlimited ride wristband. Experience 26 unique rides and attractions suitable for all heights and ages at this 7-acre indoor theme park located inside the Mall of America, MN. Besides all the unique rides, enjoy some retail therapy at the park's unique shops and grab a bite to eat at one of the many dining options. Plus, meet your favorite Nickelodeon characters including SpongeBob SquarePants, Paw Patrol, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Get your adrenaline pumping on Thrill rides such as Avatar Airbender, Brain Surge, Fairly Odd Coaster, Pepsi Orange Streak, Splat-O-Sphere, SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock. For juniors, enjoy Family and Junior rides such as PAW Patrol Adventure Bay, Back at the Barnyard Hayride, Backyardigans Swing-Along, Big Rigs, Blue’s Skidoo, Carousel, Crazy Cars, Diego’s Rescue Rider, El Circulo del Cielo, Ghost Blasters, Bubble Guppies Guppy Bubbler, La Aventura de Azul, Log Chute, Pineapple Poppers, Rugrats Reptarmobiles, Shredder’s Mutant Masher, Swiper’s Sweeper and Wonder Pet’s Flyboat. You can also experience unique seasonal events and activities throughout the year including Toddler Tuesdays®, Slime Break, Summer, Nickelodeon Booniverse, and Winter Break. Purchase your tickets today.

Mall of America: Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium Entry Ticket

2. Mall of America: Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium Entry Ticket

Explore the magical underwater world at SEA LIFE Minnesota. Travel through the world-famous 300-foot long ocean tunnel and come face to fin with thousands of creatures like never before.  Meet the largest sharks in Minnesota, the Sand Tiger shark. Growing up to 9 feet long, Sand Tiger sharks may look scary but actually are a docile species of shark. Also, meet their adorable endangered Guitarshark babies. SEA LIFE at Mall of America is the first SEA LIFE across the globe, and only the second aquarium in North America, to have had success in breeding these critically endangered creatures. Brave the Rainforest and get close to caiman crocodiles, poison dart frogs, piranha, and more. Have the chance to meet Seemore, a rescued Green Sea Turtle, and learn more about her life story. Seemore was found off of the coast of Florida after being hit by a boat propeller. As a result of her injury, a team of animal experts devised and created a 3D-printed shell to help her swim with greater ease. With help from engineers at the University of Minnesota, the plastic shell – or “backpack” - was built, fitted, and tested on her with great success. Go on an interactive and fun journey for all ages into the diversity of marine life while playing an active role in educational and conservation efforts and inspiring others to lend their support.

Mall of America: Rock of Ages Blacklight Mini Golf Ticket

3. Mall of America: Rock of Ages Blacklight Mini Golf Ticket

Get entry tickets to the Rock of Ages Blacklight Mini Golf at the Mall of America in Bloomington to access 18 indoor golf holes, sure to challenge and delight guests of all ages. Enjoy different themes and eras of music, from the 1950s all the way to the present day. Upon arrival at the venue, pick up your glow-in-the-dark ball and putter. Golf through and around the many features designed to remind you of the different eras of music like a jukebox, a classic car, a yellow submarine, a giant boom box, a giant studded glove, and a Prince-style guitar and drum set.

St. Paul: Mansions of Mystery Twin Cities Ghost Walking Tour

4. St. Paul: Mansions of Mystery Twin Cities Ghost Walking Tour

Take a tour with a dark twist as you embark on a ghost-hunting adventure on Summit Avenue, one of America’s greatest streets. Follow your guide and learn about the famous residents of Saint Paul – including F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis - and their misfortunes. Start your adventure at Forepaugh's towering red mansion, where former resident Joseph and his mistress are trapped for all eternity. Learn about what happened in the house and look out for the ghosts in their favorite haunting spots.  Carry on down the Avenue and hear the sinister stories behind their elaborate turrets and gables of the other Victorian mansions and investigate the mystery of Sinclair Lewis’ lost manuscript at the William Butler House. Conclude your adventure at the former home of F. Scott Fitzgerald and search the roof for an eery green light.

Minneapolis: Mall of America 1-Hour Escape Room Adventure

5. Minneapolis: Mall of America 1-Hour Escape Room Adventure

The Escape Game Minneapolis features 5 immersive escape rooms, including our outer space adventure, Mission: Mars, and our most challenging game, Prison Break. Once you arrive, a dedicated game guide will take you on to your adventure and help you as needed. You will have exactly 60-minutes to complete the mission in your adventure and escape. Choose to play one of five uniquely immersive games: - Gold Rush: Find hidden gold in the California hills! - Prison Break: Complete a daring escape from the evil warden! - Special Ops: Mysterious Market: Uncover the truth as a secret agent! - The Heist: Recover a stolen masterpiece from an art thief! - Mission: Mars: Launch your spaceship!

Mall of America: Moose Mountain Adventure Golf Ticket

6. Mall of America: Moose Mountain Adventure Golf Ticket

Moose Mountain Adventure Golf is a fun adventure for the entire family, with 18-holes of indoor miniature golf. The custom crafted course features an original, whimsical design with an old-time north woods feel and is a magical experience for all who play. Enjoy discovering life size moose, horses and more as you navigate the course. Moose Mountain Adventure Golf also contains fun cartoon vehicles including a logging truck, steam train and bi-plane. This —it is also designed to be fully accessible so everyone can enjoy the adventure!

Mall of America: Crayola Experience Flexible Date Ticket

7. Mall of America: Crayola Experience Flexible Date Ticket

Entertain the whole family with colorful creative play at the Crayola Experience at the Mall of America, The Crayola Experience offers a variety of interactive crayon-based arts activities for both child and parent to enjoy together. There are 26 hands-on attractions included in this self-guided experience, with families typically spending 3-4 hours exploring all the activities. Color crew staff are on hand to offer assistance, to ensure you enjoy this wonderful, whimsical adventure with lots of unique experiences for all different ages. Go on a wonderful, whimsical adventure with unique experiences featuring colorful Crayola creativity. Kids can turn themselves into the star of a coloring page in the photo-booth attraction. Check out the Activity Studio, where you can make a colorful craft. Enjoy a live manufacturing theatre show and let the resident Crayonologist show you how Crayola crayons are made and what makes them a cut above the rest. Take silly selfies which you can project onto a big screen and animate. Don’t forget to transform your old crayon into something new in the Melt & Mold attraction. Here at the Crayola Experience, you will be able to do everything from making personalized crayons to painting with melted crayons. New in 2021 is Scribble Scrubbies and the new Crayola Create & Play App. Color, wash, and play with your free Scribble Scrubbie – a washable, fuzzy pet, perfect for hours of creativity. The try the Create and Play App for free, with a variety of unique kid-friendly games – your little ones will have a blast caring for creatures, playing arcade-style games, and unleashing their creativity.

Minneapolis River Walk: Self-Guided Audio Tour

8. Minneapolis River Walk: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Enjoy the beautiful city of Minneapolis on a self-guided audio tour. You will receive the instructions on your voucher after booking. Explore the area with an audio guide at your own pace and hear about its culture and history. Download the app to start your tour along the Mississippi River and cross it on the Stone Arch Bridge. Along the way, you will hear about the history of the milling industry in Minneapolis, the massive mill explosion of 1878, the collapse of the 35W Bridge in 2007, and more. Soak in the vibrant atmosphere while listening to the history of the town. During the tour, choose to pause the app at any time to take a break or spend some more time seeing the sights. Learn about the history of Funkytown, an ugly mansion with 86 TVs, and the famous cougar attacks. Discover how long it takes a single drop of water to travel down the Mississippi and how long it takes a person to make the same journey. Know about the hiring of a hitman in St. Paul and the death of Tiny Tim. Finally, you will end your walk on an island overlooking St. Anthony Falls.

Minneapolis: 3-Hour Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

9. Minneapolis: 3-Hour Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Looking for a way to turn Minneapolis into a giant game board? This interactive scavenger hunt combines the fun of the Amazing Race with a 3-hour sightseeing tour of Minneapolis. Guided from any smartphone, groups will make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning the local history. The adventure will begin from Vikings Arc at the US Bank Stadium and will take you on a fun journey to some of the most iconic Minneapolis sights. Make your way down to the riverfront to see the old mill works, visit culturally significant locations and take in the sights of the St. Anthony Falls, all while working challenges and unraveling clues to your next location. You will discover unique treasures, historic hotels and see the best Minneapolis has to offer. The tour requires approximately 2 miles of walking. Using a smartphone as “the guide” will allow you to start when you want and determine your own pace of play. Stop midway to listen to enjoy the scenery or grab something to eat. Offered at a fixed price for a group versus per person pricing, this city tour/ game offers great value to those on a budget. Points of Interest: - US Bank Stadium - Mill City Museum - Guthrie Theater - Gold Medal Park - Saint Anthony Falls - River Park - Stone Arch Bridge - City Hall

Minneapolis: Skyway Walking Tour with Drinks

10. Minneapolis: Skyway Walking Tour with Drinks

Embark on a tour of Minneapolis' famous Skyway system, connecting dozens of shopping centers, hotels, theaters, and other local staples. Whether the temperature is below freezing or blazing hot, take advantage of this original way to travel from building to building and get to know the city. Meet your guide outside the famed Guthrie Theater - they'll be holding a blue umbrella - and learn about the nearby Mississippi, which is part of where Minneapolis gets its name, stemming from the Dakota word “Mni” for water and the Greek “polis” for city. Start your walk at the Guthrie Theater, then stroll alongside the Mill City Ruins. Be introduced to the city's history as you find unexpected routes. Before moving on, sit down with your tour guide for a coffee. Enjoy an opportunity to share what brought you on the tour and receive advice about visiting the Mall of America, the capital city of St Paul, or the Minnesota Northwoods. Get recommendations for hidden bars, secret cafes, and bike paths. Continue exploring the city’s famed Skyways, stretching for 9.5 miles. Avoid the cold or hot weather by following the lead of a local, with knowledge of which tunnels are open every day. Come across a variety of businesses and popular buildings as you weave your way through the system. End up in the Warehouse District, now rebranded as Minneapolis’ North Loop. Immerse yourself in a newly-gentrified neighborhood where million-dollar condos sit next to hipster breweries, world-famous restaurants, and lots of dog walkers. After learning the full history of the city, toast to a great day with a beer in hand and ask any lingering questions before leaving with a newfound appreciation for this city.



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Most of the way through it. We felt rushed. People not being respectful. We had 2 strollers and a scooter. But we took our time to make sure we saw everything. I dont feel we were slow, a lot of people there that morning. Spent over and hour in there.

I loved every second of the aquarium! It was so beautiful and now close you can get is incredible. I would do it again and again!

It was a great experience. Can't hardly wait for my son and grandson to get here so we can do this event again.

Everything was amazing! The staff was great! I will definitely be going back

Very enjoyable. Very clean facility and very helpful staff.