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Published on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Adventure is Out There

From world class experiences to skating on the ice, Bloomington has so much to offer a family looking for a unique adventure getaway. Although famous for its golf course and shopping there is a whole lot more for families to do in Bloomington.

Inside the Mall

The Mall of America is more than just shopping! Ziplines, virtual reality and wet and wild adventures are all hidden behind the doors of Mall of America.

A part of Mall of America, the Nickelodeon Universe is an indoor amusement park which is suited for the entire family. Located in the heart of the mall, Nickelodeon Universe® features seven acres of unique attractions and entertainment. Meet the Nick characters, experience spine-tingling rides and ride on America's longest indoor zipline - Barnacle Blast. Find out more:

FlyOver America is a flight simulation ride that brings guests on a breathtaking, aerial tour of some of the greatest landmarks and regions throughout the United States in virtual flight technology. The ride is a fully immersive experience including wind, mist and even scents while soaring across some of America's most spectacular sights. Flyover America opened in April 2016. Here is more:

Step into the heat of our 70,000 sq. ft. aquatic wonderland at the Water Park of America, featuring the tallest indoor water slide in America and more than 2 dozen thrilling rides, 5,800 square feet of indoor arcade games, leisurely pools and relaxing hot tubs (perfect after a day of shopping or golfing). The Water Park of America also features an arcade and laser maze, with over 75 games for all ages - grab your player card and redeem your points for prizes ranging from games and toys to popular electronics. More information:

Adventure in the great outdoors

Bloomington residents loves to skate and want you to come along for the ride. The Bloomington Ice Garden has three awesome ice rinks for you to practice your skills. Whether speed skating is your thing, ice hockey or your kids want to be the next Torvill and Dean you can enjoy yourself on the ice in Bloomington. Find out more information:

For winter adventure in Bloomington head to the Hyland Hills Ski Area. Located within Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Hyland Hills is the place for downhill skiing and snowboarding in the Bloomington area. If you've never hit the slopes or want to freshen up your skills, you are welcome to take part in the lessons run by the SnowSports Academy. For more:

Hyland Lake Park Reserve is the place to be in the summer. The park is a scenic retreat in the heart of Bloomington. Hyland Lake Park offers breathtaking prairie landscapes and a major body of water as well as a large play area, the Richardson Nature Center, an 18-hole disc golf course and a 3-hole disc golf practice area. With so much to do, this park has endless opportunities for outdoor fun and not to mention miles of trials for biking and hiking. Read more:

The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is one of only four urban wildlife refuges in the US. Because of its location along the Mississippi Flyway, the Wildlife Refuge is an excellent location to spot over 200 bird species including the American eagle. Other activities available include fishing, boating, snowmobiling, hiking and biking. Read more:

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