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Published on Monday, August 15, 2016

There is more than just the Golf at the 2016 Ryder Cup

If you are one of the 240,000 people heading to the Ryder Cup in Minnesota this September here are some top tips for what you should get up to when the golf is done in Bloomington.

Starting on 30th September 2016, the Ryder Cup isn't just about the golf, in Bloomington golf is king but be sure to check out what else this Minnesota city has to offer.

Start your trip off in Bloomington on the Great Northern Golf Trial, check out these great courses before watching your team in the Ryder Cup. Find out more about the Great Northern Golf Trial here:

Let's start with the shopping.

Bloomington is home to the Mall of America, and with 520 shops to peruse, please shop 'til you drop. Plus, there is no sales tax on clothing or shoes throughout Minnesota, so you can pick up some real bargains! While in Mall of America during the Ryder Cup be sure to pick up all your golfing equipment and clothing at some of the top sporting stores in the Mall including; Nike, Oakley and Under Armour. Some of the most popular stores in the Mall of America include; Macy's, MAC, Michael Kors, Coach, Vera Bradley and Nordstrom. Make sure to save a bit of time for shopping as it would take 86 hours to complete a visit to the Mall if you were to spend just 10 minutes in each shop. You're your shopping here:

The next stop is a little fun.

The top spot for family entertainment has to be Nickelodeon Universe.  Located in the centre of Mall of America, Nickelodeon Universe® features seven acres of unique attractions and entertainment. Meet the Nick characters and experience spine-tingling rides. These rides belong on a bucket list; Shredder's Mutant Masher, Log Chute and Splat-O-Sphere. And why not take the opportunity to see the entire USA, on Mall of America's newest attraction, FlyOver America® a virtual reality ride where you can see, smell and feel the highlights of the USA. Finish your fun off with a trip to Crayola Experience, find out all the fun things to do in Bloomington here:

Then it's time to refuel.

If you are heading to Bloomington for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine be sure to enjoy the foodie side of this Minnesota city. A good trip is full of good food. And in Bloomington, you're never far from a delicious meal. Try a different restaurant for each night of the week at this foodie heaven. Cedar + Stone, Urban Table is JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America's flagship restaurant, serving up American breakfast, lunch and dinner fare, and welcomes all Ryder Cup visitors. FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar features a chic bar area, a craft cocktail list, and mouth-watering desserts within Radisson Blu, and is a real treat during a stay in Bloomington. Check out all the Bloomington restaurants:

Get some quiet relaxation

After a busy and competitive Ryder Cup head to one of Minnesota's renowned outdoor beauty spots, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Meet local wildlife, or just take a stroll through the trees, it is a great way to unwind after showing your support during the Ryder Cup. Take a look at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge:

Good night's sleep is now needed.

There are more than 40  convenient hotels to choose from in Bloomington from economy to deluxe. Just minutes from MSP Airport and Minneapolis-St. Paul.  All Bloomington hotels offer complimentary shuttle service to and from the MSP Airport, Mall of America and the Metro Transit Light Rail.   Enjoy complimentary parking in Bloomington for your hotel stay or shopping experience. 

Explore more of what Bloomington, Minnesota has to offer here:


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