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Best Fun things to do in Bloomington, MN

Whether you’re a pilot or a passenger who is stopping through Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport, Best Fun things to do in Bloomington is right next door and offers plenty of things to do while you’re resting up for the next leg of your flight. Let’s take a look at some of the best things to do explore in while you’re in Bloomington, MN — here we go!

About Bloomington

Throughout its history, Bloomington has been central to the development of the Twin Cities and Minnesota as a whole. Because of its connection to the U.S. military via Fort Snelling just to the northeast in neighboring St. Paul, it was one of the earliest-settled communities in the state, dating back to before Minnesota was even incorporated as a territory.  After the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux was reached in the early 1850s, land west of the Mississippi River, including Bloomington, was opened to settlers. The area began attracting non-soldiers in the likes of farmers, capitalists, missionaries, explorers and fur traders, among many others. By the time Minnesota was officially pronounced a U.S. state in 1858, the 25 original residents were able to incorporate their community as the Town of Bloomington. The population grew by the hundreds throughout the last half of the 19th century, as businesses moved in and a community infrastructure was built. While Bloomington remained a mostly small yet prosperous community, it wasn’t until the post World War II boom that the suburb started to take its current form. Thanks to the development of major interstates that allowed easier access to the suburb, upscale, middle-class neighborhoods began to pop up in droves. Just a decade later, the city saw another big addition in the form of the beloved Metropolitan Stadium, once home to the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. For 20 years, Minnesota’s professional sports teams conducted regular-season play at this stadium. But, that wasn’t the only major complex to call Bloomington home. After the final game was played and the stadium was shuttered, the Bloomington Port Authority officially purchased the site and two years later, groundbreaking took place for a new megamall, Mall of America. Although there is so much more to Bloomington than MOA, it’s often tightly associated with the suburb, particularly because it’s the city’s largest employer of about 13,000 people. Today, Bloomington occupies the spot of fifth-largest city in Minnesota in terms of population. Residents and visitors alike enjoy many public amenities, attractive neighborhoods and a friendly community.

Fun things to do in Bloomington, MN

With Eden Prairie to the west, Richfield to the north and the Minnesota River on the east and south, Bloomington is in the middle of all the action. Also home to major Minnesota destinations like Mall of America and Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge, among other fun areas to explore, there is no shortage of ways to enjoy your time in this bustling suburb.

Dining in Bloomington

  • For a romantic date night or other special occasion, head to Kincaid’s Fish, Chop & Steakhouse, serving upscale meals and cocktails in a fancy setting.
  • Mall of America is home to plenty of chains and quick bites, including Benihaha and Leeann Chin. Right outside, along Killebrew Drive, there’s also a strip of restaurants such as IHOP, Chevys Fresh Mex, TGI Fridays, and Whirlyball, a venue where you can also play laser tag, go bowling or try your hand at an escape room.

Parks & Recreation in Bloomington

  • There are lakes scattered throughout the town, great for fishing, boating and swimming. Try smaller options like Bush Lake Bloomington in the northwest, or go big at Longmeadow Lake on the eastern side.

Fun things to do in Bloomington

  • Take the little one’s out for a day of fun at The Works Museum. This museum is geared toward children, with interactive exhibits related to the STEM fields.
  • View and engage with all types of aquatic animals at Sea Life, located in Mall of America. The walk-through tunnel is particularly impressive for water lovers.
  • See Bloomington from thousands of feet above on a Discovery Flight from Inflight Pilot Training. Take the controls of an airplane and see what it’s like to fly under the direction of a professional. 

 

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