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we are planning a july 2010 trip to duluth, mn. want to stop in minnapolis to visit the mall of america? looking for informatin on best rv parks and hints and suggestions of the mall of america. thanx bobby


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We traveled from Indianapolis to Itasca State Park in MN over a 2 week vacation. We drove in small leaps, staying at different places along the way. We stayed 3 days at Willow River State Park in Wisconsin. The drive to the Mall is really not very far, however, the traffic was a killer as we drove right in the middle of the week during rush hour! Yikes! The State Park was great! The entire trip was wonderful, and we really enjoyed the Mall. Bring lots of $$$ and be prepared to spend at that Mall. If you have kids, there is an amusement park right in the middle, and the kids will want to ride, ride, ride! Be prepared to spend the day and while the kids are riding, you eat, eat, eat! Oh it was fun!

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Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, MN has a great RV park.

We went to the Mall of America for the first time last year and it was disappointing. Parking was difficult, traffic jam getting into the place. The "mall" itself had narrow hallways and was hard to get around in with the multiple floors. The stores were nothing special compared to others around the country of the same chains.

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MacManOne wrote:

Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, MN has a great RV park.

We went to the Mall of America for the first time last year and it was disappointing. Parking was difficult, traffic jam getting into the place. The "mall" itself had narrow hallways and was hard to get around in with the multiple floors. The stores were nothing special compared to others around the country of the same chains.

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Actually, the "magic" of the MOA is as a winter attraction. I lived in Minneapolis for 10 years, and trust me, it was much appreciated through the long cold, and very dark, winter. What did you expect--that they were somehow going to invent new stores just for MOA?

The MN summers, all 2 months of them, are glorious, and the natives enjoy it outside with gusto, not in MOA.


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I have some good reports about Lebanon Hills Campground in Apple Valley, MN. They are located near Minnesota Zoo and the Mall Of America (MOA).
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foosh1 wrote:

MacManOne wrote:

Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, MN has a great RV park.

We went to the Mall of America for the first time last year and it was disappointing. Parking was difficult, traffic jam getting into the place. The "mall" itself had narrow hallways and was hard to get around in with the multiple floors. The stores were nothing special compared to others around the country of the same chains.

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Actually, the "magic" of the MOA is as a winter attraction. I lived in Minneapolis for 10 years, and trust me, it was much appreciated through the long cold, and very dark, winter. What did you expect--that they were somehow going to invent new stores just for MOA?

The MN summers, all 2 months of them, are glorious, and the natives enjoy it outside with gusto, not in MOA.



Actually they do have new, test protype stores at MOA. Very big test marketing area.
Second Dakota Meadows in Prior Lake. You will not be dissappointed.

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If you love malls and spend a lot of time in malls you will love Mall Of America. They have chain stores but also a bunch of one of a kind stores. If you see something you want to buy don't say I'll pick that up later on the way back. I did that and could never find the store again. Remember what door you entered when you arrived. I didn't have to park since I had a driver that day but the traffic was bad when I arrived and when I left. If you are used to very busy malls no problem. It was three hours of living **** for me since I hate to shop but it was something I wanted to see and I am glad I did. I was there by myself so that was a plus because if my family was with me I would have been in that mall for days.

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I will second this suggestion for sure: Lebanon Hills Campground in Apple Valley, MN. They are located near Minnesota Zoo and the Mall Of America.

As for Camping near the Mall of America, my daughter lived in Eagan, MN for 2 years some years ago. A neat county campground near Eagan was Lebanon Hills Campground 12100 Johnny Cake Ridge Road in Apple Valley MN. It would not be to far to drive to the Mall from there. Apple Valley is about 20 miles south of the Twin Cities and just 10 minutes south of the Mall of America (at least that is what the zoo web site has listed). Not sure of a closer one. It is close to the neat MN Zoo as well.
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IMHO it would be more fun going to the zoo than visiting the other zoo. Ha! But is worth seeing, it is large with a small amusement park inside, in the center section. Perhaps even larger than when we there last, about 6 years ago, maybe today or at least close. I enjoyed seeing the place. Even did some shopping, MN does not charge a sales tax on clothing & shoes, which can save you some cash. A nice place to do some serious walking for sure. But it was a zoo the last time we were there. I believe it was on a Labor Day Monday. Not the best planning for going, but it was a side trip.

Speaking of zoos, in St. Paul there is a really nice small ZOO. Located in Como Park. Cafesjian's Carousel is also in St. Paul's Como Park, just south of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory and a few steps from the entrance to the conservatory and the zoo. Worth going to for sure if in the area. Carousel History ******* Park Amenities

Also near Mall of America is the very neat and historic Fort Snelling.

But Lebanon Hills Campground would be the place I would choose to visit the Twin Cities.

If into bike riding, there are miles and miles of bike/walking trails in the area, not just Lebanon Hills. We enjoyed biking from Eagan to Harriet Island & then over the Mississippi River to St. Paul and also from Bloomington to Minneapolis along the Mississippi. The locks at St Anthony Falls has a neat visitor center and it is neat to see them use the locks. Bike Map Link After viewing the map, it was not from Bloomington but very near it at Minnehaha Park, one of Minneapolis’ oldest and most popular parks, attracting over 850,000 thousand visitors annually. It is located at the intersection of Hiawatha Ave. and Minnehaha Parkway. Park Link

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We also recommend Lebanon Hills. We have friends in the twin cities and stay there every year. One of the nicest campgrounds we have been to. Especially for the price.


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Just a comment on the mall itself. We live in Bloomington about 4 miles from the Mall of America. We walk at the mall two or three times each week, including Saturday morning, in the winter. Using the four upper levels and ammusment park, you have a three mile walk using the walkway once. We also shop and eat there.

Timing is everything. Try to get there between 8:00 and 10:00am to park and get inside the mall. All stores are open by about 10:00am. The mall averages around 150,000 visitors a day. Weekends exceed 250,000 visitors per day. Common sense says to get there in the morning before lunch crowd shows up. Rush hour(s) morning or evening is not the time to be on the interstate going to the mall. Take the side streets.

From April through October we are out of town camping every weekend (mostly long weekends). Crowds actually peak in the summer months. A majority then are out of the area visitors. Most of the locals are out side enjoying the short summers.

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