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Mall of America is the nation's largest retail and entertainment complex. The 4.2 million square foot complex is home to more than 520 world-class shops; Camp Snoopy, the nation's largest indoor family theme park; Underwater Adventures, a 1.2 million gallon walk-through aquarium; a 14 screen movie theater and more. The Mall opened in August of 1992 and is located in Bloomington, Minn., just minutes from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Since opening its doors in 1992, Mall of America has revolutionized the shopping experience and become a leader in retail and entertainment. Mall of America is one of the top tourist destinations in the country as well as one of the most recognizable brands.
Thier mission is to strengthen the bond between people and the living earth, which, loosely translated, means they're dedicated to inspiring people to act on behalf of the environment. To accomplish this, they provide award-winning recreational, educational and conservation programs, locally, nationally and internationally.
The Minnesota Zoo is situated on 500 acres in Dakota County. The collection currently stands at about 2,300 animals, with 105 animals representing 15 species on the United States Endangered Species Act list. The Zoo is involved with national and international programs to breed and preserve these species.
The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome is a remarkable example of both civic cooperation and public stewardship. Opened in 1982, the Metrodome was developed through the efforts of a broad coalition of metro and statewide interests, and has in turn served the public well, bringing excitement and great entertainment to the Upper Midwest. Built on time and under budget, it offers a certain security against the economic storms that have buffeted many public facilities.
The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome is named for one of Minnesota's most beloved public figures, who before his death in 1978 had served the public as Mayor of Minneapolis, U.S. Senator and Vice President of the United States. The Metrodome is a fitting tribute to a man who loved sports and committed his life to the people of Minnesota.
The Children's Theatre Company (CTC) is recognized as North America's flagship theatre for young people and families as well as a major cultural and artistic resource in Minnesota. Founded in 1965, CTC has set a standard for excellence in theatre for young people, the creation of new work, and arts education. In 1997, Peter C. Brosius joined CTC as the theater's third artistic director, and Managing Director Teresa Eyring came on board in 1999. Together they have led the CTC staff and board in re-defining the role of the Theatre and its work.
The Minneapolis Farmers' Market offers product variety as well as informed shopping. The Market vendors are a combination of growers, produce dealers, artisans, and crafters. About 250 vendors alternate use of 172 stalls to provide consistent product diversity. Competition is encouraged and vigorous to allow the informed customer to compare quality and prices before making a purchase. While prices may vary, one thing remains constant: all merchandise is value-priced. At the Minneapolis Farmers' Market the consumer can rest assured that they receive what they pay for. In addition, all purchases are guaranteed.
Imagine traveling 14 feet underwater where sharks, stingrays and giant sea turtles swim so close, you'll feel like you can reach out and touch them! With over 1.2 million gallons of water, this aquarium features a 300 foot-long curved tunnel, complete with a moving walkway that simulates a scuba diving adventure - but without getting wet!
What does it feel like to touch a real shark? Find out at Starfish Beach - and take "The Plunge" virtual submarine ride! With over 4,500 living sea creatures, see why Underwater Adventures, located right in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, was voted "World's Best Shark Encounter" by Discovery's travelchannel.com.