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If you are looking for affordable family vacations, I highly suggest the Mall of America. It is a pretty affordable place to visits and within the mall of America is pretty much everything you need for your family Vacation. Let me give you the price run down of everything.
Who we Flew
To fly to Minneapolis, MN I booked two tickets on the airline Spirit. This airline has a lot of bad reviews but is crazy affordable. A round trip ticket cost about $100. Which was not bad, the down side is that the $100 does not include a carry-on luggage or to check your bag. I had to pay $45 each way for each bag for me and my son’s carry-on bag. Which I really could have just flew a normal airline, since carry-on bags at other airlines are normally free. The airline does not give you any snacks unless you want to pay for them, no TV, no Wi-Fi, and the seats were really thin.
The service on the airline was not bad the crew was really friendly. The airline does allow one free personal item such as a book bag. So if you can manage to fit all of your travel items in a book bag or tote bag then you can avoid luggage cost and reap the reward of a cheap ticket. Also, try to book a few months in advance that is how you can reap the reward of a cheaper ticket.
Where We Stayed.
Getting a hotel near the Mall of America can be quite pricey. We chose to stay in the Quality Inn and Suites, which was about $85 per night. Which for the area was not that expensive and it has a free shuttle that will take you to and from the Mall of America and a shuttle to and from the airport. So you will not need to rent a car at all. It also has a free hot breakfast which cut down the cost of eating out. Right next door to the hotel is a Denny’s AND a full size bar in a separate area, which is a good eating option or drinking options for adults. In addition, there is a Wal-Mart next to the hotel as well for any items you might need to pick up or snacks for the room which once again decreases your eating out cost.
Where we went
Mall of America
Is the biggest mall in America and it would be a shame if we did not get to see it. It has tons of stores and a lot of places to eat. Specifically for the kids they have stores such as the Lego store which is huge. And if you get there when they first open they will actually give you a free gift. As they do with most of the kid friendly stores.
This water park is in the Radisson hotel. We actually walked to the water park from the hotel we were staying at. It was about a 15 minute walk. You can get half day admission or all day admission. We end up getting the half day admission, 11am-4pm. You can complete everything that you need to do in that time frame. The cost for a half day ticket is $33. However, we ended up getting a Groupon deal for way less than that since it was 6 of us going. We probably spent about $12 per person. So I suggest you check their website or Groupon for deals on this water park. The park has a few slides, a pool, a kids play area, Jacuzzi, lazy river, wave pool, and a surfing machine. For food there was a Dairy Queen. I suggest bringing your own lunch as the Dairy Queen was very packed and it took about an hour to get our food, even though it is a fast food place. They also have locker rentals for $10. You really do not need them as there are plenty of places to put your things and people will more than likely not bother them, especially if one person sits with the belongings.
Sea Life is the aquarium in the Mall of America. I ended up getting a joint Sea Life ticket with a Nick Universe ticket. This totaled $45.99 for entrance to both. Sea Life is a wonderful indoor aquarium and it is a very interactive experience for kids. Also with the joint Nick Universe and Sea Life Ticket, you can ride as many rides as you want at Nick Universe as oppose to just getting an individual tickets for the rides. It is well worth it.
The combo ticket for sea life and Nick Universe, meant that you get an all-day pass for unlimited rides at the indoor theme park. My son is 8 and he was able to get on all the rides, including 3 roller coasters. For this to be an indoor theme park they have a lot of rides for it to be an indoor park. You will not be disappointed. We choose to go on a week day and so the lines were not long. We never waited over 10 minutes for a ride. We were able to get on all the rides and the good thing is that since it is indoor you do not have to worry about the weather or rides shutting down because of the weather.
This is in Nick Universe, but is a separate ticket. It cost $15.99. Dutchman’s deck is a full obstacle course and includes a zip lining option as well. My son was able to do the zip line and the obstacle course. You have to be 48 inches to get on the ride and wear closed toe shoes. It is a good options for some physical activity as well as you can choose what obstacles you want to go on when you are in the course.
This was another Groupon deal that with six people it came out to about $4 per person. It is also in the Mall of America. Its pretty good when you can visits one place and get all of your needs met. It was quick little detour we took as we went through the mall It took maybe 5-10 minutes to go through. And it is a fun maze for all ages, even for me. I thought I was following my son and ended up running into a mirror. Without the Groupon the regular ticket price is $8.95.
For food, my son and I went to Hard Rock which was by Nick Universe. It was not packed due to it being a week day, but they had good décor and music playing on the monitor. The kid’s meal was $6.95 so it is an affordable option.
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