My kids and I were guests of Radisson Blu Mall of America. Lodging, food and attractions were complimentary.
Once the Winter season arrives, it is harder for the kids and I to be active outside. We try to get out there but the cold can be too much sometimes. It can get pretty cold here in Wisconsin, even if you are all bundled up. Cold fingers and faces is no fun no matter what your age.
A few weeks ago, Kayla and I were invited to Escape Cabin Fever by The Radisson Blu Hotel at The Mall of America. The kids and I have never been to the Mall of America before so we were excited for the opportunity to check it out.
Radisson Blu Mall Of America
From the moment we stepped out of our car, we were admiring how beautiful the Radisson Blu is.
I love how you can see the deep blue from the outside of the hotel.
Kayla was a little laid back but TJ let it be known how cool he thought the hotel was. The design of the Radisson Blu is eye catching and very modern. It definitely has a first class feel to it. One of my favorite things about the hotel is all the cool art.
We found the hotel to be very inviting. The chairs are just asking you to take a seat and relax. It was hard to keep TJ out of this one!
There is a pair of white hanging chairs in the lobby near the fireplace that are perfect for relaxing as well!
The Radisson Blu Mall of America is only 3 years old and is conveniently connected by skyway to the Mall of America. You don’t have to worry about bundling up to go shopping or eat. You will find everything you need in the hotel including a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor saline pool and Business Class lounge. The lounge offers complimentary breakfast, evening cocktails, iPads to use, coffee and more.
You can also find a complimentary Kids Club for children ages 3-12 which encourages them to explore the hotel. Marty the Moose, the official mascot of Radisson Blu Mall of America, takes younger guests on an adventure through fun stories. Children are given Blu Explorer passports that allow them to find what’s “Blu” at Mall of America during their stay. After getting four stamps in their passports, kids receive a special prize!
Our first night in Minneapolis, we had dinner at the FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar. They serve regional food that is farm to table fresh. We were able to try a a few different appetizers:
Handcut Potato Chips with Designer Dips
These chips were nice and crispy, especially with the dip. I don’t think I can go back to eat regular chips!
Beer Battered Eichtens Cheese Curds (Green Goddess and Spicy Buttermilk Sauces)
I love cheese curds and these were delicious! The batter was nice and crunchy. I usually eat them plain but the spicy buttermilk dip takes them to a whole new level! The dip has just enough heat and it doesn’t take away from the taste of the cheese curds.
We also tried the FireBrick Beer Battered Rock Shrimp and Ciabatta Bruschetta which had three spreads.
The kids had a FireCracker Mocktail cherry lemonade and PopRocks that they could not get enough of!
For dinner TJ and I had the Bacon Wrapped Eichten’s Buffalo Ribeye. It was served with a special Firelake steak sauce and fingerling potatoes. TJ does not usually eat potatoes but he decided to try them and ended up eating them all! The ribeye was juicy and melted in my mouth. My son could not stop talking about it!
Kayla went with the vegetarian option, Mushroom Gnudi. It was made with Woodland mushrooms, oven dried tomatoes, grilled broccolini, hazelnuts, white balsamic vinegar, and mushroom stock. She was very happy with her choice.
We had just enough room for the wonderful dessert trio we were served. The cheesecake is amazing! That was my favorite of the three with the moist cupcake being a close second.
The kids and I were also able to have breakfast at the FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar there is a lot of different options on the breakfast menu. Fresh fruit, organic eggs, Minnesota bacon, a variety of hash dishes and fish are a few items on the menu.
It was difficult to decide on what to eat because everything sounded so good. TJ and I finally decided on the Lemon Ricotta Cornmeal Waffle Platter.
I am not a big waffle eater but I wanted to try something new. I was not disappointed! The lemon and the raspberry caramel sauce went together so well I wanted more. We thought they tasted like a dessert and that is not a bad thing.
Kayla loves french toast so she went with the Bananas Foster Stuffed French Toast.
This was a great dish for Kayla. The portion was a nice size and it was cooked to perfection. She is a big fan of caramelized bananas so she was very happy!
Connect with FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar
There are a lot of restaurants to eat at in the Mall of America. You pretty much just need to decide what you are in the mood for and go from there. The kids and I had lunch at Burger Burger. The main thing they serve gourmet burgers. Burger Burger grinds their beef in house daily. They also use local products including freshly baked buns and farm fresh veggies.
For lunch we had the John Wayne, Blazin’ Bison and Black Bean Machine burgers, fries and chocolate brownie shakes.
The burgers were very tasty and seasoned to perfection. Kayla has not be too happy with veggie burgers that she has in the past but she said this one was very good. All the burgers were juicy and very filling. We ate around 12:45 and were still full around 7pm. The hand cut fries are served with secret seasoning and dipping sauce of your choice. The shakes had nice chunks of brownies at the bottom that you had to finish with a spoon. The staff is very friendly. They went around checking on customers and even help clear off your table. I will be coming back to Burger Burger the next time I visit the Mall of America. They offer adult shakes that I would love to try!
Zio Cucina and Bar
For dinner during our second night we went to Zio Cucina and Bar. It is a modern Italian restaurant that serves classic dishes made from scratch. We tried a variety of dishes from their menu including fried olives, squash croquettes, mozzarella fritta and three cheese artichoke dip.
These risotto and mozzarella balls were my favorite. They were crispy on the outside and full of fennel sausage.
TJ loved the calamari which was well prepared. The portion size is big enough to share.
The kids had pizza for their main dishes while I had the Grilled Steak Spiedini. The steak was just how I liked it, well done and very tender.
We ended the night with desserts we never tried before. I had the Lemon Sorbet with Moscato di Asti. I love sorbet like this!
Kayla had Tiramisu.
TJ tried the Molten Cake.
Mall of America Attractions
One of the best things about Mall of America is there is more to do than just shopping. There is a lot to do as far as entertainment. Nickelodeon Universe is perfect for a day of family fun. Since it is inside of the mall it is climate controlled. That definitely makes it very appealing, especially during the middle of Winter. There are roller coasters, a ferris wheel, bumper cars, a carousel and more for all ages to enjoy. The Avatar Airbender is nice is you are a fan of heights. You go at least 70 feet in the air! The Log Chute is very popular, just remember to have a change of clothes or at least a towel because you will get wet! We saw a lot of Nickelodeon characters walking around that no problem posing for pictures with excited kids. Nickelodeon stores are located in the park to make shopping easy.
My kids loved checking out Dutchman’s Deck Adventure Course. TJ showed no fear as he climbed the rope course and tried out the zip line. It was an experience he will never forget! Kayla did not do the zip line but she had fun on the rope course.
My family always have fun playing miniature golf. In Nickelodeon Universe you will find Moose Mountain Adventure Golf. It provides 18 holes of fun with a life sized Moose, a logging truck, horses and more.
Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium
We were very excited to visit the Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium. But first we went on a behind the scene tour. Kayla liked when we were able to see actual shark teeth up close. I had no idea that shark had rows and rows of teeth in their mouths! In the kitchen our group saw what type of food the sea life eat. It was interesting to learn that they are fed things like broccoli and women multivitamins. Our favorite part of the behind the scenes tour was the overhead view of the tanks. It so cool to see the turtles and sharks swimming around so close to us. We were able to a large green turtle up close. Seemore is over 100 pounds and can’t live in the wild because he can’t dive for food. His shell was damaged by boat propellers and the the aquarium does a great job taking care of him.
After our tour the kids and I did some exploring of the aquarium. We had fun touching the stingrays. It was a little scary at first and the water is cold. The stingrays swim right underneath your hands. You can even buy shrimp to feed them.
The most amazing part of the aquarium is the 300 ft long tunnel that surrounds you. It is an unforgettable experience having all the various sea creatures swimming around you. We saw lots of sharks, fish, turtles and even an alligator. It was so beautiful and TJ was in his element. He was identifying stuff left and right. It was fun to see his face light up while he told his sister and I little facts about all the creatures.
The kids and I had a wonderful time visiting the Mall of America. It was great to eat delicious food and have fun without having to step a foot outside. The Radisson Blu Mall Of America is a great destination to Escape Cabin Fever this winter. Check out the Family Fun with Marty the Moose package starting at $259. It includes:
- Your choice of either four tickets to SeaLife Aquarium or two unlimited-ride wristbands to Nickelodeon Universe
- $10 per person SkyDeck Game card (maximum of four per room)
- Kids Tent to keep