My family and I were given an all-expense paid press stay in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

The Radisson Blu Mall of America. That was our pre-tax season little getaway as a family. I remember when I first saw the construction for the Radisson Blu. I thought to myself, “Oh that’s nice for travelers.” Since we live in Rogers, Minnesota, a good 40 minutes north of the Mall of America (or MOA), I saw no need to stay at the hotel. When I had the opportunity to “escape cabin fever” at the hotel this past January, I naturally took them up on the offer. I’m so glad that I did.

What is the Radisson Blu MOA?

For the Minnesotan, the Radisson Blu MOA is a destination within the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Situated next to the Mall of America, you can easily access the MOA through a sky way without ever setting foot in the freezing cold.

It’s an escape from your everyday life full of adventure. The Mall of American boasts a gross area of 4, 870, 000 feet and could easily fit seven Yankee Stadiums inside. The Radisson Blu MOA is situated perfectly for its guests to take in everything the biggest mall in the USA has to offer.

It’s a magical hotel where your children are treated like guests, not annoying, little tyrants, rather like respected guests. The staff of the Radisson Blu went out of their way to make us feel at home. I unknowingly forgot my youngest’s beloved pink bear at home and after searching for it with the manager of their valet service in my van, he offered to look in the Lost and Found in case it fell in transit. Teddy (the name of her bear) wasn’t found, however, they sent a replacement bear to the room in hopes it would help her sleep. The excitement of the new bear was enough to make for a good night’s rest.

Stuffed animals from Radisson Blu MOA
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Children who are guests at the Blu are given either a loon or a moose when they stay at the hotel.

The Radisson Blu MOA is rich with Minnesota touches. For example, the wood that’s found in the FireLake Grill, the hotel’s awesome restaurant, is all re-purposed Minnesota barn wood.

The hotel is also home to an amazing restaurant, FireLake Grill. Like I said before, the personal Minnestoa touches in the hotel is one of the best things about Radisson Blu MOA; the same can be said of the menu at FireLake Grill. It doesn’t get more Minnesotan than this: Minnesota Walleye Hash. It’s on the breakfast menu and features scallion, peppers, poached eggs & hollandaise, and broccolini.

Legos to keep the kids busy at the FireLake Grill in Radisson Blu MOA
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Legos are provided to keep the kids busy at the FireLake Grill in the Radisson Blu MOA

Easy access to Nickelodeon Universe, the theme park that’s in the center of the Mall of America. The theme park has 27 rides for all ages, a nightly light show (well, nightly as in Mondays through Thursdays), high ropes course called Dutchman’s Deck Adventure Course, and a mini golf course Moose Mountain Adventure Golf. And in keeping with theme park tradition giant costumed characters wandering around ready for a photo opp.

It’s minutes away from SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, the largest underground aquarium in the world. We were able to get a behind the scenes look at SEA LIFE and it was fascinating. The tour included a look at the tanks from above, the room where they prepare food for the animals living in the aquarium, as well as the hospital room where they care for the aquarium inhabitants who are ill. Then we touched sting rays, wandered around the different exhibits and walked through the tunnels while the sharks and sea turtle swam over us.

I would definitely recommend booking your stay at Radisson Blu MOA. It allows you to experience the Mall of America in a way a Twin Cities local hasn’t before. You can spend days in the Mall, taking in the restaurants like Burger Burger for lunch and Zio for a homemade Italian dinner and when you’re tired from playing at Nickelodeon Universe or discovering SEA LIFE Aquarium you can make a quick walk back to the hotel for a rest.

So skip the fancy cruise and expensive Spring Break vacation and book your stay at the Radisson Blu MOA.

Family Fun with Marty the Moose Package

The package that my family and I experienced was the Family Fun with Marty the Moose. With the package you receive:

  • 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

Click here to book your stay.

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Bert Anderson is a blogger and social media manager mom of three living outside of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. She’s the author behind the blog First Time Mom, where she honestly chronicles the peaks and valleys of parenting. Even though she has more than one child, Bert maintains that whether you have one child or 19, there’s a first time for everything. She’s a lover of coffee, conversations, pop culture, healthy living and fitness.

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