Very soon, the kids will be back in school. If you've been putting off your family vacation, now would be a great time to load up the minivan and take a weekend trip to the Cities.

The Minneapolis/St. Paul area has hundreds of exciting things to see and do. You could check out the Science Museum of Minnesota, take in a Minnesota Twins game, take a tour of Paisley Park, and of course, you have to go shopping at the Mall of America.

The Mall of America is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The MOA opened on August 11, 1992. I remember it well. I was going to college in Marshall, Minnesota.

Did you know there are still 47 stores in the Mall of America that have been open as long as the Mall?

Did you know Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro will soon open a Carlo's Bakery in the Mall of America?

While some brick and mortar stores are closing their doors, the Mall of America is already planning its next phase.

Here are some other interesting facts about the Mall of America:

  • You WILL find a parking spot. There are 12,750 parking spaces
  • Your Fitbit will get a work out. It's 1.15 miles around one level of the MOA
  • It cost $650 million to build the largest mall in the United States.

See the whole list of 25 facts here.

Another reason you may want to visit the Mall of America, no sales tax on clothing in Minnesota.

To help you plan your trip to the Cities here are a few websites you can visit.

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