1 MOAnorthentranceTraveling with your children is fabulous. Shopping with them is torturous.

At least with my children. So I wasn’t sure Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. — one of the largest malls in the U.S. — would be our kinda place to spend a long weekend.

Boy, was I wrong.

My kids and I have placed Mall of America on our “so awesome” destination list, and probably because we only shopped for a grand total of 10 minutes during our weekend visit.

When we did shop, I experienced this odd phenomenon known as “no sales tax.” 

As one who lives in a 9.75% sales tax city, it was pure bliss. But so was our whole weekend in Minneapolis, which is one of those culture-filled Midwestern cities that surprises you with its hipness and family fun.

To read about all of the non-shopping attractions for families at Mall of America, click here: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20110301/news/703019958/