The Alternative To The Mall Of America: The Southdale District

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul is known for having such attractions as the Mall of America, the Water Park of America, professional sports teams including the Minnesota Vikings, Twins, Timberwolves, Lynx and Wild. However, there are many things for visitors and tourists to see and do outside of those venues. Edina, Minnesota, which is located just south of Minneapolis and has many things for people to see and visit.


While the Mall of America is an amazing place to shop, it can get overwhelming with so much walking to do and crowds to fight. The Southdale Mall is Edina is an excellent alternative. Located just north of Interstate 494 on France Avenue, Southdale is the oldest indoor mall in the United States. Built in 1956, it offers a variety of shops and stores for people of all ages. Prices at Southdale are competitive with the Mall of America.

Trendy stores at Southdale include Michael Kors, Macy’s, H & M, Gap, Buckle and American Eagle Outfitters. The Food Court is a great place to have lunch while taking a break from shopping. Families with kids can stop by the arcade area and play various games while their parents shop. AMC Theaters is a fantastic place for kids or everyone in the family to go and watch a newly released movie. Southdale is an excellent place for couples to go out on a date with fine dinning that includes The Cheesecake Factory and P.F. Chang’s.


Just across the street from Southdale is the Galleria of Edina. The Galleria has many fashionable, sophisticated and unique stores to the Twin Cities area. There are fine dining options that people can enjoy including The Good Earth, Crave and Pittsburgh Blue. A Barnes and Noble has books for all members of the family.

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Adams Hill

Just a few blocks away from the Galleria is one of the best-kept secret parks in the area and that is Adams Hill. This park is a bit difficult to get to, but it is worth it. There is a paved path around the park for people to take a stroll and get some exercise. Picnic benches are available for families and couples to have lunch outdoors. A small body of water is next to the path on the south side of the park and is a great place to view ducks and geese. In fact, locals purchase popcorn or bread and feed it to the waterfowl. A recently built playground is a great place for kids to run off energy and explore a new course. In the wintertime, Adams Hill is well known to natives as being a fanatic sledding hill.

Centennial Lakes Park

Just a few blocks south of Southdale on France Avenue is Centennial Lakes Park. This area is built around a manmade lake and offers activities for people of all ages. There is a paved walking path around the entire lake. It is a great place to go in the summer. Park swings along the path are inviting places of rest. There is an amphitheater, which has a number of free performances over the course of the summer. Families can test their skill by playing miniature golf next to the lake. Along part of the path is a maze that kids can explore. Fun shops and dining options are on the west side of the Park. Paddleboats are available for the adventurous, who seek to explore the nooks and crannies of the lake. In the wintertime, after the lake freezes over, the lake is open for folks to go ice-skating.

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