Nickelodeon Universe


The amusement park in the Mall of America offers around 28 rides, including a couple of scream-inducing roller coasters. To walk through will cost you nothing; a one-day, unlimited-ride wristband is $37; or you can pay for rides individually ($3.80 to $7.60).

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Nearby Minneapolis attractions

1. Sea Life Minnesota

0.04 MILES

The state's largest aquarium – brimming with sharks, jellyfish and stingrays – is in the Mall of America. Combination passes with the Nickelodeon Universe…

2. Fort Snelling

2.51 MILES

Fort Snelling is the state's oldest structure, established in 1820 as a frontier outpost in the remote Northwest Territory. Guides in period dress show…

3. Minnesota Zoo

6.46 MILES

You'll have to travel a ways to get to this respected zoo in suburban Apple Valley, which is 20 miles south of Minneapolis. It has naturalistic habitats…

4. Minneapolis Institute of Art

7.36 MILES

This museum is a huge trove housing a veritable history of art. The modern and contemporary collections will astonish, while the Asian galleries (2nd…

5. Weisman Art Museum

8.19 MILES

The Weisman, which occupies a swooping silver structure by architect Frank Gehry, is a university (and city) highlight. The airy main galleries hold cool…

6. Walker Art Center


The first-class art center has a strong permanent collection of 20th-century art and photography, including big-name US painters and great US pop art. On…

7. University of Minnesota

8.29 MILES

This is one of the USA's largest campuses, with some 50,000 students. Most of the campus is in the East Bank neighborhood. Washington Ave SE and Oak St SE…

8. Minneapolis Sculpture Garden


This 19-acre green space, studded with contemporary works such as the oft-photographed Spoonbridge & Cherry by Claes Oldenburg, sits beside the Walker Art…