Shopping is a top activity when people travel, and some travel just to shop. Mall of America is a major destination in Minnesota, but other shopping centers draw visitors as well. Bargain hunters will find plenty of satisfaction at a trio of outlet malls close to the Twin Cities.
Outlet shops typically offer savings of 25 to 65 percent. For a complete list of shops at these centers, visit their websites.
Twin Cities Premium Outlets, Eagan
Just a few miles from Mall of America in Eagan, this is the newest addition to the Minnesota outlet shopping scene. With more than 100 stores, including several that are new to Minnesota, you are bound to find what you're searching for. The complex’s unique and convenient racetrack design provides easy access to all stores, which include designer brands such as Cole Haan, Coach, Lucky Brand and Vera Bradley.
While you're in Eagan, check out the new Minnesota Vikings Museum or reserve free general admission tickets for Vikings Training Camp, where you can watch a full team practice at the new Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center. Find places to stay in Eagan here.
Albertville Premium Outlets
The largest of Minnesota's outlet centers, Albertville Premium Outlets is located on I-94 between Minneapolis and St. Cloud. The focus here is on upscale, designer fashions and sportswear. Brands include Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Puma and Columbia.
Several nearby hotels offer shop-and-stay package for visitors to Albertville Outlets, and there are other accommodations in nearby Monticello and the northwest Twin Cities metro area.
Ultra Outlets, Medford
Located on I-35, 50 miles south of Minneapolis, the center houses around 20 shops including Bath & Body Works, Eddie Bauer and Old Navy. Outdoor sports buffs will also want to stop at Cabela's, just down the road in Owatonna and the most-visited attraction in southern Minnesota. There are several hotels in Owatonna, including one with an indoor water park.
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