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Mall of America

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The Mall of America.

It's really quite amazing. Even if you despise the suburban shopping mall with a passion, this is a must-see if you're in the St. Paul area just for it's architectural achievement.

You can walk three and a half miles around each of the oval rings which house stores on each of three levels.

In the center of the shopping rings is Knott's Camp Snoopy, an indoor amusement park enclosed under a 6 story-high glass ceiling. Camp Snoopy comes complete with roller coasters, ferris wheels, log flume, LEGO Land (shown here) and other attractions.

Click here for a panoramic view of Knott's Camp Snoopy composed from three adjacent photographs.

This triceratops (not to be confused with a stegosaurus, rhino, or the more generic legosaurus), composed of nothing but lego building blocks, is animatronic and moves its head as it dwarves passers-by.

A lego model of a tyranosaurus rex with moving arms and jaw and eyes that light up.
The log flume is only one of many rides at Knott's Camp Snoopy.
A huge Snoopy balloon rests on a moonwalk exhibit for the kids welcoming visitors to Knott's Camp Snoopy.

Christine poses outside the Mall of America.

Here I am getting my picture taken in front of the mall.

Also at the Mall is Underwater World, a spectacular aquarium where you get to view marine wildlife from inside a transparent tube at the bottom of a giant aquarium.