Inside SMAAASH: The Newest Funhouse at Mall of America®

SMAAASH combines virtual magic and real-life thrills for the perfect entertainment experience. My picks inside America's Adrenaline Arena.

55425 Mall of America SMAAASH
55425 Mall of America SMAAASH

People travel to Mall of America from around the world — not just for the hundreds of shopping choices, but also for the entertainment options around every corner. Visitors want to know: Can they really fit an 8-acre amusement park inside a mall? How expansive is this underground aquarium? What all can you create at Crayola Experience? And now: What’s it like racing sky karts inside SMAAASH?

SMAAASH is one of the newest jaw-dropping attractions to join the MOA® family. The three As in the name stand for “America’s Adrenaline Arena,” but they also invoke the screams guests are likely to emit as they zip around the multi-level go-karting track or traverse a beam suspended hundreds of (virtual) feet in the air.

55425 Mall of America SMAAASH

With so much to do at SMAAASH, I decided to highlight some of my favorite activities inside the extensive experiential attraction. If you’ve only got a couple hours to spend at SMAAASH, here’s what you’ve got to try inside.

Virtual Thrills

Virtual reality (VR) games are making a statement, and SMAAASH is on the cutting edge of what the genre has to offer. Race on a virtual track inside a real race car or blast some spaceships inside your own rocket. These games transport players to a whole new dimension.

55425 Mall of America SMAAASH

55425 Mall of America SMAAASH

Are you up to the challenge?

Hockey and soccer players should test their skills on the smart goalies inside SMAAASH. Kick a soccer ball or slap a puck towards the goal, and see if you can get past the computerized defenders. There’s a special prize for the talented few who can outplay these goalies.

55425 Mall of America SMAAASH

High-speed racing

For many, SMAAASH’s raison d’être is the multi-level karting arena. These electric go karts take the thrill of racing to another level (literally). Try and best your friends or top your personal record.

55425 Mall of America SMAAASH

Bonus: Recharge Bar & Café

All the fun can really wipe a person out. Regain your strength, or just wind down for the day, at Recharge Bar & Café, located right in SMAAASH. Bon appétit!

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