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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!