As a kid who grew up in a small town in Northern Alberta, West Edmonton Mall seemed like the biggest place in the world. After all, the mall gets more visitors in a day than the entire population of my hometown. I still remember going on a road trip to Edmonton, Alberta every six months or so and my eyes would widen every time we stepped foot inside North America’s biggest mall.
Years later, West Edmonton Mall still impresses me. Where else can you have a weekend (or a full week for that matter) of fun without ever leaving the mall. It’s an incredibly fun place and if you’re visiting Edmonton, a trip to this famous mall is an absolute must. If you’re looking to create a weekend to remember, continue reading below.
Enjoy a Themed Stay at Fantasyland Hotel
First, you’ll need to book yourself into the Fantasyland Hotel, which is the only hotel located inside the mall. Make the most of it by booking a theme room and pretending like you’re staying in an igloo or spending the night on an African safari. Once you’re sleeping arrangements are covered, it’s time for the real fun to begin.
Try the Indoor Rides and Games
Get the party started by visiting Galaxyland, an indoor amusement park with plenty of rides and games to make you feel like a kid again. Make your way over to Mindbenders, a roller coaster that is by-far the scariest ride there. This thrill ride will take you through a series of loops as you soar past beams and along the concrete floor, eventually coming to a halt to catch your breath and carry on with the day. Next, head over to the Swing of the Century for a fun and scenic view of the indoor park.
After grabbing a bite to eat at one of the hundreds of available restaurants, head to Dragon’s Tale for some glow-in-the-dark mini golf followed by a movie at the nearby Famous Players, which just so happens to have a fire-breathing dragon hanging from the ceiling. After watching a movie and witnessing the heat from the dragon, head to bourbon street- a New Orleans-influenced area- for a delicious dinner and a couple of drinks. Sleep the night away in your theme room.
Visit the World Famous Waterpark
The next day, head to the world’s second largest indoor waterpark for an entire day of waterslides, pool-side drinks and swimming around the world’s largest indoor wave pool. Afterwards, visit the Santa Maria, an exact replica of Christopher Columbus’ ship that made the voyage across the Atlantic Ocean way back in 1492. From here, you can also stop by Marine World, an underground aquarium with a plethora of fish, turtles, penguins, sharks and reptiles. Neighbouring Sea Lions’ Rock has performing Californian sea lions every day as well. In the evening, head to Ed’s Rec Room for some bowling, arcade games and billiards.
Go Skating at the Ice Palace
If you still have energy on the third day, make your way over to Ice Palace, a National Hockey League-sized rink where you can rent some skates and carve up the ice. Then again, you are inside a mall so you might want to step foot in one of the 800+ stores and buy some souvenirs.
This article was written in conjunction with the #HipmunkCityLove project. As a paid writer for hipmunk.com, I have written extensively on the cities of Edmonton and Vancouver.