From building your family’s dream itinerary to finding the best spots to dine and play in a new area, there are always so many fun things to think about when planning a vacation. If you’re staying in a vacation rental home and getting more value for your travel dollar, you’ll end up with some extra money for exploring the destination.
Orlando has long been a family favorite thanks to its fun-filled theme parks like Disney World and SeaWorld, and fantastic sporting events with professional and collegiate teams. One of Orlando’s other top draws is the shopping. From upscale malls to expansive outlets and funky boutiques, travelers are sure to find some great deals and coveted merchandise during their next trip to the sunshine state.
Here are some of the best shopping places in Orlando:
The Florida Mall
Of all the shopping malls in Orlando, the Florida Mall, located only a few minutes from the airport, is the most popular. The mall offers a mix of open-air and enclosed areas, perfect for year-round splurges. Offering family favorites such as Macy’s and H&M, shoppers can also enjoy unique stops like M&M’s World or the Crayola Factory. While the stores are what initially bring shoppers to this great location, the food is what keeps them there all day long. Sit down for a fun themed-lunch at the American Girl Café, grab a hot dog from Fatone’s (made famous by none other than NSYNC star Joey Fatone), or a pastry from Carlo’s Bakery (made famous by the TV show “Cake Boss”). Other national staples like Sbarro, Starbucks and Five Guys offer something for everyone in your group.
For those looking to splurge on something unique, the Winter Park area is one of the best shopping places in Orlando and offers an amazing selection of boutique-style stores. If something classically beautiful is on your list of must-haves, shops like Arabella will cater to your needs. Their selection of tops and dresses fit a wide array of styles, while customers rave about their earrings, handbags and accessories. If you’re in the mood to browse while you sip some java, New General off East New England Ave offers staples for women and men along with a cozy coffee and pastry shop, all under one roof. If the thrill of the hunt is what you long for, stop by Avalon Exchange for some funky vintage and gently used threads. This super clean resale features affordable price points and everything from high-end designer labels to everyday wears.
If you’re after great deals, Orlando’s shopping outlets deserve to be on your itinerary. Both Vineland Premium Outlets and Orlando International Premium Outlets offer tons of stores, ready for you to find the next season’s wardrobe without breaking the bank. These properties each feature everything from kids clothing to quick eateries and upscale offerings. Vineland Premium Outlets is anchored by the ever-popular Off Saks Fifth Avenue store and includes family stores such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Rack Room Shoes and GAP. You’ll also find high-end designer shops such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Bally, Lacoste and Michael Kors, so you can pick up something special for yourself. Orlando Premium Outlets offers a similar experience anchored by Neiman Marcus Last Call with stores like L’Occitane, Nike, and a Disney Outlet, sure to please everyone in your shopping party.
The Mall at Millenia
When luxury is at the top of your shopping list, visit The Mall at Millenia. This galleria-style shopping location offers everything from Gap to Gucci, Burberry to Billabong, and Macy’s to Louis Vuitton. A “one stop shop” style experience, the wide array of designer stores will make you feel like you’re walking the runway between stores. In between fitting rooms, grab a seat outside at The Cheesecake Factory and people watch as the luxury cars pull into the valet. Or grab a cocktail at Earls Kitchen and Bar and soak up the Florida sunshine.
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