Sometimes you just want to escape the heat and the rain in Orlando when you do your shopping. If this sounds about right, you need an indoor mall.
Unfortunately, indoor malls are on the way out, not just in Orlando, but all over the United States. They are quickly being replaced by outdoor malls and mixed use developments. Still, there are a few places that you can still shop in air conditioned comfort, but you better enjoy them while you can
Best Indoor Malls Near Orlando
Your choices are getting slimmer all of the time, but there is still some great indoor shopping options in the Orlando area. Take a look.
The Mall At Millenia
- High end mall featuring stores like Gucci and Rolex.
- Over 140 stores and/or services.
- Close to most theme parks and resorts.
Why We Like It
Remember the days when you could waste hours at the mall? Just forget about the weather and what time it is and just enjoy yourself shopping and dining. This is the mall to do just that.
The thing that really strikes you with Millenia is how clean it is. The care that goes into maintaining the mall is evident and it is much appreciated in this day and age.
Parents with kids of all ages will enjoy their time at Millenia. For those with younger kids, you will enjoy the clean restrooms with changing stations. If you have teens, you will feel comfortable letting them explore on their own while you do your own thing.
Bring your money, this is no outlet.
If you are in the area during the Christmas holiday, be sure to stop by to enjoy the decorations.
The Florida Mall
- Nearly 300 stores and services.
- Largest shopping center in Central Florida.
Why We Like It
If you want to really get down to shopping, this is the place to go. They have every store that you love and dozens more that you have likely never heard of.
For those of you who hate the crowds, you should probably stay away because this one is always crowded. If, however, you want a mall where you can spend half the day shopping and still not see everything, this is the mall for you.
Like the Mall at Millenia, you will find that The Florida Mall is very well kept and clean. It also has one of the most extensive food courts that you will find anywhere. Tons of variety for picky eaters.
Try the barbecue at Gotcha Smokehouse, you will be glad you did.
Wear comfortable shoes because this mall is huge.
Fashion Square Mall
- Quiet, small mall.
- Less than 100 stores at its peak.
Why We Like It
If you want a quiet place to shop or mall walk, this is the place for you. Fashion Square Mall is a 40 year old shopping center that, sadly may be on its way out. Barring a resurgence of traffic and new stores, its days are numbered. Enjoy the mall while you still can, because developers are sure to be tearing it down soon.
This is a great place to walk in peace if you want more exercise than shopping.
- Quiet mall just outside of Orlando.
- You can still catch a movie at the Regal.
Why We Like It
If you cannot stand the crowds that you would get at the Florida Mall, this is another shopping option to consider. Unfortunately, you will not find near as many stores, but it sure will be more relaxing. Th Oviedo Mall is another indoor mall that is likely on its way out in favor of new development. The only question is weather the mall will be kept partially in place or torn down completely.
Keep an eye on the mall for outdoor events like the annual “Cops and Cars” fundraiser and outdoor carnivals.
The Future Of Indoor Malls In Orlando
As far as the future of indoor malls goes, Orlando is doing better than many parts of the country. The Mall at Millenia and The Florida Mall, a Simon property, are both going strong. This is mainly due to the massive amount of tourist traffic that most other cities do not get.
The upside to this is that you get a city that still has a few thriving malls. The downside is that the prices at the malls stay rather high and they will almost always be crowded.
If you want better prices, be sure to check out one of the many Outlet malls in Orlando. If you can not stand the crowds, the Tanger Outlet located in Daytona Beach is a good choice or you can just break down and visit one of the many outdoor malls and shopping centers located throughout the city.