The trend with shopping in Orlando these days is leaning towards the outdoor mall. Gone are the days of huge indoor facilities with food courts and movie theater anchor stores. Luckily, there are some truly terrific outdoor malls in Orlando. So good in fact that you do not even mind the summer heat.
Best Outdoor Shopping Venues
Take a look at the best shopping that Orlando has to offer.
Why We Like It
It’s Disney, do we need to say more?
To be more specific, Disney Springs is a great way to give your kids, or yourself, a little taste of Disney without shelling out big money for theme park tickets. Even the parking is free here. So, what will you find inside? Lot’s of food and lots of shopping. Many of the shops, as you might guess, have a Disney theme to them, but this is not true for all of the stores.
There are also two small splash pads, in the mall for kids, so be prepared with some dry clothes if you want your kids to enjoy them.
Be sure to check out the rooftop beverage bar in the Coca Cola building.
Disney Springs was formerly known as Downtown Disney.
Why We Like It
With CityWalk, you get much of the same thing that you get with Disney Springs, a taste of theme park life without the price.
You will find a little bit of everything at CityWalk, so the entire family should be happy. Do a little shopping, grab a meal and let the kids play in the splash pad before you go. Make sure that you give yourself at least a few hours to make the rounds and take advantage of all of the picture opportunities.
Parking is free after 6PM, otherwise it is over $30 to park.
Make reservations if you plan to eat at one of the major attractions like Bubba Gump or Toothsome
Why We Like It
While not a true shopping mall, Dellagio deserves a stop just because it is such a beautiful area. The mall could more accurately be called a service mall. Located near the Dr Phillips part of town, what you will find is service businesses and restaurants, lots of great restaurants. Flemings Prime Steakhouse, Big Fin Seafood and Normans Orlando to name a few.
If you want to have a nice dinner and then take a stroll, it is a good choice.
Be sure to get a picture at the fountain.
There is not just one outlet mall in the city of Orlando. There are actually three located in the city and another less than an hour away in Daytona. If you want to go outdoor shopping, you might as well catch a deal while you are at it. Choose from stores like Coach, Nike and much more. Between the three Orlando outlets, there are hundreds of different retailers to choose from.
Take a look at Orlando outlet malls near you.
Lake Buena Vista Outlet
Vineland Premium Outlets
Orlando International Premiumm Outlets
Tanger Outlets – Daytona
Why We Like Them
Because it is an outlet mall and we like to save money. All of the locations above will fit the bill if you are looking for great outdoor malls near Orlando. Plenty of shopping options, great places to eat and enough variety to keep your small kids mildly interested.
Try to shop during the middle of the week. There will be less traffic and parking will be much easier.
If you want to avoid the typical tourist crowds, head to the Tanger Outler in Daytona Beach. Just 60 minutes away from Orlando.