Over the past few years, U.S. shopping malls have evolved by integrating concierge services and enhanced entertainment. Many malls regularly keep shoppers updated in real-time about sales and special events via social media. This list of the 10 largest shopping centers in the United States takes into account the total square footage of retail space, as well as the number of stores in each mall. Many of these shopping centers are situated in proximity to a wide selection of incredible vacation rentals.
1. Mall of America – Bloomington, Minnesota
Only 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis, Mall of America in Bloomington has 520 stores that share 5.6 million square feet of space. Spread out over four levels, shop Puma, Lacoste, Yankee Candle, and all of the regular mall favorites. The center of the mall features Nickelodeon Universe, the indoor theme park that has a ferris wheel, roller coasters, and an 18-hole miniature golf course. The Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium displays over 4,500 fish and marine animals, including 100 sharks. To help you plan your trip, this mall has a tourism office that offers a free visitor’s kit.
2. King of Prussia Mall – King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
When a mall gains notoriety as a tourist destination, you know it’s time to plan a visit; and, King of Prussia Mall in Pennsylvani awaits to show you over 400 stores elegantly situated in almost 2.8 million square feet of retail space. To picture the sheer immensity of this location, it is five times larger than the Great Pyramid. It is this vastness that inspired some companies to open more than one store, including two each of Coach and Victoria’s Secrets, and five Auntie Anne’s Pretzels. Three distinct sections — the Pavilion, the Plaza, and the Court — include department stores, boutiques, restaurants, and entertainment venues.
3. Aventura Mall – Aventura, Florida
The largest mall in Florida, Aventura houses more than 300 stores in 2.7 million square feet of retail space. This three-story giant features a food court that gives you 18 food stores from which to choose when it’s time to take a shopping break. The mall’s growing art collection includes cast aluminum sculptures by Ugo Rondinone and other installations by Louise Bourgeois. Making a mark in the area for animal charities, Aventura sponsors pet adoptions every weekend, giving shoppers a chance to find their new best friends. If you happen to be around during Happy Hour, stop by Grand Lux Cafe to enjoy cocktails and relax.
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4. South Coast Plaza – Costa Mesa, California
If you’re looking for a shopper’s paradise, South Coast Plaza’s luxurious design, 280 boutique shops, and 30 restaurants draw millions of tourists each year. While there is no typical food court, the restaurants include Asian fusion AnQi by Crustacean and San Francisco’s Boudin SF. It’s also a gathering place where locals meet, browse, and shop the three levels of furniture at Macy’s, or Barneys New York CO-OP. Taking shopping to the next level, ask for a wardrobe and image consultation with one of the mall’s personal stylists.
5. Del Amo Fashion Center – Torrance, California
Del Amo Fashion Center’s 200 stores are located on three levels of the 2.6 million square feet of luxury retail space, featuring Gucci and Vineyards Vines. The indoor mall also includes a multiplex theater, a fitness center, and a wide variety of restaurants. Concierge services include a currency exchange center, valet parking, and a mall directory availble on an iPhone and Android app. If you want some fresh air and sunshine, step into the Outdoor Village where you stroll along walkways lined with palm trees as you browse additional retail shops.
6. Destiny USA – Syracuse, New York
Destiny USA is the largest mall in New York state, with 2.4 million square feet of retail space that includes over 300 stores. Choose underground valet parking that includes electric car charging stations, or opt for accessible parking spaces at each mall entrance. Just two miles from downtown Syracuse, this mall gives your family a spot to shop, eat, and play all in one space. From the gentle twirl of the carousel to the thrill of go-karts whizzing up to 40 MPH around the indoor track to the over-the-top ropes course, you set the pace of your entertainment. To keep from dropping while you shop, grab your favorite cuisine in the food court, which features everything from Cheesecake Factory to Texas de Brazil.
7. Sawgrass Mills – Sunrise, Florida
If you want to shop at Sawgrass Mills, there’s an app for that. Use it to access mall hours, the mall directory, special events, and up-to-the-minute deals. Florida’s second largest mall houses 350 stores situated throughout 2.3 million square feet of retail space. This sprawling shopping center features indoor and outdoor shopping opportunities, from retail stores to high-end outlets such as Last Call by Neiman Marcus and Saks off Fifth. Follow Sawgrass Mills on Twitter for sales, discounts, and coupons.
8. The Galleria – Houston, Texas
Located in uptown Houston, the Galleria mixes business with pleasure, featuring 3 million square feet of stores and fun. While you shop and browse the 375 stores, stop in some of the high-end retails, including Cartier, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci. There’s a full-size ice-skating rink, two swimming pools, and a fitness center to entertain and delight your family. The Galleria keeps shoppers updated via Facebook and Twitter regarding the best deals of the day.
9. Roosevelt Field – Garden City, New York
Roosevelt Field proves that malls aren’t just for teenagers anymore, with 2.1 million square feet of leasable space and over 290 stores and restaurants. After shopping in major stores, including Nordstrom and Macy’s, slow down to savor dining in some of the casual food stores that offer a variety of cuisines, including vegetarian and kosher choices. Find a movie or immerse yourself in Glow golf, and play a few round of miniature golf on an eerily beautiful black-light course.
10. Woodfield Mall – Schaumburg, Illinois
With 300 stores occupying 2.2 million square feet of retail space, Woodfield Mall is more than just a shopping center. Serving the Chicago Metro area, the mall is about 14 miles west of O’Hare Airport. Shop in the Apple Store, Lululemon, and hundreds of others, plus enjoy dinner at the award-winning Rainforest Cafe. Take the kids to the Disney Store or the LEGO store to get their shopping fix. While the little ones romp in the Children’s Play Park, enjoy the comfy chairs, charge your devices, and take advantage of free wi-fi and enhanced cell signals. For your convenience, the Guest Services department holds your packages and coats until you’re ready to leave.
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