The Orlando shopping scene is an expansive one, so if you like to shop, it's
just one more reason to take an Orlando vacation. Whether you like hitting outlet
stores or you prefer to check out boutique shops, you can have it your way when
it comes to shopping in Orlando. At Disney World alone, you will find a seemingly
endless amount of opportunities to shop until you drop, and you could easily
fill the better part of a day perusing the goods at an Orlando mall. With so
many shopping possibilities in Orlando, it can be easy to go a bit overboard
with your spending. It can definitely be hard to pass on some of the more unique
goods that you'll find here, which include the more distinctive souvenirs at
some of the major theme parks.
One of the best places to do some Orlando shopping is Downtown Disney, which can be found at the Walt Disney World Resort. A large, outdoor complex, Downtown Disney features three main areas, each of which boasts its own flavor of shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. From boutiques where you can get a makeover to unique candy stores, the Downtown Disney shops have it all. You can also find unique toy stores here, a huge music store, a bath and body shop, and even a budget shop where surprise grab bags are among the goods. Should you head over to the House of Blues when you're visiting downtown Disney, you can do some shopping at the HOB Company Store. Harley Davidson fans won't want to miss the Harley shop, which in addition to selling things like t-shirts and collectibles, also displays some pretty cool motorcycles. There are too many different shops in Downtown Disney to fully cover, and your Disney shopping options only get more complete when you check out the other stores at the various Disney theme parks and resorts. Don't forget that you can always break for a viewing of the Cirque du Soleil show, La Nouba, when hanging out at Downtown Disney.
Man Group, which is another top Orlando
show, takes place at CityWalk, which is another great place to find some
unique Orlando stores. CityWalk, which is a definite hotspot for entertainment,
is located at the Universal
Studios Resort, and in addition to an array of great array of shops, this
30-acre complex also features scores of restaurants, live music venues, some
sizzling clubs, and a large cineplex theater. It's also here where you'll find
the largest Hard Rock Café in the world! From the latest in teen fashion to
the best cigars, you will find a lot of diversity at the CityWalk shops. Start
your Orlando shopping experience here, and you might not even need to go anywhere
else. In addition to shopping at Disney World and Universal Studios, those who
are looking to pick up some unique souvenirs or gifts can also see what other
theme park franchises have to offer. At Sea
World, for example, you can find plenty of unique goods that will be hard
to find anywhere else.
In addition to Downtown Disney and CityWalk, International Drive is one of the best places do some serious Orlando shopping. This renowned avenue basically cuts through the heart of the main theme park area, offering proximity to such parks as Sea World, Universal Studios, and Islands of Adventure. Not only does the area around International Drive feature some of the best Orlando stores, but it is also home to a bunch of restaurants, some interesting attractions, and more than a handful of hotels. Many shoppers who come to International Drive are interested in hitting the outlet shops. The best outlet malls in Orlando can be found just off the southern stretch of International Drive, while the Pointe Orlando area boasts some interesting specialty shops, not to mention some hip clubs and some tempting restaurants.
In addition to hitting the outlet malls in Orlando, those looking to do some mall shopping can always head over to the Mall at Millenia, where luxury brands abound. Top designers, such as Gucci and Louis Vuitton have shops at this upscale Orlando mall, and if you're looking for jewelry, you might start at the Park Promenade Jewelry store. The department stores at the Millenia Mall include Macy's, Bloomingdale's, and Neiman Marcus. You can find the Mall at Millenia just east of Universal Studios at 4200 Conroy Road . After you hit this sleek Orlando mall and the aforementioned shopping hot spots, you might not only be out of energy, but also out of cash. Should you still have reserves left, you can always continue your Orlando shopping experience at the Orlando Airport . Some of the most unique Orlando stores can be found at the Orlando Airport , and if you missed the chance to shop at the main theme parks, you will find some Disney, Sea World, and Universals Studios shops here.
You can also check out nearby Kissimmee before you leave if you still have that shopping itch. In Kissimmee , you can always find some interesting souvenirs and gift items, not to mention some of the best discount hotels in the area. Those looking to extend their shopping in Orlando experience even more can also visit Winter Park , which can be found just north of Orlando 's downtown area. Some upscale retail shops and a cobblestone street help to make Winter Park an attractive place to hang out, and after you hit the shops and maybe grab a bite to eat, you might see what the art galleries have on display.