Malls, Flea and Farmer’s Market – Plenty of Shopping Options in Orlando
There are lots of places to shop in Orlando
that don't have Disney or Universal in their names. In fact, The Florida Mall is the largest in the region and features big names such as Nordstrom’s, Saks, Aeropastale, A&F and more--260 in all. Mall at Millenia is a high-end mall, beautifully designed and brimming with delicious restaurants. You'll find 150 stores, including Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, Gucci, Tiffany and more. You'll also find a US Post Office, Currency Exchange International, valet parking, and concierge service. All that can be a great relief when you're cramming in as much fun into one day as possible. Also, the architecture is quite dramatic and not what you find in your typical mall.
Of course, Orlando has its share of outlet malls as well. There are two Orlando Premium Outlets--one at 8200 Vineland Avenue with 150 shops, and one at 4951 International Drive (formerly Prime Outlets), with 180 shops. Closer to Disney, you'll find Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores (15657 S. Apopka Vineland Rd), which features the Disney Character Outlet, with discounted Disney merchandise.
If you're truly serious about finding deals, and perhaps getting to know Orlando better than by just visiting the malls, then check out the Orlando flea markets. Flea World is huge and is located between Orlando and Sanford, on Highway 17-92 (4211 S. Orlando Drive, Sanford, FL). It's only open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You'll find 1,700 booths indoors and outdoors, with the indoor booths air-conditioned. If you need to keep the kids entertained, there's a pavilion featuring circus acts, magic shows, acrobats and exotic animals, which are free, and a small amusement park called Funworld. Of course, all the prices are quite a bit less than Disney or Universal Studios, so it might be a fun, low-key way to close out a trip. The 192 Flea Market Outlet (4301 West Vine Street, Kissimmee, FL) has 400 booths and is the place to go for budget Disney souvenirs. You also find discounted souvenirs at Maingate Flea Market (5407 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee). If you're willing to drive a bit, try the Osceola Flea & Farmers Market between Kissimmee and St. Cloud (2801 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee). You'll find fresh produce, 900 booths and a garage sale section where locals can sell without renting a booth. You might pick up some real finds.