SHOP­PING

Travel Guide to Florida - - CENTRAL FLORIDA -

If you are look­ing for a taste of Florida, there are sev­eral out­door mar­kets sell­ing fresh, lo­cal pro­duce, pre­serves and prod­ucts, in­clud­ing the Lake­land Down­town Farm­ers’ Curb Mar­ket and Bar­tow Farm­ers’ Mar­ket. For mall shop­ping in the area, hit the more than 70 shops at the Lake­land Square Mall.

The Loop in Kis­sim­mee is a pop­u­lar out­door mall, split into Loop East and Loop West, of­fer­ing 30 re­tail out­lets in­clud­ing Sun­glass Hut and Old Navy. Stop for a cone at Ben & Jerry’s or grab a bite in one of 10 eater­ies.

The new Dis­ney Springs, for­merly Down­town Dis­ney, is now home to more than 100 shops, rang­ing from An­thro­polo­gie and Lucky Brand to the LEGO Store and the Art of Dis­ney.

Pointe Or­lando, the lush land­scaped, fresh-air des­ti­na­tion near the Or­ange County Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, is known for more up­scale and spe­cialty shops, such as Tommy Hil­figer and Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret.

Want big? Florida Mall in Or­lando of­fers 1.9 mil­lion square feet of space and more than 250 stores to shop ‘til you drop.

The Mall at Mil­lenia in Or­lando has be­come a fa­vorite of lo­cals and vis­i­tors. This shop­ping mecca fea­tures some of the most stylish shops in all of Cen­tral Florida: Tif­fany & Co., Gucci and Louis Vuit­ton, to name a few. The Or­lando In­ter­na­tional Pre­mium Out­lets and Or­lando Vineland Pre­mium Out­lets of­fer dis­counts in hun­dreds of brand-name stores.

Park Av­enue in Win­ter Park is the quin­tes­sen­tial place to shop in Cen­tral Florida. Wan­der in and out of shops, such as Tuni, Siegel’s Win­ter Park, Ten Thou­sand Vil­lages and Charyli as you walk the brick-lined street. Nearby Win­ter Park Village fea­tures Pier One Im­ports, Owen Allen and Ulta.

North of Or­lando, Ren­ninger’s An­tique Cen­ter & Farm­ers’ & Flea Mar­ket in Mount Dora is worth the trip. The fam­ily-owned busi­ness, sit­u­ated on 117 acres in the rolling hills of Lake County, fea­tures hun­dreds of ven­dors, as well as vin­tage car and gar­den shows.

Nearby, Vi­aPort Florida in Lees­burg fea­tures three dozen stores, while Pad­dock Mall in Ocala has 90 stores, an­chored by Macy’s, Sears, Belk and JC Pen­ney.

Ex­plore the shops and bou­tiques on First Street in his­toric San­ford, once a ma­jor Cen­tral Florida hub. The town is also home to Semi­nole Town Square with six an­chor stores in­clud­ing Burling­ton Coat Fac­tory.

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