Florida’s ul­ti­mate shop­ping and din­ing des­ti­na­tions

Travel Guide to Florida - - TAUBMAN SHOPPING CENTERS - BY STEVE WINSTON

Known for their ex­tra­or­di­nary re­tail en­vi­ron­ments, Taub­man shop­ping cen­ters of­fer ev­ery­thing from lux­ury, con­tem­po­rary and fast-fash­ion brands, as well as unique din­ing and fam­i­lyfriendly en­ter­tain­ment. Lo­cated in sev­eral of Florida’s most pop­u­lar travel spots, make sure the fol­low­ing re­tail des­ti­na­tions are on your itin­er­ary.

Dol­phin Mall is Mi­ami-Dade County’s largest out­let shop­ping cen­ter where you can find up­scale goods at value prices at over 240 spe­cialty stores, in­clud­ing H&M, Nike Fac­tory Store, Polo Ralph Lau­ren Fac­tory Store and more. Food and en­ter­tain­ment are es­sen­tial as­pects of the mall and it of­fers over 20 op­tions, in­clud­ing Buf­falo Wild Wings, The Cheese­cake Fac­tory, Dave & Buster’s and P.F. Chang’s. Mu­sic lovers can catch live shows fea­tur­ing lo­cal artists ev­ery week­end in Ram­blas Plaza. Shut­tle ser­vices to the mall are avail­able from Mi­ami In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Mi­ami Beach and se­lect ho­tels.

Lo­cated ad­ja­cent to the Tampa In­ter­na­tional Air­port and less than five miles from the Port of Tampa, In­ter­na­tional Plaza and Bay Street is the dom­i­nant lux­ury shop­ping and din­ing des­ti­na­tion in the re­gion. It of­fers the only Neiman Mar­cus and Nord­strom on Florida’s Gulf Coast, plus Dil­lard’s, the first RH Gallery in Florida and an ar­ray of lux­ury brands. Over a dozen restau­rants line the cen­ter’s open-air Bay Street—among them are The Cheese­cake Fac­tory and The Cap­i­tal Grille. Fam­i­lies will also love the Busch Gar­dens in­door play area for kids.

Sara­sota may be known for its miles of beaches, but it’s also home to one of the new­est shop­ping cen­ters on Florida’s West Coast—The Mall at Univer­sity Town Cen­ter. An­chored by Saks Fifth Av­enue, Macy’s and Dil­lard’s, it fea­tures nearly 150 stores and restau­rants, over half of which are unique to this re­gion. Many of the restau­rants, such as BRIO Tus­can Grille and The Cheese­cake Fac­tory, are also ex­clu­sive to the mar­ket. There’s an in­door play area for the kids and the cen­ter of­fers free shut­tle ser­vices for guests stay­ing at lo­cal ho­tels.

Wel­com­ing mil­lions of do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors ev­ery year, all three shop­ping cen­ters re­ceived the TripAd­vi­sor 2018 ‘Cer­tifi­cate of Ex­cel­lence’ for out­stand­ing con­sumer re­views. Spe­cial dis­counts and of­fers from par­tic­i­pat­ing re­tail­ers are also avail­able to out-of-town trav­el­ers through each of the cen­ters’ Pass­port to Shop­ping pro­gram.

Ex­plore stores, din­ing, events, sales and of­fers by vis­it­ing the fol­low­ing web­sites.

TOP: The Mall at Univer­sity Town Cen­ter is lo­cated in Sara­sota. ABOVE LEFT: Dol­phin Mall is the largest out­let shop­ping cen­ter in Mi­ami-Dade County. ABOVE RIGHT: In­ter­na­tional Plaza and Bay Street is the dom­i­nant lux­ury shop­ping and din­ing des­ti­na­tion in the Tampa area.

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