Shopping

By KEVIN FRITZ

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 Main Street Bartow Farmers Market. For mall shopping in the area, hit the Lakeland Square Mall with over 80 shops.

The Loop in Kissimmee is a popular outdoor mall offering 25 retail outlets including Sunglass Hut and Old Navy. Stop for a cone at Ben & Jerry’s or grab a bite in one of a dozen eateries.

Disney Springs is 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 Hollister.

Want big? The Florida Mall in Orlando offers 1.7 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 1 Imports, REI and Ulta Beauty.

North of Orlando, Renninger’s Antique Center & Farmer’s & 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, Lake Square Mall in Leesburg features some 30 stores, while Paddock Mall in Ocala has 90, anchored by Macy’s, 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 Towne Center with five anchor stores including Burlington Coat Factory.