Is your guy the type of man who absolutely despises setting foot inside a mall? Or are you one of the fortunate ladies whose guy actually likes to shop?
In Orlando, it doesn’t matter what category he falls into because malls and outlet centers here will tempt the most unwilling and entertain the most stylish man in your life.
Festival Bay Mall at International Drive gets him as close to the Great Outdoors as he can get indoors, starting with Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Orlando – voted the No. 1 outdoor gear retailer by readers of Sporting Goods Magazine. It is the leading hunting, marine, boating and fishing supply outfitter in Central Florida and features a wide variety of ATVs and Tracker boats; saltwater or freshwater fishing gear; beach and boating supplies; men’s, ladies’ and kid’s apparel; sunglasses; golf equipment; and more.
Practice your aim at the shooting arcade and watch the exotic fish in the 17,000-gallon super aquarium.
Also at Festival Bay:
• Heroes Memorabilia is a collectors’ and dealers’ paradise, with rare autographed memorabilia from sports, music, movie and historical figures. The shop sells signed soccer memorabilia dealer, with treasures of leading players of the past and present.
• Ron Jon Surf Shop offers the best of the beach in the heart of Orlando. The original Ron Jon Surf Shop opened in Long Beach Island, N.J., in 1961, when Ron DiMenna discovered his passion for surfing. Two years later, he opened the "One of a Kind" Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach.
The Orlando store features a stunningly realistic beach scene with a 1934-replica Ford Woody wagon, plenty of ocean sand and a 1960s-style lighted Ron Jon billboard. You will find all the great names and assortments in swimwear, casual clothing, surfboards, skateboards and beach accessories. They carry brand names aficionados of the sport expect: Quiksilver, O’Neill, Volcom, Rip Curl, Billabong and Roxy. Live music, demonstrations and autograph sessions with professional surfers and skaters are a few of the exciting events that normally take place here.
If your honey prefers music and electronics, head to Downtown Disney. In the House of Blues Company Store, both of you can shop for original folk art, eclectic music selections and funky threads.
Once the rhythms of the music have put him in a thrill-seeking mood, your next stop should be the DisneyQuest Emporium, where five floors explode with cutting-edge technology, virtual reality and 3-D experiences – all fueled by Disney innovation and imagination.
The entry portal, Ventureport, leads to four different zones: the Explore Zone, a virtual Adventureland; the Score Zone, for superhero quests; the Create Zone, for artistic endeavors; and the Replay Zone for nostalgic fun. Anyway you cut it, he will be “in the zone.”
He can purchase any artistic items he makes in the Create Zone. Or, visit the shop inside the Emporium to take home logo merchandise and unique items made exclusively by DisneyQuest.
If your man wants to take the adventure on the road, stop by the Orlando Harley-Davidson store. You both can get ready to ride into Disney’s Pleasure Island – an adult playground with some of the more unique shopping venues at Walt Disney World – revved up with renowned Harley-Davidson t-shirts, gifts and collectibles.
Check out the custom Harley on display, and discover why generations of riders enjoy the heart-pounding, pavement-thundering passion Harley-Davidson inspires. If he hears the call for the open road once you are there, store staff can direct you to a dealer to rent the real thing, whether it's for a day or many.
If you are one of the fortunate ladies whose guy actually likes to shop, Orlando will be not only your shopping paradise, but his as well.
The Mall at Millenia offers the finest collection of luxury brands in Orlando. Made for those who surround themselves in the best, it is an experience that defines elevated living. Men will find the best looks at stores such as Gucci, Bloomingdales, Tommy Bahama, Brooks Brothers, Neiman Marcus and BOSS Store.
Technicolor outfits, denim shirts, and boat shoes are among the latest fashions on display, providing men tips on upcoming trends to translate into their personal style.
Orlando Premium Outlets has two locations where savvy shoppers can save 25%-65% every day and find bargains on world renowned designer and name brand clothes and accessories. Together these centers provide one of the largest outlet shopping experiences in the world, featuring 330 outlet stores combined.
Orlando Premium Outlets – International Drive (near Universal Resorts) has 180 stores. Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Nike and Adidas are among the many choices.
Orlando Premium Outlets – Vineland Ave is located near Walt Disney World and has 150 stores offering the male shopper Diesel, Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss, Lacoste and many more great options
Check premiumoutlets.com for updates on sales and promotions and download a map for each center to plan your course for finding great looks for less.
Finally, you cannot let your guy leave Orlando without a visit to The Florida Mall. What makes this mall different from all the others in Orlando? Simple. It’s the largest in Central Florida. It’s also an Orlando institution, with more than 250 specialty stores, 30 dining options and an on-site hotel.
It also has an array of internationally recognized stores, including A/X Armani Exchange, Abercrombie & Fitch, bebe, Cache, Lucky Brand Jeans and Hollister Co. You'll also find LUSH, Microsoft Store, Apple Store and M&M’s World (which little boys will love). The anchor stores include Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Dillard’s, JC Penney and Sears.
If You Go:
Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Orlando, 407-563-5200, www.basspro.com
Festival Bay Mall, 407-351-7718, www.shopfestivalbaymall.com
House of Blues Company Store, 407-934-BLUE, www.hob.com
Orlando Harley-Davidson Store, 407-351-3302, www.orlandoharley.com
Orlando Premium Outlets International Drive, 407-352-9600, www.premiumoutlets.com/international
Ron Jon Surf Shop, 407-481-2555, www.ronjons.com
- Mall at Millenia, 407-363-3555, www.mallatmillenia.com
The Florida Mall, 407-851-7234, www.simon.com