With the advent of online shopping, some say malls will slowly die. It’s hard to compete with e-commerce when everything in the world is going digital. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, many malls in the United States had closed. The pandemic has been accompanied by closures and restrictions, hurting the mall’s already struggling retail sector. Some of the victims include Northgate Mall, Cascade Mall and Metrocenter Mall. However, there is a strong shopping mall culture in the United States. And cultures don’t just disappear. Here are some of the largest malls in the country that are attractions in their own right and that remain active and welcoming.
ten Mall of America
Mall of America is the largest mall in the country and one of the largest in the world. The mall is an attraction in itself in Minnesota. In fact, in 2016, four out of every 10 MOA visitors were tourists, and each year an average of 40 million people from around the world visit. MOA has over 500 stores, and one day is not enough to explore this urban jungle. From luxury stores to fashion boutiques, the Mall of America has it all.
9 American dream prairies
The American Dream is young but already attracts admirers. That’s to be expected, as this New Jersey destination is home to North America’s largest indoor theme park, Nickelodeon Universe. This mall is so large and welcoming that Spongebob Squarepants and his team considered it their second home. The American Dream is a place for family fun because, apart from the theme park, it also has a water park, mini golf and a mirror maze. The mall has about 200 tenantsso adults can do the shopping while the kids play.
8 king of prussia
Another New Jersey attraction, King of Prussia, is the largest mall on the East Coast. It welcomes 20 million visitors a year, spending their day browsing department stores, dining and discovering unique items in specialty shops. The mall has served the community since the early 1960s and now houses over 450 stores. From fashion to food, this New Jersey marvel is a must-visit. The King of Prussia is indeed royal when it comes to serving guests.
7 South Coast Square
Those visiting California should not miss the South Coast Plaza, largest mall on the west coast. It is a place of luxury as it is home to global fashion brands Alexander McQueen, ALDO, Givenchy, Gucci, Miu Miu, and Louis Vuitton, among others. It’s like fashion week in this place all day. The Collage Dining Experience is also located in this Costa Mesa location, so after shopping, customers can end their day eating delicious food. South Coast Plaza is ready to serve anyone who finds something from A to Z, with an emphasis on luxury.
6 Adventure shopping center
Art lovers will have a great time strolling through the Aventura Mall in Florida. It houses works of art such as the eye benches by Louise Bourgeois, the walking figure by Donald Baechler and the most popular, the Aventura Slide tower by Carsten Höller. The latter is not only a work of art because it is a functional slide. Those planning to visit Florida should drop by Aventura and have a great time exploring its stalls and restaurants, or perhaps just riding up and down the waterslide.
5 Del Amo Fashion Center
As its name suggests, Del Amo is fashion-savvy. Its main retailers are Nordstrom, JCPenney, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Macy’s. Whatever the season, there’s the right choice of fashion in this Californian destination. This fancy mall is like a big track, after all. It’s not always about fashion at this mall as there are also restaurants, a visitor center, a cinema, and monthly events. From clothing and jewelry to shoes and accessories, Del Amo is the place to be.
4 The gallery
The Galleria is a cousin of King of Prussia and Del Amo, so those visiting this Texas spot should also expect luxury goods, a welcoming ambience, and up-and-coming services. It is packed with more than 400 stores, providing shoppers with a variety of affordable items and luxury goods. Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue flagship stores are located at The Galleria, with the exception of Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Dillard’s. For great food, fancy clothes, and the best deals, Texas’ largest mall has them covered.
3 Destiny United States
For shopping, dining or entertainment, Destiny USA is destined to be the place to be. Also known as the Carousel Center, the mall was serving New York since 1990 and is visited annually by 26 million customers. It’s the eighth largest mall in the United States, so visitors should expect an array of stores and services. There’s an antique carousel, Dave & Buster’s, Margaritaville, and WonderWorks, which is the largest suspended ropes course in the world. From fine dining to adrenaline pumping activities, Destiny USA is the place to be.
2 Roosevelt Field
Another New York destination, Roosevelt Field is a shopping haven, thanks to its excellent selections. The architecture of the building is an attraction in itself as it was designed by the famous IM Pei. The mall is a great showcase of New York’s beauty. The mall originated in 1956 and has remained a popular destination in the state. It has more than 200 stores, so there is always something for everyone. Guests can get busy shopping, then munching on delicious treats and ending their day with a movie. All of this and more can be found at Roosevelt Field.
1 Sawgrass Mills
Sawgrass Mills is owned by Simon Property Group, the same owner of King of Prussia, Del Amo, Roosevelt Field and The Galleria. With this, it also provides everyone with a memorable shopping experience regardless of season and reason. It is the largest mall in the United States, after all. What makes a good mall? Is it the number of stores? The large activity zones? Or the unique offers? For Sawgrass Mills, it’s all about experience. This Florida mall is a combination of affordability and luxury, the two working together to provide shoppers with a memorable day. Window shoppers are also welcome, as Sawgrass Mills is a place the whole world can see. NEXT: 25 photos of forgotten malls that make us hide under the table
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