If you want to take a break from the beaches and attractions, this area offers great shopping opportunities with everything from local boutiques to upscale malls – or dining to please every palette! If you can see yourself vacationing by any of these shopping and dining areas, contact Wagner Vacation Rentals to find your dream rental today!
Ellenton Premium Outlets
Situated conveniently off I-75 and US-301 in Ellenton, boasts a collection of 130 designer and brand outlet stores catering to the entire family. This outdoor shopping destination features covered walkways, lush tropical landscaping, and flowing water fountains. From women’s apparel and accessories to home furnishings and specialty items, Ellenton Premium Outlets offers a diverse range of stores, including renowned brands like Kate Spade, Under Armour, Tommy Hilfiger, Movado, Coach, Michael Kors, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th.
St. Armands Circle
Accessible via two bridges over Sarasota Bay, stands as an upscale island shopping center renowned for its continental marketplace vibe. The Circle boasts charming shopping venues adorned with tropical plants, courtyards, patios, antique statuary, and contemporary architectural designs. The vision behind this destination stems from its founder, the circus magnate John Ringling, whose influence can still be seen in the street designs radiating from the island’s hub and the Italian statuary, some from his personal collection. Dive into St. Armands’ history with a leisurely stroll around the “Circus Ring of Fame” in Circle Park, an homage to numerous circus performing legends.
The Mall at University Town Center
Elevates the fashion and dining scene in Sarasota. With its beautiful architecture reflecting a distinct Floridian style, including a captivating LED barrel vault ceiling, this mall is home to anchor stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, and Dillard’s. It also boasts a selection of fine restaurants new to the area, including The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, and The Cheesecake Factory. The mall brings a diverse mix of fashion and lifestyle retailers, some unique to the local market, as well as a locally themed children’s play area.
Westfield Siesta Key
Located on the mainland near Siesta Key, offers a variety of stores, including Macy’s, Talbots, Loft, GNC, Chicos, and more. If hunger strikes, you can satisfy your appetite at Too Jay’s Gourmet Deli or enjoy a movie and dinner at Cobb CineBistro.
Marina Jack II
Offers a luxurious dinner cruise experience in downtown Sarasota. Enjoy a relaxing cruise through the intercoastal waters and the Gulf of Mexico, complemented by delectable dining and breathtaking views. The indoor space is air-conditioned, while the open-air outside deck provides an optimal experience. You can choose between a lunch or dinner buffet while dining amidst playful dolphins, warm sunshine, and refreshing Gulf of Mexico breezes.
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch
An outdoor venue that houses numerous fashion boutiques, international restaurants, and Lakewood Ranch Cinemas, all within an intimate small-town atmosphere. The open-air environment creates a unique plaza for strolling, shopping and enjoying monthly First Friday musical concerts overlooking Lake Uihlein.
International Plaza and Bay Street
Located adjacent to Tampa International Airport, offers a spectacular shopping and dining destination. It features renowned retailers like Dillard’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and over 200 specialty shops. Nearby, Bay Street at the Plaza is an open-air village housing fine restaurants and distinctive boutiques.
Situated between Fort Myers and Naples, is a shopping center boasting over 140 designer and brand name outlet stores, including Ann Taylor, Adidas, Banana Republic, Bass, Calvin Klein, Brooks Brothers, DKNY, Gap, Izod, Nike, Neiman Marcus, Levi’s, Van Heusen, and many more. This center has been voted Southwest Florida’s “Best Factory Outlet Shopping Center” for ten consecutive years.