Although there's plenty to do when visiting the Tampa Bay area — from Busch Gardens to the Museum of Science and Industry—taking a trip to one of more than a dozen shopping malls nearby may be the perfect way to spend your day.
With their own distinctive styles and personalities, malls and shopping centers in the Tampa Bay area combine ease of access, convenience, variety, and overall pleasant shopping experience to make for one of the best ways to beat the heat in the summer or winter.
From Westfield Citrus Park to Westshore Plaza, explore some of these great shopping destinations during your trip to Tampa Bay, Florida.
Westfield Citrus Park, at Citrus Park Town Center in Tampa, features anchor department stores Dillard's, JCPenny, Macy's, and Sears as well as several clothing stores, such as Abercrombie & Fitch, and specialty stores for home furnishings and design, jewelry, shoes, toys, sporting goods, and children's entertainment.
The on-site Regal Cinemas just added king-sized recliners to several of their screening rooms, and, in addition to the food court, restaurants include Johnny Rockets and BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse.
Westfield Countryside Mall in Clearwater is home to several department stores such as Sears, Dillard's, JCPenny, and Macy's. Also found in the mall are Bond Jewelers, Country Cabin, FYE, Gap, Gordon Jewelers, Spencer Gifts, Things Remembered, Yankee Candle, and many others. In addition to the food court, shoppers can enjoy a snack or a meal at Ruby Tuesday Restaurant, Schnickel Fritz, or TooJay's Gourmet Deli.
Westfield Sarasota Square in Sarasota is home to more than 140 unique stores, eateries, and businesses. Anchor stores include Dillard's, JCPenny, Macy's and Sears, but the mall also features a wide selection of fashion for men and women, including stores such as Jos. A. Bank, Wall Street For Men, Aéropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Anchor Blue, Buckle, Gap, Hollister, Hot Topic, Lids, Pacific Sunwear, Steve & Barry's, and Victoria's Secret. In addition to the food court, you can also enjoy eating at Boston's Restaurant and Sports Bar and Ruby Tuesday.
WestShore Plaza in Tampa is an enclosed mall just off I-275 and features the full gambit of retailers — from cheap stores like Old Navy to expensive ones like Saks Fifth Avenue. The mall's anchor stores include Sears, JCPenney, and Macy's, but WestShore Plaza is also home to several high-end retail chains like Ann Taylor and Lindt & Sprüngli. Aside from the many eateries located in the mall's food court, WestShore Plaza boasts upscale restaurants including Mitchell's Fish Market and Palm Restaurant. Be sure to also check out their website for a list of upcoming events including the Tampa Kids' Market and the Sunburst Beauty Pageant.
Although currently changing owners, the Largo Mall in Largo, Florida is still in operation, boasting a selection of anchor stores, including Target, PetSmart, Staples, and Michaels, in an open-air setting. The Largo Mall also features clothing stores like Bealls and Marshalls, and, for the hungry shopper, there's an outstanding selection of eateries including Chili's, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and Sweet Tomatoes.