Visitors to New York City, particularly those coming from abroad, often want to include a day of outlet shopping on their itinerary. With over 200 stores, the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets is just 50 miles north of New York City and an easy excursion for visitors who want to get their dose of outlet deals. In just about an hour you can be at NYC's closest outlet mall and enjoy its diverse collection of retailers including clothing, housewares or handbags. Whether you need directions, want to know which tour providers will take you there or want to get a free VIP coupon book, we've got you covered with our visitor's guide.
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Getting to the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
Woodbury Commons is located in Central Valley, NY. If you're driving yourself, it's easily accessible off of I-87 exit 16 and takes about an hour to drive to from Manhattan.
MetroNorth has a One-Day Woodbury Common Premium Outlet Getaway, which will bring you to Harriman Station, which is then a short taxi ride from the outlets, though a shuttle to the outlets is offered once per day weekends.
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Organized Trips to the Outlets
Manhattan Transfer Tours: Get picked up at your hotel or residence and transported by 14-passenger van to Woodbury Commons for just a bit more than the regular bus.
CoachUSA/Shortline Bus: Frequent daily service from Port Authority to the outlets. They also have service from 3rd Avenue on the East Side if that's more convenient for you.
All Transportation Network: Transportation to the outlets via sedan or limo starts at $175+tax.
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Planning Your Visit to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
The outlets are typically open from 10 am to 9 pm daily, but there are often extended and modified holiday hours.
The outlet mall itself is so large that there is actually a shuttle service around the mall that runs on weekends and select holidays. There is no way to hit all the shops in one visit, so your best course of action is to identify the shops you'd like to visit and choose to concentrate on one area of Woodbury Commons at a time.
Print out a copy of the Outlet Mall Map and mark the stores you're most interested in.
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Tips & Advice for Visiting The Outlets
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- The outlets tend to be most crowded on the weekends, and also get busier as the day progresses. Arrive early in the day to beat the crowds and get the best parking spots.
- VIP Coupon books are available for purchase ($10) at info booths throughout the outlets, but they are available free for many: AAA members, car renters from certain companies, some tour groups and even VIP Shopper Club members (free to join, but you must sign up in advance).
- Free Shopping Guides are available in the Food Court and at information booths. In addition to a helpful map of the outlets, they include many valuable coupons for shopping at the outlets, as well as for nearby restaurants and attractions.
- If you don't want to schlep your bags while you shop or make runs back and forth to your car, you can rent a shopping cart near the Eddie Bauer outlet.
- The outlets host a number of sales and events throughout the year. The largest is their very popular Black Friday sale, but there are many promotions and... specials that offer additional savings over the everyday merchandise discounts of 25-65%.
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Bringing Your Kids?
If you're visiting with children, it's recommended you bring your stroller, but there are also strollers for rent (located outside of the Market Hall in the Hudson Valley District and at Simon Guest Service locations). There's a small playground in Bluebird Court that is a great place to run around and play.
Also, there are small quarter-operated rides spread out throughout the outlets. It's a great reward to placate the kids in between stores, but do bring quarters.