Gas prices are on the rise, averaging $0.14 more per gallon than this time last year according to AAA’s daily fuel gauge report, and many are taking that into consideration as they make their summer travel plans. Natives planning a stay-cation to take advantage of all that South Florida has to offer need to add Sawgrass Mills to their itinerary as the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in the United States offers more than 350 stores paired with family dining and entertainment options, plus special summer promotions.
“Fort Lauderdale has it all – sun, surf, sand and, of course, unmatched shopping, which Sawgrass Mills delivers year round,” said Joellyn Fellmeth, regional director of marketing at Sawgrass Mills. “More and more people are staying close to home during their summer vacations, and Sawgrass Mills offers a shopping adventure for the whole family to enjoy.”
Sawgrass Mills shoppers can enhance their stay-cation with special summer programs through the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Vacation Like a VIP” packages, which are valid through September, include luxury accomodations and amenities at area hotels, complimentary parking at The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills and a glass of Prosecco for two, courtesy of Villagio Ristorante. Shoppers can also receive a complimentary Sawgrass Mills Coupon Book, valued at more than $500 in additional savings, when they present their 2-for-1 Summer Savings card at Sawgrass Mills’ Simon Guest Services kiosks. For more information or to purchase a Sawgrass Mills 2-for-1 Summer Savings card, visit www.sunny.org/ways-to-play/summer.
Additional Shop ‘N Stay packages are available at The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, W Fort Lauderdale, Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel and The Westin Beach Resort & Spa Fort Lauderdale. These special offers feature discounted room rates, complimentary valet parking and shopping bag storage at Sawgrass Mills and a gift bag including a Sawgrass Mills Coupon Book. For more information on Shop ‘N Stay hotel packages, visit the Traveling Here page on Sawgrass Mills’ website.
Shoppers that don’t feel like driving can take advantage of the Official Sawgrass Mills Shuttle, which provides transportation to and from select Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach, South Beach, Downtown Miami, Bal Harbour, Aventura, Hallandale Beach and Sunny Isles Beach hotels*. For more information, visit www.sawgrassmillsshuttle.com or email[email protected]. For reservations, please call (954) 838-1039.
Sawgrass Mills’ unparalleled collection of retailers includes more than 60 outlet concepts not found anywhere else in the area. Several of these are luxury-brand offerings, such as Diane von Furstenberg, Giorgio Armani, GUCCI, Jimmy Choo, kate spade New York, Tory Burch and Prada, found at The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills. Other brands with outlet locations exclusively at Sawgrass Mills include Diesel, Catimini, Original Penguin, Old Navy and UGG Australia. Plus, Sawgrass Mills is home to the largest Under Armour Factory House in the United States, South Florida’s largest Forever 21, two outlet locations from Michael Kors and the area’s only Ron Jon Surf Shop.
Local families will also enjoy diverse dining and entertainment options at Sawgrass Mills with two food courts and several full-service restaurants, including California Pizza Kitchen, Rainforest Cafe, The Cheesecake Factory, Sushigami and the soon to open Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar. Popular entertainment options include, Sawgrass 23 Stadium & IMAX, GAMEROOM and Florida’s only Barbie™ The Dreamhouse® Experience, which boasts a runway for interactive fashion fun, a walk-in “glitterizer,” an endless closet and a dazzling “diamond” ring display.