When it comes to malls, bigger is always better. A bigger mall means more stores to shop in, more restaurants to dine in, and more experiences to have, whether it be a movie theatre or an indoor black-light golf course. Bigger malls mean cool outdoor spaces, local events, and tons of exercise — especially if shopping is your cardio.
The Daily Meal has compiled a list of the biggest malls in America based on direct size comparison, and we've selected some telling reviews from HYelp to highlight some of their most important features. Iconic massive malls such as the Mall of America and King of Prussia made it on the list, but this lengthy list also includes malls from Hawaii to Erie, Pennsylvania, that you may have never heard of — and nearly all of them are among the biggest and best shopping malls in their respective states.
If you shopped but didn’t drop after walking all 2.4 million square feet of Syracuse’s Destiny USA mall and think you might be able to tackle something even bigger, it’s time to load up on Wetzel’s Pretzels and tackle your next big mall adventure. Maybe you’ll find everything you’re looking for at a nearly 3-million-square-foot mall in Florida, or perhaps your bliss is located in an almost 5-million-square foot mall in Minnesota. Like any savvy shopper, you’ll know it when you see it — especially after reading our list of the biggest malls in America.
The Mall of America is the largest mall in the country and one of the top tourist destinations in the United States. At 4,870,000 square feet, it could house seven Yankee Stadiums inside — and still have about 2.5 million square feet left for restaurants and shops. Speaking of shops, not only does the Mall of America house every store you could ever dream of visiting, but it is also home to an amusement park and a Nickelodeon Universe within its unending walls.
Costa Mesa’s South Coast Plaza is the largest mall on the West Coast at 2.8 million square feet. Just two hours outside of LA, this California mall is every shoppers’ paradise, with over 250 boutiques and stores as well as 30 restaurants. As it is so large, many customers use its grounds for exercising. Just be careful not to get lost!
The largest mall in the state of Florida has almost 3 million square feet of stores, restaurants, and stalls. There are over 300 shops to choose from and an extensive food court with 18 different dining options. In 2012, it was ranked the second most visited mall by Travel and Leisure magazine.
Del Amo Fashion Center, built in 1961, used to the largest mall in the U.S. until the construction of the Mall of America. It was formerly two malls, the open-air “Del Amo Shopping Center” and “Del Amo Fashion Square,” but the duo merged and formed a super-mall with over 200 high-end and mid-level stores.
There are many malls in the state of New York, but Destiny USA is its largest. Its 2.4 million square feet include underground valet parking, over 300 stores, a carousel, go-karts, and tons of restaurants.
Hawaii’s Ala Moana Center is the seventh largest mall in the U.S. Visitors can inhale the fragrant Honolulu breezes as they peruse the over 340 shops in this open-air mall. Plus, six days a week the Ala Moana Hula Showcase performs traditional hula dancing for the mall’s guests.
Affectionately referred to as simply “The Galleria,” the Houston Galleria is the largest mall in Texas. Shoppers love the over 375 retail options housed inside its 3-million-square-foot space — and the in-mall hotel where visitors can stay after they’ve shopped until they’ve dropped.
This 2.1-million-square-foot Garden City mall includes a Nordstrom, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, a black-light golf course, and casual dining options. Plus they have tons of dining options like Mint, Grand Lux Cafe, and Havana Central.
Everyone in the Chicagoland area will tell you that the best mall is, without a doubt, the Woodfield Mall. Located in Schaumburg near the Ikea, the Woodfield Mall has tons of food, restaurants, stands, and stalls to meet every shopper’s needs. When it was built in 1971, it was the largest mall in America at 1.9 million square feet. Now it is our nation’s 10th largest.
Just 25 miles out of New York City, is the mall paradise that is Palisades Center. This four-level shopping center has 15 different sit-down restaurants, a bowling alley, an ice rink, and the world’s tallest indoor ropes course inside its massive walls.
This Erie mall is a local staple because it has everything, and it’s super close to restaurants and things to do in town. According to one reviewer, “There is a very active ‘walking’ program, which allows for people to get exercise indoor during the winter.” Sounds like an excellent way to stay warm during those lake-effect snowstorms and buy cute workout gear!
This Boston-area shopping center has a Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Target, Primark, DSW, a Sears, and more. This large mall also includes a Dave & Busters if you’re feeling like playing some games, as well as a Cheesecake Factory, a California Pizza Kitchen, a Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, and Red Robin if you’re getting hungry.
This massive New Jersey mall has several high-end shops, big national chains like Neiman’s and Nordstrom’s, smaller chains like NYX Beauty, and a movie theatre. “Definitely the best mall I have been to,” raved one review. “This mall is huge with a great variety of stores — both luxury and inexpensive. It is a great rainy-day activity with a ton of things to do and see.”
This 2.1-million-square-foot mall has been one of the largest in California since its opening in 1951. Its large property includes a Costco as well as many other mid-range shops and food options. It gets a lot of comparisons to the smaller Carson mall, but as one reviewer said: “If you ask me, I totally prefer Lakewood Mall over Carson Mall. For one, Lakewood is bigger with Macy's, JCPenney, Nordstrom Rack and Target attached to the mall. It's a great shopping center to walk around in and eat at the food court area.”
The largest shopping mall in Arizona recently had a facelift and now looks just as modern and luxurious as the clothing in its over 200 shops. This high-end Scottsdale mall also offers a concierge service that will make restaurant reservations, assist with package carry-out, provide resort and hotel information, transportation assistance, and a valet service.
A big favorite of mall-goers in the northern suburbs of Chicago. This gorgeous outdoor mall is humongous and a beautiful place to spend your afternoons shopping in the summer and fall months, as well as a cozy place to shop for Christmas presents. “The landscape and upkeep at Oakbrook Center is beautiful even during the holidays,” reviewed a local. “They've added on a food court with a big variety of food options from Mexican to BBQ to burgers. Oh and can't forget Stan's donuts, YUM!”
This SouthPark neighborhood mall is the perfect mix of high-end and mid-range shops. At 1,790,000 square feet it is also the largest mall in the Carolinas. They offer such tasty food chain options as Maggiano’s Little Italy, California Pizza Kitchen, The Cheesecake Factory, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks, and Cowfish Sushi.
“This is a great mall,” enthused one reviewer of Kentucky’s largest mall. “It has a lot of things to do. You could spend the whole day there. It was a lot of fun!” If you’re spending a whole day in the almost 2-million-square foot Fayette Mall, be sure to check out its over 200 stores and its movie theatre.
This indoor climate-controlled shopping mall is the perfect escape from the Florida heat. With more than 350 stores, customers can spend all day here wandering in and out of shops, eating at its plethora of restaurants, or watching movies at the theater. Many reviewers recommend purchasing a map to plan out your day, as Sawgrass Mills can become overwhelming even if you do know what you’re doing.
The Connecticut Post Mall is the largest mall in Connecticut and includes a movie theatre, a Buffalo Wild Wings, Bar Louie, and many, many shops.
The Westfield Topanga mall is a San Fernando Valley destination. That means everybody in LA who is sick of The Grove and its long lines, heads west to this suburban mall that has everything. This 2.1 million square foot mall has high end and mid-range stores, plus it’s the next town over from Calabasas, so it was a natural choice for Kylie Jenner to select as the home of her first ever Kylie Cosmetics pop-up store.
If you’re looking to do a bit of shopping in Iowa, look no further than the Jordan Creek Town Center. This 1,340,000-square-foot mall is Iowa’s largest and offers a lakefront boardwalk as well as a 20-screen movie theatre. It also happens to be the highest-rated and reviewed mall in Iowa, making it the state’s best, a fitting inclusion on our list highlighting the best mall in every U.S. state.
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