30 Biggest Malls in America, Ranked by Size
Over the years, malls have drastically changed from their original intention of offering modest shopping and a place to get a quick bite to eat. While they still have scores of shops to peruse and many restaurants that range from fast-food to sit-down, shopping malls have also become a destination for entertainment.
When determining the biggest and best shopping malls, we cover many things. Some malls have theme parks, aquariums, fashion shows, concerts and ice skating rinks. Some malls have hotels in the mall or in close proximity to it. One mall has car dealerships, and another has an adjacent apartment complex for those wanting their next-door neighbor to be a mall.
Indeed, the pandemic did a number on retail shopping, but things are coming back to normal, and patrons are coming back as well. But, which shopping destinations attract the most crowds? Here are the 30 biggest malls in America.
30. The Grove Mall
Location: Los Angeles, California
Size: 575,000 square feet
Year built: 2002
Bottom Line: The Grove Mall
If you’re looking for the latest fashion trends, the Grove has you covered with an impressive amount of high-end shops. The Grove is an open-air mall with 50 upscale shops, restaurants, movie theaters and offices. There is even a cool-looking electric trolley to get you around for free.
Also, you might see some Hollywood celebrities wandering around the fashionable shops, especially during the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony that's known to draw in the crowds.
29. Fashion Square Mall
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Size: 798,016 square feet
Year built: 1961
Bottom Line: Fashion Square Mall
If you’re looking to spend some serious dough, the Fashion Square Mall has more luxury shops than anywhere in Arizona, which is perfect for an upscale place like Scottsdale that’s known for spas and golf. There are many fashion outlets among the more than 200 stores overall.
Also, food choices won’t be a problem here since there are many places for a quick bite or sit-down. This shopping mall has been a fun one to watch evolve into a very classy establishment.
28. The Mall at Millenia
Location: Orlando, Florida
Size: 1,118,000 square feet
Year built: 2002
Bottom Line: The Mall at Millenia
This mall is only a short drive from Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld and Orlando International Airport, so not only is it a good draw for locals, but it also gives tourists a good place for their shopping needs.
In addition, the mall offers a complimentary personal styling session that can even give you a new look. How great is that? Add in delicious food and high-end shopping, and this mall is an experience you shouldn't pass up.
27. The Mall at Short Hills
Location: Milburn, New Jersey
Size: 1,374,000 square feet
Year built: 1961
Bottom Line: The Mall at Short Hills
The best thing about this mall is that your clothing purchases are tax-free because New Jersey does not charge sales tax on clothing. Since this mall has plenty of upscale shops, this could be one of your best — and cheapest — shopping experiences. Furthermore, the mall is close to New York City, so you can shop and sightsee on the same trip.
Also, this mall offers a free session with a styling crew, and you can take advantage of some good offers if you join a CREW membership.
26. South Shore Plaza
Location: Braintree, Massachusetts
Size: 1,586,446 square feet
Year built: 1961
Bottom Line: South Shore Plaza
You can definitely spend some time at this mall because it offers more than 200 shops and 10 full-service restaurants, including The Cheesecake Factory and Dave and Busters. Another feature that recently opened is SpaceZero, where kids can jump on trampolines, run an obstacle course, climb a mini rock wall and play games — giving parents a much-needed break.
Plus, you can locate some great deals on the mall’s website.
25. Fashion Show Mall
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Size: 1,878,186 square feet
Year built: 1981
Bottom Line: Fashion Show Mall
Located on the Las Vegas Strip, you don’t need to be loaded with cash or down on your luck to experience all that this mall has to offer. Price options for shops range from modest to upscale. What’s really cool is that this mall offers regular runway shows in the mall’s central atrium.
Not only that, “well-behaved” dogs are welcome in the mall’s dog-friendly stores, restaurant patios and common areas.
24. Arundel Mills
Location: Hanover, Maryland
Size: 1,930,820 square feet
Year built: 2000
Bottom Line: Arundel Mills
The largest mall in Maryland definitely has a lot to offer, from the modest to the high-end shops, and you can expect that most of the 200 stores you walk into will be having a sale. One interesting feature is that there is a casino and hotel adjacent to the mall, and the casino never closes.
If you’re hungry, Arundel Mills has an amazing variety of fast-food and sit-down restaurants. There are two major metropolises that feed into the mall from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, which means big potential for many shoppers.
23. Tysons Corner Center
Location: Tysons, Virginia
Size: 1,971,000 square feet
Year built: 1968
Bottom Line: Tysons Corner Center
The biggest mall in the Washington, D.C.-Baltimore region has some interesting qualities. For one, the mall houses the Hyatt Regency, AMC Theaters and VITA luxury apartments. Yes, you read that right, hotels, movies and apartments. In particular, the apartments are luxurious with a huge mall sitting next door, and their price starts at $2,049 per month.
Inside the mall, there are 286 shops and 40 places to eat. And you can even get your car detailed while you shop. Now, that’s hard to beat.
22. NorthPark Center
Location: Dallas, Texas
Size: 2,000,000 square feet
Year built: 1965
Bottom Line: NorthPark Center
This mall has a convenient location at the intersection of US 75 and Loop 12, which draws many shoppers (and why there is a need for 9,000 parking spots). The annual sales in this mall surpass $1 billion. For those looking for a little culture, NorthPark offers guided tours to view the mall’s celebrated art collection as well as a number of events and concerts.
Meanwhile, the choices for food are very impressive, particularly Eataly, which presents some tasty Italian dishes. And let’s not forget there are 221 places to shop.
21. Lakewood Center
Location: Lakewood, California
Size: 2,070,000 square feet
Year built: 1951
Bottom Line: Lakewood Center
Lakewood Center was the first mall in California and later became enclosed in 1978. You might want to plan what you’re looking for since you’ll be navigating through 255 stores and 30 places to eat.
There are also some lovely events, including Friday Night Feast in which patrons are treated to a great selection of food trucks and music. For the young ones, the mall features a Kids Club with a virtual program that allows kids to learn concepts through activity pages and craft videos.
20. Green Acres Mall
Location: Valley Stream, New York
Size: 2,081,000 square feet
Year built: 1956
Bottom Line: Green Acres Mall
Don’t let the age fool you; this mall has a modern look with some of the top retailers sprinkled throughout the huge facility, which features two Macy’s locations. Green Acres Mall is a popular shopping mecca for Nassau County patrons and those coming from Queens.
The biggest recent news is the opening of Primark, the popular low-priced clothing store chain from Dublin, Ireland, that will occupy two floors and 35,100 square feet. Also, Walmart and Home Depot have huge locations in the mall, and there are two car dealerships in the exterior locations.
19. Oakbrook Center
Location: Oak Brook, Illinois
Size: 2,166,615 square feet
Year built: 1962
Bottom Line: Oakbrook Center
There are plenty of sales going on here, so your best bet is to go online and find what you’re looking for before even stepping foot inside the mall. Once you do, you can rest assured that patrons are allowed to bring in their dogs and shop in dog-friendly stores. (Just make sure your dog is on a leash.)
Another highlight is the tribute to Princess Diana, a walk-through documentary on how she changed the world. You'll also want to check out the District Food Hall on Level 2, which has 14,000 square feet worth of dining options.
18. Westfield Garden State Plaza
Location: Paramus, New Jersey
Size: 2,118,718 square feet
Year built: 1957
Bottom Line: Westfield Garden State Plaza
For those who love upscale shopping, this mall is your kind of place. There are 346 shops from which to choose, including Macy’s, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.
Additionally, the mall offers patrons to enjoy the magic of Broadway with songs and scenes from hit shows every Saturday. One thing to consider is that most of the mall is closed on Sundays in accordance with state and local blue laws.
17. Woodfield Mall
Location: Schaumburg, Illinois
Size: 2,150,557 square feet
Year built: 1971
Bottom Line: Woodfield Mall
The largest mall in Illinois may be better known for its entertainment than its shopping. Case in point: Patrons can check out the Improv Comedy Club to get some laughs or Enterrium, a restaurant and entertainment area that features a video arcade, bowling lanes and table tennis. Giving relief to the parents, there is also a children’s play area available.
If you do want to get some shopping done, there are more than 300 outlets, featuring luxury and casual options.
16. Plaza Las Americas
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Size: 2,173,000 square feet
Year built: 1968
Bottom Line: Plaza Las Americas
This was the first indoor shopping mall built in the U.S. territory, and it's the largest shopping mall in the Caribbean, with more than 300 shops. There are always plenty of events going on in this lively mall, such as live music, and you'll want to stop to admire the architecture and artwork that make up the space.
You also can’t pass up the food, with a mix of traditional American dishes and a taste of what Puerto Rico has to offer.
15. Millcreek Mall Complex
Location: Erie, Pennsylvania
Size: 2,200,000 square feet
Year built: 1975
Bottom Line: Millcreek Mall Complex
Pennsylvania’s lack of sales tax on clothing means this is an attractive spot for retail. In fact, visitors often come from places like Canada, Ohio and New York to take advantage of the discounts. The mall consists of 175 shops, and just outside of the mall, Millcreek Mall Pavilion also hosts loads of stores, restaurants and hotels. There’s even a mall-walker program where more than 700 walkers get their exercise seven days a week.
Of note, if you take a look at the shape of this mall from above, it looks like a gun pointed at downtown Erie. Legend has it that the mall was intentionally built this way under the direction of the mafia.
14. Palisades Center
Location: West Nyack, New York
Size: 2,200,000 square feet
Year built: 1998
Bottom Line: Palisades Center
This mall has so much going that shopping could be an after-thought. Let’s talk shopping for a moment in that there are 400 outlets available, which makes it a challenge to get through in one day.
This mall also offers an ice skating rink, Ferris wheel, carousel, the world’s tallest indoor ropes course, Autobahn Indoor Speedway and, just for laughs, the Levity Live Comedy Club. No wonder this is a great attraction for locals and tourists.
13. Westfield Valley Fair
Location: San Jose, California
Size: 2,200,000 square feet
Year built: 1956
Bottom Line: Westfield Valley Fair
Sitting in the heart of Silicon Valley, this mall can bring in the bucks. Valley Fair, the largest mall in Northern California, has the highest sales revenue of all malls in California. The mall features some unique events that include a China Tea Ceremony and Self-Care Sundays that include, for example, a Zumba class.
For the mall itself, there are 45 luxury retailers and nine premium retailers, and since this is Silicon Valley, there are eight tech retailers led by none other than Apple.
12. Ala Moana Center
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Size: 2,270,186 square feet
Year built: 1959
Bottom Line: Ala Moana Center
Only in Hawaii would you find the largest open-air shopping center in the world. There are four floors of shopping that include 350 stores and 70 places to dine, including many Hawaiian-exclusive retailers. What’s most impressive is that the mall’s assets totaled $5.74 billion as of January 2018, making it the most valuable shopping mall in the U.S.
It, too, offers many events that include a wide variety of live music, traditional Hawaiian entertainment and dancing at Centerstage.
11. Sawgrass Mills
Location: Sunrise, Florida
Size: 2,273,898 square feet
Year built: 1990
Bottom Line: Sawgrass Mills
True to this part of the country, the Sawgrass Mills building is designed in the shape of an alligator and is the largest single-story outlet mall in the U.S. It's actually broken up into three parts — the main mall, “The Oasis at Sawgrass Mills” (which is outdoors) and “The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills,” where you’ll find an upscale lifestyle area.
Of the mall's 350 outlets, 70 are exclusive and not found anywhere else in South Florida; they include Burberry, GUCCI, Prada, Jimmy Choo and Versace.
10. Roosevelt Field
Location: Garden City, New York
Size: 2,366,692 square feet
Year built: 1956
Bottom Line: Roosevelt Field
Roosevelt Field used to be an airfield back in the early 20th century and served as a take-off site for aviators such as Amelia Earhart and Wiley Post. Charles Lindberg’s famous transatlantic flight began at Roosevelt Field in 1927.
The airfield closed in 1951, and now, Roosevelt Field is the second most successful mall in New York with 294 outlets. It's home to some of the biggest retailers, including Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.
9. Destiny USA
Location: Syracuse, New York
Size: 2,400,000 square feet
Year built: 1990 (expansion 2012)
Bottom Line: Destiny USA
Destiny USA consists of six stories and is considered an automobile-oriented, super-regional shopping and entertainment complex. This is the largest shopping mall in the state of New York. In fact, it’s so big that the mall has its own zip code.
It is estimated that 26 million patrons visit Destiny USA each year, and why not? Besides having 250 outlets, restaurants and a play area, it is home to the world’s largest suspended ropes course at WonderWorks as well as a tropical-type setting at Margaritaville. There is also the Embassy Suites By Hilton just a few steps from the mall, making it a unique travel destination.
8. The Galleria
Location: Houston, Texas
Size: 2,400,838 square feet
Year built: 1970
Bottom Line: The Galleria
This is definitely more than just a hub for retail. The Galleria is a mixed-use urban development and shopping mall located in Houston’s Uptown District. Besides the 375 retail outlets, The Galleria also hosts the Galleria Office Towers complex, the Galleria Financial Center, two Westin hotels and a private health club.
There's also an ice skating facility inside the mall and a jogging track on the roof around the atrium to go with two swimming pools. No wonder why it's estimated that this mall welcomes 35 million visitors annually.
7. Del Amo Fashion Center
Location: Torrance, California
Size: 2,500,000 square feet
Year built: 1961
Bottom Line: Del Amo Fashion Center
With more than 250 outlets and a collection of name-brand restaurants, there are plenty of places to shop and eat at Del Amo Fashion Center. However, this mall stands out with its scheduled events to entertain patrons such as a circus; LeFunland USA, which is a children's amusement experience; and ZoomiZoomi, with fun activities for parents and kids.
Of note, portions of the mall were used for movies such as Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown,” Martha Coolidge’s “Valley Girl,” “Bad Santa” and “Why Him?”
6. Aventura Mall
Location: Aventura, Florida
Size: 2,700,000 square feet
Year built: 1983
Bottom Line: Aventura Mall
This is the largest mall in Florida, and it features more than 300 outlets and more than 50 eateries and restaurants. This is an upscale shopping mall that is considered the top shopping facility in Miami. It has a who’s who lineup of quality stores, such as Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and two Macy’s outlets.
What is unique about Aventura Mall is a feature called “Experiences” that patrons can enjoy such as the Aventura Slide Tower, where you can plunge down a spiral 93-foot-tall structure, or Rooftop Games, where you can play on a giant chessboard and much more.
5. South Coast Plaza
Location: Costa Mesa, California
Size: 2,738,730 square feet
Year built: 1967
Bottom Line: South Coast Plaza
This is the largest shopping mall on the West Coast with sales soaring above $1.5 billion prior to the pandemic. Its 275 outlets represent the highest concentration of design fashion retail in the U.S.
However, what makes South Coast Plaza standout is its cultural components, including the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Orange County Museum of Art (which opens later in 2022) and Isamu Noguchi’s California Scenario sculpture gardens. Another cool feature is that you can bring in personal shoppers from the plaza to work with you in person or remotely.
4. King of Prussia Mall
Location: King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
Size: 2,793,200 square feet
Year built: 1963
Bottom Line: King of Prussia Mall
The largest shopping mall on the East Coast features a whopping 450 outlets, including Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus, Cartier and Gucci among others. And don’t worry about parking – there are five parking lots, three parking garages and 13,376 spaces, not counting valet parking.
As far as food, there are three food courts available and a number of sit-down restaurants. There are many ways to be entertained, such as Selfie WRLD Philly where you can experience many themes that go with selfies.
3. The Shops at Columbus Circle
Location: New York, New York
Size: 2,800,000 square feet
Year built: 2003
Bottom Line: The Shops at Columbus Circle
This is a great pit-stop while sightseeing. This skyscraper complex in Manhattan is located in Time Warner Center with Central Park next door, so you better believe the views are amazing. If you’re looking for style and sophistication, you’ll love the diverse choices among 50 retail shops and boutiques.
Dining is also a special experience with world-class chefs giving you the best of what New York has to offer. Let’s not leave out the Columbus Monument, a statue that’s 76-feet tall and created by Italian sculptor Gaetano Russo.
2. American Dream
Location: East Rutherford, New Jersey
Size: 3,000,000 square feet
Year built: 2019
Bottom Line: American Dream
American Dream is a retail and entertainment center within the Meadowlands Sports Complex, close to New York City. Let’s just say there is a lot going on here. For starters, there are more than 450 outlets for shopping, 21 full-service restaurants and 45 specialty food retailers. In addition, there is entertainment like mini-golf, ClimbZone and go-karting.
Not enough? OK, there is also a water park, an aquarium, an NHL regulation ice rink and an amusement park, all adjacent to the mall.
1. Mall of America
Location: Bloomington, Minnesota
Size: 5,600,000 square feet
Year built: 1992
Bottom Line: Mall of America
Welcome to the mecca of retail shopping and entertainment under one roof. The Mall of America is the largest mall in the western hemisphere and the ninth-largest in the world. There are an impressive 555 outlets with 12,300 parking spaces. In addition, the Nickelodeon Universe theme park, Sea Life aquarium and FlyOver America (a flight simulator) are adjacent to the mall. The mall hosts more than 400 events a year, including concerts and fashion shows.
Meanwhile, Park Plaza Minneapolis is just across the street along with other hotels nearby. Indeed, you can plan a trip to the Mall of America without leaving the mall, and you’re not the only one who will do it. An estimated 40 million people visit the mall each year, generating nearly $2 billion in annual revenue.