Outlet Shopping Mall Mecca

Serious shoppers know that New Jersey is home to more malls per square mile than any other U.S. state. This is the land of tax-free clothing and shoe shopping, outlet malls galore and great deals year 'round.

Grab your credit cards and let's shop the state with a selection of outlets from north to south.

Gloucester Premium Outlets, Blackwood: Two hours from New York City and just 25 minutes from Philadelphia, the recently opened Gloucester Premium Outlets touts 90 stores featuring brand name apparel, home decor, accessories, leather goods and more at up to 65 percent off every day. Stock up on names like J. Crew, Kenneth Cole and Nike, and then refuel at one of the onsite eateries.  

Jackson Premium Outlets, Jackson: Pair amusement park fun with terrific bargains when heading to this outlet featuring more than 70 stores. Near Six Flags Great Adventure Wild Safari, Jackson Premium Outlets offers its own thrills with savings on clothing, gifts and accessories. A hand-full of eateries keeps your energy up. Jackson is approximately 90 minutes from midtown Manhattan and one hour from Philadelphia.

Jersey Shore Premium Outlets, Tinton Falls: Spend some time off the beach browsing the 120 outlet stores at Jersey Shore Premium Outlets. The impressive selection includes serious savings on designer names, clothes for children, shoes, luggage, accessories, housewares, gifts and a choice of restaurants and snack places. The outlet is located approximately 90 minutes to two hours from Manhattan and Philadelphia.

The Mills at Jersey Gardens, Elizabeth:  The Grand Daddy of New Jersey outlets, The Mills at Jersey Gardens is the largest with more than 200 shops. The mall combines brand name retailer and manufacturer outlets, discount and off-price stores with full-price retailers, plus some 20 eateries give you the fuel you need for marathon shopping. It's located five minutes from Newark Liberty International Airport and 30 minutes from midtown Manhattan, making it the perfect day trip.

Outlets at Bergen Town Center, Paramus: Approximately 15 minutes from midtown Manhattan, Bergen Town Center is a super regional shopping center that features designer outlet stores, specialty shops and eateries for a full day of shopping enjoyment. While you are there, stop in for a massage, after a great day of shopping.

Tanger Outlets, The Walk, Atlantic City: At this shopping mecca on Baltic Avenue, more than 90 brand name outlets can be found at the Tanger Outlets, offering 20 to 40 percent below retail prices. The outlets are a great place to spend your winnings or a family-friendly alternative for time away from the beach. Plus, there are dining choices from sit-down restaurants to on-the-go snack places. Atlantic City is about a two hour drive from New York City and about one hour from Philadelphia.