Pros: Lots of stores, most of which are outlets; clean; lots to do
Cons: PACKED on the weekends
The Bottom Line: DC's shopping mecca. If you've never been there to shop, you should if you're in the DC area!
About an hour south of Washington DC on Interstate 95 you will see a green sign with a tree. You can't miss it. This is the land mark of the shopping mecca known as Potomac Mills.
Stretching over a mile in walking-distance, Potomac Mills is broken up into nine different neighborhoods. These neighborhoods contain over 220 stores, featuring outlets such as Saks Off 5th, JC Penney, Old Navy and way too many others to mention by name. There are also "regular" stores, such as TJ Maxx, Nautica, Marshalls and more. If you are in need of any sort of gift, you will absolutely find it at one of the many stores in Potomac Mills.
Don't feel like shopping? No problem. Potomac Mils has the world's largest skate park. Vans SkatePark is 62,000 square feet with a street course (for advanced skaters), a pee wee area (for the little ones), 2 empty pools, many ramps and a 40 foot half-pipe. You can also catch a movie at the AMC Movies 15. Just be smart enough to buy some candy at one of the many candy shops in the mall and smuggle it in because the concession prices are crazy!
Hungry? Great. You've got a choice of at least 25 eateries in Potomac Mills and many located within walking distance. My favorite is outside of Potomac Mills and across the parking lot, at a place called Red Robin. From fast food joints to sit down restaurants, you have plenty to choose from.
I always feel safe in Potomac Mills. There are security cameras absolutely everywhere. Security Guards constantly patrol the neighborhoods, and I think police officers are even assigned there as they are also in plain view. Security cars also patrol the parking areas.
Parking is free, and is just a massive lot. Be sure to make note of where you park, otherwise you can be lost for a while!
If you live in or are visiting the Washington DC area, Potomac Mills is definitely somewhere you should go to visit. Be sure you have an entire day to get through, though. It's going to take at least that long to get through the entire mall!
Best Suited For: Friends Best Time to Travel Here: Anytime
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