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Visiting Woodbury Common Premium Outlets from New York City

It's easy to spend a day shopping at New York City's closest outlet mall

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Visitors to New York City, particularly those coming from abroad, often want to include a day of outlet shopping on their itinerary. With over 200 stores, the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets is just 50 miles north of New York City and an easy excursion for visitors who want to get their dose of outlet deals. In just about an hour you can be at NYC's closest outlet mall and enjoy its diverse collection of retailers including clothing, housewares or handbags. Whether you need directions, want to know which tour providers will take you there or want to get a free VIP coupon book, we've got you covered with our visitors guide!

Getting to the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
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  • Driving: Woodbury Commons is located at 498 Red Apple Court, Central Valley, NY 10917. If you're driving yourself, it's easily accessible off of I-87 exit 16 and takes about an hour to drive to from Manhattan.
  • Train: MetroNorth has a One-Day Woodbury Common Premium Outlet Getaway, which will bring you to Harriman Station, which is a $6-7 taxi ride from the outlets, though a shuttle ($1.50) to the outlets is offered once per day weekends.
  • Bus: Several NYC buses offer service directly to the outlets.
  • Other Transport: You can also arrange for a limo or helicopter to take to to the outlets.

Organized Trips to the Outlets

Planning Your Visit to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets

  • The outlets are typically open from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily, but there are often extended and modified holiday hours.
  • There is no way hit all the shops in one visit. Identify the shops you'd like to visit and choose to concentrate on one area of Woodbury Commons at a time.
  • Print out a copy of the Outlet Mall Map and mark the stores you're most interested in.
  • The outlet mall itself is so large that there is actually a shuttle service around the mall that runs on weekends and select holidays.

Tips & Advice for Visiting The Outlets

  • The outlets tend to be most crowded on the weekends, and also get busier as the day progresses. Arrive early in the day to beat the crowds and get the best parking spots.
  • VIP Coupon books are available for purchase ($10) at info booths throughout the outlets, but they are available free for many: AAA members, car renters from certain companies, some tour groups and even VIP Shopper Club members (free to join, but you must sign up in advance).
  • Free Shopping Guides are available in the Food Court and at information booths. In addition to a helpful map of the outlets, they include many valuable coupons for shopping at the outlets, as well as for nearby restaurants and attractions.
  • If you don't want to schlep your bags while you shop or make runs back 'n forth to you car, you can rent a shopping cart near the Eddie Bauer outlet.
  • The outlets host a number of sales and events throughout the year. The largest is their very popular Black Friday sale, but there are many promotions and specials that offer additional savings over the everyday merchandise discounts of 25-65%.

Bringing Your Kids?

  • If you're visiting with children, there is a small playground in Bluebird Court that is a great place to run around and play.
  • There are small quarter-operated "rides" spread out throughout the outlets. It's a great "reward" to placate the kids in between stores, but do bring quarters!
  • Woodbury Commons is pretty spread out, so I'd recommend you bring your stroller if you're visiting with young kids. There are also strollers for rent ($5).

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