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 lets shop the state with a selection of outlets from north to south.

Secaucus: There are three great shopping areas all within a short drive of each other. There are more than 75 stores at the Secaucus Outlets alone. Close by is The Plaza at Harmon Meadows and The Mall at Mill Creek with dining, hotels, shopping and movie theatre. Secaucus is approximately 10 minutes from midtown Manhattan.

The Outlet Collection | Jersey Gardens, Elizabeth:  The Grand Daddy of New Jersey outlets, The Outlet Collection | Jersey Gardens in Elizabeth 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.

Liberty Village Premium Outlets, Flemington: More than 40 stores make up Liberty Village, a quaint Colonial-style village that is home to designer outlets featuring the names you want. In-store promotions include sales at select times of the year. It is located one hour from New York City and some 40 miles north of Philadelphia.

Jersey Shore Premium Outlets, Tinton Falls: Spend some time off the sand 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.

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.

Tanger Outlets, Atlantic City: More than 95 brand name outlets selling merchandise that is 20 to 40 percent below retail prices can be found at this shopping mecca on Baltic Avenue. The outlets are a great place to spend your winnings or a family-friendly alternative to 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.