We visited the Citadel on MJK Day which is a holiday so the complex was crowded. However, I did find free parking very easy in the new five tiered parking structure across the street from Starbucks. There were three crossing guards directing traffic by the parking structure so the car and pedestrian traffic was well organized and we felt safe.
I recommend getting your VIP Savings card at the Information center before you start shopping. There are discounts you can use at many of the stores. Just show an AAA or American Express card and they will give you the savings card. However, if there are sales, some stores will not combine discounts. It is either the sale price or the VIP Savings card discount.
There are a variety of stores from children apparel, footwear, luggage, house ware, and men and women’s apparel. So there are plenty of stores of interest for the whole family. There is also a food court one can stop for lunch or a snack. For a chocolate fix, there is the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. I always purchase a delicious caramel apple here.
The restrooms are nice and clean. The stalls each have an area to put your purses and packages which is very convenient. This way you don’t have to hang them in front of you nor have your friends hold them while you take care of business.
This is the only shopping “outlet” in Los Angeles County. As a history note, this used to be the location of the Samson Tire Company that opened in 1930. It was the largest tire manufacturing plan on the West Coast. The only sign of it left are the walls you see in front that are designed after a 7th Century BC Assyrian palace with griffins and Babylonian princes.
The other larger shopping outlets close to LA are the Camarillo Premium Outlets in Ventura County and the Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon close to Palm Springs. The Camarillo Premium Outlet is the largest and is best visited over two days.
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