10Best Toy Stores

  • Once Upon a Toy at the Downtown Disney Marketplace - Orlando

    The largest assortment of toys and games in Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando can be found at Once Upon a Toy. The 16,000-square-foot shop has a little bit of everything, including the wildly popular build-your-own Mr. Potato Head station. Interactive play areas fill the many themed rooms, including spaces for classic toys, trains and other transportation, a doll room and all your Disney favorites.

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  • FAO Schwarz on Fifth Avenue - New York

    Toy stores in the U.S. don't get much more iconic than FAO Schwarz on Fifth Avenue in the Big Apple. With a history dating back more than 150 years, the flagship with its Toy Soldier greetings is the oldest toy store in the USA and a pop culture icon ever since Robert Loggia and Tom Hanks danced across the giant piano in the 1988 film BIG.

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  • Hamleys on Regent Street - London

    Across the Pond, Hamleys established its flagship store on Regent Street in London in 1881. The self-proclaimed "Finest Toy Store in the World" has seven floors of retail space, where everyone from tourists to the Royals come to stock nurseries and fill the space beneath the Christmas tree.

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  • LARK Toys - Kellogg, Minn.

    One of the largest family-owned toy stores in the country, LARK Toys in Kellogg, Minn. specializes in handmade heirloom wooden toys. The store boasts a hand-carved basswood carousel, an antique collection with toys from years past, an 18-hole mini golf course and a candy store.

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  • Toys "R" Us in Times Square - New York

    The Toys "R" Us international flagship in Times Square offers 110,000 square feet of fun that extends well beyond the extensive collection of toys for sale. Hundreds of thousands of kids visit each year to ride the 60-foot Ferris wheel, see a 20-foot animatronic T-Rex and explore a life-sized Barbie dollhouse.

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  • American Girl Place - Chicago

    American Girl Place, the Chicago flagship located in Water Tower Place, stocks all the American Girl characters (plus a host of outfits and accessories). There's also a doll hair salon where a specialist can give a doll a new 'do, a photo studio where kids and their dolls can see their face on a cover of American Girl magazine and the American Girl Cafe, perfect for brunch, lunch or afternoon tea.

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  • The LEGO Store at Downtown Disney - Anaheim, Calif.

    Visitors to the LEGO Store at Downtown Disney in Anaheim are greeted with a giant LEGO version of Dragon Maleficent breaking LEGO fire at Prince Phillip from the Disney animated classic Sleeping Beauty. The second-largest LEGO store in the country is outfitted with the popular Pick-a-Brick Wall, life-size Disney characters and loads of interactive play areas.

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  • Toy Joy - Austin

    Toy Joy was founded as an independent toy store in Austin in 1987, and it's been a repository of strange and exotic toys ever since. The Austin institution prides itself of being both safe for all ages, yet at the same time, fun and fascinating for adults. This atypical toy emporium also offers free gift wrapping for patient customers.

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  • Charles Ro Supply Company - Boston

    Train enthusiasts of all ages should plan a trip to Charles Ro Supply Company near Boston. The nation's largest train store has 30,000-square-feet of retail space stocked with everything the model train collector could imagine. On Saturdays, the store turns on its massive network of electric trains spread across three floors.

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  • O.P. Taylor's - Brevard, N.C.

    O.P. Taylor's opened in Downtown Brevard in 1987, and while it's not the biggest toy store out there at 6,000-square-feet, the store is a delightfully chaotic maze of color and sound where little of the merchandise requires batteries but all of it has been selected to ignite the imagination.

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