There's so much to see and do at these shops that buying stuff is almost beside the point.
American Girl Place Girls can dine with their dolls and give dolls a new look at the salon. Locations in New York City, Chicago, and L.A., americangirlplace.com.
Bass Pro Shops Indoor waterfalls, aquariums, live alligators, archery ranges, and even a barbershop. 1935 S. Campbell, Springfield, Mo., 417/887-7334.
Cabela's A huge sporting goods store (180,000 square feet) with museum-quality stuffed trophy animals. 10300 Cabela Dr., Kansas City, Kans., 913/328-0322.
Dylan's Candy Bar Gigantic candy selection, custom-made sundaes, chocolate fountains for dipping strawberries, and other treats. New York City, Houston, and Orlando, dylanscandybar.com.
L.L.Bean Fly-fishing and kayaking clinics, weekend concerts. 95 Main St., Freeport, Maine, 800/559-0747 ext. 37222.
REI Gear-testing stations, a climbing wall, a mountain-bike track, and more. 222 Yale Ave. N., Seattle, 206/223-1944.