Just as the toys do, Legoland parks provide children (and parents, too!) with the opportunities to let their imaginations roam free. While there are Legoland theme parks all over the world, we have two in the United States – one in Florida and one in California (with more slated to be on the way). Each park covers more than one hundred acres and is comprised of over 50 rides, shows, attractions, and various themed “lands” where pirates and ninjas and princesses can feel right at home. Below are some things to know before visiting.
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Perfect for All Ages
There’s something for every family member at Legoland. Many of the rides and attractions don’t have a height requirement to ride (sometimes younger children must be accompanied by an adult). Make sure to check the online Height Guides (Florida / California) ahead of time when planning your trip.
Younger children can explore the DUPLO Valley at the Florida resort, where they can take a train or tractor ride, explore the Tot Spot (specifically designed for those under two), or splash around in the Splash & Play area. Older kids can experience all that the resorts other themed areas have to offer, including Lego Kingdoms’ roaring Dragon roller coaster or the Land of Adventure’s Beetle Bounce. In California, Ninjago World offers the thrilling, interactive Ninjago Ride and Imagination Zone can get you a bit dizzy on the Bioncle Blaster, among many others.
If rides aren’t suitable for your group, you’re still guaranteed to find something to enjoy. Each Legoland park has many shows and interactive exhibits for all ages.
Rain or Shine
Both Legoland parks offer attractions that can accommodate the sunniest day and torrential downpour. In case of inclement weather, duck into the 4-D movie theater on the premises. In California, the Sea Life Aquarium combines hands-on learning with educational talks–and allows close encounters with sea creatures.
If the sun is shining and you’re in need of a cool-off, both parks include water rides perfect for a summer day. Try the Build-A-Raft River, which requires you to put your Lego skills to work before you float downstream. There’s also the Joker Soaker water playground and you can race an opponent on the Twin Chasers slides.
A plethora of restaurants and shops are scattered throughout each section of Legoland. This means you can make an entire day of it – or more if you stay in a Lego-themed hotel. This is a great plan since Legoland Night Lights features a fantastic nightly fireworks display at special times through the year. Get your fireworks 3-D glasses for the shows during summer, for Brick of Treat in October, and New Year’s celebrations.
Add to Your Collection
Of course, there are stores where you can purchase Lego merchandise, some not found anywhere else. Each park also allows patrons to bring in their own minifigures to trade for new ones with the land’s employees, or Model Citizens as they’re known as in Legoland.