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LEGOLAND California Resort

  • 1 Legoland Dr. Map It
  • Carlsbad
  • Amusement Park/Water Park
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

The centerpiece of a development that includes resort hotels, a designer discount shopping mall, an aquarium, and a water park, LEGOLAND has rides and diversions geared to kids ages 2 to 12. Fans of Star Wars, and building Legos in general, should head straight to Star Wars Miniland, where you can follow the exploits of Yoda, Princess Leia, Obi-Wan, Anakin, R2, Luke, and the denizens of the Star Wars films. There's also Miniland U.S.A., which features a miniature, animated, interactive collection of U.S. icons that were constructed out of 34 million LEGO bricks! LEGO Heartlake City, features LEGO Friends and Elves, and you can test your ninja skills in LEGO NINJAGO WORLD.

If you're looking for rides, NINJAGO The Ride uses hand gesture technology to throw fireballs, shock waves, ice, and lightning to defeat villains in this interactive 4-D experience. Journey through ancient Egyptian ruins in a desert roadster, scoring points as you hit targets with a laser

blaster at Lost Kingdom Adventure. Or, jump on the Dragon Coaster, an indoor/outdoor steel roller coaster that goes through a castle. Don't let the name frighten you—the motif is more humorous than scary. Kids ages 6 to 13 can stop by the Driving School to drive speed-controlled cars (not on rails) on a miniature road; driver's licenses are awarded after the course. Junior Driving School is the pint-size version for kids 3 to 5.

Bring bathing suits—there are lockers at the entrance and at Pirate Shores—if you plan to go to Soak-N-Sail, which has 60 interactive features, including a pirate shipwreck–theme area. You'll also need your swimsuit for LEGOLAND Water Park, where an additional $30 gives you access to slides, rides, rafts, and the CHIMA Water Park, as well as Surfer’s Bay with competitive water raceways and a “spray ground” with water jets.

Be sure to try Granny's Apple Fries, Castle Burgers, and Pizza Mania for pizzas and salads. The Market near the entrance has excellent coffee, fresh fruit, and yogurt. The LEGOLAND Hotel is worth a visit even if you're not staying overnight. There are activities and a LEGO pit in the lobby that will entertain kids while parents recover with a cocktail. The best value is one of the Hopper Tickets that give you one admission to LEGOLAND plus Sea Life Aquarium and/or the LEGOLAND Water Park for $119. These can be used on the same day or on different days. Purchase tickets online for discounted pricing. Go midweek to avoid the crowds.

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Sight Information


1 Legoland Dr., Carlsbad, California, 92008, USA

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Sight Details:

  • LEGOLAND $95 adults, $89 children; parking $15; water park additional $30; hopper ticket $119
  • Closed Tues. and Wed. Sept.–Feb.

Published 07/06/2016


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