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Legoland California

The entrance to Legoland California.

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You know Legos. Most kids have a bucket of the snap-together blocks in their toy chests. Imagine a whole park constructed out of Legos and decked out in its primary colors.

The emphasis here is on the under-12 set. There are the requisite roller coasters (though they are quite tame), but many of the attractions are wildly inventive, hands-on, interactive, Lego-themed creations. One ride, the Knight's Tournament Robocoaster, can be surprisingly potent. It uses robotic arms to flip and toss riders around, but guests choose the level of intensity before they board. Coasters and robotic arms aside, the pace at Legoland is considerably slower than at Disney or Six Flags parks.

The Lego creations are quite intriguing. For example, Miniland features meticulous scale models of U.S. landmarks, like the Statue of Liberty, the White House, the Las Vegas Strip, and a New England harbor, crafted out of Lego blocks. In another area, a 15-foot tall Lego bust of Albert Einstein boasts over 1.1 million bricks alone. In all, over 5,000 Lego models adorn the park.

Many of the attractions are hands-on and quite a few are "kid-powered." Riders aboard the Kid Power Tower use a chain to hoist their vehicles up a 30-foot tower and then let go for an exhilarating free-fall. On the Sky Cruiser monorail, young guests pedal their cars around an elevated track.

Everything is kid-sized, and Legoland accommodates even the youngest children. Most attractions allow kids as young as three to ride solo, and some allow parents to take infants aboard. As many an exasperated parent can attest, public bathrooms can be a tricky proposition for families with youngsters. The park offers individual family restrooms. In some of the stalls, parents can even buckle their kids into a chair equipped with a seat belt next to the adult toilet.

Reinforcing its interactive emphasis, all of Legoland's themed areas include building projects that invite kids to pick up a pile of Lego or Duplo blocks and join in the fun. There are also mazes, shows, an Imagination Zone computer center, and a factory tour.

Location and Phone:

Carlsbad (near San Diego), CA

(760) 918-5346

Admission Info:

One- and two-day passes are available. Water park passes require admission to the theme park. There is an additional fee to enter the water park. Ticket packages that include admission to the theme park, water park, and the adjacent Sea Life aquarium are available. Children 2 and under are free. Season passes are available. The park is open year round but is closed on some mid-week days during the colder months.

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The Go Card Select Pass lets you choose the attractions you'd like to visit on your vacation and offers discounted rates. You put together your own package and only pay for the attractions you choose. Options include Legoland California, Knott's Berry Farm, Universal Studios Hollywood, Six Flags, Pacific Park at Santa Monica Pier, Wild Rivers Waterpark, and more. Must be used within 30 days after first admission. Buy direct from Go Card.

Hotel Info:

Compare rates for Legoland-area hotels at TripAdvisor.

The park opened an on-property Legoland Hotel in 2013.

Directions:

Located just off Interstate 5, about 30 minutes north of San Diego. Take I-5 to Cannon Road East in Carlsbad and follow the signs to the park.

Park Highlights:

  • Sky Cruiser kid-powered monorail
  • The Dragon and Technic junior roller coasters
  • Lots of hands-on interactive attractions.
  • Intricate Lego dioramas.
  • Driving School (It's never too soon to learn how to drive in California.)
  • The mild-to-wild Knight's Tournament Robocoaster.

More Park Info:

Legoland California Photo Gallery

Legoland California Water Park overview

Adjacent to the park, Legoland offers a separate-admission Sea Life aquarium.

Seasonal Events Info:

Brick-or-Treat After Dark Halloween event.

Holiday Block Party and Kids' New Year's Eve holidays events.

New at the Park:

New for 2014
Legends of Chima water park expansion
A new wave pool, build-your-own-boat attraction, and interactive water play area, all themed to Lego's Legends of Chima characters is planned.

New for 2013
New hotel
Guests will be able to stay on property when the Legoland Hotel opens in the summer.

LEGO Legends of Chima
A new 4D film will join the roster at the Lego Show Place theater.

More Star Wars
The popular Miniland exhibit will grow again.

New for 2012
Pirate Reef and expanded Star Wars Miniland
A 25-foot shoot-the-chute ride will get passengers wet, but keep the thrills to kid-sized levels. Also, the Lego-filled Star Wars land that debuted in 2011 will see even more figures in 2012.

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