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Legoland is located at 1 Legoland Drive in Carlsbad and is not far from the 5 freeway. The park is specifically geared toward kids ages 2-12.
The admission prices are as follows: Adults, ages 13-59 are $65.
Seniors, 60 and over and children ages 3-12 are $55. This summer Legoland offered a discount through AAA where one membership would get you $10 off the admission price for up to 6 people. A two day pass for an adult is $80 and for children it is $68.
Here are the hours of the park:
When we went which was in August, the park was open from 10-8. However, please be sure to check the website because the hours vary, and in the non-summer months, Legoland is closed many Tuesday and Wednesdays.
Parking was $12.
We left LA at 7:30 and got to Legoland right when it opened at 10 am. After loading our kids into our wagon we started up toward the ticket booths. I noticed right away that even though we were near the ocean, I felt very little in the way of a breeze and it was between 90 and 95 degrees that day. Almost right away, our kids demanded to get out of the wagon but I saw many children in strollers around the park. If you wish to rent a stroller, it costs between $7-13, depending on the stroller you choose.
We had gone on the Legoland website prior to the visit so we knew some of what to expect. Legoland is a beautifully master planned park with lots to see and do, and it's built in one large circle. Their website is wonderful and I suggest you all check it out. They have grouped all of the rides by height requirements and there is even a section called What to do if You're two, which I read through thoroughly. The first ting we did was to take a boat cruise through a storybook land made of lego characters. With two toddlers, you kind of have to do what has the shortest line! In any case, they liked it and the wait was short. After that, we visited the bathroom which by the way was very well maintained and all of the bathrooms at the park were easy to locate which is of great benefit to parents, especially ones with klids who are being potty trained like ours!
Next, we went to a playground area called Explore Village. I am so happy that they have a playground here and I wish Disneyland had the same thing. What Disneyland claims is a playground in Toontown does not compare. Even though it was crowded that day, the area is quite large with a lot for the kids to do. My kids went on different structures, played with the Duplo sized legos, checked out the fire station and police station and loved looking around and seeing what was there. We took a look at the train for kids in the playtown but didn't feel like waiting in line in the sun.
After a while we were eager to take a break and get some lunch. The food at the park is what you'd expect, expensive. Near the playtown is a pizza and pasta place. The pizzas for adults were pretty small and about $9.50 or so. The kids meals were slightly cheaper and included a drink but no refills. They did offer salads and fresh fruit. While expensive, I was still happy to see it being offered. We settled down with our pizza and cold drinks and geared up for water play.
There are two areas to experience water play with two-year-olds and there are a couple of more areas there for older kids. We really loved the larger water play area because they had infant/bucket type swings and our kids had a blast getting wet while swinging. There are a multitude of fountains in a big spread out area and it's a great way to cool off for the adults too. Older kids were having fun on a big rope and climbing structure that was in the back of one of the water areas.
Another area we liked a lot was Miniland. It's here that you'll see replicas of the major landmarks from major cities all done in Legos, such as the golden gate bridge and the statue of liberty. We also took another boat cruise which goes through parts of Miniland. On our way out of the park we made sure to see the Pirate themed area which had restaurants and more rides for older kids.
Besides the rides, play areas and restaurants, I want to tell you about a few other attractions at Legoland:
There are several other smaller rides including one where you race with your family on fire trucks, a teacups like ride, other rides where you go up and down on a helicopter and biplanes, yet another boat cruise ride, and a very interesting ride called royal joust where you gallop on a make believe horse around a track.
While the park is primarily geared for children, they had one attraction that is not for the faint of heart. It is called knight tournament. A huge robotic claw like device ride that literally hangs you upside down while you get dipped with water. i could see how most teenagers would even be afraid to go on this one.
For the true lego fan, there are also some unique things to do in the park. For one, the gift shop is a lego lovers dream. They have legos for the youngest kids all the way to the serious master brick builder.
Also throughout the park there are displays, demos, and places to go hands-on with legos.
While there is no pressure to buy anything one of the lego building rooms, they had allowed you to make a design, and then if you want you could literally get it weighed and simply buy it.
All in all, this park was fantastic and we can't wait to go back. The master planned layout is a real winner because when you are going in a loop, you never feel like you have to go far to see any one thing. The food was pricey but we didn't have to wait in a long line and seating wasn't a problem. There was plenty to do for 2 year olds and at this age they appreciate every lego-created animal and cactus plant that they saw. It is very pricey but I just loved how there were areas for the kids to play and run around in and get wet and we didn't spend the whole day waiting in line for rides.