Courtesy of LEGOLANDBeach across the streetIncredible SunsetsRanunculus flowersmini Big Sursunset from Sea Breeze Condos

Families will love:

  • Perfect for preschoolers and 'tweens
  • Water park within the theme park
  • Proximity to additional San Diego family attractions

How many bricks does it take to build a world-class attraction? If we're talking LEGOLAND California, many a young child's favorite place on the planet: Over 57 million LEGO bricks is what it took to create the park's 22,000-plus LEGO models.

But the awe-inspiring LEGO creations are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the FUN at this Southern California park, ... more
How many bricks does it take to build a world-class attraction? If we're talking LEGOLAND California, many a young child's favorite place on the planet: Over 57 million LEGO bricks is what it took to create the park's 22,000-plus LEGO models.

But the awe-inspiring LEGO creations are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the FUN at this Southern California park, which, in a region full of manufactured attractions (we won't say the D-word), holds its own as a fantastic destination with unique entertainment for the youngins.

The 128-acre resort was the third LEGOLAND to open over a decade ago, and it was the first in the U.S. (now there's also one in Florida). The park offers over 60 rides, shows and attractions, and comes with an aquarium and water park (opened in 2010).

It's designed for kids ages 2 to 12, but does it appeal to all in that age range? The most rides are accessible to kids 4 years and over, and if your child is on the petite side, you may be out of luck on some rides. Most rides have at least a 34"-minimum height requirement, and some rides, like the few coasters, have at least a 40"-minimum requirement. For kids under 34", there isn't much in the way of rides (though water rides Fairy Tale Brook and the Coast Cruise are good options), but you may find that the play areas (like DUPLO Playtown), shows, aquarium and water areas are enough stimulation. The "What to Do When You're Two!" leaflet available at the park and online is a good starting place for planning.

As for 'tweens, some may roll their eyes at the "kiddie" rides. But they will likely find enough fun to keep them busy. The thrilling Technic, super-fun Dragon and the customizable Knight's Tournament are popular with this age group. And families with a mixed-age group of kids can't go wrong with including the Water Park in their visit -- when older kids bore of rides, they can hit the slides.

Every comprehensive review about LEGOLAND will tell you that, upon entering, you should head to the rear of the park and work your way forward, rather than tackling the first rides you see. And rightly so. This tactic works and will save you time.

Also read LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND Kansas City.

Written by Susan Derby less

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