LEGOLAND, California Family Vacations

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

LEGOLAND, California Family Vacations Overview

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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).

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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.

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mifami

03/26/2013

Best Vacation Ever!!!

I took my grandchildren on a quick get-a-way during Spring break. Our destination was LEGOLAND in Carlsbad, CA. We drove from Los Angeles, and our first stop was San Juan Capistrano, which is a beautiful little town, most famous for the San Juan Capistrano Mission. We had lunch at Ramos Caf&A ... I took my grandchildren on a quick get-a-way during Spring break. Our destination was LEGOLAND in Carlsbad, CA. We drove from Los Angeles, and our first stop was San Juan Capistrano, which is a beautiful little town, most famous for the San Juan Capistrano Mission. We had lunch at Ramos Café on a street called Los Rios. It is a must visit if you ever go thru San Juan Capistrano. Filled with houses that were built in the late 1800's and now offer, restaurants, Tea Houses, gift shops, antique store, absolutely darling. We then got on the road again and headed to Carlsbad. Arrived at the Grand Palace Hilton resort and were pleasantly surprised at the one bedroom room we booked. Beautifully appointed, plenty of room, all appliances and two TV's; one in the bedroom and one in the living room. This hotel has patio's off each room, which makes it a treat to sit out and drink my morning coffee. The hotel has a large children's pool, that was filled with many on Spring break! Great staff, and a lot of fun events scheduled all week. The absolute best - LEGOLAND is directly across the street so no need to park and no need to pay the $20 parking fee. We spent the whole day at LEGOLAND, our favorite theme park. The kids and I agreed - this was the best vacation ever!! Read More Read Less

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