Legoland Carlsbad is a major draw to the area for families with small children and lego lovers of all ages.
This fun theme park in San Diego County is geared towards ages 2 to 12, but parents will enjoy the healthy food cafe and the relatively relaxed ambiance compared to most theme parks.
Then there's the fascinating Lego minitown, with models of real places like New York, Washington D.C. and San Francisco.
Besides rides, there are 4D shows that kids love.
To the left of the entrance to Legoland California Resort is the Sea Life Aquarium which has exhibits related to the ocean and marine environments. A 35 foot see-through tunnel give you a walk through experience through the water. The aquarium has a separate admission that is not included with the Legoland ticket unless you buy a park hopper ticket.
Here's a video of the Robot Arm Ride. Warning: don't watch on a full stomach!
If the weather is warm, make sure to pack a suit and towel for your kids, because there are sections for extremely fun waterplay. In fact, this has been so popular, that now there is the Legoland Water Park to take it to the next level of exhilarating water fun.
Some hotels offer Legoland packages and even shuttle buses to the park so you can save money on the parking fee. If you stay at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa, you can utilize their own entrance to the park. In addition, the Legoland Hotel is inside the park and has special lego themes. Kid's entertainment is provided in the evenings and I hear the elevator has a very special feature. Parking is included.
Tip: You may be able to find a discount ticket by searching online for the most recent discounts. In the past, Supercuts, Dairy Queen, Costco and Burger King have offered discount tickets (but not always). Also, these discounts might be more readily available in the Carlsbad area. If your child subscribes to the Lego Club Magazine, occasionally there will be a free child's ticket in there. Good luck!
Certain times of the year, the park is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so it's a good idea to check before you book your hotel.
To get to Legoland, exit Interstate 5 in Carlsbad at Canon Road and go east. The address is One Legoland Drive.
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