We've been huge fans of LEGOLAND Florida since its opening in 2011 and have visited tons in between our Orlando trips to Disney and Universal. Fun fact: This was my favorite park ever back when I was Lily's age! This toadally immersive park really makes you feel like you've shrunk down to the size of a Minifigure as you explore the many lands around you.
It's hard to know what to expect when heading to LEGOLAND Florida for the first time, so I'm here to give you the deets on every aspect of the park so you can have a successful visit and love livin' the LEGO life as much as I do.
Overview of LEGOLAND Florida
LEGOLAND Florida is exactly what it sounds like yet so much more! A place dedicated to everybody's favorite brick, LEGOLAND Florida brings the world of LEGO to life like you could never imagine. You truly feel like you're walking through lands of actual LEGO creations with your favorite worlds brought to life in a 150-acre interactive theme park full of unique attractions, experiences, dining, shopping and so much more.
The most important thing to note about LEGOLAND Florida is that it is designed for tadpoles up to age 12. What does this mean? Rides are geared toward the thrill level and interest of little ones, rather than adults. We wouldn't recommend LEGOLAND for adults without kiddos unless you're a huge LEGO fan.
LEGOLAND Florida is on the property of what used to be Cypress Gardens, and there is still an area dedicated to the former park. This is actually Mommy Frog's favorite place! Explore lush landscapes with huge trees, cool plants and a gorgeous gazebo for a quick getaway, or the perfect picnic location.
LEGOLAND Florida is divided into multiple lands inspired by different LEGO product lines and destinations: The Beginning, Fun Town, Miniland, Duplo Valley, LEGO Kingdoms, Land of Adventure, LEGO City, Imagination Zone, LEGO Technic, Pirates' Cove, Cypress Gardens, Heartlake City and LEGO Ninjago World.
LEGOLAND Florida Location, Parking and Hours
The thing that surprises most people about LEGOLAND Florida is that it's not quite in the heart of theme park Orlando with Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort. Located at One LEGOLAND Way, Winter Haven FL, 33884, LEGOLAND Florida is approximately 45 minutes from both Tampa and Orlando.
On-site parking is of course available and opens approximately 45 minutes ahead of park opening for those wishing to arrive bright and early!
- Standard Parking: $17
- Preferred Parking: $27
- Campers/RVs: $18
- Motorcycles: $10
LEGOLAND Florida is open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on most days, staying open slightly later on the weekends or during busy seasons such as the summer. Note that during select off-season times, the park is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Be sure to check park hours before your visit to make the most of your time!
Ticket Options for LEGOLAND Florida
Surprise! Did you know your favorite frogs sell discount tickets to LEGOLAND Florida as well? We have awesome discounted pricing on tickets for every squad. Whether you're looking for one or two days, with or without a waterpark visit, we have great deals for your dream visit. The green you save can be, let's say, "repurposed" for souvenir LEGO sets ;)
LEGOLAND Florida Attractions and Entertainment
What the Frog Family looks forward to most as a whole is visiting Miniland. We could honestly spend a day just staring at all of the details of real-life locations in LEGO form. From California to New York and everywhere in between, your favorite cities and tourist spots are displayed in all of their LEGO glory with tons of interactive elements.
LEGOLAND Florida has a HUGE variety in rides and experiences, and the good news is that nothing is too thrilling (or "scary," in Lily's words), so there's a ton to experience. Some of the highlights include virtual reality coaster The Great LEGO Race, interactive NINJAGO The Ride and family faves Coastersaurus and Kid Power Towers. There are even classics like The Grand Carousel, the DUPLO Train and Driving, Flying and Boating Schools. (You can check out the height requirements for all of these rides here.)
Everything is awesome, indeed! LEGOLAND Florida is bringing THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD to its park in spring of 2019.
Rides and displays aren't the only fun to experience at LEGOLAND Florida! The Brick Builders Live Show is a circus of audience interaction as performers show off their LEGO-themed tricks, and the Pirates' Cove Live Water Ski Show showcases your favorite yellow brick men showcasing their tricks on the water. Be sure to stop by the Wells Fargo 4D Theater for a movie experience like no other ... and a break in the air conditioning!
LEGOLAND Florida Restaurants
LEGOLAND Florida does not disappoint in the food category. We LOVE the fun theming, atmosphere and selection, like at Firehouse Ice Cream in LEGO City. There's truly something for everyone, whether you're in the mood for burgers, fried chicken or paninis. Dad's favorite is Pepper & Roni's Pizza Stop, because he says it looks just like the one they had in an old LEGO computer game he used to play. I've gotta admit, that's pretty cool.
With one exception, all of the dining options at LEGOLAND Florida are quick service, which means you don't need to make a reservation or spend too much for yummy food! The only outlier is Fun Town Pizza & Pasta Buffet. A BUFFET? IN LEGOLAND? Sounds too good to be true, but we promise it lives up to the hype. This is a can't-miss for us when we visit ... you know we're all suckers for Italian.
Another dining highlight is Granny's Apple Fries, a LEGOLAND original! You KNOW if a restaurant only sells one thing, it must be pretty amazing. Cinnamon sugar coats warm Granny Smith apple fries with whipped cream and caramel dipping sauce. Of course, our favorite variation is a la mode — we frogs are strong believers in ice cream being included wherever possible!
Shopping at LEGOLAND Florida
Normally, Mommy Frog is the shopper of the Frog Family, but I'm guilty of spending way more allowance money than I should when I get inside the souvenir shops at LEGOLAND Florida. It's everything you'd imagine it to be and more! There are tons of super cool places to shop, but here are my favorite highlights.
The Big Shop
Located conveniently near the entrance of LEGOLAND, The Big Shop has all things LEGO you can imagine. This is your top destination for more standard theme park souvenirs like magnets, keychains, clothes and accessories — like Lily and I's backpacks in the shape of a LEGO brick. You can also find tons of LEGO sets here, of course.
The LEGO Factory Experience
Let your imagination run wild here! This shop is like a candy shop for LEGOs, with a whole wall containing bulk quantities of specific bricks. There's no better place for supplies to build a creation of your own.
The LEGO Studio Store
This is my number one place to shop at LEGOLAND Florida, because I can check out the latest and greatest building sets ... aka my next challenge! There are tons of options for every skill level and budget.
LEGOLAND Florida Waterpark
That's right, the fun doesn't stop at the main park alone! LEGOLAND also has a splashin' waterpark chock full of mild water rides for all ages. Aside from the awesomely themed but fairly standard slides and wave pool, the highlights are Build-a-Boat (where you can test out your own LEGO boat on the water) and the Joker Soaker interactive play area.
LEGOLAND Florida Resort Hotel
LEGOLAND Hotel (otherwise known as The 5-Gazillion Star Hotel) is LEGOLAND Florida's on-site, super-immersive hotel. The five-story, 152-room hotel has over 2,000 LEGO models throughout and even hosts nightly LEGO-building competitions. The pool filled with floating LEGO bricks is one of my favorite parts, and Lily loves the Castle Play Area. Mommy Frog and Dad of course love the full buffet breakfast.
Tips for LEGOLAND Florida
- Use your map! The first time we visited LEGOLAND, we would've missed a huge chunk of the park if we didn't have our maps handy to guide us through the many lands. And don't be afraid to ask for directions.
- Keep your parking receipt so you don't pay for parking twice! With your receipt, re-entry is available on the same day of visit.
- Plan a budget ahead of time and plan on picking up your desired merchandise on the way out so you don't have to carry it around all day. This is extra important at LEGOLAND since it's basically a giant toy store, and way too tempting for tadpoles like me!
- Bring or buy a Minifigure to trade! Like pin-trading at Disney World, LEGOLAND model citizens (AKA employees) will trade Minifigures with guests. This is a fun way to stay busy and take home a fun and cost-friendly souvenir.
- Let the kids take charge! Sure, it's easy for me to give this advice ... but I promise, it's a great tip! Compared to other Orlando theme parks, LEGOLAND is way less overwhelming and doesn't require nearly as much planning. Let the kiddos freestyle and follow their lead.
Are you ready to hop on over to LEGOLAND Florida? Hop on over to get your discounted tickets, and tell us your favorite part of visiting LEGOLAND Florida in the comments.