Just a hop, skip and a jump from San Diego in beautiful Carlsbad, LEGOLAND California is a budding brick-builder's paradise. The whole park is themed around the colorful LEGO bricks, which you'll find oversized on rides, pieced together for fantastic photo ops and assembled in models throughout the park as well as the entire section of Miniland, which offers LEGOized reproductions of seven areas of the United States. That's 20 million LEGO bricks in that one section alone!
If you're always stepping on stray LEGOs around the house, then you already know this is a place you should go. But even if you're little ones aren'y yet hard-core LEGO devotees, they will still have a blast because everything in the park is geared for ages 2-12. The park is the ultimate little playground, but it can get very crowded, especially during the summer months. We've put together these LEGOLAND California tips so that you can make the most of your day in the park. Now, we are talking about making the most of your time, but be prepared for your kids to find at least one place in the park they love and don't want to leave like the Land of Adventure. Let them go at their own pace and enjoy the sights and attractions! You can come back a second day ;)
Here are top LEGOLAND California tips to make the most your time:
1. Buy your tickets in advance.
You will save money and time if you purchase your tickets in advance, since you can find great discounts and you won't have to stand in line at Will Call.
2. Pick the best times to visit.
LEGOLAND California is busiest during the summer time and the holidays. Basically, whenever the kids are out of school you can expect major crowds.
3. Stay onsite.
The LEGOLAND Hotel is just as well-themed as the park, and it's located right there inside the resort. It offers fantastically themed rooms (Adventure! Kingdom! Pirates!), plenty of hands-on LEGO activities and a zero-entry heated pool for year-round play. Plus, hotel guests get early admission into the park!
4. Measure up the little ones before you hit the park.
All of the rides in the park are geared toward tadpoles between 2 and 12 years old, but more than half of the attractions have height requirements of some kind. It helps to know in advance which rides your little one will be able to ride, and especially which ones they will be able to ride without a grownup. Also know that a handful of rides — Junior Driving School, Driving School, Cargo Ace and Lego Mindstorms — have age requirements.
5. Pack an extra set of clothes or have the kids wear their bathing suits.
Even if you aren't headed to the water park, there are a few splash and play areas. If you have little ones who love to play in the water, but don't like walking around soggy, you'll want something they can change into.
6. Bring your own water.
Coolers are not allowed, but guests can bring in their own water and any food or beverages required for specific dietary needs.
7. Go early!
The early bird gets the LEGO! The turnstiles open a half hour to an hour ahead of the park's opening depending on the season, with select rides open early. For the lowest crowds, arrive ahead of the park's opening and you'll be in in no time.
8. Head to the water park early.
You'll avoid the biggest lines to get into LEGOLAND California's Water Park if you arrive before 11 a.m. or after 3 p.m. The Water Park opens March 7 in time for Spring Break and runs through Sept. 7, 2015!
9. Ride Sky Cruiser first thing.
Aboard these pedal-powered cars, you can take in the sights of Fun Town from an elevated track. This is the park's most popular ride, so make it your first stop of the day or ride it right before closing.
10. Start in the back.
If you arrive early, start in the back of the park and work your way back to the front. Lines build early for Coastersaurus, Safari Trek and Fairy Tale Brook, but there is usually less of a wait in the afternoon.
11. Don't skip the aquarium!
LEGOLAND California is home to the Sea Life Aquarium, where you can see jellyfish, rays, sharks and octopus up close! There is a touch pool for little hands to reach out and touch sea stars and crabs, and feeding times are posted so you can watch and learn from the animal experts.
For your little ones, you can't go wrong with a visit to LEGOLAND California! We hope you've enjoyed our LEGOLAND California tips to help you make the most of your time at the park. Have a tip we didn't mention? Share it in comments below!