Our family visited LEGOLAND Florida for the first time over spring break. And to be honest, my kids, who are are 7 and 10 years old, aren’t huge Lego fans. Not only that, but I feared they might be too old for the park.
So what did they think of LEGOLAND? AWESOME!
If you’re heading to LEGOLAND, here’s my advice based on our experience to make sure you have an equally awesome Florida experience:
- Let the kids pick the areas that interest them the most
We immediately headed for some rides the kids saw online. That helped us plan our day and not waste time wandering around. But don’t miss Miniland, where the kids can explore miniature replications of places like Las Vegas, Kennedy Space Center, New York City, California, and many more—containing more than 32 million Lego bricks.
- Get the water park ticket
The water park is inside LEGOLAND at the back of the park. Check the schedule online to make sure it is open when you are visiting. Bring bathing suits, towels, and get a locker to store your stuff while you relax on the lazy river and enjoy the water slides. You can even build Legos on the raft while on the lazy river – how cool!
- Bring your own food and drink
The park allows a small cooler, perhaps because the food is not as plentiful as in other parks we have visited. It helped to have snacks and water on hand.
- Pay for preferred parking
The day we visited, general parking was free, but preferred parking was offered for $20. We were so close to the park entrance, it made the end of the day (when we were worn out and sun drenched) much more manageable.
- Visit LEGOLAND Hotel even if you don’t stay there
We left the park at 6 p.m. and went to the car to drop off our bags. With the preferred parking, that was an easy thing to do!
Then, we went to the LEGOLAND Hotel to have dinner at the lobby restaurant, Skyline Lounge. This is the hidden gem of LEGOLAND. We sat at a table at the bar area where we could easily see the kids play in the huge Lego play area. There was even a room to the side playing the Lego movie, and Lego characters came out to take pictures with the kids.
My son hardly had time to come to the table to eat his cheeseburger. And when he did, he could play with the Legos at the table (actually in the table under the glass). Not only that, but talk about a great kids menu! My daughter loved the specialty kids drink – the S’mores. The food menu was small, seating is first come first serve, but everything we had was delicious.
I am sure we will visit LEGOLAND again!
We received complimentary park tickets to LEGOLAND for purposes of this review. As always, my opinions are my own.
Photos courtesy of Legoland Florida, www.legoland.com/florida