Imagine a theme park where everything is made of Legos. If your child is a Lego enthusiast (or if you are), it doesn't get much better than California's Legoland. Located in southern California between San Diego and Los Angeles, Legoland features more than 20 rides, including three roller coasters and seven water features.
About Legoland California
The 128-acre Legoland California theme park is divided into nine themed sections. These include the dinosaur-themed Dino Island; Miniland USA, where prominent landmarks in cities like Las Vegas and New York City are recreated using Legos; Fun Town, a role-playing area for kids and adults alike; Duplo, designed for the park's youngest visitors; and Pirate Shores, where everyone is a pirate — at least for a day.
Highlights of Legoland California include the 1:20 scale models in Miniland USA of landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Lincoln Memorial; the Dragon, a dark, indoor roller coaster; the Volvo junior driving school; and the park's miniature golf course.
In addition to the regular rides and attractions, Legoland California hosts a number of special events throughout the year, such as "Red, White and Boom" over the 4th of July and a winter holiday extravaganza.
Visiting Legoland California
Legoland California is easily accessible from I-5. The park is about 45 minutes north of downtown San Diego and about 90 minutes south of downtown Los Angeles. Legoland is open year round and hours vary by season. Admission (2014 prices) is $85 for adults and $75 for children ages 3-12. Children under age 3 are admitted free. Discounts are offered for online ticket purchases, multiday admissions, AAA members, groups of 15 or more, and military personnel and their dependents.
In addition to the theme park, there is an adjacent Legoland water park with more than a dozen water rides and features, as well as the 250-room Legoland Hotel, located within walking distance of the park's front gate.