It’s hard to say who enjoys LEGOLAND California more: the little ones running around in a magical world created by 60 million LEGO plastic bricks, or their parents who get a kick out of it too. This theme park in Carlsbad, on the north side of San Diego County, first opened in 1999. The park has roller coasters, shows, and attractions, many based on LEGO incarnations from The LEGO Movie, LEGO Friends, Ninjago, LEGO City, and LEGO Duplo. It’s conveniently located within an hour or two of a variety of theme parks and attractions in Southern California—but it’s also just few minutes’ drive to a state beach.
Visitors with a need for speed are in for a thrill at the LEGO Ferrari Build & Race attraction, where they can sit inside a life-size Ferrari F40 made with 350,000 of the tiny plastic bricks. Next, it’s time to get interactive at the Build and Test area, where they can assemble and fine-tune their own mini LEGO Ferrari, which can be tested on big ramps. Then it’s time to scan your car and enter it, virtually, onto the racetrack to compete with other participants’ creations. Once rubber hits the road, work the controls of the track-side racing kiosk to accelerate and pass the competition while going for the fastest lap.
While the focus here leans toward making little ones smile, there’s plenty to entertain bigger kids and grownups too: the park has more than 60 rides, shows, and attractions—including three roller coasters, live shows by the LEGO Friends, and entertainment and meet-and-greets related to various LEGO incarnations, from Ninjago to The LEGO Movie and LEGO Batman. Walk through Miniland USA for a visual and structural jaw-dropper: expansive miniaturized LEGO recreations of Washington D.C., New York City, and San Francisco, among other cities, as well as Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium. With onsite and nearby hotels, the LEGOLAND Water Park with family slides, a wave pool and a build-a-raft lazy river, and adjacent SEA LIFE Aquarium, home to more than 5,000 sea creatures, LEGOLAND California is fun for the entire family.
Upgrade your regular theme park ticket for less wait times, or bundle your park ticket with passes to the aquarium at a discounted rate. Another way to spend less time in lines is to opt for the VIP Experience pass, which includes a personal host to escort you around the park, priority access to all rides, shows and attractions, a behind-the-scenes model shop tour, and more.
LEGOLAND California Address
One LEGOLAND Drive
Carlsbad, CA 90028