My 5 1/2 year old son loves Legos. Virtually every table in our home is covered with Legos – the dining room table, the table in the playroom and the coffee table in the living room – you name it. We are left with the small table in the kitchen for all of our meals and are forced to get very creative whenever we have guests over to eat.

Right before school started I treated my son to a trip down to LEGOLAND California Resort in Carlsbad, which is just north of San Diego. It turned out to be a perfect 2 day adventure that he absolutely loved. I can’t recommend it enough.


We stayed at the Grand Pacific Palisades Hotel & Resort that is literally right around the corner from LEGOLAND. Overall the hotel was great – the rooms were very clean and the beds were comfortable. I do have a few little tips and things to share. As you can see by the photo above – we carried our own luggage up on the luggage cart. My son thought it was so cool, but I wish we had valet parked so someone else could have dealt with our over-packing…I liked the fact that the hotel had a free shuttle over to the park that was relatively easy to catch. On our first day the driver gave us the wrong phone number to call for our return trip. That was a bit unpleasant after 9 hours at the park, but we got back to the hotel eventually. The second day things went more smoothly with the shuttle. As far as food goes you have to walk over to the restaurant across the parking lot to eat – it is not right in the hotel. I wished they had had a coffee shop or lobby bar right in the hotel so I could have more easily picked up a latte in the morning or a glass of wine after my long long day at the park. The restaurant was a little on the loud side so the 2nd night we ordered dinner to our room. My son loved his mac ‘n cheese and I had a great grilled shrimp salad.


If you were to ask my son, the highlight of the hotel was definitely the kids pool and water play area. After a long drive to get down to Carlsbad he was thrilled to throw on his bathing suit and head to the fun. In addition to the slide and water attractions they had a huge pool that was just 3-4 feet deep. All of the kids were splashing and playing together and there were plenty of chairs for the parents. One piece of advice – be sure to ask for pool towels at the concierge or front desk before you head over – just to be sure you get some.


LEGOLAND was made for my son. I bought the two day pass and am really glad I did. We were at the park for 9 hours the first day and 5+ hours the second day. Going during the week was wonderful because the lines were very manageable. At some of the more popular rides, they brilliantly have tables of Legos strategically placed so kids can build and create while parents hold their place in line.  The Lego play area is all gated and you can always see your kids while you are in line.

One thing I especially liked about LEGOLAND California was the variety of activities and entertainment for my son. He got to drive a car (four times in fact), ride a pirate ship, watch a 3D movie, dig for dinosaur bones, splash in the water, play miniature golf and build and race Lego cars with other kids. I was surprised by how much he loved just playing with the Legos – in some instances more than being on the rides themselves.


My number one tip is to bring a stroller – even if you don’t have a baby. I was happy not to have to lug my bag around. It also helps in case you bring a change of clothes or food. (We were soaked after the pirate ship ride and I would have done anything to get out of my wet pants.) I love the fact that they let you bring in your own food and beverages too. I was happy to have a few snacks I could just grab from my bag. They also have some of the best amusement park food. Right near the entrance there was a little store where you could get turkey sandwiches, string cheese, yogurt, fruit, granola bars, gluten free cereal, and that much needed morning latte. You weren’t stuck with 5 pound chicken legs, blue cotton candy and 80 ounce soda cups like you are at some parks. I even spotted a room for nursing mothers and a vending machine with diapers and other mommy essentials. So smart!


And yes – I would recommend a little visit to the LEGOLAND Water Park. Pictured above is an area where kids can create their own Lego rafts and float around a little river. As you can see it was great fun for my son. I was lucky that I never had to put my bathing suit on and actually join him in the water at the water park – I just wanted to stay dry (and yes I can’t help but wonder what hundreds of children are doing in the water now that they are newly inspired by Ryan Lochte’s admissions) and I was still able to keep a close eye on my son.

So yes – I would highly recommend a trip to LEGOLAND California to anyone. To be completely honest, I would say my son actually enjoyed it more than Disneyland. If you have any questions at all about visiting the park, please don’t hesitate to send me an email. I am sure your kids will love it just as much as mine.


2 Responses to “LEGOLAND”

  1. R says:

    Are you really allowed to bring in your own food and beverages to Legoland? Their site says they don’t allow outside food to be brought in. Would love it if it’s actually otherwise. Please advise. Thanks!

  2. alisalewis says:

    We brought our own food (mainly snacks) and bottled waters in without any problems. They do not have any sort of bag check when you enter like they do at some amusement parks. I am sure they would prefer that you purchase their food but nobody seemed to care when I walked in carrying a drink. I don’t recall seeing any signs posted noting that outside food was prohibited. I hope you have a great visit!

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