Unleash your imagination at Legoland California, a theme park built entirely out of colorful plastic Lego building blocks. With more than 60 rides, shows, and attractions, this 128-acre (52-hectare) theme park offers fun for the whole family. Modeled after the original Legoland in Denmark, it’s the first of its kind in the US.
Legoland has10 sections: The Beginning, Lego Ninjago World, Imagination Zone, Land of Adventure, Castle Hill, Pirate Shores, Miniland USA, Fun Town, Lego Friends Heartlake City, and Explorer Island. At Miniland USA, city landmarks have been spectacularly recreated entirely out of Lego bricks. At Explorer Island, a mini steel Coastersaurus curves and dips around life-sized Lego dinosaurs. At Fun Town, young kids can build with soft play bricks, and Pirate Shores is a pirate-themed area with rides and attractions for kids of all ages.
Visitors can buy single-day, multi-day, or park hopper tickets that include entry to nearby Sea Life Aquarium and Legoland Water Park. Travelers wanting to avoid the stress of traffic and parking at Legoland can opt for an admission package that includes transportation from San Diego, Los Angeles, or Anaheim. Entry is also included in a discounted multi-attraction pass.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Legoland is a must-do for families with kids, especially 12 years and younger.
- Expect to spend a full day exploring the theme park.
- Legoland is wheelchair accessible and offers stroller rentals and parking.
- Outside food and drinks are not permitted, but there are plenty of shops and dining options inside.
How to Get There
Legoland is located in Carlsbad, about 45 minutes northwest of San Diego. Most visitors book transportation ahead of time or take public transport—route 101, 444, or 445 buses and Coaster commuter train from Downtown San Diego stop near Legoland California. If you’re driving, take Interstate 5 to the Legoland/Cannon Road exit.
When to Get There
Legoland is open daily, except for select Tuesdays and Wednesdays from September through February. There really isn’t a bad time to visit, but it is busiest in summer; other times of the year are less crowded. If you want to avoid the long lines, plan to arrive before noon and start at the back of the park.
Make the most of your visit and opt for a park hopper pass. It includes admission to Legoland, Sea Life Aquarium to explore the depths of the ocean without getting wet, and Legoland Water Park to cool off with a splash. You’ll need at least two days to see them all.