Whether you have small children or no children, LEGOLAND Florida, in Winter Haven, is an exceptional park that should not be missed. The easy-to-navigate 150-acre interactive theme park is has an awesome selection of attractions, rides, delicious food, and beautiful things to look at, plus character meet and greets. Here are 21 things to do at LEGOLAND Florida to get your visit started.
Keep in mind, LEGOLAND is built on the former site of Florida’s nostalgic and beloved Cypress Gardens theme park. The botanical gardens are still there, and the water park has been repurposed and reimagined to great levels.
LEGOLAND is about an hour from Disney or Orlando in Central Florida. You can find more fun things to do in Central Florida, like Safari Wilderness, in this post.
Admission to the park was comped by LEGOLAND. As always, opinions and reviews are 100% mine and unbiased.
1. Be Amazed at LEGOLAND’s Miniatures
The miniature LEGO creations in Miniland USA are amazing. See full street and hotel scenes from Las Vegas, Miami’s South Beach and Little Havana, Kennedy Space Center, Daytona International Speedway, and New York City, along with dozens more, in this spectacular visual treat. There are no details missed in these exhibits that even have sound, lights, and other special effects.
Fun fact: There are 32 million bricks making up the scenes in Mainland USA.
2. Play at the Kid’s Ford Play Land Area
Young children will be over-the-moon with happiness at the Ford Play Land area, where they can pretend to be mechanics and fix cars. They can also drive cars their size at the Ford Driving School and play in the big red schoolhouse. DUPLO® Valley, the area of LEGOLAND sponsored by DUPLO, has a fun barn, train, tractor, and Splash & Play with larger than life farm animals for small children.
DUPLO Valley is mostly for kids under five years old.
3. Kick it Old School at Historic Cypress Gardens Offerings
Prior to LEGOLAND, the iconic Cypress Gardens Florida theme park existed from 1936 to 2009 where the Botanical Gardens is now. Here, you will find a beautiful gazebo with the popular Cypress Gardens Southern bells in their colorful gowns (all created from LEGOS) and a gorgeous setting with plenty of plants, flowers, and trees.
4. Admire the Scenic Waterfall and Native Plants
LEGOLAND has a wonderful waterfall in a natural setting with native plants and trees. The setting features LEGO alligator and deer creations to make it cohesive with a true Florida setting. I live in Florida, so I can easily identify and appreciate the plants and trees that are native to the region.
For some people, it is a learning opportunity to see the many palms, camellias, live oaks, bramble berry, and azaleas, labeled clearly. Be sure to admire the Banyan tree that was planted as a seedling back in 1939.
5. Cool Off in a 4-D Theater
Adults, especially, will enjoy the colorful 12-minute movie in Fun Town 4-D Theater, an air-conditioned setting that allows for a nice break from the intense Florida. There are three shows all together so visit more than once.
Note: All inside play areas are air-conditioned. LEGO gets the struggles of beating the heat in Florida.
6. Witness LEGO Art Installments
Be on the lookout for LEGO creations as you wander through the park. Some of my favorites are the birdwatcher, artist, grandma, and kitty cat. It seems that every corner of LEGOLAND has something fascinating to see and photograph.
7. Partake in Fun Rides
My favorite LEGOLAND ride is Mia’s Riding Adventure. While it looks tame, it’s actually pretty exciting. Just pick your horse and saddle up for your disc coaster thrill ride. Riders must be 48″.
Safari Trek is another one of my favorites, filled with LEGO animals (elephants, leopards, monkeys, lions, etc) your kids are sure to love. The most thrilling attraction is Flying School, where you travel at a high speed, hanging under the track, for a series of drops, rolls, and twists.
8. Eat the Famous Caramel Apple Fries
LEGOLAND’s Granny’s Apple Fries are the most popular snack in the park. Thin stick-like apples are flash fried and dusted with powdered sugar, then served aside caramel topping. This is one delicious snack and a great way to get a serving of fruit in…Right?
9. Stay at a Beach-Themed Property
You can take your LEGOLAND trip one step further and stay there at one of their incredible properties. The bungalows at LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, adorable “small houses” are brightly colored and cute as can be, and run a little under $200 per night. The bungalows are cleverly arranged in a circle so that your children can play at the small playground in the middle while you relax on the patio.
Rooms have a king-sized bed, quality linens, mini-fridge, coffee pot, flat screen TV, whimsically painted murals, and a spacious bathroom. A small room off to the side has kid-sized bunk beds for separate sleeping quarters. Families with small children will appreciate the kid-sized commode seat (inside of the lid) and removable shower heads.
10. Take Fun Selfies
LEGOLAND character photo-ops bring you up close and personal with LEGO Batman and Robin, Laval the Prince, Master Wu, and Kai. You’ll also find Nya, Emmet, and Wyldstyle from The LEGO Movie around the park in Pirate’s Cove, LEGO NINJAGO World, THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD, and DUPLO Valley.
11. Grab Lunch or Dinner at LEGOLAND
The Burger Kitchen has tasty flame-broiled burgers and sandwiches piled high with meat and cheese, plus Coca-Cola fountain sodas. Dragon’s Den, serving craft beer, mini corn dogs, and turkey legs, Ninja Kitchen Food Truck (Bao buns and egg rolls), and Kick’n Chicken Co. are other popular options.
Grab snacks at Firehouse Ice Cream, Funnel Cake Factory, or Fun Town Slushies.
12. Take a Virtual Ride through the Universe
Similar to a cartoon version of Disney’s Soarin’ is LEGO® MOVIE™ Masters of Flight, a crowd favorite at LEGOLAND. Join Emmett’s three-level flying theatre “couch” takes passengers on a ride through THE LEGO® MOVIE™ attraction through the The LEGO® Movie universe, all constructed of LEGO bricks. My favorite part is the flying through space full of clouds and spaceships…and the cool aromas.
13. Watch a Water Ski Show
Cypress Gardens was famous for water ski shows, so LEGOLAND has kept the tradition alive and well with a water-ski show entitled “Pirates’ Cove Live Water Ski Show”. The current show is Brickbeard’s Watersport Stunt Show, which closes in the late fall/winter months for annual maintenance.
The family-style variety show features a thrilling chase to catch feisty pirates as they dance, sing, and coordinate water-skiing and acrobatics via boat along the lakefront. The cast is extremely talented and it’s a real joy to watch.
Note: Some of the audience may get soaked.
14. Shop for Exclusive Toys
The Big Shop is my favorite shopping emporium to pick up apparel, souvenirs, toy sets, and stocking-stuffers for the holidays. Heartlake Mall is a store built just for girls with jewelry, plush toys, LEGO specialty sets, and more. The Awesome Shop, LEGO Factory Experience, and LEGO Studio Store are also great choices for picking up fun finds.
15. Stroll around Ninjago World
NINJAGO, opened in 2019, is one of the most interesting areas at LEGOLAND. The displays are exotic and unique, while the family fun includes a state-of-the-art dark ride. Battle your friend and family members through fire, ice, and wind to see who scores the most points.
This ride encompasses 3D computer animation, 4D special effects (think strobe lights, fog, and heat), and exceptional technology. Other things to look for in this part of the park are Cole’s Rock Climb, Jay’s Lightning Drill, Zane’s Temple Build, and Kai’s Spinners, for kids ages 5 to 12.
16. Get Wet on the Water Rides
There are a few ways to get wet at LEGOLAND, which A) adds to the fun factor, and B) helps you beat the intense Florida heat. Our favorite is Battle of Bricksburg. This uber colorful ride has a water gun feature to battle the DUPLO alien invaders. You will get really wet on this one.
A second water ride option is AQUAZONE Wave Racers, where you stand up and ride through the course, shooting water blasts as you go. Riders must be 40″ and if under 52″, accompanied by a rider over 14 years old.
17. Feel Like A Kid Again at LEGOLAND
It doesn’t matter your age, the exhibits and nostalgia factor at LEGOLAND is enough to make anyone feel like a kid again. From admiring the works of art sculptures and displays to eating tasty treats, seeing world-class shows, and enjoying the stunning scenery, there isn’t much to not love at this Central Florida attraction.
When I visit with my 20+ year-old daughter, we truly have a fantastic time and there is never a dull moment.
18. Stay in the Pirate Hotel
Our favorite place to stay is only steps away from the LEGOLAND entrance at the Pirate Island Hotel. Nearly every inch of this cool lodging option is decorated in swashbuckling fun and the thrills of how kids see pirates. And again, you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the comfortable and smart accommodations, plus the long list of amenities.
Besides the bright and cheerful decor, my family thoroughly enjoyed the heated pool, in-room LEGO treasure hunts, and the educational and play options in the lobby.
19. Ride a Double Decker Carousel
The Grand Carousel is one of the most beautiful carousels I’ve ever seen, situated in the center of Fun Town. This double decker creation has LEGO-inspired horses to stay true to the park concept. It is a fun and whimsical ride that the whole family can enjoy.
20. Indulge in a Gourmet Buffet
During our stay at the Pirate Island Hotel, we had both a family-style breakfast, served at our table, and a three-course bbq dinner at Shipwreck Restaurant. The food is spectacular, and you don’t have to be a hotel guest to enjoy eating it. Take a break from the theme park and walk next door to enjoy a delightful, sit-down meal at an affordable price.
Fun Fact: A buffet breakfast is included with your hotel stay.
For breakfast, our platter held bacon, sausage, biscuits, pancakes, scrambled eggs, potatoes, and gravy. There was plenty more where that came from; the portions are endless. I loved how cute the serving presentation was, and the food was stellar.
At dinner, the three-course meal starts with honkin’ big rolls with honey butter and a mixed greens salad with apple slices, toasted almonds, and asiago cheese. What a surprise—we loved it all, especially the poppy seed dressing.
The Pirate Platter main course was a hearty portion of meats and shrimp, plus sides of rice, green beans, mashed potatoes, and Mac & cheese. Warm chocolate chip skillet cookie with ice cream was for dessert, also included in the buffet price.
LEGOLAND does offer plant based meals.
21. Attend a Holiday Event at LEGOLAND
Celebrate the holidays with Holidays at LEGOLAND Presented by Hallmark Channel. This festive park celebration features seasonal shows, special treats, impressive light displays, and a 30-foot LEGO tree. You can get photos of the LEGO Santa and Toy Soldier, too. The event runs after Thanksgiving through the end of the year.
Brick-or-Treat is the fun and bewitching Halloween celebration that runs from the last week of September through October. Fun fact—there is candy involved and never-before-seen LEGOLAND characters.
Things to Do at LEGOLAND: Know Before You Go
Tickets to LEGOLAND can be purchased for one or two days and include all three theme parks: LEGOLAND, Peppa Pig Theme Park, and LEGOLAND Water Park. One day tickets run around $84.99 if you purchase online and around $15 more if bought at the front gate. Make it a two-day ticket for around $25 more.
Standard parking is $25 and preferred is $40. Campers or RVs will run you $32.
A great savings is to purchase an annual (12-month) pass, which includes the special events and free parking. To save time, you can add the FasTrack 3-Pack option to skip the lines on 3 coasters, or all lines during your entire visit by buying the FasTrack Unlimited.
LEGOLAND has unlimited digital photos for purchase, and stroller, wheelchair, and ECV rentals.
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