Admission to the park was comped by LEGOLAND. As always, opinions and reviews are 100% mine and unbiased.
Whether you have small children or no children, LEGOLAND Florida is an exceptional park that should not be missed. The easy-to-navigate park is has an awesome selection of attractions, rides, delicious food, and beautiful things to look at, plus character meet and greets. Here are 16 things to do at LEGOLAND Florida to get your visit started.
#1 Be Amazed at the Minis
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.
#2 Explore the Kid’s 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.
#3 Kick it Old School
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.
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#5 Cool Off Indoors
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 Check Our the 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 Delight in the 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. 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 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 in a Cool, Themed Property
You can take your LEGOLAND trip one step further and stay there at one of their incredible properties. My preference is the bungalows at LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, adorable “small houses” are brightly colored and cute as can be. The bungalows are cleverly arranged in a circle so that your children can play at the 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 Dine at LEGOLAND
The Panini Grill has tasty sandwiches piled high with meat and cheese plus Coca-Cola fountain sodas, my favorite. There are a few other places to eat at LEGOLAND, such as Dino’s Treats, Funnel Factory, Kick ‘n Chicken Co., and LEGO City Burger Kitchen to name a few.
#12 Step Into A Galaxy Far, Far Away
Miniland USA has a separate LEGO Star Wars addition with the most famous scenes from the six live-action movie saga. You will also see some smaller memorable movie moment exhibits, as well as life-size models of Chewbacca, R2-D2, Darth Vader, and Darth Maul. It is jaw-dropping!
Note: Unfortunately, this exhibit will be leaving January 6, 2020, but it was so cute that I wanted to include it for those die-hard Star Wars fans.
#13 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.
#14 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”. This 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. It has a talented cast of young participants.
Note: Some of the audience may get soaked.
#15 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.
#16 Ride a Double Decker
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.
LEGOLAND: A Do-Not-Miss Florida Attraction
LEGOLAND is a force to be reckoned with. The dazzling displays and countless hours of work that goes into the creations will astound you, while the park features will delight. If you are visiting Florida, keep LEGOLAND in Winter Haven in mind for a great day of entertainment.
Celebrate the holidays with Holidays at LEGOLAND Presented by Hallmark Channel. This festive park celebration features seasonal shows, treats, impressive light displays, and a 30-foot LEGO tree. You can get photos of the LEGO Santa and Toy Soldier, too.
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