My daughter Peyton (in her 20’s) and I thought it would be fun to venture over to Winter Haven, Florida and check out the LEGOLAND theme park. I wasn’t sure if there was anything there for adults but we were going to see for ourselves. I am so glad that we did.
This park is exceptional, whether you have or bring kids or not, and should not be missed on a trip to Florida.
What Does LEGOLAND, Florida Offer?
First and foremost, the miniature Lego travel destinations are amazing. See Las Vegas, Kennedy Space Center, Daytona International Speedway, and New York City, along with dozens more, in this spectacular visual treat. There are no small details missed and the exhibits even have sound, lights, and other special effects that are sure to delight.
The Botanical Gardens is toward the Cypress Gardens (the iconic Florida park that LEGOLAND replaced) part of the LEGOLAND park. This is where you will find a beautiful gazebo featuring the popular Southern Belles of Cypress Gardens history in their colorful gowns, all made from Legos.
The walkway through the gardens is scenic, with gorgeous Florida native plants and trees to admire. You’ll see more hidden lego creations along the way, plus a pretty waterfall.
What to Do at LEGOLAND, Florida
See the Cypress Gardens styled water-ski show entitled “Pirates’ Cove Live Water Ski Show”. This family-style variety show features a girl-powered 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. Caution, some of the audience may get soaked.
Again, be on the lookout for hidden lego creations as you wander the park. Some of our favorites were the birdwatcher, grandma, and kitty cat. It seems that every corner of LEGOLAND has something fascinating to see and photograph.
There are a few rides at LEGOLAND and our favorite was Mia’s Riding Adventure, one that appeared very tame by looking at it. Though not as thrilling as a high-speed roller coaster, Mia’s Riding Adventure still packs a powerful punch and was very fun!
Big Thumbs for the Little Things
Parking is incredibly easy at LEGOLAND and is priced a little under $20. If you are staying at the LEGOLAND Hotel, steps from the park entrance, parking is included with your stay. LEGOLAND is very walkable but doesn’t have many places offering shade, a necessary reprieve from the intense Florida sun. For that reason, consider wearing a visor and apply sunscreen regularly.
LEGOLAND Character photo-ops (or selfies) bring you up close and personal with Lego Batman and Robin, Laval the Prince, Kai and Nya, Emmet and Wyldstyle from The LEGO Movie. You will find them all around the park.
Food and drinks are one of the park’s strengths, with my favorite item being the Grammy’s Apple Fries with Caramel Sauce. Skip the pizza from Pepper and Roni’s Pizza Stop, and instead, go for the Broccoli Cheese Soup at Market Restaurant. It was flavorful, filling, and inexpensive. The Panini Grill has tasty sandwiches piled high with meat and cheese plus fountain soda, my favorite.
Best Areas for Kids and Parents
Kids will be over-the-moon with happiness at the Ford Play Land area, where they can mimic mechanics and fix cars. They can also ride along at the Ford Driving School. For very young children, they have a similar area called Ford, Jr. Other things kids will love are the Lego Barn, DUPLO Farm, and DUPLO Splash & Play.
Both kids and adults will enjoy NINJAGO world, Technicycle, the Dragon (coaster), and Flying School. We loved the fun AQUAZONE wave racers water ride where you can splash the viewers and each other.
Adults may prefer the colorful 12-minute movie in Wells Fargo 4-D Theater, an air-conditioned setting that allows them to take a nice break from the sun and keeping up with little ones. There are three shows all together so visit more than once. Note: all inside play areas are air-conditioned. Lego gets parents.
Where to Stay at LEGOLAND
Lego’s newest addition is the bungalows at LEGOLAND Beach Retreat. These adorable “small houses” are bright and cleverly arranged in a circle so that your kids can play at the playground in the middle while parents relax on the patio.
Our room featured a king sized bed, nice linens, mini-fridge, coffee pot, flat screen TV, whimsically painted murals, a small room off to the side with bunk beds, and a spacious bathroom. The bathroom even had a kid-sized commode seat inside the lid and removable shower heads. How is that for kid-friendly?
The whimsical looking LEGOLAND Beach Retreat has several groups of rooms as well as a large swimming pool, daily activities, and onsite restaurants. Fire pits allow for S’mores making and outdoor activities include such things as chalk art competitions, dance parties, and hula hoop contests. The vibe is laid-back and the setting is tranquil. My daughter and I really enjoyed staying here. Bonus, there is free shuttle service to the theme park AND free breakfast for guests.
The LEGOLAND Hotel, located next door to the park, is another option for staying on property.
LEGOLAND: Much More Than Meets the Eye
I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to check out LEGOLAND for myself. This is one seriously fun attraction that has no age limit for fun and laughs.
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Thanks to LEGOLAND for the complimentary tickets to the park. As always, opinions and reviews are 100% mine.
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