In a region where theme parks and tourist attractions dominate the landscape, standing out presents a challenge. Yet, the creativity behind LEGOLAND helps it emerge as a top family destination.
LEGOLAND Florida opened its doors in 2011. However, the small town of Winter Haven (just a 30-40 minute car ride south of Orlando) has strong ties to the amusement park industry. Cypress Gardens, Florida’s first theme park, called Winter Haven home for many years. After purchasing the property, LEGOLAND completed several renovations and additions, while maintaining much of the charm and beauty of the former park.
Because of its rich history, the grounds of LEGOLAND hold a high level of energy and brilliance. Additionally, the owners preserved the botanical garden. Located on the shores of Lake Eloise, the park offers spectacular views in addition to a phenomenal line-up of rides, games, and shows.
Visitors to LEGOLAND can even experience one of the rides from Cypress Gardens- The Island In The Sky.
LEGOLAND is divided into several LEGO-themed sections. Young children, especially, will enjoy “Duplo Valley.”
Young children drive tractors, ride trains, and play on small playground equipment. You will also find several splash areas to cool down. The Duplo Valley area contains clearly marked signs and appropriate play structures for even the smallest guests.
Possibly the most impressive portion of the park includes over 32 million LEGO bricks. In Miniland USA, guests can visit California, Las Vegas, New York, Washington D.C. and Florida- all in 1 day!
The detail on each of these locations is beyond impressive! We thoroughly enjoyed studying all of these structures. You are also able to read many facts about Miniland U.S.A. throughout the area.
Other awesome parts of the park include: Fun Town, Land of Adventure, LEGO City, The World of Chima, and Heartlake City.
Throughout the park you find amazing LEGO statues, and figurines of your favorite characters.
Also, you will find several playgrounds throughout LEGOLAND, as well as LEGO play stations in all of the lines.
The park offers a wide variety of food options. I highly recommend ordering from the kid’s menu at The Market Restaurant. The meals included a drink, chips (or pretzels) and a squeeze fruit. The Apple Fries were also DELICIOUS!
LEGOLAND is a theme park designed for younger children. The suggested age range is between 2-12; However, I certainly feel it would be appropriate (and enjoyed) for children under 2. Any thrill seeking child will be slightly disappointed at the lack of “adult” roller coasters. There was only 1 roller coaster that my 4-year old was too short to ride.
Speaking of that, be sure to check out the hight requirements prior to your visit! Also, consult the website for up to date information on hours of operation.
**LEGOLAND hosted Mom With A Map during our visit**