Do you have a LEGO obsessed child? Or better yet, are you LEGO obsessed? If you’ve admitted to yourself that you are an adult fan of LEGO and that your children, regardless of age, are following in your unavoidable footsteps, LEGOLAND Florida Resort is perfect for your family!
Aimed for kids ages 2-12, LEGOLAND Florida Resort is a vacation destination in Winter Haven, Florida, just 45 minutes from Orlando and Tampa. LEGOLAND Florida includes a 150-acre theme park with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, and a separate water park. All the park’s attractions are inspired by the LEGO and DUPLO brands, including experiences based on “The LEGO Movie,” LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS, LEGO City, LEGO Technic and LEGO Friends.
Nearly six years old, the park is comprised of 145 acres and is built on the site of the former Cypress Gardens theme park. In fact, the Cypress Gardens botanical park was preserved as was a massive Banyan tree that was planted in 1939.
Highlights that are sure to entertain kids of all ages abound at LEGOLAND Florida! Anyone obsessed with knights must check out Lego Kingdoms. Ride the Dragon Coaster, a steel family coaster which features an indoor dark ride portion. Go back in time on the The Royal Joust, a simulated ‘joust’ attraction where children ride Lego-themed horses through medieval scenes. And adventurers must visit the Forestmen’s Hideout, a multi-level tree and rope climb.
Very young guests will love visiting Duplo Village. Age appropriate attractions include Big Rig Rally, Junior Fire Academy, Granny’s Jalopies: A Sellner built ‘vintage car’ ride and the Duplo Farm.
Hit Fun Town if you have mini engineers that would enjoy taking a factory tour of how Lego bricks are made from factory to finish.
Got budding architects? Miniland USA is a must visit! Explore major American cities recreated with Legos, like New York, Washington, D.C, and Las Vegas. You can also see Lego replicas of Florida, featuring the Florida Keys, the Everglades, Miami, Tampa, Central Florida, Daytona Beach, The Kennedy Space Center, St. Augustine, and the Panhandle, as well as a pirate themed area featuring miniature Lego pirate ships.
Fans of Lego City can spend some time learning at the Ford Driving School, Flying School: a Vekoma suspended family coaster, and Boating School: aboat ride where guests can captain their own mini-vessels.
Tween girls are the target audience at Heartlake City. They can take selfies on Mia’s Riding Adventure and the Heartlake Stepping Tones Fountain. And they can pretend to be a news anchor in Stephanie’s News Room. Make sure to check the schedule for the Friends to the Rescue’ Live Stage Show, where kids are encouraged to dance and sing with LEGO Friends at a concert.
Inspired by the popular LEGO building sets and the “LEGO NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu” TV show, the recently opened LEGO NINJAGO World puts guests at the center of the action! LEGO NINJAGO World offers several hands-on, outdoor activities where kids can perfect their ninja skills before the ultimate showdown on LEGO NINJAGO The Ride, an awesome attraction that blends 3D computer animation, “4D” special effects such as heat, fog and strobe lighting, and cutting-edge interactive technology never seen outside a LEGOLAND theme park.
This section also features large LEGO models of LEGO NINJAGO heroes, Kai, Jay, Cole, Zane, Lloyd, Nya and Master Wu, as well as meet-and-greet opportunities with sibling ninja Kai and Nya.
Have you been perfecting your cannonball?! Get ready to splash and build your heart away at the LEGOLAND Water Park. Take a break from the heat and enjoy fun nautical activities like the LEGO wave pool, Build-A-Raft lazy river, Joker Soaker and DUPLO Safari!
The LEGOLAND Hotel opened on park property in May of 2015. It’s a five-story hotel built for kids and designed to bring imaginations to life. Your family can choose from 4 LEGO themed rooms: Pirate, Adventure, Kingdom and LEGO Friends.
This past spring, the LEGOLAND Beach Retreat opened and families love it! The haven combines the fun of surf and sand with the ingenuity of LEGO building sets, while offering pretty views of Lake Dexter. Along with lake views, you’ll also get a giant LEGO lighthouse featuring a real rotating beacon!
Designed to look like larger-than-life LEGO sets, the Beach Retreat features a village-style layout with 83 beach-themed bungalows offering 166 separate rooms, each with imaginative LEGO décor inside and out. The small houses sleep up to five people, including a fun area just for kids with a bunk bed, trundle bed and privacy curtain. The space is ideal for larger families or multigenerational travelers. The cheerfully colored bungalows are grouped into 13 sections, each named after a popular LEGO Minifigure including Shark Suit Guy, Ocean King and Sea Captain.
Fun activities abound at the pool area including dance parties, hula hoop contests, chalk art contests, and “Master Builder” competitions with large LEGO soft bricks.At Bricks Beach Bar, guests can choose from a vast menu of made-to-order food, drinks and creative cocktails served both poolside and indoors. At the Beach Retreat, you’ll also find the largest themed pool at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. It truly is an outdoor sanctuary filled with a sandy area ideal for building sandcastles and a colossal play structure for kids.
To get everyone fueled up for a fun day, a mouthwatering breakfast is included with each night’s stay at the Beach Retreat in Sandy’s Castle Restaurant. Sandy Castle’s features an abundant menu of delicious dishes designed to please everyone’s palates! No reservations? No problem! Sandy Castle is also open for dinner and no reservations are needed.
A free shuttle bus is available to and from the Beach Resort to the Theme Park entrance from 8:45 a.m. to one hour after the park closes. If you choose to drive, Beach Retreat guests receive complimentary parking in the resort’s main lot. You’ll feel like summer vacation lasts all year long at LEGOLAND Beach Retreat.
LEGOLAND Florida Resort is a great place for your family to build forever memories.
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