More than 60 million LEGO plastic bricks make up Legoland California, popular with both kids and adults.
Visitors get to explore miniature Lego cities, scenes from several of the Star Wars movies, more than 60 rides, two water parks, and a SeaLife aquarium.
Located in Carlsbad, to the North of San Diego county, this tourist attraction is referred to by many names – Legoland California, Legoland California Resort, Legoland California Theme Park, Legoland Park, etc.
What to expect at Legoland California
Legoland California hours
Legoland California has three parts – the Theme Park, the Water Park, and the Sea Life Aquarium, but their hours are not always consistent.
However, if you plan to reach the attraction by 10 am, you can’t go wrong.
All three attractions are open at least till 5 pm.
Legoland California’s Theme Park is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Best time to visit
LEGOLAND California is most crowded during the summertime and the holidays.
If you want to avoid the crowd, it is best to visit Legoland Park when the kids are in school.
Purchasing LEGOLAND California tickets online helps you skip the long lines at the ticket counters, and arriving before 11 am helps avoid the park entrance queues.
It is best to start in the back of the Park.
Legoland officials recommend you skip crowd pullers such as Safari Trek, Coastersaurus, Fairy Tale Brook, etc., and come back to those rides around 3 pm.
To avoid long lines at Legoland California’s water park, plan your visit before 11 am or after 3 pm.
How long does Legoland California take?
Depending on how much time they have, visitors explore Legoland California Theme Park over one or two days.
The LEGOLAND Resort consists of three attractions – the main park with the rides and other shows, the Water Park, and the SEALIFE Aquarium.
Exploring the main park is a full day activity, and that is why if you only have a day, it is best to purchase the LEGOLAND California 1-Day Ticket.
If you also want to check out the water park and the aquarium as well, you will need two days and a two-day Legoland Hopper ticket.
Legoland California ticket prices
The one-day Legoland California ticket for an adult costs US$ 101, while visitors up to 12 years must pay only US$ 95 for the same ticket.
The two-day Hopper ticket, which gets you access to both the Legoland Theme Park and the Sea Life Aquarium, is priced at US$ 121 for adults and US$ 112 for kids up to 12 years.
Whichever ticket you hold, to access the Water Park, you must purchase a US$ 30 upgrade.
The best Legoland California discount is reserved for kids two years and below who enter for free.
The next best way to score a discount on your Legoland California tickets is by purchasing the Go San Diego Pass.
The Go San Diego pass helps save up to 55% on entry fees on more than 50 of the top San Diego attractions, including LEGOLAND California.
The passes are available in 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 5- and 7-day options, each at different prices.
Tickets for Legoland California
There are two types of Legoland California tickets – the one day ticket and the two-day Hopper ticket.
Both these tickets can be canceled up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund.
As soon as you purchase these Legoland tickets, they get emailed to you.
Since these tickets help you skip the long lines at the ticket counter, they are also known as the Legoland skip the line tickets.
And on the day of your visit, show them on your mobile, at the entrance, and walk-in — no need to take printouts.
Infants aged two years and below receive free admission to LEGOLAND.
LEGOLAND® California 1-Day Ticket
This ticket gets you access to Legoland California Theme Park for one whole day.
You get to enjoy more than 60 LEGO-themed rides, shows, and attractions.
Adult ticket (13+ years): US$ 101
Child ticket (3 to 12 years): US$ 95
LEGOLAND + SEA LIFE aquarium 2-Day ticket
Besides the Legoland California Theme Park, this ticket also gets you access to the Sea Life aquarium.
At Sea Life, visitors get to see a wide array of underwater creatures such as sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, etc. Don’t miss the opportunity of holding a sea star at the Touch Pool.
You can visit the whole theme park over two days, and the second visit must occur within nine days of the first visit.
Adult ticket (13+ years): US$ 121
Child ticket (3 to 12 years): US$ 112
Legoland California theme park
LEGOLAND California Theme Park spans 128 acres and offers many exciting rides, shows, activities and attractions.
The park has many sections, each of which has its theme. Download map (PDF, 3.1 Mb)
The different sections are –
- LEGO Ninjago World
- Imagination Zone
- Land of Adventure
- Castle Hill
- Pirate Shores
- Fun Town
- Explorer World
- Miniland USA
Legoland California rides
Legoland California has around 60 rides, scattered all over the ten different sections of the Park.
Most of these rides have age and height restrictions.
Some of the most popular rides at the park are –
- Lego Technic Coaster
- Lego Ninjago Ride
- Adventurer’s Club
- Aquazone Wave Racer
- Beetle Bounce
- Safari Trek
- Splash Battle
- Captain Cranky’s Challenge
- Dune Raiders
- Kid Power Tower
- Deep-Sea Adventure
- Pirate Reef
For the complete list of all the rides and the restrictions, download the age and restrictions map.
The Legoland Theme Park also has numerous shows and meet and greets for younger kids.
Legoland Water Park California
Access to the Water Park is not part of the regular Legoland California ticket.
You must first buy the Legoland entry tickets and then, once at the venue, upgrade it for $30 to include Water Park admission.
The Legoland water park is seasonal, open every day in summer, but remains closed depending on the weather.
The Water Park has three parts – the LEGOLAND water park, CHIMA water park, and the Surfer’s Cove.
Together they have 20 unique aquatic attractions, which enthrall both kids and adults alike.
SEA LIFE aquarium at Legoland California is an interactive way to learn about sea life.
Besides the close encounters with sea creatures such as sharks, octopus rays, etc., one can also listen to educational talks.
Don’t miss the new exhibit ‘Sea at Night,’ which is a simulated bioluminescent tide.
Visitors can stroll in a gentle surf under a starry sky – during the day.
This Carlsbad attraction has two hotels – the Legoland Resort Hotel and the Legoland Castle Hotel. Both of them have 250 rooms each. If you plan to purchase the 2-day Legoland California ticket, it is better to stay inside the resort.
How to reach Legoland in California
Legoland California is at One LEGOLAND Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008. Get Directions
It is east of the I-5 Freeway, just 30 minutes north of San Diego and one hour south of Anaheim. It would be best if you exited the I-5 Freeway at Palomar Airport Road.
Public transport to Legoland California Park
Depending on where you are starting from, you must first reach either of the three stations – The Oceanside Amtrak Station, Carlsbad Village Station, or Carlsbad Poinsettia Station.
It is best to cover this distance by cab.
Driving to Legoland Park
The best way to drive to the Legoland California Theme Park is to open your Google Map and follow the directions.
This section will share a brief overview of the route you must take to the Legoland California Resort.
From San Diego North County
Take Interstate 5 South to Cannon Road, head East, turn right at LEGOLAND Drive, and follow LEGOLAND signs.
From San Diego North County Inland
Take 15 North or South to 78 West to Interstate 5 South, then take Cannon Road, head East, turn right at LEGOLAND Drive, and follow LEGOLAND signs.
From San Diego’s Coastal Area
Take Interstate 5 North to Cannon Road, head East, turn right at LEGOLAND Drive, and follow signs to Legoland.
From San Diego East County
Take 8 West to Interstate 5 North to Cannon Road, head East, turn right at LEGOLAND Drive, and then follow Legoland’s signs.
From Los Angeles and Orange County
Take the 405 South / Interstate 5 South to Cannon Road, head East, turn right at LEGOLAND Drive, and then follow Legoland signs.
Parking in Legoland Theme park
LEGOLAND California’s parking rates depend on the vehicles’ size – it is $25 for cars, $25 for motorcycles, and $35 for motor homes.
VIP parking is available for $35.
Buses and bicycles can park for free.
Accessible parking spaces are available near the Park entrance and are well marked.
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