Kissimmee, FL | LEGOLAND Florida

If there’s a theme park that’s every bit as enjoyable for parents as it is for kids, it’s LEGOLAND, where creativity, nostalgia and awesomeness rule. Since 1949, children around the world have been assembling these colorful bricks into structures only limited by their imaginations, and the brand’s empire has grown to encompass characters well-known by children and adults. The release of The Lego Movie in 2014 further solidified the clever toy maker as a staple of childhood that never quite fades away.

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Covering 150 acres in Winter Park, about an hour from Kissimmee, LEGOLAND is geared toward families with children ages 2 to 12. With more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, several dining options throughout the park and an optional water park, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained for an entire day.

The park features impressive interactive sculptures placed throughout the grounds that move, spray water or play music; indoor spaces where creativity rules and kids can build and test Lego robots and cars, and rides and attractions appropriate for varying age groups.

If you need fuel before starting your adventure, the Market Restaurant features several cafeteria-style dining options. Kids can build with Legos while parents grab a latte from the coffee shop. Then, get your bearings on the Island in the Sky, a 150-foot rotating platform that gives visitors a 360-degree view of the park. Minifigure collectors will want to head to Fun Town next, while the littlest ones will love DUPLO Valley and the World of Chima. Lego Friends fans will love the park’s newest land, Heartlake City, with a live stage show, interactive musical Lego fountain and more.

One of the most impressive features for parents is Miniland USA, where replicas of familiar cities and attractions come to life. You’ll see Lego versions of Manhattan, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C. and California locales of San Francisco and Los Angeles. An all-encompassing view of Florida ranges from Key West in the south to Bok Tower in central Florida to mansions on the panhandle. The Daytona International Speedway and Kennedy Space Center get their own displays.

Star Wars fans will delight in seeing some of the most famous scenes from the movies at a 1:20 scale. More than 1.5 million Lego bricks recreate fans’ favorite scenes including (info about scenes/stuff here). Visitors can also pose with life-size Lego versions of Darth Vader, R2-D2 and Darth Maul.

When the family is ready to get back to the rides, make your way through Lego Kingdoms, where kids can go for a joust on a Lego horse or conquer the twists and turns of the Dragon roller coaster. In the Land of Adventure, take a safari trek, ride the Coastersaurus or battle Lego mummies.

Go to school in Lego City – flying, driving or boating school, that is – and help put out a fire at Rescue Academy. Lego Technic has the park’s most extreme rides for the most adventurous kids and adults. See a water ski show at Pirates’ Cove or escape the crowds and take a scenic stroll through Cypress Gardens.

Florida heat getting to you? While there are water rides and attractions throughout Legoland, the Water Park is the place to be if you really want to get wet and wild and stay cool all day. With a wave pool, build-a-raft lazy river and a variety of water slides and interactive water play structures, you could spend an entire day just enjoying the water park.

LEGOLAND Florida Tips

VIP Parking is only $5 more than standard parking, and is well worth it if you have little ones in strollers.

Family restrooms are located throughout the park, and for mothers with infants, the Baby Care Center in Duplo Village has everything you’ll need.

There are opportunities for shopping and dining in every section of the park.

The Water Park requires extra admission. There are also add-ons like behind the scenes tours and VIP experiences.

Visit LEGOLAND Florida’s website prior to your visit to get familiar with the park’s layout and see height requirements for rides throughout.

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