Tips For Your First Time Visit to LEGOLAND California

Want to know how to plan your first time visit to Legoland, California?

These tips will help you plan your trip, save some money and make it more enjoyable.  Check out these great tips for Legoland California!


We visited Legoland in Carlsbad, California earlier this year. My kids are 9 and 7.   They are the perfect age to fully enjoy the amusement park.

Tips for Your First Time Visit to LEGOLAND California
Tip #1       Visit during Off Peak Season

Not only is it less crowded, you also save a few dollars on the ticket prices.  The hours do vary by season though.  Legoland is opens from 9am – 8pm during high peak season and 10am – 5pm  off peak season.   Check out this post on How to Travel with Kids During the School Year.

One of the many moments of sharing absolute joy with her brother while in Legoland. They really had a blast!
Tip #2       Purchase the Multi Day Pass

There’s plenty to see and explore at Legoland and you will need more than a day to experience it, especially if you’re traveling a long distance. We purchased the one day pass and felt rushed at the last hour.

The rides were the perfect size and thrill level for my kids!
Tip #3         Buy the Park Hopper During Peak Season

The Park Hopper pass includes Legoland Park, Legoland Water Park, and Sea Life Aquarium.  All the attractions are in the same area and share a parking lot so it’s convenient to visit them all.  But, LegolandWater Park is only open during peak season.  When we visited it was in February and the temperature average was above 70 but the Water Park remained closed.  We viewed the aquarium but didn’t think it was worth our time especially since the park closed at 5pm.

Tip #4         Bring a Change of Clothes

Bring extra clothes or a towel even if the water park is closed. There are a few rides with water features and a splash pad.

Rides like this are guaranteed to give you a little splash. Don’t forget your towel.
Tip #5        Wait Until Your Kids are Tall Enough

Don’t waste your money on a trip to Legoland unless your kids can get on the rides. Although the park is perfect for younger children 6 and up, toddlers and preschool children are restricted from the more exciting rides. Several families were turned away from a ride because their children weren’t tall enough to go on. The height requirements for most was 48″ some were 58″.

We love that our youngest child, 7, was able to get on every single ride including this standup ride with his dad.
Tip #6       Look for Kids Eat Free Deals

Look for the Kids Eat Free signs in the park on non peak season days in the afternoon  We spotted one at the Pizza and Past Buffet during our visit around 3pm. We already had lunch so we didn’t take advantage of it.  The food options at Legoland are good and reasonably priced considering you are in an amusement park in California.  The kids Meals are less than $10 and comes with chips and a drink.

Tip #7        Use the Lockers

Storage lockers are available for a small fee at the front of the park. It’s a good place to stuff your towels or change of clothes.   There are several  rides that restrict bags or loose items.   Though it’s not secured there are small cubbies at these rides to place your items into.

Park Citizens are ready to swap mini figures with you.
Tip #8        Visit the Gift Shops Early

Most people, like us, waited last minute to check out the gift shop.  There are several located around the park and the largest one is at the entrance.    At the end of the day the lines inside the gift shop were out the door.  Legoland offers a free valet service if you shop early.   You can pickup the items you purchased at a separate location on your way out.

Tip #9       Bring Your LEGO Mini Figures

Make sure your kids bring mini figures from home to trade with the parks citizens (employees). Everyone working at Legoland had mini figures to trade with guest.  My 7 year old enjoyed this activity the most.

Trading Mini Figures with a park citizen.
Tip #10        Stop by the LEGOLAND Resort

Legoland Resort is on property and you don’t have to be a guest to drop in for a visit.  We had dinner at one of the restaurants inside the Legoland Resort.  There were lots of family entertainment and fun things to look at just in the lobby.

We had dinner at the resort and the kids got to extend their fun outside the park!
Tip #11          Get Early Access to LEGOLAND 

If you are staying at the Legoland Resort you have access to the park an hour earlier than the general public.  But you must book early, the resort is a lot smaller than I expected and rooms get sold out quickly.

Many of the rides the kids enjoyed on their own. I love the bit of independence and mommy and daddy breaks we were able to get.
Tip #12        Purchase Tickets Online

You can get your tickets cheaper online than at the ticket counter.  You can also search for coupon codes using ‘Legoland California discount code’.  There’s also BOGO coupons at a few of the local restaurants during off peak season.  FYI: Parking is an additional $15

My absolute favorite part of Legoland is the Star War displays. It left me in awe!
Tip #13       Stay Local

San Diego airport (SAN) is the closest major airport though there is a smaller one closer in Carlsbad (CLD).   San Diego is almost a 40 minute drive to Legoland.  If Legoland is your primary reason for visiting the area, then be sure to get a hotel nearby.  We stayed at the Hyatt Place in Carlsbad.  It was a 10 minute drive to the park and was comfortable and very convenient.

I hope you find these tips for your first trip to Legoland California helpful.  Please feel free to leave me a comment below if you have more suggestions.  We absolutely plan to take another trip to Carlsbad, California soon.

Travel Well!


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