LEGOLAND® California

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1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Closes as late as 8:00 p.m. in the Summer
Delight your family with an exciting vacation to the famous LEGOLAND California. Built from over 57 million LEGO pieces it’s suitable for the whole family!
Todd Sarouhan
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LEGOLAND California: A Trip the Whole Family Will Enjoy

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LEGOLAND California is a dreamland for LEGO lovers of all ages. This magnificent theme park features over 22,000 LEGO models constructed from over 57 million pieces! Kids will be enchanted from the minute they enter the park.

Located in Carlsbad, California, the flower capital of the US, LEGOLAND California opened their doors in March of 1999. This LEGOLAND park was the third in the world to open. It was also the first in the USA to invite families into their incredible park.

The famous California resort welcomes over 1.4 million visitors to their mind-blowing 124-acre theme park each year. My favorite part of any visit to LEGOLAND is seeing the kids’ smiles from ear to ear, pasted on their little faces.

You can jump on into a real submarine for the ultimate underwater experience. Or, ride the waves on a boat around a miniature Lady Liberty built from LEGO brick. No matter what you choose to do, you create some treasured memories with your loved ones.

If you're planning a trip to the Golden State, LEGOLAND is a must-see attraction. Immerse the family in a park full of interactive family-friendly rides, building workshops, and other amazing attractions.

Awe-inspiring experiences await families who are looking for a fun-filled day with their children! The LEGOLAND franchise also features a park dedicated to all things aquatic formally known as the SEA LIFE Aquarium at LEGOLAND. For those looking to cool off and splash around on a hot summer afternoon, LEGOLAND has a water park known as LEGOLAND Water Park. The fun never stops when there's so much to do!

Attention all visitors to LEGOLAND California! Starting March 22, embark on an adventure to the prehistoric era with the park's latest attraction, Dino Valley at Legoland California. Roam amongst towering LEGO dinosaurs and experience thrilling dinosaur-themed rides and attractions that will transport you back in time. Get ready to unearth excitement and discovery as you explore what's new and what to expect at the all-new Dino Valley. Don't miss out on this Jurassic journey at LEGOLAND California!

Legoland Castle Hotel
Legoland Castle Hotel

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Designed with families and their kids in mind, LEGOLAND Castle Hotel at the LEGOLAND California Resort in Carlsbad is a feast for the imagination. You're sure to have as much fun as Todd does on his tour!

Designed with families and their kids in mind, LEGOLAND Castle Hotel at the LEGOLAND California Resort in Carlsbad is a feast for the imagination. You're sure to have as much fun as Todd does on his tour!

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Price of Admission to LEGOLAND California Park in 2024

Admission to LEGOLAND is available through either day tickets or annual passes.

The prices for day tickets are as follows:

  • 1-Day Tickets (One or Multi-Park): Starting from $79 per person
  • 2-Day Tickets (One or Multi-Park): Starting from $99 per person

LEGOLAND is also offering a special deal on tickets to celebrate their 25th birthday in 2024. The following ticket rates are available until March 10th:

  • 1-Day LEGOLAND Theme Park: Adult $84, Child $25
  • 1-Day SEA LIFE Hopper: Adult $94, Child $40

Each full-price adult ticket allows you to buy up to 4 kid tickets at the discounted rate.

There’s enough to do at LEGOLAND that the 2-day pass is a viable option for families who want to spend most of their time near the park. There are also Family Vacation Packages for those staying at the on-site hotels.

All tickets are cheaper when purchased in advance online compared to gate prices, so I suggest buying your tickets before your trip to save more money.

Alternatively, it’s a fantastic money saving idea to grab All-inclusive Go City San Diego passes for your entire family using our discount code GVSD5OFF – it’s the ultimate way to save!

Main Entrance to Legoland Ca
Main Entrance to Legoland Ca

Annual Passes for LEGOLAND California

LEGOLAND Resort in California features four annual pass selections. Here are the different choices, as well as the per-ticket price:

  • Silver Annual Pass $179
  • Gold Annual Pass $229 or $15 per month
  • Platinum Annual Pass $279 or $18.50 per month
  • Elite Annual Pass $349 or $23.25 per month

Gold, Platinum, and Elite passes are available for a flat fee or can be paid in monthly installments. Note that these monthly installments require an initial payment of $49, $57, and $70 per person respectively. The monthly payment option is ideal for families who will visit the park often throughout the year, but who are looking for an affordable alternative to paying one lump sum.

The silver annual pass gives you admission to the Park and offers discount prices for various activities. Also, the Elite Annual Pass will provide you with access to the Park, SEA LIFE Aquarium, and the LEGOLAND® Water Park, too, as well as many other bonuses and discounts.

The park also offers single LEGOLAND California tickets to purchase.

Yes, all the annual passes include discounts for a stay and the LEGOLAND Hotel!

Legoland California Main Entrance Sign
Legoland California Main Entrance Sign

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The only complaint visitors have about their trip to LEGOLAND California, is that one day is not enough to enjoy all that the Resort has to offer.

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Attractions Included in LEGOLAND California

Lego Las Vejas in Mini Land Usea at Legoland Ca
Lego Las Vejas in Mini Land Usea at Legoland Ca

The Most Popular Attractions at LEGOLAND California

All the attractions at the LEGOLAND California Resort are amazing! However, there are a few experiences you don't want to miss.

Take a coast to coast trip at Miniland USA to see iconic structures built from LEGO brick! Using 32,496,352 LEGOS, with hard work and dedication, popular sites such as Lady Liberty, and the Vegas strip were re-created.

While you're in Miniland, don't forget to venture on over to Southern California. Here, you can see the Hollywood Bowl and Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Along the miniature beaches, you will see surfers as well as others scattered along the coastline. It's the perfect way to see most of Southern California all in one day.

After your mini trip, climb onboard a real submarine! Check out the beautiful sea life as the submarine submerges, allowing you to see the beautiful colors that exist in the spectacular, underwater world.

All these attractions are ones the whole family can appreciate.

Don't forget to book your stay at the LEGOLAND California Resort and Castle Hotel for early access to the theme park! That way, you can take your time journeying through all the wonders this park has to offer.

Special Exhibition of Lego Ferrari Build and Play Area at Legoland California
Special Exhibition of Lego Ferrari Build and Play Area at Legoland California

Special Events held at LEGOLAND

Are you looking for a safe way to celebrate Halloween? Or perhaps you want to celebrate the New Year in a kid-friendly way. San Diego LEGOLAND allows you to do just that.

Take the kids through the treat stations during Halloween and enter a costume contest! Celebrate with a fun-packed night that all members of the family can enjoy.

The theme park also celebrates Holidays at LEGOLAND in December. Enjoy famous Holiday music while admiring the world's most giant LEGO Christmas tree. You can even snap a photo with LEGO Santa.

Celebrate the New Year differently. LEGOLAND begins the countdown at 6 PM so that your kiddos don't miss their bedtimes. Watch a ball made from LEGOS drop from 22 feet in the air as fireworks illuminate the sky.

Lego Ninjago Weekends Sign at Legoland California
Lego Ninjago Weekends Sign at Legoland California

LEGO NINJAGO Weekends

In 2023, LEGOLAND announced a new way to play that celebrates the ninja-centric NINJAGO property. NINJAGO Weekends take place on Saturdays and Sundays from January 20 to February 18, 2024, with one final celebration on Monday, February 19.

Kids can participate in meet-and-greets with favorite characters, watch live shows, and see a NINJAGO movie at the 4D theater.

Dino Valley Sign at Legoland California
Dino Valley Sign at Legoland California

Dino Valley

Dino Valley is a new addition coming Spring 2024. It features jurassic-themed meet-and-greets, a themed play area, and two brand new rides: DUPLO® Little Dino Trail and Explorer River Quest.

LEGO World Parade

As part of its 25th anniversary celebration, the park will host a LEGO World Parade in the summer of 2024. Bring the kids to see the floats, featuring large brick structures and popular characters from LEGO franchises, plus singers and dancers.

Dino Valley at LEGOLAND California

Don't miss out! Starting March 22, experience the excitement of Dino Valley, the park's newest attraction at LEGOLAND California. Embark on a journey back in time with thrilling dinosaur-themed rides and attractions awaiting your exploration!

Lego Statue Inside the Big Shop at Legoland Ca
Lego Statue Inside the Big Shop at Legoland Ca

Benefits of staying near LEGOLAND California

Located right at the entrance, the LEGOLAND California Resort and Castle Hotel allows you to beat the hassle of travel and parking when you stay at the hotel. The LEGOLAND hotel offers exclusive deals such as early access to the park.

Make sure to order room service or enjoy the free breakfast buffet every morning before heading out.

There are many great options to stay nearby LEGOLAND California such as the Quality Inn Encinitas Near LEGOLAND located just south in Leucadia and a great option for families traveling on a budget. For more great budget hotel options in San Diego, be sure to check out our article on ‘The Best Budget-friendly Hotels in San Diego’.

For those looking to stay close with a bit more budget, consider the The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa. This four star Carlsbad resort is located not far from LEGOLAND California and surely won’t disappoint.

Shows and Activities That Everyone Can Enjoy

Want to keep the family together? These experiences will allow you to do just that without compromising the fun factor.

Experience a LEGO Movie in Amazing 4D

Experience short movies through physical interactions of the 4D theater! Feel the mist, rumbles, and wind of these action-packed short films.

This attraction may not be suitable for everyone due to strobe effects.

Lego Mariachi Band at Legoland Ca
Lego Mariachi Band at Legoland Ca

Meet Your Favorite Characters

Around the Park are characters in costume. Take a stroll around LEGOLAND and introduce your kids to their favorite characters.

Take photos, give high-fives, and enjoy meeting the stars of the LEGO movies.

Sea Life Aquarium next to Legoland Ca Entrance
Sea Life Aquarium next to Legoland Ca Entrance

Visit the SEA LIFE Aquarium

Teach your children about sea life at the kid-oriented, SEA LIFE Aquarium.

For an additional $25, you can let your children have close encounters with sharks, rays, and even an octopus.

Best Ages for LEGOLAND California

LEGOLAND is ideal for young children from ages 2 to 12. Now, that's not to say that everyone can't enjoy it because they can! Even adults.

Kings Market at Castle Hill at Legoland Ca
Kings Market at Castle Hill at Legoland Ca

The Best Exhibits at LEGOLAND for Small Children

The Resort strives to provide an all-inclusive atmosphere for children of all ages to enjoy. Best exhibits and rides for children 34" and taller include:

  • Cargo Ace
  • Coast Cruise
  • Fairy Tale Brook
  • Safari Trek

As well as plenty of other rides and popular attractions.

The Best Exhibits at LEGOLAND for Older Children

Don't worry; there are rides for your tweens to enjoy as well!

  • LEGO Technic Coaster
  • Bionicle Blaster
  • The Dragon Roller Coaster
  • Crooler's Twist

The app's map function will let you view each ride by height requirement to plan your day.

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Did you Know?
LEGOLAND California was the third Legoland park to open, and the first outside Europe.

Extra Activities to Enjoy

Pizza Mania Dinning Option at Legoland Ca
Pizza Mania Dinning Option at Legoland Ca

Grab a Bite to Eat

Try something new! Introduce the family to Granny's Apple Fries. Or, you can stop at one of the other 14 locations to eat within the Resort.

Each dining option includes accommodations for special dietary restrictions.

Don't Forget Your Souvenirs

Many great shops throughout the theme park offer merchandise to bring home with you.

Purchase some Minifigures from the Minifigure Market, or you take a family photo at the Magic Memories Photo Shop!

Stay at the LEGOLAND Castle Hotel

While there are many hotels to stay at around the area, upgrade your hotel experience and book a room in the LEGOLAND Castle Hotel! This quieter option includes over 250-themed rooms. Some of the rooms even include a separate kid's area!

Be on the lookout for playful surprises for the kids throughout the entire castle.

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Attractions that you can visit with a Go City San Diego pass include:

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LEGOLAND Directions and Parking Information

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EV Charging
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Lot Parking
RV Parking
RV Parking

General Directions

LEGOLAND California Resort is about one hour south of Anaheim, and 30 minutes north of San Diego. Take the Palomar Airport Road Exit off the I-5 Freeway in Carlsbad.

No matter which direction you travel, you should arrive at LEGOLAND Drive to enter at the correct gate.

Parking Information for 2024

There is free parking available for buses and bicycles. However, here is a list of the different parking fees per vehicle:

  • Cars: $30
  • Preferred Parking: starting from $35
  • Motorcycles: $30
  • Campers/RVs: starting from $35

There are also six electric car parking stations available on a first-come, first-serve basis as well.

Quick Tips to Make Your Trip a Breeze

Disabled Accessibility
Disabled Accessibility
No Alcohol
No Alcohol
No Smoking
No Smoking
Public Transportation
Public Transportation
Restrooms
Restrooms
RVs Allowed
RVs Allowed
Stroller Accessible
Stroller Accessible
Trash Cans Available
Trash Cans Available

Visit the LEGOLAND California Resort in the Spring and Summer

During Spring and Summer, all rides and activities are expected to be open. However, this does mean longer lines and more massive crowds.

Although there are a couple of things you can do to beat the crowds.

First, you want to arrive before noon and start in the back of the theme park. This will help you to avoid the long lines.

Second, skip the Coastersaurus, Safari Trek, and Fairy Tale Brook and make your way back to them around 3 PM.

Days and Hours of Operation

LEGOLAND California is open to the public seven days a week. However, between September and late February, they close on select Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The closures during the offseason are for servicing the rides to ensure safety.

Typically, they open at 10:00 AM and close at 5:00 PM. These times are subject to change, so it's a good idea you check LEGOLAND’s website before you venture out.

Need Assistance While You're There?

If you require assistance or have a question while you are at the Resort, there's no need to run to the information center. Instead, you can text (760) 203-3604 for any inquiries.

If your need is urgent, you can contact any staff member within LEGOLAND for help.

The Park's App is an Absolute Must!

The LEGOLAND California Resort App makes your visit so much easier. With the app's planning tool, you can create a personalized list of what rides are suitable for your children.

This convenient app also tells you estimated wait times for rides and provides you with a map of the Park.

Health and Safety Information for 2024

As of 2024, LEGOLAND California has lifted its previous rules for health and safety that were imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Facemasks are no longer required in the park, and guests do not need to show proof of vaccination to enter. However, LEGOLAND California still aims to maintain a safe and healthy atmosphere for all guests.

Note that these regulations may change in the future to comply with the State of California, so double check the guidelines on the official site before your trip!

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