Pro tip for new parents: When you're thinking about a theme park vacation for your children, don't limit yourself to the Disney theme parks. For many elementary-aged kids, the most fun theme parks to visit are the ones from Legoland.
You can find Legoland theme parks all over the world, from its original parks in Europe to new parks in the Middle East and Asia. A new park is under development in the New York City area in the United States, as well. But we are limiting our vote today to the two parks most familiar to the majority of Theme Park Insider readers, the existing U.S. Legoland parks.
Legoland California opened in 1999 in Carlsbad, in northern San Diego County. Legoland Florida followed in 2011, opening in Winter Haven on the site of the former Cypress Gardens. Both follow Legoland's established formula of providing play-centric attractions aimed at elementary-aged children and their families. But you can find numerous differences in the details of each park, many the result of the Florida park's history.
We invite you to read more about these parks on their Theme Park Insider listing pages. As always, your ratings and reviews of these parks' attractions on their listing pages are encouraged and welcomed. Register here to be able to leave written reviews for each ride, in addition to the ratings that are open to everyone.
Even though both parks stand in the shadow of the nation's busiest theme parks, neither Legoland attracts anywhere near the number of fans that the neighboring Disney, Universal, and SeaWorld parks do. But the visitors who do find these parks tend to become devoted fans. Which Legoland is your favorite?
And fans from around the world, if you'd like to make a case for one of the other Legoland parks, we'd love to hear that in the comments.Tweet
Legoland California is the original and has a lot better better ride collection. I can’t believe this one is close.
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Legoland Florida has the former Cypress Gardens in it and I love that.