Legoland California

Legoland California

Legoland California opened in Carlsbad on March 20, 1999 as the first Legoland theme park in the United States and the third worldwide, following the original in Billund, Denmark and the Legoland Windsor park in the United Kingdom. Aimed at families with elementary-age children, Legoland offers a variety of hands-on and interactive attractions, as well as play areas and traditional rides.

The park's most recent expansion introduced The Lego Movie World, a new land themed to the popular Warner Bros. films. Here is our walk-around video tour of the new land:

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Top 10

  1. Miniland
    The heart of any Legoland theme park, this collection of Lego models includes famous landmarks from around Southern California, San Francisco, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Washington DC, and New York City.
  2. Lego City Deep Sea Adventure
    A submarine ride located in Castle Hill. Height requirement: 52 inches to ride alone
    Read Robert Niles' review of Lego City Deep Sea Adventure.
  3. The Dragon
    A Vekoma Junior Coaster with a short dark ride introduction, located in Castle Hill. Height requirement: 40 inches
    The Dragon
    Photo courtesy Legoland
  4. Ninjago The Ride
    A Triotech interactive dark ride located in Lego Ninjago World. Height requirement: 48 inches to ride alone
    Read Robert Niles' review of Ninjago The Ride.
  5. Fun Town Police and Fire Academy
    A participatory experience where your family competes together. Located in Fun Town. Height requirement: 34 inches
    Read Robert Niles' review of Fun Town Police and Fire Academy.
    Fun Town Police and Fire Academy
  6. Lost Kingdom Adventure
    A Sally Dark Rides interactive dark ride located in Land of Adventure. Height requirement: 30 inches
    Lost Kingdom Adventure
    Photo courtesy Legoland
  7. Emmet's Flying Adventure
    A flying theater ride located in The Lego Movie World. Height requirement: 40 inches
    Read Robert Niles' review of Emmet's Flying Adventure.
  8. Driving School
    Kids can drive individual cars through the "streets" of Fun Town. Must be between 6 and 13 years old to ride.
    Read the Niles family review of Driving School.
    Driving School
    Photo by Robert Niles
  9. Kid Power Tower
    Pull yourself up these observation towers located above Fun Town. Height requirement: 40 inches
    Kid Power Tower
  10. The Hideaways
    One of the best theme park playgrounds anywhere, this multi-level wooden structure is located in Castle Hill.
    The Hideaways

New for 2022 is Lego Ferrari Build and Race, an interactive experience in Imagination Zone.

Also new in 2022 is Ninjago Training Camp, which replaces the AquaZone Wave Racers.


Notable restaurants in the park include "Everything is Ramen" in The Lego Movie World, Fun Town's Urban Kitchen (with made-to-order sandwiches and a salad bar), and Knight's Smokehouse BBQ on Castle Hill. The park's signature food item is Granny's Apple Fries, which are deep-fried apple slices dusted in cinnamon sugar and served with whipped cream. You can find those on Castle Hill.


Legoland California is located in Carlsbad, just off Interstate 5 about 30 miles north of San Diego.


Legoland Hotel and Legoland Castle Hotel
The Legoland California Resort's two official, on-site hotels are located within a few steps of the park's entrance.

Other Carlsbad Hotels
Legoland California is surrounded by several other hotels just a short drive from the park.