Legoland theme park in Winter Haven Florida is a great place to spend a day or two with your family and although it is a theme park, it is not your typical one. It has so many wonderful and fun things to do, as most have, but it is very educational and challenging for your kids, inspiring them to create and build, while still having the charm of a park with rides and great places to eat.
Here are the top 8 things you may not know about the park that are great to know ahead of time. These are easy to miss when you visit since they are not well-known but definitely worth the time.
Picnic Areas – There are at least two of these areas in nice, shady spots that you can sit down with your family and have some nice meal time together. You can bring your own food in, and save some money on a meal, and they are very friendly about letting you do so.
One area is across from the large wooden Dinosaur coaster, right past the kid’s safari ride, and the other is closer to the front of the park, in the Duplo section. Both are very nice, and the Duplo one is under a roof, while the Safari area one is under shady oak trees. This gives you a good choice and if you wanted to do more than one meal, you could go for each one and not be in the same area of the park each time.
Legoland is fantastic for Star Wars Fans – Many people who are huge fans of both Star Wars and Lego would know that they do sell several sets of building bricks that are from the movies, but you may not expect there to be several things in the park that relate to them as well.
In the miniland, which is in the center of the park, there is a large section of Star Wars models built. Each one is different and they are from different scenes in the movies, and they also have buttons your kids can push that make them do different things, such as a ship taking flight, or music playing in the Cantina.
They also have large adult-sized figures built that you can take photos with, and they are unbelievable in person. Darth Vader, R2-D2 and Darth Maul are permanent displays there.
They do have several shops in the park that also carry the movie themed items, the bricks, of course, being some of them, but there are also lots of tee shirts and other items as well.
Build & Create areas – You would expect there to be a few spots where your kids can just sit and build but there are so many of them all over the whole park.
The park is divided up into specific sections with themes, like Duplo, Adventure, Safari, Imagination ..etc. Each section has multiple things to do, plus rides to ride and some have shows and places to eat as well, but in each one you will find these building areas. Some are in the actual lines for the rides, so that if the line is long, your kids can have something to do. Some are larger and have lots of different bricks for them to choose from as well. They truly encourage you to let them play and create, and for that, this park is so worth the visit.
There are educational class builds you can sign them up for as well, that aren’t really advertised, unless you are searching for that type of thing. If you go to the back of the park, in the imagination area, where the race cars are, you can see the times for the classes and the age groups for them and sign your kids up ahead of time. Do this at the beginning of the day so you don’t miss out. They will get to build animals or use robots that they learn to program on the computers and make them move or play music. The classes are small so it’s intimate and the teachers can help when needed.
Visit in November or January – This is when it is the slowest time of the year and the coolest weather out. November, other than the week of Thanksgiving, is very quiet and slow. The weather is gorgeous 90% of the time, and you may even need a jacket. There are very minimal lines, about 5 to 10 minutes, even for the roller coasters and more popular rides.
January can be chilly and windy but the crowds are way down too.
In November there is also usually a good deal on the hotel stays that you can take advantage of. One thing to check ahead for though is the park hours, and that they are for sure open, as sometimes they will close here and there during the week, or close earlier than you would expect.
Water rides and splash areas – Be prepared for your kids to get wet. Yes it’s Florida, so most of the year you would want this, as it will cool you off, but if you are unprepared for it, it can be a drag if you aren’t wearing the right clothing or have a backup.
Right when you walk into the park there is a really neat display of legos with a rainbow and dragons that is very welcoming, but it does have water built in that people can spray you with. If it’s not crowded, chances are you won’t get wet, but just be aware. There are also a few rides that will get you soaking wet! One is the Chima ride – and if you are standing anywhere close, the riders can actually spray you from the ride and it’s a serious soaking.
They do have the dryer machines of course, nearby, but they cost money to use.
Slushies – If your family likes to drink the slushy type drinks, buy a legoland cup at the slushy stand and then you can refill it for a couple dollars, instead of the full price you pay the first time. We take our cups back with us every time and its well worth it. They have lots of flavors and the cups are tall.
Video Game Room – In the imagination area, there is an indoor room where you can all play video games. There are comfy seats and it is a very nice respite from the heat, especially in the summer time. They have the latest Lego games on more than one type of device and the kids love it.
It is a great way to let them try out the games also, before you buy them for your kids, plus sometimes you all just need a break away from the heat and the people. Plus, you can let the kids go and know right where they are and you can take a break and just sit for a bit while they enjoy themselves.
The Gardens – Legoland was once a park called Cypress Gardens. People who are local would know about this, but if you aren’t from the area or the state, you may not. The park was famous for the water skiing on the lake there and for it’s gardens. They had lovely ladies in beautiful dresses around the park and it was a trademark for them.
In the back of the park, there is a ski show that features Brickbeard the pirate and ski stunts and it’s very fun, but right past that to the right, is the garden area and it is so pretty and worth the visit. There are huge, old Banyan trees there, manicured gardens, huge lovely oak trees, among others, and a gazebo that has been there for may years. It’s a great place to get good family photos too and to get away from the noise of the park and take a walk with your family.