LEGOLAND California Guide

Planning a trip to LEGOLAND California? You’re in the right place. As someone who’s navigated the popular theme park countless times, I’ll guide you to the best rides, ticket deals, and tips for planning your day. We also share essential information on park amenities, from stroller rentals to where to eat. If you make purchases through links in this post we may be compensated.

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Top Reasons to Visit

  • If you have a LEGO enthusiast or were one yourself, it’s a chance to immerse yourself in an incredible land dedicated to LEGO bricks and characters.
  • For early park admission, you can stay at one of the two onsite hotels (LEGOLAND Hotel and LEGOLAND Castle Hotel).
  • Rides, games, and live entertainment are geared toward ages 2-12.
  • You can upgrade your day from shorter line waits to VIP tours and other extras.
  • Special events throughout the year, including Halloween, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve add extra fun.

Must-See Highlights

  • Miniland USA: See famous cities and landmarks meticulously recreated with LEGO bricks.
  • Interactive Play areas where all ages can build with more bricks than one probably has at home.
  • LEGO Factory Tour: Get a behind-the-scenes look at how LEGO bricks are made.
  • NINJAGO World with its interactive rides and characters.
  • The seasonal Water Park with its slides and pools.
Minis Lounge at LEGOLAND Hotel serves wine, beer, coffee and food.

LEGOLAND California Dining

The most popular food items at LEGOLAND California are the desserts. Try Granny’s Apple Fries dusted with cinnamon sugar and topped with whipped cream or the churros dipped in Belgian chocolate. There’s also Dole Whip and various ice cream treats.

Outside of desserts, the food is just okay. We’ve had good barbecue plates at Knight’s Smokehouse BBQ and I’ve always thought it was nice to find healthy options like the salad bar at Fun Town’s Urban Kitchen. You can also get burgers, ramen, gluten-free, and vegetarian options.

For $19.99, you can enjoy all-you-can-drink soft drinks at select outlets using a Coca-Cola Freestyle collector cup with chip technology. Outside of that there are no packaged ticket deals that include dining.

LEGOLAND California Map and Directions

Most people drive or take an Uber.


  • Check the MTS trip planner for possible routes. You could take the Coaster to Carlsbad Poinsettia Station and take a short Uber from there.


  • From I-5 (North or South): Get off on Canon Road and head east. Go right on LEGOLAND Drive and follow the signs.

Dropping off kids and not staying? No problem. Before you get to the park’s tollbooths, look for the large LEGO WELCOME structure on and turn left into this horseshoe-shaped drop-off area.

LEGOLAND California

Kids Go Free at LEGOLAND California

Kids Go Free at LEGOLAND California

Kids go free at LEGOLAND California with this limited time ticket offer and you’ll definitely want to check out what’s new inside the park!