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Carlsbad is home to the LEGOLAND California Resort, which includes LEGOLAND, a water park and Sea Life Aquarium. LEGOLAND is "all the Lego you could want" in one place, with lots of hands-on activities, water play, rides, and shows, for kids of all ages. Also, Carlsbad beaches are great for families, perfect for any summer or holiday vacation.
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Before you go
    Keep the park's location in mind when planning your trip. Carlsbad is typically an hour's drive from downtown San Diego; it's much more convenient to have a hotel in Carlsbad.
    The park may not seem all that large, but kids may want to spend more than one day. The two-day admission pass is a cost-effective option, and you can order tickets online before you visit to avoid lines at the ticket window.
    Varous sections of the park have water play areas, and kids may get completely soaked. Bring towels, swim suits, or extra change of clothes. Water play is seasonal (California is not tropical like Florida or Hawaii).
While you're there
   

The Beginning – At the entrance are lockers (stash extra stuff), and strollers for rent. Also, pick up sandwiches and picnic supplies at The Market.

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Miniland USA – Eight different geographical areas with LEGO replicas of famous landmarks and city scenes. Kids will recognize New York City skyscrapers and Central Park, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Las Vegas strip, Hollywood, New Orleans steamboats, the Capitol and White House in Washington DC, and the fantasy world of Star Wars. Water features, miniature people, and moving vehicles create realistic scenes. Also kids have fun piloting the boats at the Miniland Marina.

DUPLO Village is an entire section dedicated to younger children, with water play areas, musical fountain, Playtown, a fairy tale ride, and Safari Trek (the animals look remarkably realistic).
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Imagination Zone Mindstorms and Build & Test are one of our favorite sections in the park – older kids can try out and test their own designs for robots. (Our kids could spend the whole day here.) There's also a room for toddlers to play with DUPLO, popular with the stroller set.
    Fun Town has the always-popular driving schools, where kids can get behind the wheel. Toddlers under 5 can start at Junior Driving School; for kids 6 and up, Driving School is just the first step to their license. Also, stretch your legs in the "kid powered" Sky Cruisers (go early as this is a popular ride).
    Dino Island – Little kids can dig in the sand to discover fossils, and the Lego T-Rex and Triceratops are stellar.
    Pirate Shores – Arriving at Pirate Shores, expect to get wet! The water play area is fabulous – water slides and a big pirate bucket that fills up, then tips over in a torrent. Take the Splash Battle ride or stand on the bridge above the ride, and the kids will be totally soaked (keep any cameras dry).
     

Fun food

      Try the Granny’s Apple Fries, a LEGOLAND specialty, in Castle Hill.
  Legoland Water Park – Make your own LEGO rafts and float down a lazy river, wade pool with water cannons, really long water slides and tube slide, water play areas just for toddlers. Bring your swimsuits, lockers, changing rooms, cabanas are available.
  Sea Life Aquarium – In Sea Life Aquarium, check out marine life of the California coast. Watch sharks swimming around LEGO submarines and 10 ft statues. In the Ray Lagoon, manta rays glide through Mayan ruins. Touch sea anemones and starfish in the touch pools, and don't miss the feedings of the giant Pacific octopus. Aquarium is best with younger kids.
  Museum of Making Music – If anyone in your family is interested in music, stop into the Museum of Making Music. The museum has instruments, from 19th century organs to Big Band saxophones to electric guitars to digital keyboards. Try playing the digital piano, drums, guitar or electric violin.
  The Flower Fields (Carlsbad Ranch) – North County is famous for its flower fields, bright swaths of color, as far as the eye can see. From March to May, visit the Flower Fields. There are wide paths to run around, or take a ride around the fields in an antique tractor (it's a big area), and. Photograph your children in the fields, surrounded by acres of flowers. There are picnic tables and you can get strawberry sundaes (topped with local strawberries and whipped cream) or milkshakes.
  Beaches – Both Carlsbad State Beach and Carlsbad City Beach are long sandy beaches, and kids can easily spend all day playing in the water. Easy stairway access to both beaches, grassy areas and picnic tables. Kick back and relax.
  Carlsbad Lagoon – The Carlsbad Lagoon is the perfect place to kayak, go pedal boating and paddleboarding, or just have fun with those big aqua cycles (the water is calm and protected).
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Standing in lines for hours in the summer heat is no fun, especially for kids. (During the holidays and summer season, the lines are out the door.) Order your tickets online, and avoid racking your brain for games to play with your kids while waiting in line:

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When you visit Legoland, you'll need a fun place to stay. Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of family hotels for Carlsbad, all styles and price ranges, convenient to Legoland and the beaches:
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