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This was not our first time in Legoland California, but it was our first time as a family of 5! I was a little bit nervous because I didn’t know if our 1yr. old was going to enjoy the park at all. Thankfully, we had a great time and I wanted to share with you some Legoland California tips so you can also have an amazing family vacation.

Family in front of legoland califonia castle hotel

 

Plan to stay at a Legoland Hotel

There are two hotels in Legoland California the Legoland Hotel and the Castle Hotel (new!). We have been to Legoland twice now, once staying at the Legoland hotel and once as a day trip. We all unanimously prefer the trip where we stayed at the Legoland Hotel. It really changes the experiences for the kids, and the grown-ups too.

 

Child in form of Legoland California Hotel

The hotel is basically lego heaven, there are lego themed rooms, nightly entertainment for the kids, and lego play areas all over the hotel. Staying at the hotel also includes a free breakfast buffet and early access to the park. For the parents, there’s a bar located in the lobby of the hotel, and just the opportunity to take a break during the day, especially if you have little ones is great!!

Child in from of lego chwebacca

If staying in the Legoland hotel is out of your budget there are hotels near Legoland California that would be a good options like Hyatt House Carlsbad, Carlsbad by the Sea Resort, Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach, and Fairfield Inn & Suites Carlsbad.

Children with unikitty Legoland california

Use the Legoland App

The Legoland app was a lifesaver, especially the interactive park map. It made everything so much more efficient, no more carrying a round a flimsy paper map or wandering around to find a ride with shorter wait times. You can find ride wait times, show times, and dining options as well.

Children in front of Legoland California Chima waterpark

Hit the Waterpark Early

If you go in the summer, I recommend you go to the waterpark first. It is much less crowded in the morning than in the afternoon. Bring a change of clothes, so you can change afterwards and enjoy the rest of the park nice and dry. We stored all of our valuable items in the lockers and just carried around our towels in the waterpark, but I wish I had taken a waterproof phone pouch so I could take pictures of the kids in the water.

Child inside Legoland California lego armor

The Best Legoland Rides for the Whole Family

There are so many good rides, but our favorites were the Adventurer’s Club in fun town, Fairy Tale Brook, Heartlake Stables, Mia’s Riding Camp, Driving School and Sky Patrol. Our little girl loved everything in Heartlake, and our older boy loved Driving School. In the water park our favorites were the Wave Pool, Duplo Splash Safari, and the Soak and Sail.

Vegan hamburger Legoland California tips to eat vegan 

Enjoy Legoland Restaurants with Vegetarian and Vegan Options

I always carry around healthy cookies or bag of trail mix in my bag for trips like these, in case they are no vegan options available, but I was pleasantly surprised at the vegan options and the friendly staff who had no problem accommodating my requests. (Legoland does allow you to bring in small snack and water.)

Child with lego california hot dos character

We had lunch at the Castle Hotel (the restaurant is open to the public). Which I’m so glad we did, because it gave us the opportunity to cool off and enjoy a beer with our meal. I had the impossible burger, a veggie soup, and some hummus and vegetables. There are more vegan options inside the park as well. The Market, which is a sort of convenience store/café has plenty of nuts, chips, baby pouch purees, fresh fruit cups, and popsicles.

children in castle lock up Legoland california tips

Fun Town’s Urban Kitchen has a nice salad bar and they offer a tofu and veggie bowl as well. Wok n’bowl ramen has a tofu stir fry with rice, and in the Ninja Kitchen there is a tofu Bahn mi. Last but not least the pizza and pasta buffet has a huge salad bar and you can order a cheese-less pizza or some noodles with marinara.

Disclaimer:  I received two complimentary media passes to Legoland, but all opinions and thoughts are my own.

 

We have arrived in Bluffton, SC (also known as the Lowcountry). It is beautiful here, in a swampy-I’m getting eaten alive by mosquitoes- kind of way. No really, it is beautiful, yet so different from Cali. I have to say It’s kind of strange to live in a small town again. Everybody knows each other and actually talks to each other in public places. I like that most of the businesses are mom-and-pop shops. Also, it is so quiet around here, and nobody seems to be rushing around trying to get somewhere else.

The Lowcountry is beautiful, with it's moss covered trees, twinkling lights, rocking chairs in every porch, and southern architecture.

 

There have been some adjustments like remembering to spray yourself with repellent, the clawing humidity, the bursts of rain that last 10 min and go away just as quickly as they came, and the lack of my favorite stores like Trader Joes and Sprouts. On the other hand there is so much to do like fishing, canoeing, kayaking, bicycling, going to the beach, crabbing, and shrimping.

The Lowcountry Alligators

 

 

Of course there’s also the alligators. I was trying to be cool about it when my hubby said there were alligators in the lake on property at the resort. I even suggested we should take our little one for a ride in a canoe. Yeah, that did not work out so great. We got into the canoe, but only he could row because I was holding the munchkin, so it was a little slow and wobbly. When suddenly he calmly says,” Look, I think that’s an alligator. Can you see it?” I did see it, and I freaked out! I could not control myself. ” Turn around, turn around!! “, I screamed. He thought it was hilarious and proceeded to get closer! I thought my heart was going to burst. I don’t know why I got so scared. We eventually made it out of the lake without being eaten by alligators. Mmm…It might be a while before I’m comfortable with that.

 

The Lowcountry is beautiful, with it's moss covered trees, twinkling lights, rocking chairs in every porch, and southern architecture.

I don’t know why, but this time this move really feels like an adventure. Maybe because neither of us had lived in the South before and everything seems new and different. It seems like there’s a lot to learn, eat, an explore. Now, if only I could figure out what to do with my hair!

The Lowcountry is beautiful, with it's moss covered trees, twinkling lights, rocking chairs in every porch, and southern architecture.

The Lowcountry is beautiful, with it's moss covered trees, twinkling lights, rocking chairs in every porch, and southern architecture.