For the kids (and kids at heart) in your travel party, no Central Florida vacation is complete without a stop at LEGOLAND Florida Resort in Winter Haven.
Once home to Florida’s first theme park, Cypress Gardens, the 150-acre interactive LEGOLAND® theme park still features the original botanical gardens and more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, restaurants, shops, LEGOLAND Florida Water Park, LEGOLAND Hotel, LEGOLAND Beach Retreat and LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel.
LEGOLAND® Theme Park
At 150-acres, LEGOLAND Florida is the largest interactive LEGOLAND Park in the world. It features more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, restaurants, shopping, a breathtaking botanical garden and the LEGOLAND Water Park, which are all geared to families with children ages 2 to 12.
Rides include pink-knuckle roller coasters, the Imagination Zone, Miniland USA and LEGO City where youngsters can learn how to drive by freely navigating their own boats and LEGO cars.
Where is LEGOLAND Florida Resort?
LEGOLAND Florida Resort is located in Winter Haven, Florida, about a one-hour drive from Orlando or Tampa Bay. Hotels rooms can be booked at three available onsite hotels, while vacation rentals can also be found throughout the local area.
LEGOLAND Florida Water Park
It’s Florida and sometimes you just need to beat the heat. That’s why it’s awesome that LEGOLAND Florida is home to its very own water park. Your kids will “ooh” and “ahh” over the water-themed LEGO models created from more than four million LEGO bricks!
We have a lot more information about the water park, including more photos, in our LEGOLAND Florida Water Park blog post.
Visitors have three options when staying at LEGOLAND Florida Resort in Winter Haven.
Pirate Island Hotel
LEGOLAND’s Pirate Island Hotel opened in 2020. The new 5-story hotel has 150 rooms and it’s own pool. The new hotel is connected to the existing LEGOLAND Hotel.
The LEGOLAND Hotel is just as much of an experience as the theme park. The 5-story hotel is just “130 kid steps” from the main entrance of the theme park. The 152-room hotel has highly themed rooms and suites with LEGO décor and interactive play areas.
LEGOLAND Beach Retreat
LEGOLAND Beach Retreat offers a great way for families and friends to stay (close) and play at The Resort during their Central Florida vacation. Located on Lake Dexter in Winter Haven, the LEGOLAND Beach Retreat features 83 beach-themed bungalows, which offer 166 separate suites that sleep up to five, including a bunk-bed area designed just for kids.
Attractions within the Park
THE LEGO MOVIE™ WORLD
THE LEGO MOVIE™ WORLD features three new rides and numerous attractions inspired by the themes and characters of THE LEGO MOVIE™ and THE LEGO MOVIE™ 2: The Second Part.
Read more about THE LEGO MOVIE™ WORLD.
LEGO NINJAGO® World
LEGO NINJAGO World is an immersive land filled with several hands-on, outdoor activities where kids can sharpen their ninja skills before the ultimate showdown on LEGO NINJAGO. The Ride blends 3D computer animation, “4D” special effects such as heat, fog and strobe lighting, and groundbreaking interactive technology never seen outside a LEGOLAND theme park.
Read more about LEGO NINJAGO World.
Based on the popular LEGO Friends toy line, is most popular with female LEGO fans and features a disc coaster ride themed to LEGO Friends Mia’s love of horses called Mia’s Riding Adventure.
Formerly known as “Florida’s First Theme Park,” the world-renowned botanical gardens of Cypress Gardens are now located inside the gates of LEGOLAND Florida. Developers took great care to preserve the integrity of Cypress Gardens, keeping the great Banyan tree that was planted there in 1939.
Read more in Cypress Gardens: Florida’s 1st Tourist Attraction.
The park’s latest expansion was built just for the little ones in your family. Ideal for toddlers aged 2-5, the interactive DUPLO Valley features a herd of cows, goats, chickens, and sheep amid farm-themed attractions that include a mini tractor ride, water play area, and air-conditioned indoor play area.
Dining at LEGOLAND Florida
You’ll find traditional theme park food options throughout the park, as well as gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.
Granny’s Apple Fries
The apple fries are delicious and only available within the gates of the theme park. They are too good to share, so don’t torture yourself by only ordering just one.
Kick’n Chicken Co.
Located near Ford Driving School, Kick’n Chicken offers a Cinnamon Waffle BLT chicken sandwich, Fried Pickles and Mac ‘N’ Cheese Bites.