If you have a Lego-loving kid, then I highly recommend putting Legoland Discovery Center on your bucket list. This amazing kid-friendly venue features twelve Lego-themed attractions that your little ones will marvel over, so plan to spend at least a couple hours there. This venue is fit for any age to enjoy, from toddlers to adults.
Go ahead and put Miniland at the top of the list for older kids and adults, though I think this is something everyone will admire, no matter the age. Your jaw will drop over these amazing figures that are built entirely out of Lego. It was so cool seeing landmarks of the city of Dallas and Cowboys Stadium built out of tiny Lego pieces. My Lego-fanatic son was taking in all the inspiration.
Another attraction more suitable for older kids and adults was the Lego Factory Tour. Personally, I thought it was pretty cool to see how Lego bricks are made, though I must say I think I was more interested in this part of the experience than the kids were. My 8 and 6 year olds kind of tuned out through this part of the experience and continually asked, “Mom, when is it time for rides?” This brings me to one of the highlights of our Legoland experience.
A major crowd-pleaser in our family was the Kingdom Quest ride. As you begin the ride, you are tasked with zapping trolls and skeletons throughout the mission of rescuing the princess. Nothing will bring out your kids' competitive side like seeing who can collect the most points throughout the ride. I can’t recall the number of times my kids asked, “Can we go again?”
Another fun ride is Merlin’s Apprentice. The faster you pedal, the faster the cart goes. My kids had a blast on this ride and also ended up going multiple times. The best part about these rides is there were hardly any lines. This makes multiple rounds on the same ride far more tolerable!
Our favorite part of the experience was definitely the Lego Build & Test area. My son and daughter had so much fun building Lego Races. Kids get to use Lego to create a racing car, then test its speed across the ramps. It was amazing to see my son’s determination to build the fastest race car and the strongest structure that he could. He could have easily spent the entire day at the Lego Build & Test alone. My daughter was not as big of a fan of the Lego Build & Test, as she became easily frustrated with building the structures.
Parents of toddlers rejoice! There is a Duplo village for little builders under 40 inches. This area is filled with large soft bricks for toddlers to create structures of their own. My toddler loved this play area, and I thought it was nice they included this section for the little ones.
Legoland has multiple locations across the country. You can even book birthday parties and other events at this kid-friendly venue.
Purchase tickets online at least 24 hours in advance to guarantee entry, as the number of visitors is limited. You can also get tickets for a slight discount by purchasing online rather than upon arrival. Buying ahead also allows you to skip ahead of the line at the time of your reservation. Save $5 per ticket for weekday entry rather than weekend.
Combination tickets are also available with access to Peppa Pig World of Play and Sea Life.
Legoland has multiple locations. You can find directions and details for locations such as Chicago, New Jersey, Atlanta, San Francisco and others on our KildFriendlyVenues app.
The Legoland in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex is located in Grapevine at the Grapevine Mills shopping area. Free parking is available, and they even have valet at the AMC theater nearby. There is also a Grapevine Visitors Shuttle that picks up at the airport and transports visitors to Grapevine Mills.
Legoland in Grapevine Mills is located around 30 minutes by car from all major parts of the metroplex, including Dallas, Fort Worth, and Denton.
Legoland of Grapevine is open on Sundays from 11 until 6:30, Monday-Friday from 10am-5pm, and Saturday from 10am-8pm.
There is a coffee shop near the Lego Build & Test and Duplo area, where you can get Starbucks coffee and light snacks. There are several restaurants in the Grapevine Mills shopping center that are best for lunch and dinner. Unfortunately, bringing snacks and drinks from home is not allowed.
The Legoland Discovery Center is easily accessible and stroller friendly. Changing tables and bathrooms are conveniently located near the coffee shop and Duplo area.
There is a Lego store attached to the Legoland Discovery Center for you to shop on your way out. Discounts are available if you are a frequent visitor and have a membership.