Take a Day Trip from Sarasota to LEGOLAND Florida

By Vanessa Caceres

Get Your Little Builders Ready—LEGOLAND Florida Offers Family Fun With Plenty of Ways to Get Creative With Legos!

LEGOLAND Florida See LEGO come to life amidst more than 50 rides, shows and attractions and special movie-themed fun all geared for families with children ages 2 to 12. (PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group, Chip Litherland)

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LEGOLAND Florida is about 90 minutes from Sarasota in the town of Winter Haven. The park is geared toward children ages 2 to 12; you’ll want to plan your visit to make both younger and older children happy. Fortunately, the park has something for everyone. Your younger ones will want to spend their time in DUPLO Valley, with a train, splash and play area, and tot spot. Older children will look for thrills at the Land of Adventure, with rides like Coastersaurus—a wooden roller coaster with curves and dips—or LEGO Technic, with fun attractions like techni cycles and wave racers.

LEGOLAND Florida is a 150 acre interactive them park featuring more more than 50 rides, shows and attraction all geared toward families with children ages 2-12. (PHOTO / CHIP LITHERLAND). Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

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Young and old alike will enjoy some selfie opps at the park entrance, with multicolored displays of LEGO characters and a large red dinosaur to greet visitors. Another attraction that seems to draw admirers of all ages is Miniland USA, where you can travel the U.S. without ever leaving Central Florida. How does that work, you ask? Well, Miniland USA uses more than 32 million LEGO bricks to show famous cities and sites in California, Florida, Nevada, New York, and Washington, D.C. You can tell friends you cheered on race car drivers at Daytona International Speedway and got a glimpse of the stars in Legowood (instead of Hollywood).

Daytona International Speedway has a sleek new look at LEGOLANDÆ Florida Resort. Itís the newest model in MINILAND USA, where visitors will discover towering LEGOÆ landmarks from across the United States. Veteran NASCAR driver Casey Mears visited the theme park today for a special event to celebrate the giant new display and to preview the NASCAR Sprint Cup Seriesí return to DIS for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Saturday, July 2. Mears participated in a two-car race through MINILAND USA in kid-sized racing alongside a fierce competitor,10-year- old Layla Popoff of Orlando, Fla., representing Make-A- WishÆ Central and Northern Florida.(PHOTO / Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort). Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

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Here Are Some More Insider Tips to Check Out During Your Day Trip to LEGOLAND Florida

  • LEGOLAND Water Park – For the full park experience, visit LEGOLAND Water Park to swim and build with all things LEGO. From Build-a-Boat to DUPLO Splash Safari to the Wave Pool and the Joker Soaker interactive play area, the LEGOLAND Water Park will make you thankful for Florida’s warm weather and the cool down offered at the water park. (Note: LEGOLAND Water Park requires a separate admission fee, and it is not open all year.)

    WINTER HAVEN, Florida - LEGOLAND Florida Water Park offers tons of summer fun for families with children ages 2 to 12. The Water Park features a Build-a-Raft Lazy River where guest build their own LEGO rafts, Joker Soaker water playground, LEGO Wave Pool, Duplo Splash Safari and 5 slippery fast water slides. (PHOTO/LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group, Edward Linsmier). Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

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  • Granny’s Apple Fries in Fun Town – Find your new food addiction at Granny’s Apple Fries, which specializes in cut apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and dipped in whipped cream.
  • Minifigure Market – Got a love for LEGO minifigures? Stop by Minifigure Market in Fun Town to collect more of these popular characters. And here’s a fun tip if you’re into trading: Bring a minifigure or two from home, and ask any LEGOLAND employees about trading. You’ll find that they usually have a minifigure on their name badge, and it’s common to trade. LEGOLAND Florida also has plenty of other stores to load up on your favorite LEGO sets and other memorabilia.
  • Special events – From Halloween’s Brick or Treat to the Christmas Bricktacular event, special events get you in a festive mood at LEGOLAND. Visitors can meet master builders, view sights like a 30-food Christmas tree made out of LEGO bricks, and take part in holiday-related happenings, all with a LEGO theme.

    LEGOLAND Florida Resort's Christmas Bricktacular Celebration. PHOTO / LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group, Chip Litherland) Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.

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  • Cypress Gardens – LEGOLAND Florida was built on the former Cypress Gardens site, but the park still maintains its longtime botanical gardens that once made it famous. The garden has a notable collection of native plants and features a Banyan tree that was planted as a seedling in 1939. A walk around the peaceful gardens is a respite from an otherwise busy day at the park.

    LEGOLAND Florida provides interactive entertainment for families with children ages 2-12 . (PHOTO/LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group, Chip Litherland). Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

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There’s plenty more to do and see at LEGOLAND Florida. From shows to rides to food and attractions, you can be entertained for a day—or longer.

Written by: Vanessa Caceres | Author Website

Is a Bradenton-based travel, food, and health freelance writer, specializing in writing about Florida. She regularly writes about Florida food and travel for Visit Florida, Edible Sarasota, Forward Florida, and other media outlets. Her work has appeared on the Today Show website, The Huffington Post, USAToday's GoEscape, and other venues.