Legoland Florida is a fun romp for families at any time of the year, but the winter season brings some special advantages. If you’ve never been to Legoland but want to visit, or if you’ve been there in the past and are looking for a good time to return, here are four reasons to head out to the Winter Haven park this winter:
Great time for Miniland
The Legoland Florida rides are fun, but Miniland USA is a highlight of any visit. The only problem in the summer is that the Miniland area doesn’t have a lot of shade. That means you melt down in the sun if you spend too much time browsing the intricate cities. Spend as much time bopping from Las Vegas to New York to various Florida cities when you visit in cool weather with much more comfortable temperatures. Speaking of Miniland, in addition to the usual exhibits, you’ll want to visit the Star Wars section if you have a family of Star Wars fans. If you’d like to know what it’s all about, go here for a video.
Enjoy the gardens
Legoland Florida is unique among the Legoland parks around the world because it was built on the grounds of the old Cypress Gardens. A large part of the original gardens was retained, including the iconic banyan tree and the Florida pool. Unlike many parts of the country, Florida doesn’t generally get long snaps of freezing weather, so that means the gardens are a lovely spot to visit in the winter just as they are at more traditional times. They actually change with the seasons, so visit in cooler weather for a different perspective.
Avoid the rain
Although it’s been a wetter winter than usual, this is usually a relatively dry time of the year in Florida. That means you run less risk of getting rained out when you visit Legoland Florida. The park does have shows and other indoor activities, but if your family loves the roller coasters and other rides, then they’ll want to visit on a dry day to maximize their enjoyment.
Avoid the crowds
Most kids are back in school in the winter, so if you can visit Legoland Florida during the week, you’ll enjoy a much lower crowd level. Granted, there are lots of activities for pre-schoolers so some parents don’t have to worry about school schedules, but winter is a slower season overall. Just be sure to check the park’s operating schedule before planning your trip, as Legoland is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in January and the first two weeks in February.