LEGOLAND California tips from hotel experts

LEGOLAND California tips from hotel expertsI recently made my first visit to LEGOLAND California. As my regular readers know, I have been excited about the opening of LEGOLAND Florida this fall, so I was eager to check out the California park.

I stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach in Carlsbad, California, during my trip. So before leaving for LEGOLAND, I decided to ask the experts for some tips. And by experts, I mean the folks who work behind the front desk at this hotel, who see their guests come and go from LEGOLAND every day. These folks were the most super-helpful hotel staff I have ever encountered, so I knew that they would have gleaned plenty of tips to provide to their guests.

I first asked Ryan, who was quick to whip out a LEGOLAND map and point to Miniland in the center of the park as the real “don’t miss” LEGOLAND attraction. Ryan also suggested that my friend Stefanie and I take bottled water with us to the park to save money. And he advised us to leave room for one of the theme park’s signature treats: Granny’s Apple Fries.

Sean said we should also be sure to check out Mindstorms at LEGOLAND, which is a hands-on activity where kids ages 9 and up can learn to build and program a computerized robot. Mindstorms fills up early, so you need to make a reservation for this activity right when you get to the park.

And Carrie had two practical tips for dealing with crowds at the theme park: Go early, and eat a late lunch so you can ride rides when the lines dwindle while others eat at lunch time.

In sharing the Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach’s tips, I have also shared one of my own: Talk to the hotel staff. They watch people come and go from local attractions every day, and that builds a lot of wisdom about a place.

Hilton Garden Inn sponsored my trip to Carlsbad Beach.

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