First up: Legoland!
We flew out to San Diego (see our lovely view above) and drove to Carlsbad that afternoon. It's about a 35 mile (56 km) trip and gave us an introductory taste of the California style of driving and traffic jams. We enjoyed a lazy pool day on Friday and then spent all day Saturday at Legoland.
Thankfully our hotel was super close and we were able to walk to the park, which saved us $15. Our tickets were also free through a hotel promotion, but they're normally $83 + tax each.
My husband was ecstatic just walking through the gates! (I played with Legos as a kid, but don't enjoy them nearly as much as he does.)
There were so many cool sights - and most made completely of Legos! A couple of examples . .
The fairy tale creatures on the log ride:
Many, many animals throughout the park:
And portions of real cities and Star Wars planets:
(We joked that this lizard was Godzilla and had actually caused that damage to the streets.)
One of our favorites was the Lego Movie Experience.
It was a replica of the basement in the movie, and included a scavenger hunt of sorts (we only found 3 of the 7 Unikitties.) It's hard to imagine how much time went into making everything in the movie!
Next door, they had a small "factory" to show how Legos are produced that was interesting. I liked the walk through time, which showed some old Lego kits. We got on very few rides because the wait times were outrageous, but really enjoyed ourselves just walking around and taking in the Lego sights.
Would you ever visit Legoland?