10 Best Theme Parks for Families
1. Legoland California, Carlsbad
All 60 of the rides, shows, and attractions at this park about an hour north of San Diego are tailored for 2- to 12-year-olds, so your family isn’t wasting money on thrill rides that your kids are too small — or too scared — to go on. In fact, only two rides require kids to be 42 inches or taller. While pint-size Lego fans will find plenty to feed their obsession (such as Duplo Village and The Lego Movie Experience, which re-creates the last scene of the film), little ones who aren’t into building will appreciate the Volvo Driving School (where drivers age 3 and up get a paper license), kiddie Dinosaur coaster, and the Royal Joust (where you ride a wooden horse through a medieval forest). “My fiancé and I took six kids, ages 5 to 12, and they loved walking around Miniland, a gallery of Lego models including Star Wars ones,” says Shannon Gosney, blogger at The Mommy-Files. Safety standards are high; for instance, the park’s Duplo Train has key locks on the doors so kids aren’t able to climb out while the ride is moving. And long before other theme parks began offering healthier foods, Legoland California’s Fun Town Market featured locally grown produce in its salad bar.