Aloha from Hawaii! I'll be in Carlsbad for one night in early October and I have a few questions that I hope someone will be able to answer here.
Is it too cold in early October to do the water stuff at Legoland? I noticed the Swabbies Deck (for younger kids?) will not be open, but the Soak and Sail will be? What's the difference? Will my 15 month old and 3 year old be able to enjoy the Soak and Sail area with my 8 year old?
We're probably staying at the Ramada Carlsbad by the Sea. Mainly because it's cheap, but not too cheap, KWIM? We'll mostly only be sleeping there for one night so why pay more? BUT, I see a lot of recommendations for the hotels by the beach. Which is not super important (seeing that we have beautiful beaches here in Hawaii), but it might be kinda cool for the kids to see a different kind of beach. Maybe see some dolphins/seals from the balcony, as I've read in some posts here? They probably won't have time to swim (too cold anyway?) so not worth the extra $30 - $50? What do you think?
Last of all, can someone recommend a family-friendly restaurant somewhere on the route of Legoland/Carlsbad by the Sea/Premium Outlets? After Legoland closes at 5:00, I'd like to hit the outlet mall, but will need to feed my family on the way. I'd prefer a non-chain, where the locals go to eat type of place.
Sorry this is so long! I'd just like to make the most efficient use of time and money on my short time there. TIA for the advice!