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Toying with logoland trip idea

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Toying with logoland trip idea

Hi, we live in Massachusetts, my 2 sons will be 5 and 7 next year. Is legoland, and surrounding area worth flying across country for a vacation? We did Disneyworld last November and of course it was fabulous but would love for the kids to travel some place new. If we were to come out, do you recommend Feb vacation or April vacation, what else should we consider bundling into the trip, how many days at legoland (btw my kids LOVE legos), how many days for total area. Just formulating ideas at this point. Thanks for any advice you can provide.

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1. Re: Toying with logoland trip idea

Legoland is fun...I would choose April as the weather can be quite nice along the San Diego area. You could easily include San Diego Zoo, San Diego Wild Animal Park, Seaworld, Legoland, the wonderful beach areas, and even a day trip to the desert (spring desert flowers) into a wonderful vacation. There is also the maritime museums, going on the Midway.

http://www.midway.org/

going to Old Town and enjoying a Mexican dinner and seeing tortillas made.

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_ID=663

Also, the flower fields will most likely be in bloom if you come in April

http://www.theflowerfields.com/

so much to do....and so fun.

You can easily spend 4 to 7 days in this area..

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2. Re: Toying with logoland trip idea

Many people come here and only do one day at Legoland BUT I believe they have 2 day tickets.

San Diego has a wide variety of things to do but we are not centered around theme parks like Orlando.

Besides Legoland there's Sea World, the San Diego zoo and Wild Animal Park. There's ships to visit in the harbor. There's Balboa Park with its variety of small museums including hands on science with I-Max movies, Aerospace etc. There's outdoor activities like biking,skating along the oceanfront or in Mission Bay Park. You could also visit the nearby desert.

Lots to do not just parks for the kiddies.

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3. Re: Toying with logoland trip idea

Thanks, we did Sea World in San Antonio 2 years ago, is it worth doing again? Would you recommend one hotel for the whole trip or relocating half way to spend time closer to both?

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I like the San Diego Sea World - (note: Since you have gone to a similar one, you are the best person to know if your children like it or not.) Lunch with Shamoo, swimming with the dolphins are some really special highlights at the San Diego one. (They cost extra...but quite fun.)

2) You can stay in San Diego and stay in one place. You can stay inland such as LW Resort if you don't mind driving around to get to places. The Resort is very fun for the whole family.

http://www.welksandiego.com/

(They have water slides at the resort, family centers, activities, etc. which make it so fun).

Personally speaking, I would stay either in San Diego area (La Jolla, San Diego, Coronado) or inland. The area right by Legoland is just ok - its better to just do a day trip to Legoland and return to some place more fun.

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Where you stay will depend on your budget and there are lots of choices.

There was a recent trip report where the family stayed in the Homewood Suites/Del Mar and really loved it there.

If you can spend a bit more then La Costa Resort and the 4 SeasonsAviara Resort are both in Carlsbad,not far from Legoland and are really nice for children. La Costa has water slides too and is more convenient than staying further inland.

Another activity here is to go tide pooling at low tide but you may have done that if you go to the rocky beaches off your coast.

Let us know your budget and the type of places you have enjoyed on other trips and we can make better suggestions. In general, lodging in southern California is more expensive than Florida.

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6. Re: Toying with logoland trip idea

This is a wonderful place to vacation (and an even better place to live). If you want to stay in Carlsbad, and you should, then the best choices are the small hotels on, or across the street from, the beach in downtown, or if you don't mind spending the money then La Costa or the Four Seasons Aviara.

The advantage to staying down is that you are right at the beach, and you can easily walk to dozens of family restuarants (none of which are chains). There is also lots of nice, non-chain, shopping close at hand.

The advantage to staying at one of the resorts is, well, the fact that it is a real nice resort! You'll pay more but you might get more.

There is plenty to do in the area - if you never bothered to go to a theme park your kids will enjoy playing on Carlsbad's beaches all day. Of course, in Carlsbad you have Legoland right nearby. If you've got two kids who are Lego nuts then you are looking at at least one, and possibly two, full days. It won't take two full days to see everything but there is enough cool stuff such that the kids will want to come back and do things more than once.

The zoo, the wild animal park, and sea world are all full-day activities.

The weather is much more predictable in April than it is in February.

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7. Re: Toying with logoland trip idea

Thank you all. Great advice and lots to consider. We might have to wait until 2011 to get out there but it is definately on the radar now as Vacation ideas. We are headed to Alaska this August and the economy is always a factor when flying a family of 4 across country.

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