How about Knott's Berry Farm, you can take the Metrolink Train to the Buena Park Station and then one bus (OCTA Route 29 South) to the park. Or if you drive, a drive up Interstate 5 to the 91 freeway, and go one ext east to Beach Blvd. Buy tickets in advance online to save a lot on adult admission.
…legoland.com/en/explore/Water-Park/ It will be open daily through April 21st
A couple of comments about LEGOLAND, to enter the water park, you have to buy admission to the main Theme Park, and then an add-on ticket to the water park, so it is about the same price as Disneyland. (Knott's is less than half the price if bought in advance, less than $40 for Adults).
Also, without a rental vehicle, LEGOLAND is not easily accessable if using Public Transit.
April is not really waterpark season as it is relatively cold in Southern California. That is why the parks you checked are probably closed for service. They are getting ready for the summer season.
From what I understand around 73 bucks buys you a 2 day ticket online to the Legoland and waterpark but Disney which really cannot be done in one day and needs at least 2 or 3 would not be the same price
But yes if you purchase a one day ticket at both, you will get the second day free at Legoland but only one day at disneyland.
But I am no expert and I differ to happytotrip and redland.. who are the experts here.
I personally would suggest going to Knotts or Disney over lego but if the waterpark is needed, then that would be the option.Edited: 8:01 pm, March 20, 2013
I know that Redhead Redlands hasn't been to LEGOLAND, and I doubt Happy to Trip has.
On the other hand, I have been to the park multiple times.
So we have Disneyland at $87, LEGOLAND at $73 and Knott's at $37 (Online tickets for adults). Seems like a big difference in price, which was mentioned by the OP as an important factor.
Thank you! Looks like we can't get tickets for just the Lego water park. Kids really only want the water rides but park hopper is too expensive. I'll check out your other recommendations!
I know you said "easily accessible", but Knott's Soak City in Palm Springs is already open for Spring Break, then weekends after that until Memorial Day Weekend.
Admission is about $25 per person if bought in advance online.
Alas, it is a fairly long drive from San Clemente, and I wouldn't try the trip using public transit. (Though it is doable with a combination of an Amtrak Train to Fullerton and transferring to an Amtrak Thruway bus that runs twice a day to Palm Springs).
So that might be an option if you are willing to drive.
Note, the Knott's Soak City in Buena Park is closed, and won't open until late May.Edited: 8:35 pm, March 20, 2013
>>>So we have Disneyland at $87, LEGOLAND at $73 and Knott's at $37 (Online tickets for adults). Seems like a big difference in price, which was mentioned by the OP as an important factor.
You are absolutely right. Price is a factor and as I mentioned I would do Knotts and Disney over lego but if water park is the request as mentioned by the OP TWICE, then, Knott's Soak city is not open until May. 2013 soakcityoc.com/hours-directions/park-hours so the only choices as far as I see it are those 3 mega theme parks
Other experts in the Orange County area including the DE for Orange County ScottCA may have other ideas
This is just My personal opinion, but....Im just going to add, that you usually get what you pay for... Imo Disneyland is worth the extra since there is so much to see and do, its an amazing Park. Lets just put it this way... I have been to Knotts once, while I cant count the times I have been to Disneyland.
And btw, I have not been to Legoland either, as I dont think you do get what you pay for there, its too expensive for whats offered.