FOR LOVERS OF the iconic bricks, any land that is filled to the brim of Lego has to be a winner. And whilst Legoland Windsor is brilliant for a family day out, there's heaps more to offer at the recently opened Legoland Florida – not least more or less guaranteed sunshine and certainly less need to carry your waterproofs (unless of course you intend to try some of the get-wet water rides!).
It may be Florida's newest theme park, but for afionados the homage to all things Lego needs little introduction. From the familiarity of Miniland, naturally with a US flavour, featuring a host of iconic American buildings and sights from the Manhattan skyline and San Fran's Golden Gate Bridge to the bright glitz of Las Vegas and the excitement of Daytona International Speedway. There's also a host of roller-coasters and rides (the theme park is built on the grounds of the historic Cypress Gardens and features some of the original rides, revamped and updated with a Lego twist, as well as lush green gardens to wander). Best of all is the brilliant water park, where you can rent a Lego cabana as your base, complete with two complimentary Lego souvenir towels, for a moment's respite before sampling the raft of watery rides. What could be better than bobbing around the Buid-A-Raft River in a giant rubber ring savouring that famous Floridian sunshine?
New for this summer, too, is the World of Chima featuring an interactive water ride (and yes, that means you will get wet!), Cragger’s Swamp water play area (yes, wet again, but don't worry: in the heat, cooling water is refreshing and you'll dry in no time!). There's also a new 4D movie experience and a chance to meet-n-greet your favourite Chima character. For Lego fans, it really doesn't get much better than Legoland Florida.