Block in a vacation at Florida’s Legoland

Florida’s newest theme park, Legoland Florida, will open Oct. 15, and when it does, it will be the largest Legoland to date.

The largest Legoland park opens in October in Florida with more than 150 acres of interactive fun at the site of the former Cypress Gardens.

The largest Legoland park opens in October in Florida with more than 150 acres of interactive fun at the site of the former Cypress Gardens.

Florida’s newest theme park, Legoland Florida, will open Oct. 15, and when it does, it will be the largest Legoland to date.

Legoland is a brand of interactive theme parks specifically geared toward families with children ages two to 12. Legoland Florida will offer more than 150 acres of interactive fun.

Legoland Florida is in winter haven, in Central Florida. The park was built on the site of the former Cypress Gardens attraction — about a 45-minute drive south of Orlando’s theme parks or east from downtown Tampa.

Legoland Florida will have more than 50 rides, shows and attractions; and nearly all the rides are hands-on so you can push, pull, pedal, steer, squirt, climb and build your way to unforgettable memories. The term “pink knuckle” is used to describe their rides so you won’t have to worry about them being too scary. They are family friendly all the way. In addition to the interactive rides and attractions, you will discover shows, restaurants, shopping and colourful landscaping — all on a lakeside setting.

When you first enter, you’ll find The Big Shop, one of the largest Lego retail stores in the world featuring Lego and Legoland merchandise of all shapes, colours and sizes.

In Fun Town, see how Lego bricks are made on the factory tour then take in an action-packed, 4-D show. Reward your bravery with the park’s signature dessert, Granny’s Apple Fries (crisp, Granny Smith apples powdered with cinnamon and sugar, served with a creamy sweet vanilla sauce).

The heart of every Legoland park is Miniland, made with millions of Lego bricks, but this Miniland USA version will dazzle Florida visitors. It will feature spectacular reproductions of American landmarks, including Washington, D.C., New York City and Las Vegas. There will also be a special Florida section highlighting the entire state. You’ll also find Florida icons like the Kennedy Space Center. At the interactive Daytona International Speedway racing experience, you can race Lego brick cars.

In the Duplo Village, toddlers can fly a plane, drive a car and use their imaginations. This entire area was designed with their size in mind.

At Castle Hill, explore medieval times, joust on Lego horses and conquer the Dragon Coaster. XTreme is where brave guests can ride the Lego Technic Test Track and Wave Racers in the Aquazone. Bring your camera to the Imagination Zone because several of the most amazing Lego models in the world are here, including a replica of Albert Einstein’s head.

Pirates’ Cove is where you’ll find Legoland Florida’s very own live-action water stunt show on Lake Eloise. Swashbuckling pirates, water cannons and a walk on the plank await. Treasure hunts and hidden tombs can be explored at Land of Adventure. Zip down a coaster into prehistoric times or experience Legoland Florida’s dark ride —  the Lost Kingdom Adventure. Lego City is a scaled-down town where kids can drive, fly and become an official firefighter.

Legoland.com is your one-stop-vacation-shop for all things Legoland Florida. Buy tickets, book vacation packages, airline tickets, car rentals, group sales and more.

To plan your trip to Central Florida, visit www.visitcentralflorida.org.