Arts + Culture

Tiny Tourist Attractions

by Colleen Clark

Legoland, Carlsbad, California

Most of us at one point or another tried our hand at creating our own mini universes courtesy of the colorful realm of Lego. So, Legoland in Carlsbad, California, is like a six-year-old's dream come true. At the heart of the theme park is Miniland, a reproduction of seven areas of the United States constructed with the help of 20 million pieces of Lego. More than 2,000 miniature figures crowd the racetrack at the tiny Daytona Speedway, where the winning Lego driver gets sprayed from a Lego Champagne bottle. Then check out the Vegas strip, complete with a fun-size wedding chapel, monorail, and the iconic pirate battle outside the Treasure Island Casino. But it's not all glitz and glamour; there are also Lego New England farms, a solar-powered mini Mississippi River boat, and a scale model of Central Park with Lego people doing tai chi, sunbathing, and playing catch. There's also a nod to the future with a model Freedom Tower, the building that is currently being constructed at Ground Zero. On the flip side are the areas of Legoland that make you feel mini, with full-size jungles, pirate ships, and castles that look like your childhood Lego creations come to life.

Legoland
1 Legoland Drive
Carlsbad, California
Tel: 760 918 5346

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