LEGOLAND New York Resort
Explore themed LEGO lands featuring pirates, castles, Ninjago and more. There are only about a dozen rides that work for each age/height (and some are only open seaonsally), but lots of hands-on activities, interesting playgrounds and fun theming to explore. The rides are mild so not a lot of thrills for older kids, but it’s still a fun spot for any LEGO lover with imagination.
⭐️ Ride height requirements can be checked on website or in the useful LEGOLAND app (bring your phone chargers). Wait times are also updated throughout the day in the app (though we found them to not always be accurate).
⭐️ Be ready for lots of walking – the park is spread out over some hills with not much shade, so bring sunscreen. Note that the weather in Goshen can differ from that around NYC. Bring a change of clothes/socks as you may get wet on some attractions.
⭐️ Lines can get very long on busy days, with shortest waits around park opening and the hour before closing. The rides with the longest waits are usually Ninjago, The Dragon, Driving School, Fire Academy, Coast Guard Academy and The Brick Factory Ride. We recommend arrive before the official opening time and heading right to Ninjago and The Dragon or, with younger kids, LEGO City (Driving School/Fire Academy/Coast Guard Academy ). Explore the activities, playgrounds, show etc during the peak hours, then hit the other popular rides closer to closing.
⭐️ A ‘Reserve & Ride,’ available for $110 (on top of admission), allows the line 1 time each ride and isn’t really worth it as long as you can come early/stay late. The queus have some entertainment in them, especially The Brick Factory Ride. The pass is free for disabled kids and their party; visit the Guest Services office at the entrance to the Park).
The themed lands going clockwise from the entrance:
🧱 BRICKTOPIA: On your way in, stop at Lego Creative Workshop and can sign up for an afternoon session with LEGOLAND® Master Builder – these slots can fill up within an hour of park opening. Join madcap Professor Brick on the Factory Adventure Ride – shrink to Minifigure size and witness the colorful creation process of a LEGO brick. Build & Test racing cars and earthquake proof structures in an indoor play center or contribute to an outdoor LEGO Dots Art Gallery.
🥷🏻 LEGO NINJAGO WORLD: With the help of 3D glasses and motion sensors, master the power of elements and digitally fight to save the World of Ninjago. Whirl on Jay’s Gravity Force Trainer. A twisty turny cubic playground is a hit with brave kids; ages 3-5 can explore Ninja Training Camp.
🏰 LEGO CASTLE: The Dragon Coaster is the most thrilling roller coaster, with big drops after a ride through amusing medieval scenes. The Dragon’s Apprentice is smaller and slower for younger riders (32 inches + tall).
🏴☠️ LEGO PIRATES: Board a LEGO boat and shoot water cannons from at passersby in Splash Battle. Be shot at on spinning boats in unique Rough Riders. Swing on a ship in Anchors Aweigh (bigger, scarier version opening this summer).
🚒 LEGO CITY: Compete as a team to put out fires at Fire Academy. Drive around mini-roads and earn a license in Driving School. Steer a battery powered boat among waterways at Coast Guard Academy. See 20 minute 4D LEGO films (you may get wet) in the Palace Cinema – choose from three options or see them all; a great way to pass time and rest during peak crowds. Jump, climb, and play a giant boat at The Wharf playscape.
💧WATER PLAYGROUND: Splash, slide, cool off and look for pirates. Explore waterslides and a cascading splash with 318 gallons of refreshing water, plus build a LEGO boat to float and race. Time slots available via online reservations only. Reservations are first come, first serve and open at 7 am each day.
🧱 MINILAND: Also during the crowded midday, explore, with 10 destinations of scenery and city skylines from coast to coast – including favorite NYC landmarks – all made out of LEGO bricks (22,231,368 in all). Lots of cool details and some interactive elements.
🤖 Look for amazing LEGO sculptures and LEGO Friends throughout the park. Meet a variety of favorite LEGO® characters at Meet & Greets and see them in energetic stage shows (times for both on the mobile app).
👶 Breastfeed/change diapers in full-service DUPLO Baby Care Center in LEGO CITY as well as changing stations in all restrooms. Quiet Rooms availble for those that may need a calm respite with sensory swings and dimmable lighting.
🛍 Several rides exit into themed gift shops with LEGO sets, costumes, LEGOLAND merchandise and more, so set spend limits in advance. Explore a wide selection of LEGO toys, including some you won’t find anywhere else, at The BIG Shop, the largest LEGO store in North America. Packages can be held for pick-up near the exit.
🎟 Prepay for tickets and parking online to save time and money. Visit on weekdays for smaller crowds. Annual passes available start at $129.99; some levels include discounts on shopping, retail and hotel stays.
🍽 Dining options include burgers, pizza, sandwiches, barbecue, snacks, dumplings, tacos, Granny’s Apple Fries ice cream, and more. You can also bring your own food. Our favorites are Smokey’s Brick-B-Que and Brickolini’s Pizza and Pasta, both counter service style with indoor seating.
💧 Bring a water bottle for easy access water bottle re-fill stations across the park. Cooling stations activated on hot days.
🛏 Stay overnight at the LEGOLAND Hotel. Choose from very themed Pirate, Kingdom, LEGO Friends and LEGO NINJAGO rooms with separate sleeping areas for kids and fun LEGO surprises throughout. Enjoy themed play areas throughout the resort including a huge castle in the lobby, a heated resort-style pool, treasure hunts with LEGO prizes, visits from LEGO characters and daily children’s entertainment. The whole park can be done in one day, but the hotel is a worth a stay.
🚙 About 60 miles north of NYC. Parking is $25 (free for some members). Bus service available from Port Authority.
The Legoland Discovery Center Westchester in Yonkers is much smaller, closer and entirely indoors for less ambitious building fun.