15 of the World’s Top Dinosaur Attractions for Kids

15 of the World’s Top Dinosaur Attractions for Kids

Unearthing the best dinosaur attractions for kids around the world

From North America to Russia, Australia to Europe and the Middle East, we have tracked down the world’s top dinosaur attractions for kids, thanks to the people who know best what kids love, parents. Let your kids discover enormous T-Rex skeletons, dinosaur footprints hidden along the shoreline, life sized state of the art creations and fossil digging at its best.

Finding dinosaurs in Canada

Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, Drumheller, Alberta

The Royal Tyrrell Museum is the only museum in Canada dedicated exclusively to the science of Palaeontology. It’s also home to one of the largest displays of dinosaurs in the entire world! Visiting is like being transported millions of years into the past. Massive detailed exhibits bring the museums 40 full dinosaur skeletons to life. You can inspect over 100,000 specimens of fossilised remains! The coolest thing about visiting is the amount of hands on activities there are for kids. There is a huge variety of interactive games throughout the displays inside and visitors can explore outside too! The museum offers programs like a real dig experience out in the field. Kids can get their hands in the dirt participating in the archaeological process. Also, there are organised hikes to search for fossils, fossil-casting classes, and various crafts and projects aimed at exciting and educating all ages.

(The feature image above is the Albertosaurus at the Royal Tyrrell)

Unearthed by: Rob and family, Expat Experiment

Dinosaur Provincial Park, Southern Alberta – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Dinosaur Provincial Park Alberta Canada Top Dinosaur Attractions for Kids Family travel

Dinosaur Provincial Park is located deep in the heart of the Alberta Badlands. The arid landscape stretches over 20,000 ruggedly unforgiving acres. Defined by its strange looking rock formations called Hoodoos, the terrain is absolutely surreal. When we visited we felt like we’d arrived on another planet! Aptly named, the park is home to one of the richest caches of dino bones in the world.

The remains of 40 different kinds of species have been unearthed in the area! Deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, Dinosaur Provincial Park is truly a prehistoric treasure trove! There is a chance for discovery around every corner. We were amazed by the abundance of fossils and unusual wildlife in the area. Mule and whitetail deer, cottontail rabbits, a variety of snakes, and over 160 different species of birds live in the in the park. Coyotes are more often heard than seen and if you’re lucky you’ll spot pronghorn antelope sprinting across the vast prairie. Families can explore independently or participate in an organised activity like an authentic dinosaur dig! There is a visitor’s centre, restaurant, and campground on site. Various guided tours run throughout the summer months (June to the end of September).

Unearthed by: Rob and family, Expat Experiment

Finding dinosaurs in Australia

Australia’s Dinosaur Trail – Winton, Richmond, and Hughenden, Queensland

For the avid dinosaur lover, a road trip into the Queensland outback is a must. Australia’s Dinosaur Trail will take you on a unique self-drive adventure through the towns of Winton, Richmond and Hughenden where you can discover world-class fossils. The small town of Winton houses the world’s biggest collection of Australia’s largest dinosaur fossils, at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum. You’ll also find life-sized bronze dinosaurs at Dinosaur Canyon.

Just over an hour away you can explore the Dinosaur Stampede National Monument at Lark Quarry Conservation Park which is the only place on the planet with known evidence of a dinosaur stampede.

Next it’s on to Hughenden to visit ‘Hughie’ a Muttaburrasaurus at the Flinders Discovery Centre. You’ll also get to see the Porcupine Gorge Light and Sound Show and the fossil exhibition. Keep an eye out for the dinosaur metal sculptures designed and made by local artists.

It’s hard to believe that you’d find Australia’s premier marine fossil collection 400km from the nearest ocean but Richmond houses this amazing collection that originated from the Great Inland Sea that existed 110 million years ago at Kronosaurus Korner. While you’re there, the kids will love having a go at finding their own fossil at one of the free fossicking sites.

Unearthed by: Nicci and family, Travel with Boys

Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, Bathurst, Victoria

Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum Bathurst Australia Top Dinosaur Attractions for Kids Family travel

Country Australia has many hidden wonders waiting for the adventurous traveller to uncover. We love to pack the car, fill the tank and head off on road trips to explore a little of this inland marvels.

On our last trip to Bathurst we discovered the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum in Bathurst which boasts the Somerville collection (a huge collection amassed by Professor Warren Somerville AM and donated to the museum) and Australia’s only Tyrannosaurus Rex on display.

Whilst the museum is small by international standards, the fossil gallery is certain to amaze your kids and kick-start their curiosity about the origins of dinosaurs. They’ll find dinosaur eggs, amber encased fossils, opalised fossils and so much more. The kids can try their skill at taking fossil rubbings and stand next to the T-Rex too. They can even hold a tooth in the palm of their hand.

Unearthed by: Leah and family, Kid Bucket List

Dinosaur footprints, Gathameu Point, Broome, Western Australia 

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A very special event happens in Broome, but only at very low tide. When the tide drops below 2.16m at the picturesque Gathameu Point, you can scramble down the cliff front to stand in a dinosaurs footprints. Estimates vary between 120-130 million years old for these incredible dinosaur prints, yet they’ve stood the test of time against the crashing waves of the Indian Ocean.

If you don’t make it at low tide they have a cast of one of the footprints in the car park but nothing beats standing in the real thing!!

Unearthed by: Keri and family, Our Globetrotters

Finding dinosaurs in the United State of America

Moab Giants Dinosaur Park, Moab, Utah

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A welcome edition to the dinosaur scene in the USA is Moab Giants, the newest dinosaur park in Utah. Take a walk with around 100 state-of-the-art, life-size dinosaurs that once roamed the area. Surrounded by breathtaking landscape, you’re going to want to take some photos with the dinosaurs as you wander around. If it’s hot, make sure you have water on you.

Once you’ve finished on the dinosaur trail, head inside the 5D prehistoric virtual aquarium to explore the amazing and sometimes terrifying dinosaurs of the deep. The last of the five aquariums can be too frightening for some kids but they will let you out before you get to it.

Make sure you also check out the 3D theatre for a fascinating look at the early creation of the universe, the interactive dinosaur museum, dino playground and the all important dinosaur cafe.

Unearthed by: Nicci and family, Travel with Boys

American Museum of Natural History, New York City

American Museum of Natural History New York USA Top Dinosaur Attractions for Kids Family travel

The American Museum of Natural History in New York City has one of the greatest dinosaur fossil collections in the world and your dinosaur lover will be in awe of the 136 specimens on display including this Yutyrannus huali. Welcoming visitors to the museum is the new Titanosaur, a massive 122 feet long dinosaur which has called New York City home since 2016.

Unearthed by: Nicci and family, Travel with Boys

Other amazing places for kids to see dinosaurs in USA

Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado/Utah border

Dinosaur State Park, Connecticut

Dinosphere inside the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indiana

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Los Angeles

Finding dinosaurs in England

Natural History Museum, London

Natural History Museum London England Top Dinosaur Attractions for Kids Family travel

The Natural History Museum in London is world famous for its dinosaur gallery, housing the first fossil ever found from a Tyrannosaurus Rex, the skull of a Triceratops, and the most complete Stegosaurus skeleton in the world. It’s an incredible place for adults and kids to explore and the bonus is, visiting the dinosaurs is free.

If you can, make sure you get to the Museum early to beat the crowds and leave plenty of time to explore the other incredible displays. This museum is an absolute favourite of ours and worth devoting some time to.

If you want to have an extra special time with the dinosaurs then can you imagine sleeping with them? At the Natural History Museum you can, thanks to the Dino Snores for Kids program. Dino Snores is for kids aged 7 to 11 and their parents/guardians. Although kids outside these ages aren’t able to stay overnight, the adults can go on their own for Dino Snores for Adults nights. Now that would be fun!

Unearthed by: Nicci and family, Travel with Boys

Jurassic Coast, Dorset to Devon

The Jurassic Coast Charmouth Beach England Top Dinosaur Attractions for Kids Family travel

Getting to hunt for our own fossils along the dramatic coastline of England was a huge highlight for our three children.

The Jurassic Coast is a 95-mile stretch of coast between Dorset and Devon in England. Here it is possible to see 185 million years of our Earths history through the local rock formations. Not that our three really paid much attention to that. Instead they enjoyed running along the rocks and pebbles looking for their own piece of history to collect.

Here the first full fossil of an Ichthyosaur was discovered, helping to change the way scientists in the 1800’s viewed the natural world.

The best place to find your own fossils is along Charmouth Beach. You can take a guided fossil walk through the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre or like us, try your luck by just exploring.

The best time to look is at low tide and if there has been rough weather before your visit. You can take a rock hammer, chisel and of course safety glasses but we were lucky enough to find a couple of Ammonite fossils just loose on the beach. You can also take your fossils home, as any fossils that are not collected will end up destroyed by the sea.

Unearthed by: Kirsty and family, Travel with Meraki

Finding dinosaurs in Portugal

Pedreira do Galinha (Natural Monument of the Dinosaur Footprints), Ourem

Ourem Portugal Dinosaur Footprints Top Dinosaur Attractions for Kids Family travel

Ourem, Portugal is a 1.5 hour drive north of Lisbon, but a trip to this city takes you back millions of years to the time of the dinosaurs. In Ourem you can find the Natural Monument of the Dinosaur Footprints or Pedreira do Galinha. The site is an excellent off-the-beaten path choice, especially when visiting Portugal with kids. A paved walking path surrounds the 60,000m2 quarry where hundreds of well-preserved dinosaur footprints lie.

The huge tracks were made by a herd of sauropods 175 million years ago during the middle Jurassic period. At that time, the site was made of carbonated mud, which was easily shaped. Over millennia, the mud was transformed into limestone, thus preserving the footprints. Although the quarry is roped off, there are sections where you can get very close to the footprints. It is not hard to imagine these four-legged giants walking the grounds as track ways are clearly visible, one of which is 147 m long! The quarry is not only famous for its remarkably condition, but it is also considered to be the oldest and longest surviving set of sauropod tracks in the world!

Unearthed by: Kevin and family, Wandering Wagars

Finding dinosaurs in Belgium

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Science Belgium Top Dinosaur Attractions for Kids Family travel

The Brussels Natural History Museum is a great way to spend half a day, or even a full day if you are feeling adventurous. A quick walk from European Parliament, the museum has lots to offer little explorers. From the dinosaur gallery on the main floor, full of skeletons and dinosaur digs, to the Gallery of Human kind where they discuss human evolution, and the Gallery of Evolution which looks at the evolution of animal kind around the world, there is something for everyone.

Of course, the Dinosaur Gallery is the most popular and largest of the galleries. It is easy to spend a few hours carefully exploring each skeleton, examining the placards and becoming an archaeologist in the fossil dig site.

 Unearthed by: Christine and family, Tapped Out Travellers

Finding dinosaurs in Switzerland

Sauriermuseum Aathal (Aathal Dinosaur Museum), Zurich

Aathal Dinosaur Museum Zurich Switzerland Top Dinosaur Attractions for Kids Family travel

The largest dinosaur museum in Europe, and owned by the archaeologist responsible for the most impressive find to date, the SaurierMuseum in Zurich, Switzerland is every child’s dream come true. While many of the artefacts are behind a rope and meant to be protected, there are replicas throughout the museum that are meant to be touched. That’s right – your child is actually allowed to touch something at the museum! There is also a multi-media room where they showcase dinosaurs in pop-culture as well as various forms of visual and print media – lunch boxes, t-shirts, Saturday morning cartoons – are truly interactive and amazing. Don’t forget to visit the Big Bang Room before heading upstairs.

The Museum states, “the dinosaurs are anywhere from 50 to 95 percent actual bones, and the Allosaurus “Big Al Two”, which is 95 percent complete, is the most complete example of this dinosaur ever found.” As you can see, this museum is extremely important in palaeontology.

Unearthed by: Christine and family, Tapped Out Travellers

Finding dinosaurs in Russia

Orlov Palaeontology Museum, Moscow

Orlov Palaeontology Museum Moscow Russia Top Dinosaur Attractions for Kids Family travel

Russia is big. Russia is in fact very, very big. And a lot of this size is uninhabited frozen wilderness, tundra and forests. So it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that Siberia in particular has been a rich source of prehistoric finds over the years. Or that a number of these fossilised skeletons, stone footprints, painted rocks or defrosted mammoth mummies have made their way to the capital, Moscow, where there is a huge collection of dinosaur bones in the Orlov Palaeontology Museum.

On display is an extremely impressive number of full-sized skeletons. Everything from giant sloths and large flightless birds, through fishy reptiles and shellfish impressions, to crowd pleasing triceratops, brontosauruses and the sort of terrible lizards who would rip you apart as soon as they look at you. But the museum is also notable for its artwork. There are all sorts of murals, sculptures and dinosaur themed wrought iron door and window fittings to discover too. And that’s before you get to the cave paintings.

It’s an extensive collection, and the fact that there is very little English language support is really not a problem given that dinosaurs don’t really need much embellishment to wow. Well worth a visit if you are ever in Moscow.

Unearthed by: Sol and family, Kidding Herself

Finding dinosaurs in Czech Republic

DinoPark Praha, Prague

DinoPark Prague Czech Republic Top Dinosaur Attractions for Kids Family travel

You can find Dinopark Prague in quite an unusual location… on top of the Gallery Harfa Shopping Centre. It’s part of a chain of dinosaur theme parks in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Spain and Russia. The shopping mall is easy to reach by public transport and there’s a large car park. You can get there by metro, bus or tram. When you get to the roof of the shopping mall, there’s a nice food court and a small playground with awesome iron musical play structures. You can already see the huge dinosaur statues behind the park walls.

Our toddler was mesmerized by the life-sized dinosaurs, most of them animated and making sounds. There’s also a paleontological playground, where kids can uncover a dinosaur skeleton and some dino themed play equipment. Since we were there in 2016, they’ve added a unique 4D cinema, which is included in the park’s entrance fee. Dinopark Prague is not a very large park, but with an entrance fee of only 6,5 USD it’s definitely worth 1-2 hours of amusement for your kids.

Unearthed by: Lisa and family, Flip Flop Globetrotters

Fining Dinosaurs in the United Arab Emirates

Dubai Garden Glow, Dubai

Dinosaur Park Dubai Top Dinosaur Attractions for Kids Family travel

Dinosaurs in Dubai? Ok not quite real but for our little ones, this is about as good as it gets! Made real to life size and controlled by animatics, including real life roars!! The dinosaur park is part of Dubai Garden Glow in Zabeel Park. It opens in the evenings only from 4pm over the cooler summer months. As the sun goes down the dinosaurs come to life! All the kids favourites are there and dinosaur eggs to sit in.

Unearthed by: Keri and family, Our Globetrotters

 

We hope you’ve found some new dinosaur attractions to take the kids to. Do you have a favourite dinosaur exhibit?

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Discover the Great Barrier Reef with kids from Port Douglas

Discover the Great Barrier Reef with kids from Port Douglas

How to visit the Great Barrier Reef from Port Douglas with kids

A visit to Australia’s magnificent Great Barrier Reef is a bucket list experience for many families, however the reef’s remote location, cost to visit, and choice of activities can be daunting. We were lucky enough to visit the Great Barrier Reef recently, during our stay in Port Douglas, North Queensland and it far exceeded all of our expectations. Here we share our experience to help you make a visit to the Great Barrier Reef with your family a reality.

Who to go with (apart from your family)?

The most important part of a visit to the reef is to make sure you are going with a reputable company. When you’re that far out in the open ocean with your kids, you want to make sure you trust the operator. There a quite a number of excellent operators – it’s just a matter of choosing one that suits you.

Having spent countless hours talking to past visitors and locals, and scouring the web for reviews on operators and locations, I finally came to choose a day on the Outer Barrier Reef with Quicksilver Cruises.

What sold me on that trip was Quicksilver’s long standing reputation, that they have a permanent pontoon making it easier to get in and out of the water, plus they had other activities so that if one of the boys hated snorkelling, we wouldn’t be stuck on a pontoon with nothing to do.

I also decided that if we were going to spend the money to see the reef, then we were going to see the most spectacular part possible, which is why we headed to Agincourt Reef, on the edge of Australia’s Continental Shelf.

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Getting to the reef

We set off at 10am on an impressive silver wavepiercing catamaran. Try to go out on one of the lower decks as you leave (or come back into) the marina to see Port Douglas from a different viewpoint. It’s also really nice to see all the Quicksilver staff out there waving to people on the shoreline.

The Marine Biologist presentation was well worth watching and we got to learn a lot about the reef during the one and a half hour boat ride.

Tip: If you’re arriving by car, get there around 9.15am before the buses do, check in at the office and line up to get the seat you want. We went for a table and chairs near the front of the lower deck, so the boys could occupy themselves with colouring in and we could see the Marine Biologist presentation.

Snorkelling

What an incredible experience snorkelling was. We swam so close to coral reefs you could almost touch them, were amazed by the sight of hundreds of different colours and species of fish, and wowed by discovering sea cucumbers, giant clams and sea turtles in their natural habitat.

This is no ordinary place to explore. As the world’s largest coral reef, it needs to be seen in person, to be believed. We spend so much time looking at places like the Great Barrier Reef on television, that many people wonder whether it’s worth exploring it for real. Well in our opinion, it is absolutely worth seeing, exploring and learning about this incredible piece of nature face-to-face.

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Is it worth doing a guided tour?

Absolutely, positively yes!

I don’t think we would have enjoyed it half as much if we hadn’t have gone on the marine biologist tour. The wonderful Tatiana took the boys, taught them how to snorkel and made sure they were safe out in the ocean, while we parents paddle along behind with another Marine Biologist, the lovely Tim.

The three major benefits of going on a guided tour for us were:

  1. We got to go further out on the reef than those not on a tour and therefore saw so much more.
  2. We had someone on hand the whole time to tell us about the things we were seeing, and things we might have missed seeing had they not been there.
  3. As parents, we could spend our time looking down in awe rather than continually chasing after the boys.

We paid $150 extra for the four of us to go on a beginner’s tour and it was worth every cent.

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What age is it suitable for?

Every child will vary as to what age they would enjoy the reef, so I would recommend you talk to the guys at Quicksilver if you have any doubts.

My boys were 7 and 9 when they went snorkelling and this was a great age. They were old enough to understand and be interested, and could follow most instructions (even though the youngest kept getting carried away with what was down below and not paying attention to the direction he should be swimming). They also were old enough to grasp the concept of wearing a snorkel mask.

The boys had never done snorkelling before, but picked it up quickly. It was fairly rough while we were out on the open water but at no time did we feel unsafe. You just had to be careful when you pulled your head out of the water that you didn’t get a wave to the face!

What you’ve got to remember is that at Agincourt Reef you are actually swimming from a platform in the middle of the ocean. That can be pretty scary for some little kids and the water isn’t always lovely and calm.

If my boys were a few years younger, I would have looked to go to Low Isles where they can snorkel off the beach. I don’t think it would be quite as breathtaking as Agincourt Reef but it would still be pretty spectacular and less nerve-racking.

What does it cost?

In 2017 for a family of two adults and two children, the cost was $642, which included all your equipment and meals. To put it into perspective, it’s cheaper than one day at Disneyland.

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What you get for your money

Apart from the most unforgettable experience of a lifetime, you will also get:

  • All your snorkelling equipment including snorkel, flippers, and a lycra stinger suit. The boys were also provided with wetsuits to keep them warm in the water.
  • Bouyancy aids – we put the boys in lifejackets so we didn’t have to worry about them letting go of a pool noodle type aid and then having nothing.
  • Morning and afternoon teas on the boat, and lunch on the pontoon.
  • Reef presentation by marine biologist.
  • Return Wavepiercer cruise from Port Douglas
  • Supervision in the water by qualified lifeguards
  • An underwater observatory for fish and coral viewing
  • Semi-submersible vessels for coral viewing
  • Watch the crew feed the fish

Optional extras

There are extra activities out on the reef you can pay extra for.

  • Marine biologist led tours – introductory and advanced tours
  • Scuba diving
  • Ocean walker
  • Scenic helicopter flights

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What to take

  • Swimwear (wear it – it’s much easier than changing on a moving boat or platform)
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Change of clothes and underwear.
  • A long sleeved shirt or jumper in the cooler months. You can get pretty cold when you’ve been in the ocean for a long time.
  • Travel sickness medication if required
  • Sunglasses
  • Hats
  • Something to keep the kids occupied on the boat. We took colouring books and pens.
  • A few snacks and fruit as there are not a lot of options for morning and afternoon tea and the boys will get hungry from all that activity
  • Underwater camera and some way to secure it to your wrist
  • Money or a credit card to buy an ice cream, packet of chips, or a well deserved drink on the way back. You can also hire underwater cameras if you don’t have one.
  • Waterproof watch if you like knowing the time

TIP: Don’t take any valuables, as there are no lockers. We took everything in our daypacks, and the small amount of cash, sunglasses and car keys we locked in one of the packs just in case.

Seasickness

If you think you or your children may get seasick or you haven’t tested that theory out yet, make sure you ask your Doctor or Pharmacist about preventative measures. We were told it’s too late to take tablets once you already start feeling sick and that we needed to take them 30 minutes before we set off and then again before the return trip.

While Dad said he wouldn’t get sick, I knew there was a good chance the remaining three of us would, so we took travel sickness tablets from the local Pharmacy. There are medical and herbal variations plus age restrictions, and other precautions as with all medication so make sure you ask.

I am extremely grateful to the Pharmacist in Port Douglas because the sea was rough the day we went and there were quite a number of people really suffering, especially on the way home.

TIP: If you think you might get seasick, sit on the lower deck of the catamaran and make sure you get some air if you start feeling off.

What would we improve?

We absolutely loved our time with Quicksilver and would absolutely go with them again. Next time I would love it to be a calm, fine day but there’s only so much they can control, and we’d still go anyway.

The only thing we were a little disappointed with was the morning tea of Arnott’s biscuits, tea, coffee, red cordial and water, and afternoon tea of water crackers, cubed cheese and drinks. I wasn’t expecting handcrafted profiteroles or anything, but thought there might be a bit more variety. Maybe it has something to do with curbing seasickness!

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Disclosure: We approached Quicksilver and received discounted tickets to go snorkelling but paid full price for the marine biologist tour. We chose to go with Quicksilver after doing a lot of research on all the operators. The above review is our honest opinion. Some of the links on this page are affiliate links. This means, at no additional cost to you, if you book after clicking on a link, we may earn a small commission. We book our travel through these companies, so please consider booking your travel through these links as it enables us to continue providing you with the best information on family travel.

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LEGOLAND Denmark the ultimate place for a family holiday

LEGOLAND Denmark the ultimate place for a family holiday

LEGOLAND Denmark ultimate family holiday

Nothing compares to visiting the birthplace of LEGO; the original LEGOLAND; the place where imaginations run wild. Opened in 1968 alongside the LEGO factory, LEGOLAND Denmark has seen over 50 million visitors come through their gates to revel in all things LEGO.

Located in one of the world’s happiest countries, it is no wonder LEGOLAND Denmark is one of the best places in the world to take your family.

There’s something very special about LEGOLAND Denmark and I think it has a lot to do with the fact it is in the town where it all started, Billund. Surprisingly Billund is a small town in regional Denmark, 260km west of Copenhagen. It is surrounded by beautiful farms and forests, and picturesque villages.

Ever since the boys were born I have wanted to take them to visit LEGOLAND Denmark. I went there with my family when I was 11, and even though it has changed a lot over the years, it still holds a very special place in my heart.

In July 2016, we set off with the boy’s aunts, uncles, cousins and Nonna to discover LEGOLAND. There were 12 of us, with the kids varying in age from 6 to 20. We thought it might be a challenge to keep so many people happy for two days but we were wrong.

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Everyone was happy to get to LEGOLAND but I think it was the two little boys, aged 6 and 8, who were literally jumping out of their skin to start exploring. They had been saving money and imagining this day arriving for around six months, so when we got to LEGOLAND, there was great excitement.

The sight of around 60 million LEGO bricks joined together to create some of the most awesome creations ever seen was incredible. Nearly everything was made of LEGO!

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A favourite for the boys and two of their cousins was getting their first driving licence at the SEAT Traffic School. Our kids proudly put a LEGO Australian flag on the front of their car to identify where they were from and set off around the large track. They got to go through the pretend car wash, fill up with fuel and had to learn to stop, give way and drive on the right side of the road (which is the wrong side for Aussie!).

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I loved watching them at the Traffic School because this was my fondest memory of my trip to LEGOLAND when I was 11. You need to pay extra and book your kids into Traffic School as soon as you get to LEGOLAND (so you don’t miss out). It is for children aged 7 to 13 years.

Everyone loved Miniland, a miniature version of famous buildings, cities, and exciting places, built using more than 20 million LEGO bricks.

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There are more than 50 exciting rides to try out which would take you days if you want to have a go at them all. You can defeat the Great Devourer on Ninjago the Ride, travel the Dragon roller coaster through the King’s Castle, and put out fires in the Falck Fire Brigade race. There are jungle racers, xtreme racers, pirate boats, duplo planes and LEGO trains to ride on. One thing is for sure, your kids won’t be is bored.

The boy’s favourite was definitely the brand new Ninjago World where they got to see life sized figures of all their favourite characters, plus go on Cole’s Rock Climb, Lloyd’s Lasermaze and the clear winner of the day, Ninjago the Ride.

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There are a really good mixture of rides and activities for all the different ages ranging from toddlers to adults. There are restrictions on many of the rides so make sure you check the age and height restrictions at each ride before you start queuing.

The weather when we were there (in Summer) was cold and it did shower on and off for the two days. It didn’t stop us from doing anything but did send us home a bit earlier on the first day, as we were cold. This is why it is good to have tickets to more than one day as most of the attractions are out in the open.

LEGOLAND Denmark is only open between April and October so make sure you check the website for opening dates and times.

Accommodation LEGOLAND Denmark

There are so many accommodation options when visiting LEGOLAND Denmark. You can pitch a tent, stay in a teepee or cabin, or spend the night at a hotel, B&B or even a farm stay.

For a full rundown of where to stay for your visit to LEGOLAND Billund, take a look at our accommodation review of all the best options.

Getting to LEGOLAND Denmark

LEGOLAND Denmark is situated in Billund, which is easily accessible by plane, car, train and bus. Links to transport options are available from the Directions page of the LEGOLAND website.

Admission

To give you an idea, these are the ticket prices. Don’t buy your tickets until after you’ve got your accommodation booked as you’ll find alot of the hotels provide discounted entry tickets when you book a room.

1-day dated ticket: Child (3-12 years) 319 DKK, Adult 339 DKK, Senior 319 DKK

2-day dated ticket: Child (3-12 years) 448 DKK, Adult 468 DKK, Senior 448 DKK

There are also options to buy open dated tickets but these are more expensive.

(Prices correct as at 20 April 2018)

If you aren’t staying overnight, it’s cheaper to buy your tickets online beforehand than it is to buy at the gate.

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Facilities

There are a number of restaurants and food outlets to keep hunger at bay, with costs being fairly average for a theme park (meaning it will always cost you more). You’ll also find ATMs, lockers, baby room, stroller hire and much more. There are a number of LEGO shops in the park selling everything your kids could possibly imagine!

Special Needs

A limited number of wheelchairs are available to loan. It is advisable to book a wheelchair prior to your visit which can be done up to one month in advance. Email the Information Centre on [email protected] Wheelchairs can go anywhere in the park, as all roads and paths are paved.

For those with disabilities such as anxiety, autism or ADHD, LEGOLAND offer a ’Show consideration’ card, which allows you faster access to rides and means less time queuing. You will need to contact the Information Centre to fill out a form before you are issued with a ’Show consideration’ card. See here for more details.

Stay a little longer

When the kids have had their fix of LEGO and it’s time to discover something that isn’t made of plastic, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find some other fantastic attractions. So stay a little longer and check out:

  • Lalandia – Scandinavia’s largest waterpark and giant adventure centre (it’s right next door to LEGOLAND)
  • Man Meets the Sea – see for yourself the four giant white statues on the edge of the ocean
  • Givskud Zoo – zoo, safari and dinosaur park all in the one place
  • North Sea beaches – swim, discover sea creatures like seals, whales and crabs, or check out the UNESCO world heritage site
  • Little Belt Bridge – walk across the old bridge 60 metres above sea level
  • Gorilla Park – the wildest treetop climbing
  • Ribe Viking Centre – be a Viking for the day
  • Ribe – Scandinavia’s oldest town

Updated 20 April 2018

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