LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth and SEA LIFE Aquarium are located at Grapevine Mills Mall.
Are you thinking the same thing I was? It’s located in a mall? Can’t be that fantastical, can it?
Yes. Yes, it is.
Did you read about our Dinosaurs in Glen Rose visit? If you did, then you know this family vacation was all about celebrating our 7 year old’s birthday. Our 7 year old is a LEGO fanatic so when I found out about LEGOLAND Discovery Center, we had to go!
Our entire family is aquarium junkies. When the website deal offered a combo ticket at a great price for both the aquarium and LegoLand, I signed us up since the online tickets are so much cheaper! We actually opted for the Ultimate Combo because it was only $4 more per kid and came with a LEGO collectible. Which saved us time and money in the long run so we wouldn’t be buying anything from the gift store since we’d already have a prize when we first got there.
This LEGOLAND had three indoor rides and a 4D theater! I’m not sure how they fit everything into the space. It had tons of building areas, an interactive music type area, playland complete with a rotating barrel to walk through, a giant room with the city of Dallas made of Legos and interactive buttons and “security cameras”, and more!
We could have probably spent 4 hours there. My kids love building with Legos, and my husband and I love drinking coffee. Our very first kiss was over a cup of coffee. So it was cool there was a café with Starbucks for the parents to hangout in. One of the builder areas was right outside of the café so you can watch your kids through the “windows” which were big openings in the Lego brick walls that make up the café.
I like that there are only 2 exits into Legoland. I also thought the rides were neat (although one ride is probably best for 7-8 year old or younger). The 4D theater was super fun and immersive. Overall, if we lived at all close, we would buy the season pass.
After playing for a while there, we went next door to the aquarium because their entrance time was closing soon. This is not a big aquarium but is packed with cool stuff. It is actually a rehabilitation center for sea turtles. There is a fun walk through exhibit of the steps a conservationist would take when carrying for or studying sea turtles. The kids really liked this part and especially seeing the sea turtles that are being cared for.
My favorite part of all was the amazing walk through tunnel. It’s right up there with the best walk through tunnels I’ve seen at an aquarium. Even the floor of it had windows. Neat!
Even though it wasn’t a giant aquarium it was still so fun. The kids participated in the scavenger hunt(picture of a station below) and got stamps in their book throughout. Also there was a play area towards the end of the aquarium where they had a blast. I’m still not sure how they still had all that energy!
We showed our completed scavenger booklets to the gift shop keeper and they all got little plastic “medals” necklaces. Then because the aquarium closed a little later than LEGOLAND we went back over and rode the flying ride again and built a couple more Legos.
This was a great way to spend a day on our vacation. If you have any kids that love Legos definitely take them! It was super fun and I highly recommend it!
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