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Legoland, which covers 128 acres, opened in 1999. The Lego mother ship in Denmark sold the park in 2005 to Merlin Entertainments Group, which spent $20 million on upgrades here in 2008. Though its target audience is children 2 to 12, its gentle nature appeals most to younger kids, but not too young. Kids under 36 inches tall can't go on some rides.

-- Chris Reynolds

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Planning your trip:

Legoland is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. most days. (Except for the summer months and holiday weeks, the park closes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.) (760) 918-5346,

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