Insider's Guide to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia

April 18, 2022

The City of Brotherly Love may best be known for juicy Cheesesteaks, Revolutionary War History, and Rocky, but this East Coast Metropolis is also a haven for budding builders. Let loose on a day of LEGO-filled fun when you head to LEGOLAND Philadelphia.

Follow along as we dive into everything you need to know about the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Philadelphia.

This plastic paradise has numerous rides, shows, and attractions, a perfect afternoon interlude for families with children. Plunge into the magic of the LEGO movie world with action-packed adventures inside the 4D Cinema, or marvel at the Miniland recreations of the Eagle’s stadium. 

Explore distant LEGO galaxies as you wave your wand on the immersive Imagination Express, or cozy up with a snack inside the LEGO cafe. So strap in for a day of bricktacular fun when you spend your day with Emmet, Benny, and the entire LEGO gang in Philly.

About LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia

Ready to conquer LEGOLAND Philadelphia like the Rocky steps? Before we can skip to the main content, you’ll need a LEGOLAND Philadelphia primer. 

LEGOLAND Philadelphia is conveniently located in Plymouth Meeting, PA, just a thirty-minute drive from downtown Philly. A picturesque brick-filled playground for children ages 3-10, this LEGOLAND subsidiary opened its doors in 2017 and is considered a mini version of the well-known LEGO theme parks in California and New York.

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Unlike LEGOLAND California, which features over 60 rides, shows, and attractions, LEGOLAND Philadelphia is a hands-on LEGO experience that is easily tackled in one day. Our LEGO experts suggest budgeting 2-3 hours to create, build, and play to your heart's content.

Craft and race LEGO cars down a giant speed ramp, test your agility at the LEGO Ninjago training camp or pose for selfies with your favorite LEGO characters.*

*LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick and Knob configurations, the Minifigure, DUPLO®, and LEGOLAND are trademarks of the LEGO Group.

photo credit: Legoland Discovery Center

LEGOLAND Hotels 

Is your tiny tyke the world’s biggest fan of UniKitty and the entire LEGOLAND universe? After tackling the many interactive and educational attractions at LEGOLAND Philadelphia, why not spoil them with a surprise visit to LEGOLAND New York or LEGOLAND California?

These full-service LEGO-themed resorts are just bursting with dragon-themed roller coasters, water rides, and more. For an especially unique Medieval treat, why not stay at the LEGOLAND Hotel and LEGOLAND castle?

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The LEGOLAND castle hotel features 250 mystical-themed rooms, scavenger hunts in every room, an entertainment courtyard, and a free full hot breakfast buffet. 

exterior of Legoland hotel with Lego characters in the foreground at Legoland Hotel New York, USA

photo credit: Legoland New York

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia Tickets & Passes

The first step in savoring a sensational day at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia? Securing your admission tickets ahead of time. To guarantee your spot on the day and time of your choosing, we highly suggest pre-purchasing your LEGOLAND Discovery tickets.

Since LEGOLAND limits the number of visitors each day, this is the best way to ensure your entry. Think you’ll be a repeat visitor? Annual passes are a great option for families who can’t get enough of the LEGO action and adorable Miniland recreations. 

Annual pass holders can enjoy incredible perks such as:

  • Exclusive discounts in the LEGOLAND store & cafe
  • 40% off walk-up admission for friends and family
  • Visits anytime for 12 months with 0 blackout dates

Foresee even more LEGO excitement in your family's future? If you plan on hitting up every part of the Merlin Entertainment Group, including LEGOLAND New York Resort, LEGOLAND Discovery Centers, LEGOLAND Water Parks in FL/CA, Madame Tussauds, and SEA LIFE Aquarium, why not spring for an Elite Annual Pass?

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This perk-filled pass allows LEGO-loving individuals 12 months of unlimited admission to over 25 top attractions across North America. 

Harness the value of this powerful pass as you relish additional benefits such as:

  • Free standard parking at LEGOLAND Resorts
  • 25% dining discount at LEGOLAND California
  • 20% dining discount at LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND New York
  • 10% retail discount at LEGOLAND California and LEGOLAND New York
  • 20% retail discount at LEGOLAND Florida
  • 10% accommodation discount at LEGOLAND New York

Curious about securing future endeavors with LEGOLAND? Simply see a LEGOLAND staff member on the day of your visit to upgrade your General Admission ticket to an annual or Elite Annual Pass.

photo credit: Legoland Discovery Center

LEGOLAND App

A little LEGOLAND concierge right in the palm of your hand? Yes, please! Never miss another moment of LEGOLAND awesomeness when you download the official LEGOLAND Discovery Center App.

Chock full of useful tips travel information, and an interactive map, this is your secret weapon for making the most out of any LEGOLAND Discovery visit. Keep track of Minifigure trades, opt into silly Scavenger hunts, and stay in the know on all the latest LEGO news, events, and discounts.

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Can’t Miss Attractions

There are unlimited LEGO opportunities to discover at LEGOLAND Philadelphia, from playful pirate escapes to epic Arctic Adventures. 

Whether your crafty kiddies are more interested in immersive rides or building challenges, here are our favorite Can't-Miss Discovery Center Attractions:

Imagination Express 

Choo Choo! Hop aboard this magical train ride as you wave your wand to collect points. Featuring state-of-the-art technology and larger-than-life screens with colorful LEGO animations, this is one rail ride you won’t want to miss!

LEGO 4D Cinema

Pop some popcorn and settle in for the captivating cinematic exploits of your favorite LEGO characters and supercharged special effects in this 4D LEGO movie bonanza. Movies play on rotation every 15 minutes, so you can always catch a new flick.

Miniland

Amateur architects will be agog at the innovation and creativity on display at Miniland. Scope out familiar Philly landmarks such as One Liberty Place and the Eagles Stadium, all of which took 15 expert model builders over 5,000 hours to build. 

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Pirate Adventure Land

Raise that Jolly Roger flag as it’s time for some swashbuckling play. Slide, walk the plank, or shoot air cannons on this LEGO-themed Pirate Ship.

photo credit: Jamie Reuter via Facebook

DUPLO Village

Ideal for pint-size LEGO fans, DUPLO park’s vivid colors and friendly animal themes encourage interactive social play and support healthy development.

LEGO Ninjago Training Camp

Do you have what it takes to be a master Ninja? Test your agility, flexibility, and LEGO building skills with the LEGO Laser Maze and Ninjago Reaction test. 

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LEGO Racers Build & Test

Ready, set, go! Make your racecar driver fantasies a reality when you design the ultimate speed demon and race the competition at Build & Test.

Food & Drink

Merlin’s beard! With so many enchanting brick-themed festivities and activities to partake in, a day at LEGOLAND Philadelphia can certainly work up an appetite.

While you are not permitted to bring any outside food or drink into the Discovery Center, you can refuel at their cheery LEGO cafe. Feast on fresh fruit, sandwiches, sodas, coffee beverages, and more at this onsite eatery. 

photo credit: Macaroni KID Downtown Philly PA via Facebook

What to Bring

Everything is awesome when you pack the perfect LEGOLAND Discovery Center day bag. Kiss mini meltdowns and LEGO letdowns goodbye when you come prepared. 

Set yourself up for success in the City of Brotherly Love when you bring the following ‘must have’ items:

  • Portable phone charger
  • Hand sanitizer
  • A Minifigure to trade
  • Stroller (if required)

Who says education and entertainment are mutually exclusive? So pack equal parts learning and laughter into your next Pennsylvania excursion when you hightail it to LEGOLAND Philadelphia. 

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Excited LEGO fans of all ages will be bubbling over with anticipation to explore this oasis of brick and building. 

There is always something new to uncover at the Discovery Center, from thrilling Ninja training featuring agility and martial arts to creating epic memories in the Build Challenge Circle. So what are you waiting for?  Don’t wait. Begin planning your LEGOLAND Philadelphia visit today!

Tell Us, What's Your Favorite LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia Attraction?

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Written By Isis Maya

A New York native, Isis-Maya spent most of her professional life working in TV production until a vacation whisked her away to Central America and her love o ...

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