The Northeast is getting its first new theme park in a really long time. The third and largest LEGOLAND theme park in the U.S. will be opening in 2020 just 60 miles from New York City!
We visited LEGOLAND Florida just last year and are super-excited that LEGOLAND New York is only going to be 2 hours from us! Here is what we know about LEGOLAND New York so far.
LEGOLAND New York
We first heard about LEGOLAND New York when we noticed it on a list of LEGOLAND theme park locations while planning our trip to LEGOLAND Florida last year. A few months later, LEGOLAND’s third U.S. theme park was officially announced.
LEGOLAND New York will be located in the town of Goshen, NY. That’s about 60 miles northwest of New York City. So you’re talking about an hour and a half by car from the Big Apple. Philadelphia is a 2-3 hour drive. Boston is about 4 hours away. The park’s location will be near I-84 and the closest airport is Stewart International, about 25 minutes away by car.
For us, it’s probably going to be about 2 hours to get there. That makes a day trip possible, but it’s more than likely we would plan to stay over so we can enjoy ourselves more.
Largest LEGOLAND Yet
The site for the newest LEGOLAND theme park is 522 acres. 150 of those acres will be dedicated to conservation. That leaves 372 acres for development. The theme park itself is reported to take up about 153 acres. For comparison, LEGOLAND California is 128 acres, and LEGOLAND Florida is 145 acres. Even accounting for the hotel, proposed SEA LiFE Aquarium, and support structures, that will still leave room for possible expansion in the years to come.
One thing that we know from the announcement is that like most LEGOLAND locations, this new LEGOLAND theme park will include a 250-room LEGOLAND Hotel that will open along with the park. While there are many guests who will visit LEGOLAND New York as a day trip, there will be benefits for those opting to stay at the LEGOLAND Hotel.
- Themed hotel with interactive LEGO features throughout.
- Your choice of LEGO themed rooms-Pirate, Kingdom, Adventure, LEGO Ninjago or LEGO Friends.
- Located right at the main entrance of LEGOLAND New York.
- Exclusive early access to LEGOLAND New York.
- FREE buffet breakfast at Bricks Family Restaurant.
- Nightly children’s entertainment.
On our visit to LEGOLAND Florida last summer, we stayed in the LEGOLAND Beach Retreat and really enjoyed ourselves. We can only imagine that staying at a LEGOLAND Hotel would be just as awesome!
LEGOLAND New York will follow the blueprint of the other LEGOLAND theme parks with many similar rides and attractions organized into different lands. Their theme parks are geared toward kids ages 2-12, but I enjoyed myself at our visit to LEGOLAND Florida as much as the kids did. No matter what particular brand of LEGO fun is your thing, LEGOLAND is sure to please.
- LEGOLAND Factory
- LEGO City
- Heartlake City
- LEGO Kingdoms
- Ninjago Zone
- Pirate Shores
One of the challenges to operating a theme park in the Northeast is the weather. As a result, LEGOLAND New York will be closed during the winter months with an operating season that runs from April-November. Even in peak season, the park will probably close around 8pm nightly.
I hope they’ll consider doing some holiday themed special events during the winter. Can you imagine a Miniland all decorated and lit up for the holidays? Awesome!
As more information on the progress of LEGOLAND New York becomes available, we’ll share it here and on our social channels. You can also follow LEGOLAND New York’s progress on Facebook. If you happen to be in the area of Goshen, NY, you can stop by the LEGOLAND Community Center at 6 North Church Street, Goshen, NY 10924.