Kid-approved: Monster Truck Tour at The Showcase of Citrus

What checks all the boxes of a little boy’s dream, a science lesson, and an hour of fun?!  The answer: A Monster Truck tour at The Showcase of Citrus in Central Florida.

While researching things to do in the Orlando area, a friend recommended a family-friendly stop at The Showcase of Citrus.  We didn’t know if time would allow, but then we found a Groupon to save on the Monster Truck tour.  Once my husband saw the words “Monster Truck” and “save money” in the same sentence, he was sold on the experience.

Monster Truck Tour at The Showcase of Citrus in Central Florida. A short drive from all of Florida's theme parks, add this one to your Florida Bucket List.

Even with purchasing vouchers through Groupon, it’s best to call ahead and book your time for the Monster Truck tour.  We visited in the off season, so I had no problem booking the tour 24 hours in advance.  If you’re visiting during peak travel to Florida (i.e. holidays or Spring Break), make sure you call as soon as you know your schedule.

What to expect on your Monster Truck Tour

Upon arrival at The Showcase of Citrus, visit the cash register and get your tickets for the tour. (Even if you purchased a Groupon, you need to redeem the voucher).  While you’re waiting, a playground and petting zoo will keep the kids occupied, so feel free to arrive early and let the kids play around.  There’s also ample shopping opportunities, with Florida-specific gifts, wine-tasting and local honey. I was sad we were traveling via plane, because I wanted to try a few things! 😉

Monster Truck Tour- The Showcase of Citrus- A fun adventure in Central Florida, just minutes away from all the theme parks Monster Truck Tour- The Showcase of Citrus- A fun adventure in Central Florida

The Monster Trucks at Showcase of Citrus are actually modified school buses!  One perk of traveling at a slow time, we received an entire school bus to ourselves.  I felt anxious about taking a Monster Truck tour with kids, but it was nothing like the Monster Jam you see on TV! Lol.  No attempts were made to climb citrus trees or jump the wetland. (I know you knew that, but this lady has some serious #momanxiety).

I appreciated that our guide stopped along the way to tell us about the intricacies of the citrus farm and teach us a few things about oranges.  Who knew that in tropical climates, oranges never turn orange!? What?!

Monster Truck Tour at the Showcase of Citrus - a fun adventure in Central Florida that is kid-friendly.

Then we learned about the roughly 500 head of cattle that the farm serves as home.  Throughout the year, the farm will hire real “Florida Crackers” (cowboys) to round up the cattle and move them to new acres.  After feeding the cows some oranges (what else?), we continued our tour by rolling right through… a swamp!

The water was all the way up the tires, and even my husband was surprised we came right through without getting wet.  Swamp-crossing was the highlight for all the boys, the only bummer was that the cool Florida January meant no alligators coming out to say “hi.”

The Showcase of Citrus is home to exotic animals, too!  We also fed oranges to a zebra, water buffalo, and Texas Longohorn!

We stepped off of the Monster Truck with many fond memories.  This was not an inexpensive excursion, but probably one that we’ll talk about for quite a while.

My #1 tip

Before saying farewell to the Showcase of Citrus, try their World Famous Creamsicle frozen beverage.  This orange slushie mixed with frozen yogurt was attacked and consumed by our family.  I want another one ASAP!  I know that no one would object to a return visit.

The Showcase of Citrus in Central Florida- Get yourself a Creamsicle slushie. You're welcome.

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A Monster Truck Tour at the Showcase of Citrus in Central Florida is sure to please young and old. You'll learn about the citrus farm, view exotic animals, and even drive through a swamp!

Oh my G-O-S-H: A stay at LEGOLAND Beach Retreat Resort in Florida

Anyone else’s kids know every single line from The LEGO Movie?  Mine do!  Last year while Mr. YT and I were painting rooms and fixing up the new house, the kids watched a LOT of movies!  The LEGO Movie was on repeat, and in the previews, there’s a short commercial for LEGOLAND. This is where my kiddos became obsessed with the idea of visiting!  They begged and pleaded and told us that LEGOLAND was the ONLY place they really, really, wanted to go!

When thinking about Christmas and the load of items the children receive and then lose interest in, we decided that we would rather DO something with them- create family memories.  One of these memories would be a stay at the LEGOLAND Beach Retreat Resort in Winter Haven, Florida.  I’m so glad we choose to stay on-site at the resort, and I can’t wait to tell you why!

A stay at LEGOLAND Beach Retreat Resort in Florida is sure to be a hit with the entire family. Here are my pros and cons for staying at the Resort.

Why we chose to stay at the LEGOLAND Beach Retreat Resort

When visiting LEGOLAND Florida, parents have the option of booking either the LEGOLAND Hotel or the LEGOLAND Beach Retreat Resort.  The LEGOLAND Hotel is right nextdoor to the park, I assume some rooms would have a view.  The LEGOLAND Beach Retreat Resort is across the road from the park (not really walking distance), but offers a free shuttle to and from LEGOLAND.  Theming at the resorts is different- in the LEGOLAND Hotel they offer Pirate, Adventure, Friends, or Kingdom rooms, while at the Beach Resort, all rooms have the LEGO Beach theme.

We chose the LEGOLAND Beach Retreat Resort because I knew that both my sons and daughter would like the style of the room.  I also liked the idea of having a colorful home and pool.  I’m always drawn to more of a Airbnb-style accommodation and the Beach Retreat Resort seemed to fit the bill.

Here is a list of all the things I enjoyed about Florida’s LEGOLAND Beach Retreat Resort, along with those things I didn’t like:


The property is very family-friendly.  In the room, the bathroom has a toilet seat with the child’s potty seat attached. The bathtub was situated so that parents actually had room to bathe their children!

The bunk bed has a trundle underneath so the room will sleep 5 (a rarity in the hotel world).

In the center of each cove is a small playground.  In the mornings, while we packed up things for our day at LEGOLAND, the kids played on the playground and we watched them from the window in the room.

The pool is heated and has large, floating LEGO!  The zero-entry kids section is perfect for little ones.  There were 3 lifeguards on duty and a supply of life jackets for children.

LEGOLAND Beach Retreat Resort, Florida. Staying here is perfect for families and a big hit with the kids. Here are my pros and cons to the resort.

A tour of our room:

The Resort restaurant, Sandy’s Castle Restaurant, offered meal deals!  These may change seasonally, but we took advantage on both nights of our stay.  The first night we were able to get 2 appetizers, 2 adult entrees, 3 kids meals, and Coke products for $50.  The second night the deal was 1 appetizer, 2 pizzas, and Cokes for $40.  We found these deals to be very helpful with our trip budget.  I will say, the food was pretty average.  The kids loved it (who doesn’t love pizza and cheeseburgers?), but at the price, I could not complain.  The nachos were our favorite- definitely try them!

While the adults appreciate the affordable dinner, the kids LOVED the visits from LEGO character “Max.”  The appearance is included in the cost of the dinner and you don’t have to make a reservation.  I researched getting breakfast with some silly-speaking yellow men at another resort, and the cost for our family would have been over $130!  For breakfast!?!  LEGO creates so much value to the on-site stay.

A buffet breakfast is included for resort guests.  From hot items like sausage and eggs, to cold cereals and yogurts, the variety was appreciated.  I found this to be a value-added item as most similar resorts will charge an arm and a leg for breakfast.  Also, during breakfast the servers tried to sit families close to the large sand castle building area.  This gave parents some time to actually eat their breakfast.

A stay at the LEGOLAND Beach Retreat Resort. Meals at the Lighthouse include time with Max. This was a highlight for our children and showed added value for staying on-site. A stay at the LEGOLAND Beach Retreat Resort. The sand castle provided a fun place to play after meals.


The room felt small.  Even though it was half of a cottage, it was no bigger than a standard hotel room.  I liked that the kids had a separate space, but because the room is separated by a curtain, not a door, light and noise were an issue.  Mr YT and I tried to stay up and watch TV, but Olen could see and hear it, so we had to just turn everything off and try to sleep.  This isn’t a huge deal, but I definitely prefer a true suite.

The bathroom layout and potty seat were a hit, but for all the thoughtful things they provided, a stool for the sink and a soap dish would be so helpful.  I know that’s a little nit-picky.

As a mentioned above, the dinner items (esp steak and the pizza) were just okay.  The buffet breakfast, however, was ample and tasty.


I’d definitely recommend a stay at the LEGOLAND Beach Retreat Resort, Florida.  Our kids were immersed in the LEGO culture for 2 days and they loved every moment.  The shuttle to and from the parks is convenient and easy.  A resort stay also includes free parking at LEGOLAND which we used on the last day after check-out.

The LEGOLAND Beach Retreat Resort offered so many on-site benefits – the meal deals, free breakfast, free LEGOLAND parking (normally $17), and the character dinners.  Our kids are already asking to go back and it’s not something that my husband nor I oppose!

Have you been to LEGOLAND?  Would you consider staying on-site?

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A stay at Legoland Beach Retreat Resort in Florida is a fun escape for LEGO-loving kids and their fun parents! Here I share the pros and cons of staying on-site.