IMG Worlds of Adventure
What it is: An indoor, temperature-controlled theme park for thrill-seekers.
Size: Over 1.5 million sq ft.
Explore: Four zones — Marvel, Cartoon Network, Lost Valley — Dinosaur Adventure and IMG Boulevard — will excite guests with their superhero-driven sets and scary-good attractions.
Highlights: State-of-the-art rides based on the adventures of the Avengers, the Hulk, Spider-Man, the Powerpuff Girls and Ben 10 will make you feel like an action hero yourself. You’ll also be impressed by the animatronic dinosaurs at the Forbidden Territory, and the nightmarish creatures at The Haunted Hotel.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Rd; +971 600 500 962; www.imgworlds.com
What it is: A combination of indoor and outdoor spaces dedicated to wholesome family fun.
Size: About 3 million sq ft, including the Legoland Water Park next door.
Explore: Six “lands” — Factory, Lego City, Imagination, Kingdoms, Adventure and Miniland — feature colorful kiddie rides and many opportunities to admire, build and play with Lego.
Highlights: Popular landmarks and architecture in miniature. It also gets educational: the little ones can board the Lego submarine for an underwater tour of rich marine life; learn to drive a mini electric car or boat; douse a “fire” at Rescue Academy; and witness the process of Lego brick creation — they even receive a free brick after.
Sheikh Zayed Rd, opposite Palm Jebel Ali; +971 4 820 0000; www.legoland.com/dubai
This article originally appeared in the October 2016 issue of Smile magazine.