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A Theme Park for the Entire Family

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An amusement park for parents and children? Take me to it! Whether your child watches Sesame Street religiously or is a casual viewer, Sesame Place is destination for families looking for adventure this summer.

Located about 30 miles north of Philadelphia, the park features more than 30 attractions, including a dozen water rides, three live shows (including a live production of Elmo’s World), daily parades and visits from the entire Sesame crew. Unlike other parks we have reviewed, Sesame Place is designed for the seven and under crowd, meaning even toddlers are welcome on most rides.

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Inspired by the show’s characters, there are kiddie versions of the traditional pirate ship ride, an airplane ride, a brand new carousel, a simulated hot air balloon and the requisite tea cups.

But, he real action is over at the water rides, where you can take a leisurely inner-tube ride down Big Bird’s 1,000 foot Rambling River or swiftly glide though a system of water slides on a large raft with up to six of your nearest and dearest friends on the Sky Splash.

The highlight of the trip for most visitors is the interaction with the Sesame characters. Throughout the day, the monsters wander around posing for pictures, giving out hugs and putting smiles small faces.

The park is clean, smoke-free and of a manageable size. Bathrooms, with multiple changing tables, can be found throughout the park, and rarely have lines. The only downside of the park is their ticket policy, which requires all visitors over the age of 2 (adults and children) to pay the full ticket price of $48 per person.

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MOM-of-ONE MOM-of-ONE 9 years
Be careful with leaving your stroller or personal belongings unlocked. Someone stole my son's stroller on Thursday 8/21/08 from within Sesame Place. Security has yet to recover it. I can't believe my toddler would be the victim of a crime in such a happy place. Goes to show that some patrons of the park are not just there to have fun but also there to commit crimes.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
I love this place!!!!! i took my lil cousin a few years ago and had a blast! Cant wait to go with my friend and her daughter.
Aphrosette Aphrosette 9 years
Being from Philly and specifically the Philly suburbs I grew up in and around Sesame Place. The GM moved in next door to my parents when I was in 7th grade and kindly got my two sisters and I jobs there for many years. It really is a great place for younger children because the rides are geared more towards them. I would caution you on a few things though, it (like all amusement parks) can get VERY crowded so try going during the week, STAY AWAY FROM THE WEEKENDS. They have parades that run once or twice during the day and are a huge hit. It is a great time to see all the characters. The park is much smaller then Disney or Six Flags so if you can manage leave the strollers at home. You can rent a stroller there but kids spend so much time out of them its easier without. When the park gets crowded it really gets difficult to maneuver the strollers and the kids spend more time out of them anyways. They do have lockers if you need them. It is owned by Anheuser Busch so they do serve some beer I THINK. (They didn't for many years, started, they may have stopped again for all I know) Along with that Busch Gardens and Sea World are also owned so if the tickets are pricey and you live near one of these attractions you may be able to get some sort of discount to Sesame Place if you have a Season Pass to one of the two other types of parks. Or if you are in the area there are usually discount offers on the backs of soda cans. Since $48 per kid can be a lot. It is definitely a one of a kind park and I would recommend any family with young children pay it a visit.
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
I went to Sesame Place as a kid, I thought my daughter was too young to go but I guess not :) Maybe we'll make a trip that way!
snarkypants snarkypants 9 years
as the biggest sesame street fan EVER, i am so making my bf take me there. and no, i do not have children
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