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Quick Guide: Sesame Place Day Trip from Philadelphia/NJ/NY

Sesame Place amusement and water park is based on the lovable and cuddly Sesame Street characters, is a great destination for young children to learn and play! Sesame Place sits just 30 minutes from Philadelphia and an easy day trip from many parts of Maryland, New Jersey, and New York. There are also a few nice hotels nearby if you prefer to make it an overnight excursion.

There are over 20 rides and attractions for little ones to enjoy at Sesame Place, including water rides and activities for children of all ages. Kids love to see their favorite Sesame Street characters including Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster (my favorite), Grover, Oscar the Grouch, Abby Cadabby, Rosita, Ernie and Burt, Zoe, and even the Honkers on a rare occasion!

I am OBSESSED with everything Muppets and Sesame — and I’ve been taking my kids here since they were babies. It is a very stroller accessible park with lots of stuff for little ones to explore! If you have older kids too, fear not! Even my 9-year-old niece still loves going to the park! There is a big climbing structure, a mini roller coaster, and big kid water rides too!

Here is a list of discounted tickets:

Any day ticket with 2nd day free – Pay for one day, and get a second day free!

Save on a weekday ticket – Save $15 when you go between Monday and Thursday thru 9/4/17!

Military/Veteran discounts – Active Military free ticket / Vets 50% off single-day ticket!

Sesame Place amusement park can be considered a must-do if you have small children and live in the Northeast. Sesame Place offers little ones a chance to experience their favorite learning characters up close with several character appearances, a street parade, and entertaining shows throughout the day. The park is pretty spread out so there is rarely a long wait for any of the attractions, which makes it a pleasant day, especially for little impatient children.

Sesame Place amusement park is open daily from 10 am to 8 pm starting Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, with weekend hours in the spring and through the fall and holiday season.

Sesame Place Honker Character Photo
I LOVE the Honkers!!

Park Tips:

  • Plan ahead. If your little one still naps, get there when it opens and then take a lunch break at your car so your little one can get a power nap or get to the Elmo show for an air-conditioned rest.
  • People line up for the parade pretty early, but the parade is only about 15 minutes long. The hilly area across from the fire station is a great location to set up camp. Starbucks isn’t too far away if you need a caffeinated pick-me-up while you wait! Note: There is a designated area for disabled guests near the Boy’s River Restroom.
  • Beat the crowds. The end of the day is peak time for the water attractions. Start there first and then change into dry clothes and hit the dry options. Eat a late breakfast before you arrive and then a late lunch to avoid cafeteria madness.
  • Stop at Wawa and pack up your cooler to save money on park food. There are shaded picnic tables in the parking lot (directly in the back right corner as you are walking out of the park).

    Mini Monster Clubhouse
    Mini Monster Clubhouse

Top Attractions:

  • Older kids will love Blast Off, a UFO that takes off and bounces down from the sky,  Honker Dinger Derby, crazy high-flying dizzying cars,  and the Vapor Trailjunior coaster located at the front of the park. These attractions are geared towards kids 42″ in height and taller.
  • Younger kid favorites include Flyin’ Fisha creative take on the classic Dumbo style rideSunny Day Carouselwith plenty of seating for non-horse riders, and Mini Monster Clubhousea shaded, soft play area geared towards preschool and younger.
  • Water attractions also delight young and old from Teeny Tiny Tidal Wavea splash and play wading area for tiny monsters, to Slippery Slopes, a 75 foot long thrilling body slide, to the family favorite lazy tube ride, Big Bird’s Rambling River.

When to Visit:

  • Summertime is the best time to visit Sesame Place, especially if you can get there as soon as it opens! All of the water rides are open as well as plenty of shows, character appearances, and holiday events.
  • The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular is also a fantastic time to visit. Children can dress up in costumes and trick or treat throughout the park. They also have hayrides and special shows, with characters dressed in cute costumes. The weather can also be great this time of year – not too hot or cold. As a side note, they also have a really yummy Thanksgiving turkey sandwich on the menu that is worth the price!
  • A Very Furry Christmas happens in November and December. While this can be a rough time to visit depending on the weather, it is nice to see the park decked out with twinkling lights and shows offer plenty of charming holiday magic.
Sesame Place Abby Cadabby
The Magic of Art Show
Sesame Place Count Character Greeting
Counting with the Count!
WaWa Drink Break on Sesame Place Steps
WaWa drink break on the famous Sesame Street steps!











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  1. Thanks for the experienced details! I believe anyone with small children would be very grateful to have this insight. I’m excited to see now if we can squeeze this in during our summer trip to NY to visit family!

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