Ooey and I recently had a wonderful trip to Sesame Place a Sesame Street theme park for children in Pennsylvania. The park was kind enough to comp our tickets for the visit, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Usually I’m guilty of doing things with my toddler that she’s not quite ready for, like canoeing. But in this case, a trip to Sesame Place, I wish I’d brought her earlier. Editing the photos from this trip really makes me want to go back! Ooey and I had an awesome time, here’s how it went!
The park is a solid three hours from Washington, D.C. in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Ooey and I drove up on a Saturday morning and aimed to be there when the park opened at 10am. We ended up sleeping in, surprise-surprise and actually got there at noon. Our friends were already eating at one of the many cafes so we went through security and met them there.
What to wear
The park is half water park and half amusement park, you’ll see plenty of people strolling around in their swimsuits. The bathrooms were not ideal for changing into a swimsuit, so the bikini babes had the right idea. I’d wear a bathing suit under a sundress next time.
What to do
Throughout the day at Sesame Place there are scheduled events, shows, meals with characters and even a parade. I suggest you know the schedule ahead of time so you can make the most of your trip. Additionally getting in line about 25 minutes before a show or parade starts is a good idea, we did this and we had front row seats for Elmo the Musical Live.
Because we went on a Saturday there were lines for every ride, there is an option to buy a fast pass. I was really impressed with the rides we went on at Sesame Place, all of them were appropriately marked, we didn’t get on anything and find it more “thrilling” than we’d wanted. Ooey has been freaked out by rides in the past, but these were mellow enough for her to find enjoyable.
I’d known that Sesame Place had a water park but I had no idea it was so fabulous. There are multiple splash pad areas with a lazy river snaking through all of them. For the little kids there’s a large shallow pool for them to cool off.
For those who want to upgrade their waterpark experience I suggest getting a cabana. The cabanas have seperate water areas as well as an exclusive entrance into the lazy river. Additionally they provide guests with a place to leave all their stuff while they explore, I even saw a mini fridge in one of them.
What to eat
Throughout the park were concessions, If I could do it over I would have done a character breakfast. You can’t bring a picnic lunch into the park, but plenty of people left the park to eat their lunch and returned after. The lines for food were pretty long so this isn’t a bad strategy. I will say, without naming names, the service at the nearby Mexican restaurant is horrid- we waited to be seated for over an hour despite tons of empty tables AND a patio.
Day trip or overnight?
Sesame place is three hours away, you could do it all as a day trip if you really wanted to. However, it was me and Ooey meeting friends and I knew I’d be tired. We all stayed at the Marriott nearby and I was glad not to have had to drive home after a full day. Ooey passed out early and I had a lovely evening with a bottle of wine. There are plenty of hotels closer to Sesame Place and they offer shuttle service, I simply stayed where my friends did.
Tips (skip this section at your own risk)
- Grab a locker as soon as you get there.
- Get in line for the shows early (same goes for the parade).
- Buy a fast pass for the rides.
- Rent a cabana if you plan on spending a lot of time at the water park.
- They are strict about no outside food.
- The park provides life jackets but if you have your own you’re welcome to bring it.
- Schedule a character meal ahead of time.
Sesame Place contact info
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