Travel Review: Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA

Two weeks ago, my family and I took a trip to Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA. This trip was our first to the amusement park, so we had little idea of what to expect. We had heard that Sesame Place was great for smaller children, but other than that, we knew nothing.

Last year we went to Disney World. My first daughter was 16 months then and I was six months pregnant. While we had fun on our trip, it kind of sucked because we didn’t really plan for just how ginormous Disney World is and how little our toddler was then. So it turned out to be one of those trips conceived with high expectations that were not met. Or, it was a great trip in hindsight, but at the time, we hated it. So when I bought tickets for Sesame Place we knew, given our experiences at Disney World, to not get our expectations up too high.

We told ourselves to aim our standards very low this time, to plan on, if nothing else, our toddler enjoying the water park, and to just be open minded. And these low expectations paid off. We had a blast at Sesame Place and plan to go again next year.

If you have been thinking about taking a trip to the amusement park, I thought I’d share what I liked and didn’t like about my trip. So, let’s start with what I liked.

I liked that:

  • It was designed with small children in mind. My toddler, who is 34 inches tall was able to get on all but a handful of rides. Unlike some amusement parks, which require children to ride alone, all of the rides for the shorter crowd allowed/forced parents to ride, too. Children over 36 inches could ride alone, however, on practically every ride at the park. The shows weren’t scary and, unlike Disney, every thing just worked for my toddler.
  • The design is very toddler and family-friendly. The park features many seating areas and playground spaces that are organized by age groups. Sesame Place is not a huge park but still having somewhere to sit, for instance, to breastfeed my baby or just take a breather was nice. The playground spaces feature fun things that are age appropriate and relatively clean.
  • It’s affordable. We paid about $80 for a two-day pass for my husband and I. Children 2 and under are free.
  • There were hardly any lines. Mind you we went on weekdays, but the longest line I ever stood in was for a water slide. And I only waited in that line for 20 minutes.
  • The restaurants feature lots of kid-friendly foods. I’m not sure if this is an official policy of the park, but we were able to bring in our own food. So, for both of our days at the park, we ate what we packed. For parents who didn’t pack lunches, however, there were plenty of relatively inexpensive food options evenly spaced throughout the park.

 

What I didn’t like

The only thing that I can say I didn’t like about the park was that the parking wasn’t free, but I guess paying about $15 these days is to be expected of most amusement parks.

Other than this, I loved Sesame Place and, as I said before, plan to definitely go again!

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Jessica lives in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with her husband and two girls. Once upon a time, pre-motherhood, she did many things as a “serious-looking” woman who managed to successfully balance a reality TV addiction with a career and academic pursuits. She's now a serious-acting woman whose primary job is raising her children. She writes, reads, fantasizes about minivans, and takes midday naps. She enjoys (among many other things) dancing to 80s music, photography, laughing out loud (at, usually, inappropriate moments), and writing about writing, being a writer, and becoming fearless on her blog Jessica F. Hinton

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John Cena
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Nice post indeed. I totally agree with you that Sesame is a home for fun and entertainment and a perfect place for the kids. I have recently visited this place and found it very cool.
Keep sharing some more interesting things about the same. 🙂

Jessica Barnhart
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We went to Sesame place last summer, my kids were 7 and 3. We had gone to Disney world the previous fall, and like the reviewer, found it’s sheer size a bit overwhelming for such young kids. We tend to go slow and take our time, and let the day unfold as it goes on (for the most part), We received free tickets to SP, so we didn’t really mind if it was a bust, but even for free, we wouldn’t go back. Here’s our experience. If your children are 2 or over you have to buy them a ticket,… Read more »
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