If you’re ready to spend the day an amusement park for the first time with your young children, Sesame Place is a good location to visit. Since the park is geared towards younger kids, it’s very family friendly and easy to navigate. During Labor Day weekend when I vacationed to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, my husband, two kids and I visited Sesame Place. I have five tips to share to make the most of your day there.

5 Tips for Visiting Sesame Place

In July, I shared 7 Labor Day Vacation Spots You’d Love To Visit. Since Bucks County offered a variety of activities, including Sesame Place, I included it in my list. Now that I’ve visited Sesame Place, I have some tips that can help you make the most of your time there with your kids.

1. Plan on staying a half day

When you vacation with kids under age 5, plan on making it through half a day at Sesame. We recently spent three entire days at Walt Disney World, which inspired a post that HuffPost Parents shared, about how to manage your child’s meltdown during a trip to Disney World.

Unlike Disney World, Sesame Place is a pretty small park. You don’t need to stress your family out by insisting that you visit from morning until nighttime. You can easily navigate most of the dry rides for younger kids in a few hours. Since a day visiting the water rides can wear a child out, spend an hour or two doing the water rides, and leave when your children look exhausted.

Make the most of your time at Sesame Place by paying for Preferred Parking or VIP parking. This way, you can easily head to your car to get a change of clothes or to leave when everyone is tired.

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We stayed from 11 am to 4 pm, and this was just the right amount of time for our family. As soon as we could foresee exhaustion, we started heading towards the car. Our kids had an excellent visit. Since they made the most of the time they were there, there were minimal complaints about leaving. 

2. Visit Sesame Neighborhood

As soon as you enter the park, you should stop by Sesame Neighborhood where you can find Sesame Street. This is a good opportunity to meet a character and to see the quintessential Sesame Street sign. While kids wait in line, there are activities they can do at the shops on the street. My kids didn’t mind waiting because there were so many things to keep them busy.

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Sesame Neighborhood is a good place to start because it gets kids in the spirit of Sesame Place. The storefronts look like real buildings, which makes it very fun to see and visit.

3. Order the kid’s meals at Elmo’s Eatery

In between rides, we stopped in Elmo’s Eatery. This restaurant was conveniently located near the dry rides. With table service and a simple menu, the restaurant was well worth visiting. 

One thing I liked about the restaurant was the kid’s meals. Each kid’s meal is served on a plate that you can take home as a cute, simple souvenir. 

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My daughters both ordered the macaroni and cheese, which came with french fries, chocolate milk, and an applesauce. They wanted to order only the applesauce and some chocolate milk, but by the time you total those two items, the price wasn’t much higher. Both girls finished their applesauce and milk and ate most of their fries. Ryan and I helped finish off the tasty, cheesy macaroni and cheese.

4. Meet the characters

One of the most fun parts of visiting the amusement park is meeting the characters. Even though there can be quite the line to meet the characters at Sesame Place, it’s worth your time. My younger daughter loves  Elmo, and she was so excited to meet him.

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While we were waiting, we spotted Big Bird, but he left and was replaced by Abby when we were in line. I heard from a local resident that it’s pretty common not to meet Big Bird when you visit Sesame Place. Plan on meeting whichever characters are there, but don’t have your heart set on meeting a particular character in case they aren’t there.

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Abby ended up being the perfect character to meet. Since my older daughter loves fairies and everything pink, this was a great experience for her.

5. Wear swimsuits

Even if you aren’t planning on enjoying the water rides, wear your swimsuits just in case. When we visited, the weather called for frequent rain and clouds. Luckily, by mid-afternoon the sun came out, and we were able to enjoy the water activities.

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At the park, many of the water rides are ideal for older kids. We found a splash pad that worked well for visiting with young kids. If you’re visiting with preschoolers, you can also visited the Sesame Chutes ride, where adults can go down the waterslide with a younger kid. 

If you want to get completely in the water, you can visit Big Bird’s Rambling River near the Good Ship Sesame Sign. This leisurely ride on inner tubes is comfortable for kids of any age.

Overall, Sesame Place was a convenient destination for our family. We loved being able to drive only two and a half hours to get to a fun amusement park for our kids. Being able to choose between water rides and dry rides was awesome, especially on a day when the sun came came out mid-day. I was very happy that my idea of visiting Sesame Place for Labor Day weekend worked out so well for my family.

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Have you been to Sesame Place? Share your experience in the comments.


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9 Responses

  1. Emily

    We go to Sesame Place every year. We break up the day by going to see the indoor shoes. Also note that the plate and cup they give with the kids meal changes so you can get new ones each year. Lastly, if you are relatively local get the tickets online. You get $10 off and get a free return trip or get a season pass


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