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Sesame Place

Posted on Friday, May 1, 2015

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A one of a kind theme park.
 

The History

Sesame Place opened in 1980 in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, becoming the nation’s first only theme park based entirely on the Sesame Street TV show.  What began as a small 3 acre theme park has evolved into a large 14 acre park specifically designed for younger children.  In 2015, there will be special celebrations for the 35th birthday!
 
When Sesame Street debuted all the way back in 1969 it instantly became a hit for young children all over America.  Now over 40 years later the world is a very different place but kids still love Sesame Street.  The enduring popularity of Sesame Street has helped Sesame Place grow and expand over the years.  Some of the biggest additions to Sesame Place were added just this year as Sesame Place debuted “Cookie’s Monster Land.”  A brand new area of the park centered around one of Sesame Street’s most popular characters, Cookie Monster.  There are 5 new exciting rides in Cookie’s Monster Land and a play area for toddlers.
 

What to See

After walking around Philadelphia exploring the history, a trip to theme park like Sesame Place can provide a refreshing change of scenary.  It will also be an excursion that will be especially appreciated by the youngest members of your family who are perhaps a bit more interested in “Bert and Ernie” than “Benjamin and George” at this point in their lives.
 
Sesame Place is celebrating 35 years in 2015
 
There are all kinds of things to do at Sesame Place, all specially engineered to delight and entertain children between the ages of 2-9.  There are all of the rides that you would expect from a children’s theme park, but they all have a Sesame Street twist to them.  On a normal carousel you’d expect to ride a horse, at Sesame Place however children ride a carousel of Muppets!   
 
Sesame Place has a number of parades every day where children can see all of their favorite characters. There are even live shows at Sesame Place, the most popular of which is “Elmo the Musical – Live at Sesame Place!”  In this show children get to watch Elmo use his imagination to put on his very own musical.  And because Sesame Street always has education as a goal, Elmo will uses math in his musical to solve a mystery with the help of all the children in attendance!
 
On a hot summer day however the most popular rides at Sesame Place are the water rides!  Children love to explore “The Count’s Splash Castle,” the largest attraction in the entire park.  The Count's Splash Castle is a multilevel attraction with over 90 play areas for children, including a 1000 gallon tipping bucket.  There are also multiple water slides, some designed for children to ride themselves and others where children and parents ride together.  The most dramatic water slide is the “Sky Splash,” a 6 story water slide that allows you to see the skyline of Philadelphia on a clear day.
 

Insider Tips

For those who can’t wait to get the fun started, book a breakfast at Sesame Place in addition to your ticket to the park.  Sesame Place offers two breakfasts, one with Elmo & Friends and another Cookie Monster.  Both breakfasts allow kids to enjoy the most important meal of the day with some of their favorite Sesame Street characters.  As an added benefit, when the 8:45 am breakfast is over children get to explore the park and ride on rides before the park officially opens for everyone else at 10:00 am.
 

How to Get There

Sesame Place, while not located within the City of Philadelphia it is a very short trip away for those visiting Philadelphia.  Guests of The Constitutional Walking Tour can easily drive to Sesame Place in about a half an hour from the National Constitution Center where all of our tours begin and end.  Just head west on Arch Street,  make a right on 7th street and then follow the signs to merge onto I-95 North.  Take the Morrisville Exit 46A onto Route 1 North.  Then take Route 1 North to the Oxford Valley Exit and turn right onto Oxford Valley Road.  Turn right at the third traffic light and you’ve arrived!
 
Sesame Place

 

Hours

Please check the Sesame Place web site for the most up to date hours of operation.
 

Additional Information

100 Sesame Road
Langhorne, PA 19047
1-866-GO-4-ELMO
 

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