Sesame Street Place

A vacation to Philadelphia can include more than just visits to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House, and other sites of Pennsylvania history. The most appealing of all Philadelphia attractions — if you are a young child — is Sesame Place, located in suburban Bucks County about 30 minutes drive from Center City.

Sesame Place Pennsylvania opened in 1980. It is named after the famous PBS children's television show, Sesame Street. Big Bird, Elmo, Bert, Ernie, and other characters from the television show wander around Sesame Street place, perform in music revues, and lead a twice daily "Rock around the Block" alphabet parade. Families can even have breakfast with their favorite characters in the morning before the rest of Sesame Street place opens.

As might be expected, Sesame Place Pennsylvania is aimed toward young children and is much more suitable for small kids than other Pennsylvania amusement parks such as Hershey Park and Dorney Park. Many of the activities are geared to physically active kids: there are over 50 physical play areas. Little children will enjoy swimming through a sea of plastic balls and sliding on the gentle slopes throughout Sesame Street place. Children as young a three years old will enjoy the Vapor Trail roller coaster.

Sesame Place Pennsylvania also has a several water slides and water play areas that the whole family will enjoy. On clear days, you can see the Philadelphia skyline from the top of the 6-story Sky Splash water slide before whizzing down on a water raft.

Sesame Place Pennsylvania is located north of Philadelphia in Langhorne PA near the Oxford Valley Mall and is easily accessible from all Philadelphia hotels — a great addition to any suggested itinerary in Philadelphia. Several hotels near the theme park offer a special Sesame Place package. The Sesame Place package at the Holiday Inn Select Bucks County includes overnight accommodation, meals, two 2-day adult tickets, and free gifts for children under 12. Prices start at about $230. The Sheraton Bucks County Hotel offers a Sesame Place package that includes a hotel room, shuttle bus to and from Sesame Place, a pass that gives the kids exclusive access into the arts and crafts center at the hotel, and free lunch and dinner at the hotel for children. The Sheraton's Sesame Street package start at about $190 for a family of four. Many other hotels in Langhorne and Bucks County offer a Sesame Place package or will at least have discounted tickets to the theme park. Consult the Philadelphia Visitors Bureau or the Pennsylvania tourist office for more information. Drivers with valid AAA membership can also get specially discounted tickets. Regular priced tickets are about $45 a day.

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