A Visit to Sesame Place

Sesame Street Topiary

The very first topiary you see at Sesame Place
The very first topiary you see at Sesame Place

Sunny Day
Sweepin' the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet

Can you tell me how to get,
How to get to Sesame Street

An opening song that is familiar to millions! My forty-five year old son was two in 1969 when Sesame Street premiered on Public Television. Back then we had, Mr. Hooper, Bob, Gordon and Susan, as the cast. A delightful group of muppets including Big Bird, Bert & Ernie, Kermit the Frog (yes Kermit was on Sesame Street), later joined by Oscar the Grouch. Miss Piggy was an early character too but not an original. If you've ever watched Sesame Street you know the cast of characters has changed and grown over the years.

If you haven't seen Sesame Street in a long time you should stop by to see some of the new, imaginative characters/muppets that live there now.

So much to see at Sesame Place

Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Place?
Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Place?
Elmo's hand prints
Elmo's hand prints
Super Grover!
Super Grover!
My daughter and grandson with Elmo and Oscar
My daughter and grandson with Elmo and Oscar

Any and all of the muppets make children's eyes light up and bring a smile to their face. Each child has their favorite muppet. Can you imagine actually seeing them in person? That's the premise of Sesame Place. Sesame Place is located in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. It is a re-creation of Sesame Street and includes many of the main characters. A Sesame Street Amusement Park! The best part for me is for Mother's Day my daughter gave me an all expense paid trip to Sesame Place with my three year old grandson. So four adults and my three year old grandson headed to Sesame Place.

The wonder of the place hits you the minute you step on the grounds. The Hollywood Walk of Fame at Grauman's Chinese Theater has nothing on Sesame Place. Imagine seeing the hand prints of Grover and Big Bird and others! Children of all ages stop to put their hands into the prints of their famous friends...and this is before you even get in the park. The other immediate attention grabber is the topiary both outside the park and inside the park. Right there, a red leaf Elmo with a Green Oscar the Grouch! But of course, those aren't the only ones. Muppet topiarys are located throughout the park from super Grover to Snuffeulupagus, you just have to watch for them. They vary in size and color but represent so many friends. All are done so well and of course the fact that children are so enamored of the muppets that even the topiarys grab their imagination make them extra special. I would safely say they are more of an adult pleaser than a child pleaser but kids like them too. Of course for those of you who have visited Disney World and seen the famous Mickey Mouse topiary you know this is a special added treat.

So very many picture ops! Make sure your battery is charged and you have plenty of room on your memory card before you get to Sesame Place. The people at Sesame Place certainly knew what they were doing when they created and set up Sesame Place.

As you enter the park you can choose which way to go but most head to Sesame Street! It is a thrill to see the buildings, the signs, the lamp posts...all from Sesame Street. You can even go in Mr. Hooper's grocery store and pretend play with a cash register...but the best part of this Sesame Street is various muppets appear at different times throughout the day for you to take pictures of your children with. There are usually lines to wait on but they move fairly quickly and I didn't hear any crying children waiting to get their pictures taken.

I'm sure there are teenagers inside those terribly hot costumes, but I must say they are patient and friendly. Nice job by the characters and by Sesame Place on this one!

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Sesame Street street signMy husband on Sesame StreetMy grandson being hugged by Zoe.My daughter and grandson meet Ernie & Bert
Sesame Street street sign
Sesame Street street sign
My husband on Sesame Street
My husband on Sesame Street
My grandson being hugged by Zoe.
My grandson being hugged by Zoe.
My daughter and grandson meet Ernie & Bert
My daughter and grandson meet Ernie & Bert

The people who created Sesame Place were really on the ball. While every child loves the Muppets and Sesame Place, an entire day on one little street won't cut it and few people will come back for that, but remember I said this is an amusement park! It is an amusement park complete with rides and two separate water park sections. Of course there are stores, eateries and a theater but the rides and water parks are what keep kids moving and happy.

The rides are geared toward young children though the roller coaster may be better for children older than three. The rides are fairly spread out and again, though the lines are long for the rides, the rides are short so the wait isn't outrageous.

Some of the rides at Sesame Place

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Waiting for a ride on the teacupsOn the teacups with Dad and GrandpaRiding on the swingsRiding the roller coaster left my three year old grandson a little afraid of rides
Waiting for a ride on the teacups
Waiting for a ride on the teacups
On the teacups with Dad and Grandpa
On the teacups with Dad and Grandpa
Riding on the swings
Riding on the swings
Riding the roller coaster left my three year old grandson a little afraid of rides
Riding the roller coaster left my three year old grandson a little afraid of rides

What child doesn't like to climb? There is a child's climbing paradise at Sesame Place. It is probably three stories high with lots of space to climb on ropes. There's also a mountain made of vinyl to climb. Kids, mostly accompanied by their parents, spent lots of time climbing and getting their exercise.

Climbing at Sesame Place

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A look up at the netsView from one of the platforms at the top of the climbing ropesClimbing through a rope tunnelComing down from one of the netsMy grandson climbing the vinyl mountain
A look up at the nets
A look up at the nets
View from one of the platforms at the top of the climbing ropes
View from one of the platforms at the top of the climbing ropes
Climbing through a rope tunnel
Climbing through a rope tunnel
Coming down from one of the nets
Coming down from one of the nets
My grandson climbing the vinyl mountain
My grandson climbing the vinyl mountain

Water parks are fun for kids and adults. There's a lazy river for relaxing and keeping cool and various sections that allow kids and adults alike to get wet and play in the water. One of the interesting water features is a very large bucket that fills with water and once full dumps it's water on whoever is standing below!

The water bucket

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The water bucket starting to dumpThe water bucket completely dumping
The water bucket starting to dump
The water bucket starting to dump
The water bucket completely dumping
The water bucket completely dumping

There are games for the kids to play...one of the few places you have to spend money. All of the rides and water parks are included in the price of admission. The only things you pay for are the games and food. While the price may seem high compared to other parks it is 'in the ballpark'. Adults and children over two pay $57.99 but there are often online offers reducing that price. Sesame Place actually offered a $20.00 per ticket discount if you ordered your tickets online before June 29. There are also other deals like Elmo's Two Day Ticket -- two days for the price of one. Additional deals can often be found on the Sesame Place website. There are also season passes and group rates.

Games at Sesame Place

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The ever popular Whack-a-MoleFishing for prizes
The ever popular Whack-a-Mole
The ever popular Whack-a-Mole
Fishing for prizes
Fishing for prizes

The piece de resistance is the parade! Every day at 3:00 p.m. and I believe 6:00 p.m. there is a parade down Sesame Street. All of the characters throughout the park disappear around 2:00 p.m. to get ready for the parade. The nicest thing about the parade is that it stops twice for the characters to perform and interact with the audience. People start lining up about 1/2 hour prior to the parade to make sure they get a good seat. Once the parade starts, the rest of the world goes away. You are on Sesame Street with all the wonderful muppets watching kids smile and laugh with total glee!

The Parade at Sesame Place

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The parade beginsBig Bird joins the paradeErnie & BertMy grandson loves slimy the worm so Oscar got cut off in this photoElmo and a friendI have to say I don't know this character :(Cookie MonsterSuper Grover riding his bikeDorothy from Elmo's worldZoeElmo getting ready to greet the crowdThe CountSuper Grover meeting his fansA look down Sesame Street during the parade
The parade begins
The parade begins
Big Bird joins the parade
Big Bird joins the parade
Ernie & Bert
Ernie & Bert
My grandson loves slimy the worm so Oscar got cut off in this photo
My grandson loves slimy the worm so Oscar got cut off in this photo
Elmo and a friend
Elmo and a friend
I have to say I don't know this character :(
I have to say I don't know this character :(
Cookie Monster
Cookie Monster
Super Grover riding his bike
Super Grover riding his bike
Dorothy from Elmo's world
Dorothy from Elmo's world
Zoe
Zoe
Elmo getting ready to greet the crowd
Elmo getting ready to greet the crowd
The Count
The Count
Super Grover meeting his fans
Super Grover meeting his fans
A look down Sesame Street during the parade
A look down Sesame Street during the parade

I know I've shared a lot of photos but believe me they are only a fraction of the photos I took. When I got home and counted I took well over 100! There are photo ops everywhere...in the things at Sesame Place and in the faces of the children.

When I asked my grandson if he was happy to be at Sesame Place he responded, "I'm dancing with excitement!"

We saw license plates from Canada, Maryland, New York, representing cars from all over. If you're ever in the vicinity and you have small children, don't miss Sesame Place!

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Additional Photos You Might Find Interesting

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Inside Mr. Hooper's storePart of the cast of charactersI don't have to tell a Sesame Street fan what this isMy daughter and grandson with Oscar the GrouchAbby Caddaby getting her photo takenMy grandson dancing with the paradeMy grandson trying to figure out what prize to take
Inside Mr. Hooper's store
Inside Mr. Hooper's store
Part of the cast of characters
Part of the cast of characters
I don't have to tell a Sesame Street fan what this is
I don't have to tell a Sesame Street fan what this is
My daughter and grandson with Oscar the Grouch
My daughter and grandson with Oscar the Grouch
Abby Caddaby getting her photo taken
Abby Caddaby getting her photo taken
My grandson dancing with the parade
My grandson dancing with the parade
My grandson trying to figure out what prize to take
My grandson trying to figure out what prize to take

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Til......WoW!! I didn't know this place existed. I'm thrilled to know it is in Pennsylvania, as opposed to the other side of the country.

What a wonderful gift to receive. I see cleverness was passed on to your daughter (your little guy is too cute for words, Grandma!)

This sounds like an absolutely perfect place to vacation for a couple of days with my 5 year old granddaughter who is coming to Gram's next month, from Georgia!!

I'm off to check this place out!! Thanks for this wonderful & informative hub.......btw, Miss Piggy is my IDOL! She's such a feminist! UP and sharing!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

So glad I could help you out Effer. I'm not sure who had more fun, my grandson or me!

It is an absolute thrill for little ones. I don't think I heard any kids crying all day, it was amazing.

Thank you for the compliments on my little guy. He is the youngest of my six grandchildren (right now) and of course, the apple of our eye.

If you need any info on Sesame Place just let me know.

Of course you would relate to Miss Piggy, I'm more of a Kermit kind of gal....its not easy being green!

Love ya!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

hahahahahahah....I love your Kermit comment! Hey, thanks. After I do my research, I probably will have some questions for you!


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howardyoung 4 years ago from California

Too funny! I starting singing the Sesame Street theme song which I learned by heart over 40 years ago. Now I know how to get to Sesame Street. Thanks for telling me!


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Oh how I wish I could be a kid again! :) Awesome photographs Till! It's in Pennsylvania?! I am so going to use some shrinking powder and head on over! :)

Have a great day!


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Michelle Taylor 4 years ago from New Jersey

OMG! I used to go there every year when I was a kid. The photo of the overhead climbing and the blue tarped mountain really took me back. Great hub!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Howard we're never to old to learn (how to get to....)

Josh, just grab a kid and go ;)

Michelle, glad I could bring back good memories.


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Ok, sounds good! :)


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Sesame Street is one of my favorites. I see all the movies. Bert and Ernie are my personal favorites, reminding me a bit of Abbot & Costello. I will have to check the t v show, have seen it since my daughter was little. There is much joy on Sesame Street, and you have reminded me. Great Hub.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

I genuinely enjoyed this hub thank you for sharing :) Frank


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Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

I never knew this place existed. Is it wrong that I don't have kids but I kind of want to go? Who doesn't love Sesame Street? Great show, and great hub!


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

Really an addition to my knowledge, awesome place and pics, voted up


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

xstatic...though Sesame Street producers claim the naming of Bert & Ernie had nothing to do with the cop and cab driver in "It's a Wonderful Life', it does make one wonder, especially since Jim Henson was familiar with the movie. There's nothing like Sesame Street no matter how old you are and Bert & Ernie are certainly mainstays!

Frank, thanks for stopping by, glad you enjoyed.

Crystal, I can't see anything wrong with wanting to go to Sesame Place. Seeing the Muppets "live" was fun!

girishpuri, happy I could add to your knowledge, really a fun place.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Sesame Place looks like a fun place to go. Will have to keep this in mind next time I'm going through PA. Loved all the great pictures. My sons grew up with this show and I miss watching it.


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Thank you so much for sharing this. I have 2 little girls and my husband and I were wondering if this would be a good place to take them since both love Elmo and Abby Cadabby. Will have to share your story and photos with my husband. Voted up and shared!


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bankscottage 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Great pictures and Hub. It brings back a lot of memories. We took our 2 sons there in the mid 80's when we lived in Philadelphia. They really enjoyed it. I suspect there is far more now. I don't remember the street scene. I remember the climbing ropes (specifically, the boys wanted to go on them, I didn't). I also believe there was a lazy river type ride.


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Jeff Gamble 4 years ago from Denton, Texas

Super hub & great pictures! We were out there a few years back and the family had a ball


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Just Ask Susan, I think I enjoyed it almost as much as my grandson.

Janine I think your daughters would love it! Seeing all their favorite characters and having their picture taken with them is priceless!

Banksottage you are right, there is a lazy river ride but we were so busy running around we didn't get a chance to enjoy it!

Thanks for stopping by and commenting Jeff!


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Tillsontitan, thank you again for food for thought on this!!


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twoseven 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

This looks amazing! I had never heard of it. I loved Sesame Street as a child, and I think there is nothing on TV today that even compares to the quality. I am excited for my son to start getting to know the Sesame Street characters - he already loves the Muppets through the new Muppet movie, and he has seen a few short Sesame Street videos. Now I really want to take him here sometime! Thanks for spreading the news about this great place.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

I am only too happy twoseven to introduce people to Sesame Place. There are so few places totally dedicated to children and what better theme than Sesame Place!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Janine you are most welcome!!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

TillsonTitan (Mary),

You took your readers with a free admission to Sesame Place. Back in 95 we were supposed to be heading for Langhorne, PA and find Sesame Place. We changed our minds, and now kids are older. You sound like a proud grandma. I always find Effer around (don't get mad Paula pull -ease!). Great read for parents who plan to make a visit. I have checked the site, and you can buy the tickets ahead and save some sultry waiting. Thanks Mary!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Lord...not only can you save waiting but you can save money by buying online. I love to be with kids when they're having a good time, especially my grandchildren. When I was a kid my mother called close girlfriends "sisters of the skillet" I think that's what Effer and I are ;) AND we faithfully follow each other besides.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

This is a great idea for people vacationing in the area, or for people who live in the area and need something to do for a day to break up the long hot summer. For sure it will be a long remembered experience for the kids especially.

As always your photos are fabulous. I especially loved the ones with your grandson and Zoe and Bert and Ernie, but they were all great!

Voted you up and awesome!


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

Awesome photos, beautiful presentation, great hub, voted up.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Au fait, a really great place for kids. The photo ops were everywhere! Its always nice to have you read my hubs. Thanks for the vote.

Happy you enjoyed Girishpuri.


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

You hit it! I love the place!! Thanks for sharing this Mary.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

It was great Unknown spy...I think I enjoyed it more than my grandson!

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