fun for toddlers to elementary and the adults who love them
Written: Apr 23, 2002 (Updated Apr 24, 2002)
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Pros:lots of activities for little ones, a good place to cool off
Cons:expensive, often crowded
The Bottom Line: Its a lot of fun, especially for preschoolers. But it is quite expensive for a day trip.
I don't live too far from Sesame Place and I've been there over 30 times in eight years. Two years I had season passes. This year children under 2 are free, but children over 2 are charged the full admission price of $36.95. I wouldn't recommend taking a family at that price for one day. But with every full paid admission, you receive a second admission ticket good for any day in the 2002 season, except Saturdays. That's a little easier to swallow. The $89.95 season pass is obviously the best value if you can get there often. With small children, its the best way to go.
Avoid weekends. The crowds are terrible. Its best to arrive just before the park opens and go on the popular rides like Vapor Trail and Sky Splash several times before the crowds arrive. I love Big Bird's Ramblin' River. Its a very relaxing float if you know how to avoid the waterfalls. There are some slides for which you must be at least 42" tall, but for the most part everyone in the family can enjoy the attractions. The shows are entertaining, even though they are geared to preschoolers.
One caution for those with little ones is that it is very easy to lose the little guys. Aside from the rides, the areas aren't fenced in. The water isn't above an adults knees, but you sure don't want to be searching the whole park for a toddler or picking them up at the lost children room.
Water shoes or sandals are a good idea. Some of the rides require swimwear.
You will need a waterproof container for your keys, money and ID, unless you choose to put them in a locker. If you aren't going to arrive at the park before noon, there probably won't be any lockers left. I carry my "valuables" in a Rubbermaid container in a vinyl fanny pack.
One thing I appreciate as a mother is that Sesame Place allows you to bring your own food with you in the park. The food sold there isn't quite as high priced as it is in other amusement parks. and even provides tables for eating.
I prefer not to go on really hot days because the park gets very crowded and I get cranky waiting on line while sweating. About 1/3 of the park is water activities, but there are shows and play areas that can occupy children if its too cold to go in the water. Most of the park is open air, so don't go on a rainy day.
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