The Age-By-Age Guide to Sesame Place

Planning a family trip to Sesame Place? From babies to preschoolers to bigger kids, check out our tips for making the most of your trip. (5 Photos)

Ellen Parlapiano on Sep 28, 2012 at 12:05PM

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The Age-By-Age Guide to Sesame Place

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Sesame Place: Everything You Need to Know Before You Go!

Is your child wild for Elmo and crazy for Cookie Monster? At Sesame Place kids can meet all their favorite Sesame Street characters, plus ride, slide and rock out at themed shows and parades. Everything in the park is designed for kids under age 9. But don't worry, mom and dad -- grownups (or older sibs) are allowed on most attractions, too! Before you get to where the air is sweet, check out our age-by-age guide to Sesame Place. Our touring tips are guaranteed to make your visit a sunny-day-chasing-the-clouds-away kind of experience.

Know Before You Go:
Arrive early. Though this park is fairly small and manageable, it gets crowded fast. Avoid weekends if possible, and aim to get there when gates open. If you're willing to spend extra, you can skip lines at select attractions by purchasing Abby's Magic Queue passes.

Bring bathing suits, water shoes and beach towels in warm weather. Sesame Place has a bunch of super-fun water attractions -- from teeny tiny wading pools to lazy rivers to speedy (and not-so-speedy) slides -- and you'll want to be prepared.

Get two days for the price of one. Elmo's 2nd Day Free Ticket costs the same as a 1-day ticket, but allows you an additional day in the park, in case you want to turn the trip into a mini-vacation. You don't have to use the two days consecutively (the bonus day is good anytime in the same season), but staying over at one of the nearby hotels lets you tour at a more leisurely pace and have a quiet retreat for naps. Check out Sesame Place getaway packages.

Download the Sesame Place smartphone app for instant access to maps, show times, ride waits and the closest character-greeting spots.

Pack snacks and a light lunch. Want to avoid having to pay for pricey park food? Sesame Place allows small coolers (no bigger than 12 x 12 x 10), so stock one up with juice boxes and PBJs and find a shady spot to refuel.

Check out off-season events. Though open daily in the summer, Sesame Place runs on a limited weekend schedule in fall and winter, and water attractions close in late September. The good news? Fall and winter bring cool celebrations like character parties, The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular (late September to late October) and A Very Furry Christmas (mid-November to late December).

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