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Sesame Place – Closest thing to Disney in the Northeast Sesame Place – Closest thing to Disney in the Northeast
I made my second annual trip to Sesame Place last week. I have to say….I liked it even more than last year. This sweet... Sesame Place – Closest thing to Disney in the Northeast

I made my second annual trip to Sesame Place last week. I have to say….I liked it even more than last year. This sweet little park is all things Sesame. It’s both water park and carnival rides plus an incredible parade. Sesame Place is the ultimate mix to give your kids their best day ever. We made this trip with two excited 4 year old girls, two even more excited dads and me. As you walk to the entrance the sidewalk sets the tone with plants in the shapes of characters, playful signage and happy kids.

It was a hot day, so our first stop was the water park. There’s a nice range of water activities for toddlers through young elementary school aged kids. Even though the day was hot, I found the water to be freezing, fortunately the girls and their dads didn’t mind.

After splashing, sliding and climbing for a couple of hours we cooled off with ice creams and watched the 4:00 parade (times change daily). The Neighborhood Street Party Parade is so cute and features all of the classic characters: Elmo, Murray, Count Von Count, Bert, Ernie, Abby Cadabby, Zoe, Cookie Monster, Rosita, Big Bird and Telly. The pageantry of the parade is awesome with each costume perfectly representing the characters. There was a mix of floats, some characters walking, dancing and a few interacting with the audience. Our girls sat on their dad’s shoulders and loved every minute, especially when a bunch of streamers exploded into the air. The parade lasted probably about 30 minutes.

After the parade we cooled off by riding a couple more water slides then changed into dry clothes and hit the amusement park rides! There are height requirements for some but with both of our girls over 42″ they were able to enjoy everything they wanted to try. After the parade the park really cleared out so we had a ball running from ride to ride without waiting in lines.

We stayed until the park closed, at 7:00. I was a little sad to leave, but everyone else was exhausted. I am so glad I brought my daughter here again. And I’m so glad I brought her with a friend this time. She had a much better time than last year when she went with me and her grandparents. I love having an only child, but I respect that she has more fun doing things like this with kids her age. We’ll be back to Sesame Place soon:)


  • Bring towels, sunscreen and hats.
  • We brought a to stroller tote all of our stuff.
  • Rental lockers are available.
  • Free life jackets are provided.
  • Bring both swimwear and dry clothes, you’ll want to change.
  • Bring flip flops or water shoes as the ground gets hot.
  • You’re allowed to bring a small cooler, 10″x10″x12″, we brought waters and snacks.
  • The park is pricey, look for admission deals online.
  • Kids under 2 are free!
  • Parking is $17 and goes up the closer you want to park. We parked far away and it wasn’t bad at all.
  • This is the perfect sized park to manage all of it in one day.
  • Most rides will require an adult 18+ to ride with kids under 42″ or under the age of 7
  • This park is very clean and the staff was all very nice.
  • Try to go during the week when it’s less crowded.
  • You can take public transportation to Sesame Place: Take New Jersey Transit to the Trenton Train Station and take a SEPTA bus or a cab to Sesame Place. Sesame Place is located 10 minutes west of Trenton.
    Contact SEPTA 215-580-7800 for bus schedules.
    Contact New Jersey Transit 1-800-626-RIDE for train schedules.

esteepouleris mommy blogger

Estée Pouleris is a mommy blogger based in NYC. She writes reviews about adventures with her 6 year old daughter. Her posts include photos, tips and ideas of fun places to visit with kids.

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