My family and I live right outside of Philadelphia, a great city filled with tons of amazing, family-friendly things to do. I could go on and on about all of the incredible destinations in the area (and will touch on a few of our favorites throughout this article) but for now I want to focus on two of the most exciting destinations in Philadelphia (yet very different!)… The Four Seasons Philadelphia, in downtown Philadelphia, and Sesame Place, just 30 minutes outside of Philadelphia. My family got to experience both places over the past two weeks and I would love to share our experiences with you!
The Four Seasons Philadelphia
Wow! What a way to travel! the Four Seasons Philadelphia is an incredible, luxury hotel that exceeded all of our expectations. You may wonder… Four Seasons and kids? Does it work? I wasn’t so sure myself until the minute we arrived at the hotel and started to experience all of the amazing little touches that the hotel and staff do for all kids who stay. We got to experience the Family Values Summer Package which is a great option for families wishing to vacation in Philadelphia in style (and on a budget! Yes! At the Four Seasons!)
In addition to the impeccable service when we arrived, my kids were treated to a toy from the Radio Flyer red wagon! They were so excited to be able to pick out a toy (or two!) and immediately felt welcomed by a number of staff who warmly interacted with them. We went upstairs to our adjoining rooms (more on that later!) and discovered so many wonderful little surprises for the kids. They each had child-sized slippers and robes, books and puzzles about Philadelphia on their beds, and bath toys and their names spelled out in bath foam letters in the tub! After our room was turned down, we came back to the room to discover milk and cookies and balloons for the kids (they were in heaven!) and some sweet treats for us, too!
What we loved most about this special Family Values Package is that you get an adjoining room for 50% off, which makes a hotel stay with children SO MUCH nicer. After we put our sons to bed in the adjoining room, we got a chance to relax in our own room without the worry of disturbing our kids. Additionally, the Family Values Package comes with a $100 hotel credit per room per night for each full-priced room. That means a free spa treatment for you, or a meal for your family, or to spend however you wish!
This special Family Values Package is available every day from now through December 31st, so if you are looking for a great, luxurious vacation without breaking the bank, I highly suggest you visit the Four Seasons Philadelphia. You will enjoy wonderful restaurants (we dined at the Continental and loved it!), museums (The Please Touch Museum is amazing for kids, as well as the Academy of Natural Sciences), and other sites and fun attractions in Philly (hop on a Trolley, see the Liberty Bell, Ride the Ducks, and more) while enjoying the best hotel in the city and its amenities (including a beautiful pool). Please note this package is also available in Boston, New York, and DC as well.
Want to see some more? Check out some of our photos from our trip!
A wonderful Sesame Street themed amusement park for kids of all ages, Sesame Place, right outside of Philadelphia, is a fabulous destination for families. From the minute you walk into this colorful, fun Sesame mega-land, you are surrounded with all of your Sesame Street friends. From character meet-and-greets, to amusement rides, to water slides and parks, to wonderful shows and parades, themed dining and great gift shops, there is so much to do!
My 2 year old loved all of the dry rides, like the Sunny Day Carousel, Big Bird’s Balloon Race, and Grover’s World Twirl. He also loved splashing around in the Rubber Duckie Pond and had a blast in the wading pool (which was huge!) He was dancing and singing at Big Bird’s Beach Party — an adorable show filled with all of his favorite characters! The highlight of the day, though, was meeting his favorite characters: Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Ernie.
For bigger kids, new this summer is The Count’s Splash Castle, a very cool multi-level interactive water attraction that has a HUGE 8 foot tipping bucket. There are also tons of fun water slides (Sesame Streak) , Bert & Ernie’s Slip and Slide, and Sky Splash, a cool family tube ride. Also, the nets & climbs on Cookie Mountain are awesome and a real challenge!
Check out this interactive park map to see all that Sesame Place offers.
There is so much to do at this great park, it is certainly worth the trip for anyone with younger children. Make sure when you visit that you pick up a yummy Elmo cupcake! They were a hit with my kids! Take some time on the Sesame Place website to plan out your visit. Also, make sure you check out any special offers that are currently being advertised. You will have a blast!