I was very wary of traveling here, based on some of the previous reviews. However, I was pleasantly surprised at the fun time that my family had there. It was mostly clean, and pretty crowded - but lots of chances to see beloved characters, and later in the day the water rides got pretty empty. There was enough for my 7 year old to do, he said, "Mom, I actually LIKE sesame place!" And, my 5-year old wants to go back as soon as possible. My 2 year old keeps on talking about how she met Elmo and the Count. I recommend the lunch with the characters if you can do it - great way to get pictures without waiting in lines. My 5-year old said that this was the highlight of her summer. If you live relatively close, and can swing the somewhat pricey admission cost, go for it - your kids (ages 8/9 and younger) will have fun - and remember, it is not about YOU as an adult if you are going here - it is about the kids :) So, through the eyes of a young child, this place is about as good as it gets in the Philly/ NYC metro areas.