Travel with Val: Family trips still possible as fall draws closer
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Despite fall being just around the corner, it may be possible to fit in a family-friendly trip under the wire with some choice destinations within easy reach of New York City.
For instance, Six Flags Great Adventure has a new rollercoaster ride that’s so cool, it goes way beyond keeping riders on the edge of their seats — in fact, it doesn’t have any.
The Green Lantern is a stand-up “thrill coaster” based on the DC Comics super hero. It measures 15 stories tall and reaches speeds of 63 miles per hour.
It’s the New Jersey park's 13th coaster, keeping passengers on their feet with two minutes and thirty seconds worth of loops, inversions, dives and corkscrews.
Daily admission is $36.99 when purchased online.
Families with little ones might prefer a drive to Sesame Place, the nation’s only theme park based entirely on “Sesame Street,” where a brand-new parade welcomes Murray, the park’s newest character.
The furry orange creature that hosts the show’s "Word on the Street" segments is the first new character to debut at Sesame Place since Abby Cadabby was added in 2007.
Murray joins other fuzzy friends in the all-new "Neighborhood Street Party" parade with 11 larger-than-life floats with both day and night performances.
Sesame Place’s “Elmo Any Two-Day” ticket offers two days for the price of one at $55.99.
Sesame Place is 90 minutes south of New York City in Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.sesameplace.com.
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