You’ll know you’re in the right spot when you see the upside down house of Wonderworks and the Titanic (yes, that Titanic) washed ashore.
Open 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium boasts three floors of fun with more than 500 artifacts, a children’s play area, digital funhouse mirror, dozens of interactive displays, illusions and puzzles, plus an interactive cargo hold.
It’s also home to a moving 7-D theatre with 3 films to choose from, a pirate themed mirror maze, and an impossible laser race.
Needless to say, you could spend a while here. (Perfect for rainy days or when you need a break from the beach.)
You can purchase entrance solely into the Odditorium or bundle and save on entrance to the rest. Single tickets are only available for the Odditorium or moving theatre. Buy them online so you can skip the line.
Note: Like most attractions, you begin and end in the Gift Shop, where you can find all sorts of oddities, including the opportunity to make a wax replica of your hand, then dip it in glaze or glitter – a fun and unusual souvenir.
We went to Ripley’s on a sunny day, and the parking lot was full. So when it rains, it gets pretty crowded.
This place really is exceptional, sparing no detail. Even the restrooms don plaques with strange facts you can choose to believe … or not. Speaking of the restrooms, they’re big on bathroom humor. If you notice people laughing when they exit, it could be because they pipe fart noises over the sound system.
Kids were rolling the hallways, while some grown-ups rolled their eyes and the other (more fun) ones indulged in a chuckle.
Ripley’s is a weird yet amazing collection of odds, ends and everything in between courtesy of Mr. Robert Ripley, who gathered these items and information as he traveled to more than 200 countries over 95 years. You can read more about the collection here.
Much of the artwork displayed is composed from atypical items such as matchsticks, computer buttons, jelly beans, Lite Brite pieces, smiley face stickers and even M & Ms. (Don’t eat them!) There’s a life-size game of Operation, a matchstick replica of the Titanic, musical stairs and so much more.
We believe you’ll have a wonderful time.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not is located at 9907 Front Beach Road in Panama City Beach, FL. For more information, please call (850) 230-6113 or visit the Ripley’s website.