Growing up I remember reading Ripley’s Giant Book of Believe It or Not! cover to cover. Oddities fascinated me. Still do. So how could I pass up the opportunity to visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium in Orlando? Ripley’s provided my family with three tickets to check them out while we were on vacation there.
It happened to rain one whole day during our stay, which made for the perfect opportunity to do an inside attraction like Ripley’s. Located just off International Drive close to tons of shopping, restaurants and other attractions, you can’t miss Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium – it’s the building that looks like it’s falling into a Florida sink hole.
Plan for a good four hours to see everything as there is a lot of reading. Or, you could casually breeze through in a couple of hours. We went the first route and literally read everything there was to read that covers nearly every inch of the 10,000 square foot building. It may also have taken us longer because the Odditorium was packed with families perhaps with the same idea we had to stay out of the rain.
There are optical illusions, brain teasers, oddities – both animal and human, unique art, wax figures… the list goes on and on. Most fascinating to me was an actual human shrunken head and video about the process and rituals of head shrinking. Danny ushered Reagan along past that exhibit, while I hung back and learned all there is to know about head shrinking. Which was probably more than I really wanted to know.
We even ran into a local star from Colorado, Mike the Headless Chicken. A friend from Grand Junction confirmed his local fame and the story of how he was kept alive for more than 18 months after his head was chopped off. True story.
With surprises around every corner, Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium was a fun family outing for all of us as there was plenty to keep everyone interested and entertained.
Disclosure: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium provided my family and I with entrance tickets for the purposes of writing this post. No other compensation was provided. All opinions expressed are my own.