I received free tickets for my family to visit Ripley's Believe It Or Not through U.S. Family Guide in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
We are so lucky to live in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. corridor...there are so many great museums, historical attractions and family-friendly things to do!
One of our favorite places to visit is the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. With a beautiful view of the city skyline against the waters of the harbor, plus so many fun and interesting attractions, shops and restaurants, it makes for a great family outing.
Ripley's: A Family Attraction
We recently visited Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium, which is right in the middle of the action at the Inner Harbor. When my kids saw the humongous sea monster up on the roof of the museum, they got very excited and shouted, "Is that where we are going Mom!?!" They especially loved the smoke coming out of the monster's nose!
After getting our tickets, we went straight upstairs to the Odditorium and found a huge collection of some really amazing stuff!
Our son was mesmerized by the cool robots made of car parts, while our daughter (and myself!) were interested in the replicas of the British crown jewels.
In addition to some really amazing sculptures and art pieces (including one made entirely out of gum wrappers!), there was also some pretty creepy stuff to be seen at Ripley's. I was kind of grossed out by this wreath that was once common during the Victorian era...it is made out of the hair of deceased loved ones as a way to remember them (I think I'd rather have a picture on display, but that's just me ;))
My hubby had fun trying out the tightrope that Nick Wallenda used to walk over the Inner Harbor, and he even found his racing hero's portrait on display.
The Mirror Maze and 4D Theater
As we finished up touring the Odditorium, my family and I walked over to check out the Marvelous Mirror Maze. It's a pretty challenging maze made entirely of mirrors!
The attendant gave us some plastic gloves to wear during our maze walk to make sure that we didn't get a bunch of fingerprints on all the mirrors (that would be cheating, wouldn't it?)
After several minutes in the maze, I began to worry that we might not ever get out on our own. Luckily, I didn't have to worry about how to call for help because only seconds later, Daddy found the way out for us.
Last on the Ripley's tour was their super fun 4D Moving Theater. My daughter was a bit scared to go into the theater because she had a scary experience on another similar movie ride at Disney World.
Unfortunately, one of the adults in the theater decided to start screaming before the movie began, which scared both our kids. As the movie came on, they started to cry very loudly, mostly due to the screaming still coming from that same person.
About halfway through the show, the attendant let us sneak out with the kids, who were pretty shaken up at that point. I think the guy was just having a little fun and didn't mean to scare anyone, but he did frighten our small children, and so we missed most of the theater experience.
A few tips for your Ripley's experience
Overall, we had a great time at Ripley's in Baltimore! Parking was easy to find in the area, and Ripley's even offers discounts for its visitors. Check out the Hours and Directions portion of their website to find out where to park. Make sure to also check out their site for discounts on combination tickets if you plan to visit more than one of their attractions.
If your children are very young, like mine, you may want to skip a few portions of the museum and/or the 4D theater. At times our kids were scared by the very loud music played in certain rooms of the museum, and there are certainly some creepy items on display that, while great for teenagers and adults, might be a little frightening to smaller children.