I’m a Ripley’s affiliate and received free admission for our visit so I could share our experience with you and bring you this Ripley’s review.
We’ve lived in Dallas for almost 12 years now (WHAT!). And although I feel like Dallas is my home and I know it well, there are still SO MANY THINGS we’ve never done, it’s kind of crazy. Last week, we checked another item off our Dallas Bucket List when we visited Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Grand Prairie.
Upon arrival, the kids immediately flocked to the dinosaur and gorilla statues in the parking lot. This Stegosaurus was made from the bumpers of classic cars. We had a hard time getting the kids to come inside…they were enthralled by the attractions in the parking lot!
But we DID get them to come inside, and that’s where the fun really began.
Broken into five different attractions, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has all kinds of entertainment, and it’s all a bit different. You can buy tickets to individual attractions, or one ticket for all of them (that is what I would recommend). My kids are four and seven-years-old. We spent about two hours (maybe a little more) seeing everything. With older kids, you might expect to stay a little longer.
Here’s what to expect from each section.
Probably what it is most famous for, and certainly the attraction I was most expecting, the Odditorium is full of odd delights (and some super creepy things, like a shrunken head, too). From a life-size model of an eight-foot-tall man (Claire was afraid of this!) to a wedding dress made out of toilet paper (and beautifully so!), there’s all kinds of stuff to look at here.
Some of the attractions are a little bit scary/creepy…but nothing that jumps out at you, and you can easily scoot by anything the little ones might be afraid of.
The Odditorium is also full of hands-on activities that the kids will love.
Louis Tussaud’s Palace of Wax
The wax museum is pretty huge, and there are a lot of wax celebrities to visit with! Our favorites, though, were the presidents!
I also couldn’t get enough of the cowardly lion!
They also had a biblical display, which included a very graphic crucifixion scene, which kind of scared my kids (so just be on the lookout for that if you have a sensitive kiddo).
And speaking of being scared? They have a super duper extra scary section of the wax palace that I was way too chicken to enter. Definitely keep the kids out of this – Charles went it alone and gave it an A+ for scariness (and he’s not easily scared!). So if you love horror films, this is probably something you’ll be into. If you’re a scaredy cat (ME!), pass on this.
Enchanted Mirror Maze
The mirror maze was much harder than I anticipated. This was a fun challenge to do as a family.
The kids will love the laser race! Jack would have done this over and over and over again if I had let him. You have to pay for each turn, so let the kids know that before they get started and want to go again.
7D Moving Theater
You guys! This was so fun. There were two movies available. Once had zombies and looked more appropriate for older kids. The one we saw was called Los Banditos. Imagine a theater with moving seats. Everyone gets a gun to shoot the bad guys (robots) as you ride a train through the wild west. Yous scores are tabulated and this was SUPER fun to do as a family.
The kids *loved* going to Ripley’s. It was perfect for a rainy Spring Break day. The one we visited was in Grand Prairie, Texas, but there are lots of other Ripley’s locations around the U.S. (and the world!). You can click on the picture below to see if there is one near you. Think you’ll be visiting a Ripley’s in the future? Be sure to pin this to refer to before your trip!