Ripley’s Believe it or Not Orlando Review – Is it Kid Friendly?

Last time I visited a Ripley’s Believe it or Not was over twenty years ago. When I realized there was a Ripley’s in Orlando Florida I was determined to take my kids to see it.

ripley's believe it or not orlando

I grew up with the Ripley’s Believe it or Not show, I love trivia and completely absurd yet real facts and people.  The museum is one of my types of places to visit. Funny enough, the history of the incredible Robert Ripley and the museums are as interesting as the oddities they hold and televise.

Fun Facts About Ripley’s Believe It or Not

  • The founder of Ripley’s Believe It or Not was born in 1890 born in Santa Rosa, California.

  • Cartoonist and adventurer Robert Ripley started it all in 1918 when he began drawing his daily feature.

  • He made his first trip around the world in 1922, delineating a travel journal in installments.

  • 1923 On April 7 he returns to the U.S. and hires researcher and linguist Norbert Pearlroth. He was the featured researcher for 52 years.

  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Started as a newspaper panel series and evolved into a radio show, and television show which features odd facts from around the world.

  • In 1929 William Randolph Hearst was responsible for Believe It or Not! Making its syndicated debut in seventeen papers worldwide.

  • The radio show didn’t start until 1930.

  • After a trip to Asia in 1932, Ripley opened his first museum, the Odditorium, in Chicago.

  • By the end of the decade, there were Odditoriums in San Diego, Dallas, Cleveland, San Francisco, and New York City.

  • In 1948, the year of the 20th anniversary of the Believe it or Not! cartoon series, the Believe it or Not! radio show drew to a close and was replaced with a Believe it or Not! television series.

  • At age 58, on May 27 1949 he died of a heart attack.

  • Ripley’s ideas and legacy live on in Ripley Entertainment, a company bearing his name and owned since 1985 by the Jim Pattison Group

  • It was said that he received more mail than the President of the United States.

Visiting Ripley’s Believe it or Not Orlando – Is It Suitable for Kids?

The great thing about Ripley’s museums is that they have exhibits for all ages.

Ripley’s believe it or not Orlando photos

wall-e at ripley's believe it or not museum orlando

The rooms are filled with info that will not only fill your mind with trivia but also history and culture.

artificats at believe it or not museum orlando

Interactive exhibits were also a huge draw. Even though most of them required reading for older kids, my three-year-old was able to partner up on some cool ones with his big bro.

musical car at ripley believe it or not orlando

Of course seeing the most largest, smallest, widest, loudest and anything that is extreme is definitely their specialty. 

Tallest Man in the World – measure your height

tallest man in the world at believe it or not orlando

Biggest Chair – fit your butt on it

Largest Chair in the World at ripley's believe it or not orlando fl

Largest Tire – stand inside

largest tire in the world at ripleys in orlando

Great White’s Jaw – Imagine seeing that open up in front of you

largest shark jaw at ripley's believe it or not! orlando orlando, fl

And you have to love the random, but most curious, facts displayed everywhere

bathroom facts

It is also the only museum that is open until midnight!

Recommendation – My kids had a fun time, but some exhibits are scary and after a few, my three-year-old became more and more terrified. Towards the end, there was a spinning room in darkness, and he simply freaked out completely. Needless to say, he wasn’t too into it.

However, my oldest son was able to understand that these are simply oddities and even though he had moments of fright as well, he was old enough to deal with it and overall enjoyed himself.

I would say the museum is more for kids that are five and older.

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Ripley’s Believe it or Not Orlando – Review


Last Updated on August 21, 2023

2 thoughts on “Ripley’s Believe it or Not Orlando Review – Is it Kid Friendly?

  1. Cool that they have exhibits suitable for all ages. Believe it or not… I’ve never been to a Ripley’s. I’ve often walked by the one on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf but never considered going in. Looks like it might be worth my while to do so. I enjoyed the Ripley trivia, too. Had no idea he was born in Santa Rosa — that city is very special to me.

    1. Hey Cathy,

      It is really fun. And the museums are usually small, so it won’t be too long, unless you read every single trivia LOL!

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