Because of his lifelong obsession with exploring the globe, Robert Ripley was called "the modern Marco Polo". Traveling a distance of 19 complete trips around the world, Ripley visited 198 countries! He was reporting, collecting, and documenting the most unusual stories he could find. See fascinating and bizarre oddities of the world when you visit Ripley's Believe It or Not.
News from the odd of Ripley's blog: From wheelchair to 8 Times Olympic Medalist. Raymond Clarence Ewry (October 14, 1873 – September 29, 1937) was an American track and field athlete who won 8 gold medals at the Olympic Games and 2 gold medals at the “Intercalated Games” (1906 in Athens). The unbelievable fact is that Ray contracted polio as a young boy. For a short while, he was in a wheelchair, and it was feared that he might become paralysed for life. This puts him among the most successful Olympians of all time. His 8 Olympic gold medals in individual events are second only to Michael Phelps’s 9.
We had time on our hands, so to escape the heat of July we found our way to Louis Tussaud's Wax Museum and Ripleys Believe It Or Not. Since we were traveling with our 10 year old grandson, we mixed history with silliness!
We actually like peering at wax figures trying to determine whether they look authentic or not. Sylvester Stallone, Tom Hanks and David Letterman were pretty realistic! You'll see bits of Texas history, Hollywood stars and The Last Supper! Ripley's had photos of weird people doing strange things and unusual artifacts collected during a lifetime of exploration.
We discovered a discount coupon in our hotel lobby giving us $1.00 off admission (this can also be found on their website). We paid $17.95 for adults; $8.95 child. Open daily with the exception of Christmas Day.
Can you believe they place it right across from the Alamo? There is over 100 years of our countries history.
I have not been in this one, but I have been in Ripleys before. I guess "I don't believe" because we have one in Dallas/Arlington and I passed the London one also...well that was not Ripleys.....but I feel you seen one wax, you've seen them all.... (kidding)
It definitely is a must see if you never have before to see the wax figures look ALIVE.
The wax museum and Ripleys believe it or not are two interesting places to visit located downtown.. I haven't been there yet, but will make sure I do next time around...
This picture wasn't taken by me.
Ripleys believe it or not.. is another great place to go to. Lots of interesting things to see, and you can even get a photo standing beside Demi or one of the other famous people..