So a few weeks ago for my birthday, I decided to do something off the beaten path and try a cheesy San Antonio tourist attraction – Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium. It’s one of those places I’ve passed a million times whenever I was downtown, but never deigned to go in. I am so glad I did! This museum is SO much more than a tourist trap. It is a lot of kitschy fun for the whole family! Sure, parts of it are dark and twisted – which I love – (shrunken heads, cannibalism, medieval torture), but there are a lot of interactive exhibits for kids to mess around with. My toddler did get a little spooked when we went through the spinning tunnel, and when we crossed the third floor open bridge.
But all in all, both the kids and the adults had an excellent time. The highlights for me were the optical illusion exhibits, the Zoltar and Harry Potter sorting hat fortune teller machines, and the dark artifacts like the vampire hunting kit and bats with painted wings. The gift shop is also incredible…they have an entire section of skulls and sculpted dragons that I could have spent all my money on (but I opted for a really cool sculpted dragon pen for $3.99).
Online prices are $21.99 each for adults (12 and up), $13.99 each for kids (3-11), but we saved money downloading the Ripley’s app and purchasing our tickets through it, as they were offering a 25% social media discount. So my family of four got in for about $54. No need to print anything – they have a scanner that will scan your code right off of your phone when you walk in. We downloaded the app and bought the tickets while eating lunch across the street at Johnny Rockets!
My family cannot wait to return to the Odditorium, and to check out the other attractions Ripley’s has to offer, like the Waxworks and the Moving 4D Theater. Maybe I’ll even brave their Haunted Adventure, but I hear it’s pretty scary. In any case, I certainly learned my lesson about avoiding tourist attractions…the Odditorium is DEFINITELY not to be missed. Just check out these photos!