Ripley’s Believe It or Not Grand Prairie TX

Last week, I was able to attend the 4th grade class field trip to Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Grand Prairie, TX. My husband usually attends all field trips but with such a busy work week for him, this time I was going solo. Lucky for me, I had some awesome mama friends also chaperoning this trip. We carpooled had some great conversation and enjoyed the Ripley’s Believe It or Not experience together with our favorite 4th graders.
ripley's believe it or not entrance
The Ripley’s Believe It or Not building makes quite a statement as you first arrive. With its brightly colored spires to the mirrored dinosaurs out front, you are instantly curious to see whats is inside. Once you enter, you are presented with a choice of four different sections: the Ripley’s exhibits, the Palace of  Wax museum, the mirror maze, and the laser challenge. Our package included the Palace of Wax museum and The Ripley’s exhibits.

Once we had our designated groups we headed into the Palace of Wax. We had a lot of fun with photo ops with various political figures, celebrities, and characters past and present.
Ripley's wax prez Ripley's mom with prezRipley's Ben StillerRipley's Wax Micheal
We had so much fun and there really were many more wax figures in the museum than we expected to see. We could have played around in there for quite some time but when you are with a large group you have to keep moving along. Because there was so much to see, our group choose to omit the scary wax hall since we didn’t know what exactly was in there. Always best to skip the door marked “Fear- Do not Enter”, right? We thought so.

Next, we moved on to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium. This was extremely interesting to the all kids and adults! There were so many exhibits from around the world here, 11 galleries with tons of interactive displays.  Worlds tallest man, shark bites, and interesting recycled art were some that we enjoyed most.  There was also a tornado alley exhibit that simulated what it was like to be in a real tornado.

Ripley's shark
It was impressive to see this statue stand completely up. I feel short on a regular day not to mention when I am compared to a man almost twice my height! Ripley's Worlds tallest man

These dresses were made from aluminum cans and toilet paper.  So much random and quirkiness here. You just never knew what you would see next!Ripley's Recycled art

I had wanted to visit the Ripley’s attractions and wax museum for awhile and after our visit, I’m glad we waited until our kids were older. Some of the historical figures and movie stars wouldn’t be recognizable to younger ones. One of my very favorite parts was tucked back in a corner….

Ripley's Zoltar

Anyone remember what movie this was from?
It sparked a great conversation (and idea for a summer movie fest) with our kids. I can’t wait to share more about that as part of our Summer Sun & Fun series!


  1. Super fun! I have been to the one in NYC and at Niagara Falls and they were both a super fun time!
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  2. Ripley’s attractions are a lot of fun! Looks like you guys had a great time.

  3. I love goofy stuff like that, and coming up with fun poses is so much fun! Ripley’s is a good time!
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  4. Mellissa says

    Awe, this looks like so much fun! And I love love the movie Big, so yeah that would have been one of my favorite things to see too!

  5. I’m always up for Ripley’s! Our closest one is about 3 hours away – I’ve been there several times!
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  6. Ripley’s believe it or not looks like it would be a great experience, especially with the family!
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  7. Oh that sounds like such a fun day with the kids! My kids would love a visit to Ripley’s Believe it or not! They love the books with all the fun info.
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  8. Very cool! There in one on Hollywood that we never got around to visiting when we lived out there. Didn’t realize there were more of them across the country!
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  9. Ripley believe it or not is an awesome place to visit. We took out son a few years back.
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  10. Big! I love that movie. I’ve never been to a Ripley’s museum, but it sure looks like a lot of fun.
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  11. We visited Ripley’s two weeks ago here in New York City and my family had a wonderful time. My boys attended the Jedi training class and even got lightsabers and certificates of completion.
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  12. That looks like such a fun place – I think we have one in London, I really must look into it more now I know a little more about it 🙂 x
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  13. How neat!! I think this looks like so much fun!! Well, like you had so much fun!!
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  14. Aww Looks like the girls had a lot of fun! I’ve never been to anything like this before! Looks really fun!
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  15. We recently went to the one in St., Augusntine and Pigeon Forge!! We had a blast! Love your pictures.

  16. That’s so cool, I always loved Ripley’s Believe it or Not as a child; I’d love to go.
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  17. You definitely seem to have had a great time. I have always wanted to visit one of their museums but was afraid it would be too much for my kids when they were younger.
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  18. I hope to take my kids to Ripley’s in Branson next month. Looks like so much fun.
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  19. The movie Big! I love these wax museums. We have one close to our house and we go every couple of years. Great pictures here in your post too!@

  20. I want to say that Ive been to one before years ago. They are fun but some things are creepy. lol

  21. Wow!! I’m so jealous that you guys went. It’s one of my dreams and I hope to one day make a road trip with a stop at Ripleys. 🙂
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  22. Wow looks like you had a great time! Look at all the stuff to see. So cool, y kisd would love this
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  23. I’m always amazed at how real they look. We haven’t seen one in real life, but if we did, I believe Ripley’s would be the way to go!

  24. I’m always amazed at how real they look. We haven’t seen one in real life, but if we did, I believe Ripley’s would be the way to go!

  25. This is so much fun! We did the one in San Antonio a few years ago! Awesome

  26. I always loved visiting Ripley’s when I was a kid…so weird and zany.
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  27. I love all your pictures, it looks like you had fun! I think this would be such a cool museum to visit. I remember watching the show when I was a kid!
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  28. I wanna go!!! I love how close to real the people look. I will have to make sure I make it to a Ripley’s attraction soon! How fun!
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  29. OMG– that toilet paper dress is gorgeous. I guess it would be fine to wear as long as there was no rain expected.
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