Going to Gatlinburg, Nathan and I needed something fun to do our first day. It had to be something interesting. We wanted something that didn’t seem like the normal tourist attraction. An experience that This was a tall order for something that would break the bank.
Going to Ripley’s Believe It or Not attractions, we saw a large diversity of attractions. Some of our favorites were the Aquarium, the Haunted House, and the Guinness World Records attraction.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not Aquarium
The aquarium was by far the largest attraction, and well-worth the trip alone. This was my first time going to an aquarium, so the sight of so many different creatures was mind-blowing.
We saw many varied species including horseshoe crabs, jellyfish, and sea turtles. The largest tank held many different sharks and many different types of fish. The walk took us under the tank to see the creatures up close and all around. Smaller tanks held jellyfish and sting rays that you could touch.
I personally thought the blow fish were absolutely adorable!
Ripley’s Haunted House
The haunted house was spooky good! Nathaniel is a bit of a Halloween fanatic, always going all out on costumes and haunted houses. His opinion: by far the best all-year haunted house he has ever been to. The monsters running the house scared our group with chainsaws, screaming, and chasing.
The entire house is dark, hiding the spooky monsters in it. If you are looking for a little scare, Ripley’s may just be your place!
Guinness World Records
We could have spent all day in Guinness World Records! The entire display had cool things like rubber band balls and life-size statues of the tallest man and woman.
We loved the end of the exhibit. It opens up into a large room full of world record-related games, fun for kids and adults! Some of these were soccer games, shooting games, hopscotch, and hoola-hooping. Nathaniel and I let our kid-side out and had a blast competing against each other on the majority of the games. Needless to say, we spent a whole lot of time in this attraction!
The odditourium was full of…well, exactly that: oddities. Everything from noses, to animals, to candy sculptures. The weird, crazy displays truly test the name Believe it or Not.
For family activities, Ripley’s has two mini golf courses. The Old McDonald’s Mini Golf Course, a course a few towns over from Gatlinburg was a great attraction, full of different animal statues such as pigs sunbathing and ducks swimming. When making some holes, animals would cheer you on, like the cows and chickens in the barn.
Ripley’s Believe it or Not attractions were the perfect way to spend our day in Tennessee. The variation kept us busy, entertained, and, in the end, worn out. This was a great experience for us, and I cannot wait until little Aksel is teetering around so he can go and walk through all the attractions.