Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium Gatlinburg Tennessee

We had the privilege of visiting Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Gatlinburg to facilitate this review but all opinions are our own.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium Gatlinburg Tennessee

If you are ever in Gatlinburg be sure to check out Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium. You really can’t miss the building. It’s a sight with it’s large cracks and bright colors. It sticks out in the middle of Gatlinburg.


The entrance is something to behold even before going inside. There are statues that the kids just couldn’t believe we not real. There was an employee walking by that noticed my daughter’s interest and took his time to tell her all about this lady. Apparently she was a straight laced lawyer before becoming the inspiration for this statue. The employees were super nice.


Another statue I thought was interesting was this metal motorcycle rider. I love how all the different parts connect together to form this beautiful working art form. There was lots to check out such as the world’s longest chain of gum wrappers and tons of very interesting exhibits.


We all know about my daughter’s obsession with pigs. After her initial upset that this piglet wasn’t alive, she forced me to take it’s picture. There were lots of different animal oddity all with descriptions and informational plaques.


This is one of my favorite pictures from the trip. Not necessarily the subject because although interesting is still kinda strange looking. I just really like the composition.


This had to have been the tastiest artwork I have ever seen. Yummy gummy bear base face. Say that five times fast…


All three kids loved the giant light bright wall. They played with it for an hour creating a pattern of colors over the entire wall. It happened to have been raining outside (notice the messy wet headed children, we got soaked before going inside), so we just let them get creative. I love hands on things like this.


Bub found lots of things he enjoyed too. Such as this video of him that he could control on this HUGE screen.


Also they played a round a gigantic Operation. There was so much hands on fun that we could have spent longer than we did there. The kids had a blast in this room. From a magic mirror to a magnetic board to build their own twist-able gear structure, there was so much to do.


Lou was intrigued with the gigantic tablet. She is wanting a tablet this big now. I think this might be our future.


It was a great place to visit and see the exhibits as well as all the hands on fun. I will definitely be going back soon.


  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    That is so much fun! We have been to the one in NYC before and the kids loved it.

  2. That is totally wild! I love the huge Operation and Light Brite games! That would really be a fun trip for kids.

  3. I was just thinking about Ripley’s the other day. My parents took us there when I was young, but I went to the San Antonio location. There was a scary monsters portion and it scared the snot out of me! But at the same time, I kind of loved it and I have the best memories of that trip and that experience. Though I could do without the trick doors that have things that jump out at you… Yikes. – Jerusha,

  4. I am typically not the biggest fan of places like this (I am a bit of a fraidy cat) but the hands on activities look great. My boys would love playing with the illuminated table (they have some learning based ones at our favorite museum).

  5. my son and husband just went there a couple of weeks ago and loved every minute of it! My son is a HUGE Ripley’s fan

  6. We’ve been to Ripley’s in several different cities. My girls always want to go if there is one near where we are visiting.

  7. What a fun experience. My kids would love it there.

  8. Oh my gosh, my kids would love this! We are planning a trip to TN later in the year, I hope that we can swing by here! I know my kids would get a kick out of this place!

  9. I was in Gatlinburg not too long ago and we did walk past Ripleys. Looks like a fun place for kids… we just didn’t have any kids in our group to give reason to go!

  10. Looks like a great place with lots to entertain a variety of ages!

  11. I didn’t even realize that they had Ripley’s in other places besides Hollywood. Ripley’s is a fascinating trip down memory and fantasy lane.

  12. I really love the Ripley’s exhibits. This one is fun and I especially love the aquarium. 🙂

  13. I’ve been to the one located in New York. It was one of the best I’ve ever had with the kids.

  14. This looks like an awesome place to visit! I love that light table! My kids would have blast playing with that!

  15. I think this is a place my kids would like to visit. When I say ‘kids’ here, I mean my grown kids. 😉

  16. WOW those pictures look so awesome, the pig is CUTE! I’ve gone to the one in NYC it was fun!

  17. There is definitely some odd stuff going on there. That little pig thing freaked me out!

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