Ripley’s Believe it or Not Odditorium in New York is one of the most interesting places in this vibrant, ever-changing city, with its collection of out-of-this-world exhibits and artifacts. Ripley’s recently added another really cool attraction: an Escape Room called Ripley’s Relic. My family and I recently attended both and had a blast! We Did an Escape Room Challenge At Ripley’s Believe It for Not | The Mama Maven Blog
We began our adventure with Ripley’s Relic. I want to keep the element of surprise so I can’t say too much about it but it is really cool. You begin by entering an elevator and eventually end up in a room that made me think of the beginning of the movie Aladdin. (Photography is not allowed so the following two photos are courtesy of Ripley’s.)
As I mentioned, I don’t want to give it away but we did manage to escape the room (it takes about 15 minutes). Although my five-year-old was understandably a little scared, my older kids were thrilled to solve the riddle – it’s a code with symbols that you have to decipher. This is not your run-of-the-mill escape room; it makes you feel like you’re part of a movie set. Click here to learn more about Ripley’s Relic. For ages five and up.
After we escaped the room, we walked around Ripley’s and saw all the cool artifacts. This gorilla is made of car tires:
This warrior is made of scrap metal and loose armor:
We had fun ringing the bell in the steampunk train, which was made of over one million matchsticks and is the largest matchstick train model ever built!
This gorgeous mural took three years to complete. It’s made of 40,000 postage stamps and 30,000 partial stamps
The baseball exhibit was especially cool! We got to sit on stadium seats autographed by Yankee pitchers.
We had fun walking on a glass floor that’s covering boats made of matchsticks.
A Long-necked woman of Thailand:
A portrait of Obama, made entirely of gumballs:
Close-up of the portrait:
This was a really cool mirror:
The kids loved this illusion:
The black hole was the most fun illusion! You basically walk in a straight line into a tunnel. The only thing moving is the purple walls – the walkway doesn’t move at all, but it plays a trick on your brain and you feel like you’re falling. It was absolutely crazy! The only way to be able to walk straight is to close your eyes. We tried a few times and it was so much fun!
With over 500 exhibits, Ripley’s is by far was one of the most fascinating attractions in New York (and it’s also the largest Ripley’s in North America!)
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I was not compensated for this post. I received complimentary tickets.
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman is a freelance writer and has written for several blogs, including The Huffington Post. She has been living in the New York City area for eighteen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 11, 9 and 5) and loves finding great products for her family.