Day 1 of our vacation, and we are already going strong. Usually we sit around and discuss things to do, but this morning we just got up and left. We ended up traveling 2 hours to Gatlinburg, TN to hit up a few attractions that the kids have been talking about, with the main one being Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Odditorium downtown.
We have been in the area many times before as we have family close by, and we have an article about Dollywood.
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Odditorium
Before we start in strong with the Odditorium, it is important to note that on the way to Gatlinburg, Carter noticed an earthquake ride on the ride out. He was ecstatic about it since he has been extremely in to disasters and such lately. Part of his homeschooling lets him get excited about certain aspects. Earthquakes is the current excitement.
Straight from their website “Get up close to a car completely covered in crystals, see a dragon made out of recycled scrap metal, check out the National Anthem on license plates from the 50 states, you will not believe the beautiful Last Supper artwork made out of lint!”
Now lets talk about Ripley’s!
- They had an amazing military discount! For the military members, it was 50% off, and each dependent received a 30% discount. For all four of us, it was about $50.00
- There was 3 floors of great stuff, and was easy to navigate. There were times it got a little crowded between major exhibits, but there was enough small ones between that kept Carter and Kinley entertained.
- The type of exhibits were awesome. We were a little worried about what would be showcased, and if some of them would freak the kids out, but we were wrong. It was great, and the kids loved it.
After leaving RIpley’s, we had to take Carter to the Earthquake ride. We paid just as much for that as the Odditorium, but Carter was super stoked about it. Kinley, not so much. The ride was fun, and little outdated, but for a couple of children, especially a child with autism and currently pumped about earthquakes, it hit the mark
Lastly, we made a pit stop at Mad Dogs creamery, and got some ice cream. Great way to top off the afternoon, and get ready to swim.