Renowned for its strange and fascinating exhibits, Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium has a long-standing tradition of introducing and educating the public on the strange, the real, and the supernatural in locations all across the country—and its location in Gatlinburg, Tennessee is no exception. From reportedly authentic vampire artifacts to shrunken heads taken from the deepest jungles, you’ll find just about every weird thing related to humans and animals that you could possibly imagine under the roof of the eclectic attraction for families in Gatlinburg TN of Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditourium.
Additional Details on This Intriguing Attraction
Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium in Gatlinburg has three stories of exhibits and artifacts from all over the world, including over five hundred items and exhibits and sixteen themed galleries contained with 12,500 square feet of space.
Here, you can spend hours exploring the most intriguing and unbelievable facts and figures of human and animal nature, as well as some things that will have you questioning whether many of the fairytales and scary stories you might have heard are actually real. Hands-on exhibits, visual illusions, educational factoids, and entertainment all meld into one spooky and interesting attraction in Gatlingburg TN for families where members of all ages can enjoy.
Ticket options include single-person tickets and bundled passes, as well as annual passes for both the Odditorium and other attractions. Odditorium tickets are priced at $10 for children and $17 for adults, while bundled passes for multiple attractions range from $27 for a children’s pass that includes Ripley’s Aquarium and two attractions (such as the Odditorium) to $100 for an annual adult pass that includes the aquarium.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium in Gatlinburg is open for all three hundred and sixty-five days of the year. Museum hours vary depending on the day of the week during which you and your guests decide to visit. On Sunday through Thursday, operational hours last from 9:00am until 11:00pm. Meanwhile, on Fridays and Saturdays, Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Gatlinburg is open from 9:00am until 12:00am.
Where to Eat
Gatlinburg is famous for its country cooking and there are many restaurants in town where you can take a vacation from your diet.
Blaine’s Grill and Bar
Located at 812 Parkway, Suite 105, this popular place offers strong drinks, great food and a way to meet local folks. Be sure to start off with an order of the colossal onion rings that are served with your choice of barbeque or ranch dipping sauce or the creamy and decadent spinach dip that is served in a bread bowl. The best of the entrees includes a deep-fried catfish and beer-battered shrimp. Desserts include a turtle cheesecake with a rich layer of caramel filling and a peanut butter pie with hot fudge sauce.
No Way Jose Mexican Cantina
This fun eatery serves south of the border food in a festive and relaxing atmosphere. The colorful restaurant is located right on the water at 555 Parkway, They have a whole menu of specialty drinks including a KB Kalua Colada which contains Captain Morgan’s Rum, Kahlua, pina colada mix and vanilla ice cream and a potent Jose Cuervo margarita that comes with a side of Cointreau.
The entrees are huge, and the menu includes entrees for people of all dietary preferences. Be sure to try the Burrito Florentine, a rich concoction of spinach, cheese, and chili con queso.
Other Things to Do in Town
Once you have enjoyed Ripley’s, you will find a lot of town to explore. You can ride the tram to Ober Gatlinburg, where you will find fabulous shops and restaurants and a magnificent view of the town and the mountains. You can also enjoy skiing there in the winter.
Downtown offers candy shops and several theaters where you can find a funny show that is appropriate for the whole family. You can walk down the arts and crafts trail, where you will find dozens of local artists selling their work. Some of the most famous artists in the country make our town their home.
There is always something exciting to do in Gatlinburg. Spring brings wildflowers and wine tastings to the area and summer offers hiking and camping. Oktoberfest comes to town in the fall and that means you will have a chance to taste some of the best beers in the state. Winter is a great place to celebrate a traditional Christmas in the Smokies.
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