Where: 234 W. 42nd St.
Who: All ages
Me - Ripley's Believe It or Not Times Square was a really fun place. I was really excited to go there because I had wanted to go for a long time. We got to see a real New Year's Ball from Times Square. Every ten to fifteen years, they get a new one. The one at Ripley's is the most recent one that's not up now. We even got to touch the New Year's ball. It's really colorful and pretty. Not only did they have a New Year's ball, they also had some of the crystals that they use to make up New Year's Balls. There was this exhibit of this really tall man. I felt so short next to it. There were a lot of animals that had two heads. There was an elephant head with two trunks. There was a train made entirely out of toothpicks. It was really cool! There was a gorilla made out of tires. There was a really tall giraffe. There was an alligator hanging from the ceiling and a really heavy man. There was a Buddha. If you rub its belly, it's supposed to be good luck. There was a stuffed squirrel tea party. There was a piece of coal from the Titanic. There were these really big shoes that were actually owned by a human. There was a model of a woman from another country and she had these rings around her neck. They had a Yankee jersey signed by a bunch of pitchers who pitched perfect games. They had a piece of the Berlin Wall. They had a room full of torture devices. There was a place where you could put your head, and it looked like your head was in a jar. There was a place where you could lie down and there were mirrors so it looked like you were climbing the Empire State Building. There was also a Zoltar machine. That reminded me of Big. There was a thing that you could walk over that made it look like you were walking on tightrope over New York City. There was a giant operation game. It was cool. You could play it but it was hard because everything was attached. There was a Darth Vader made out an old typewriter and another one made out of staples. There was a dinosaur that you could climb into and you could pretend that the dinosaur was eating you. There was a picture of Lou Gehrig entirely made up out of the words of his famous speech. There was picture made out of butterfly wings too. There was a picture of John Lennon made out of dog hair. In one area, there was a plastic man with a half a body on the wall, you could climb in behind it in a place that made it looked like you were in half too. There were also a lot of other things. Over all, I had a lot of fun going to Ripley's New York, I would really recommend that you go.
Mom - Ripley's New York is a museum like no other. It is like an art, science and history museum all in one with its own unique twist. Here the art includes pictures made out of things like puzzle pieces, pennies, gumballs, and/or typewriter keys. The science includes x-rays of objects that people and animals have swallowed. The history includes an exhibit devoted to various torture devices. There is an exhibit of famous people's hair including George Washington and Elvis Presley. There are crazy animals like goats with two heads, elephants with two trunks, and an albino giraffe. There are crazy people like the world's tallest man, the world heaviest man, and a bearded lady. There is a whole section of optical illusions. There are fun interactive exhibits like the spinning vortex tunnel and a LaseRace game. There are even exhibits that you can touch including an actual New Year's Eve ball. You can also sit in one of several authentic baseball stadium seats including several from old Yankee Stadium. There is no better place to go to be fascinated and entertained at the same time than Ripley's Believe It or Not Times Square. Just be aware that some exhibits may be a bit scary for very young children or those that scary easily including the torture device exhibit and a shrunken heads exhibit. Kids that don't scare easily especially tweens and up would probably enjoy the museum.
For more information see our previous post Where-To-Go Wednesday: Ripley's Believe It or Not Times Square and/or go to http://www.ripleysnewyork.com/.
And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Theater Thursday.