Earlier this week, we had the opportunity to visit the S.S. Ripley at Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Panama City Beach, FL.  We had a great time, and highly recommend it if you’re going to be in the area.  Makes for a fun place to get in and cool off from the hot sun or a place to spend part of a rainy day.

The floating car that is a real working boat with a motor!

The floating car that is a real working boat with a motor!


Here are three of our favorite things:

Rob’s Favorite – The “dancing wall” near the end of the museum.  There are three screens you dance in front of (or make funny faces, which Boegley had a great time doing as well).  It made us think of the funny mirrors that change your shape and size, but it’s a real time video with music.  What a cool idea…dancing your way out of the Odditorium!

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Boegley’s Favorite – The mirror maze.  It was well lit, but yet dark in a cool sort of way.  The positioning of the various mirrors easily tricked us into thinking we were headed down a hallway, but often we ran smack into ourselves in yet another mirrored wall.  It was a riot!  They even have guests put plastic gloves on, so the mirrors don’t become smudged with handprints.  Honestly, it takes a bit of time to find your way through the maze.

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Janelle’s Favorite – The Titanic exhibit.  There is an actual replica of the part of the ship that was gouged by the iceberg, and it gives guests an idea of just how fast and how much water rushed in!  They also have a small display of water, which guests get to place their hand in to see just how freezing cold the ocean was that night.  With tons of information on that horrific event, this can make for a wonderful educational piece for homeschoolers, as well as for school teachers and parents.

Beyond that, the fact that there are 500 exhibits, a load of them are interactive, and they truly bridge the gap from really young kids to grandparents.  Some of them will give you a little fright – one button Janelle pushed dropped a big spider down…and yes, she yelped and ran away – LOL.  Then, there was the “Can you grab this jewel?” moment.  Rob claimed nothing happened when he put his hand in, but when Janelle put her arm in all the way…well…you’ll just have to visit and find out for yourself!  

Will Rob be bonked on the head?

Will Rob be bonked on the head?


Don’t just take our word for it!  Go see it for yourself, then share a comment with us.  We’d love to hear your favorite things, too!  

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Thank you Audra Ely for welcoming us to the S.S. Ripley!

 

Life is an adventure, so live it,

Janelle, Rob and Boegley


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