Shrunken heads, secret passageways, taxidermy rodents, and a John Lennon portrait created with dog hair — these oddities are just a sampling of the collection on view at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square in NYC. Combine these with bizarre facts and fun interactive exhibits, and you’ve got a great Day Trip with your tweens and teens.
Ripley’s one-of-kind attraction is perfect for families who love the unusual, the unexpected, and sometimes even the unbelievable. Whether you’re a local and want to be a tourist in your own city for the day or are visiting New York City for the first time, it’s a fun, and let’s face it kitschy (in the best possible way), experience.
Here’s a peak at my girls, 9 and 12, and my husband checking out the exhibits and the collection of more than 500 unusual artifacts from all over the world. Consensus: a fun, weird, entertaining outing!
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square
234 West 42nd Street, New York, NY
Cost: Adults $29.95 / Kids (4– 12) $22.95 / Under 3 Free. Discounts if you purchase in advance online.
Hours: Open 365 days a year! 9 am – 1 am
Where to Eat
There are tons of restaurant options nearby (it’s Times Square!), but here are a couple of our family-friendly eatery recommendations:
- Carmine’s (200 West 44th Street) offers great Italian food served family style with a side of that quintessential NYC feel.
- John’s Pizzeria (260 W 44th Street), famous for it’s “No Slices” rule and awesome thin crust, is nearby and always a family favorite.
- Craving burgers? If you don’t mind a long line, you could head to Shake Shack (8th Avenue & 44th Street) or choose HB Burger (127 West 43rd Street) for great burgers and really good beer.
Want to make it a full Theater District day? What not see a Broadway play while you’re in the city?