Ripley in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Robert Ripley was a collector, you might say. He collected the unusual, the bizarre and the just down right weird facts. The ‘Believe it of Not’ franchise began in 1918 as a newspaper cartoon. It has had an enormous impact over the years in many ways. There are many senior citizens today who well remember getting the daily newspaper and turning immediately to Ripley’s Believe it or Not feature.
Being a syndicated daily newspaper feature was just the first step in a very long line of successes for Robert Ripley. He had the foresight to surround himself with the very best. Norbert Pearlroth was Ripley’s chief researcher along with Lester Byck and Don Wimmer.
Robert Ripley was a very interesting man who lived a very short time. He was born in 1949 and died in 1993. His first dream was to be a professional baseball player but he injured his knee in 1913. That was the same year that his first cartoon appeared. He and his ideas however live on in the company he formed called Ripley Entertainment.
*A very interesting side note: A little boy wrote Ripley a letter once telling him about his dog that ate everything including shards of glass with no harmful effects. The boy included a drawing of his dog. Ripley published the letter and the drawing. That was the first time that a Charles Shultz drawing was published of the dog that would eventually become Snoopy of Peanuts fame.
There are Ripley museums in 43 cities. Some of those cities are in; Florida, California, Tennessee, New Jersey, Missouri, Wisconsin, Maryland, Oregon, Texas, Virginia and, of course, South Carolina. There are also Ripley Museums in Malaysia, Mexico, Canada, England, Denmark and the Philippines.
On your vacation to Myrtle Beach you can visit some of these wonderful places that are the products of Robert Ripley’s great imagination. There are four.
Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum: The building looks like a building that has been cracked by a hurricane.
Ripley’s Aquarium: Ripley’s Aquarium is located at Broadway on the Beach. It is an attraction that cost more than forty million dollars. It features a moving walkway beside and below the 750,000 gallon aquarium that houses sharks, stingrays and about a million other colorful fish. There are shows every hour.
Ripley’s Moving Theater: This three dimensional experience makes you a part of the action that looks and feels very real! You really do have to pinch yourself once in while to be certain that you are still safely tucked away in the theater.
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure: There is an array of very convincing vampires, ghosts and ghouls that will make your visit to Ripley’s Haunted Adventure a ‘scream’ in every sense of the word.
There are so many things to see and so many places to go while you are vacationing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Don’t miss out on the wonderful Ripley entertainments while you are there. It really is great....Believe it or Not!