Robert Ripley made his name showcasing some of nature’s strangest phenomena, from optical illusions and two-headed animals to his trees capable of growing toilet paper during homecoming games. Study mysterious streamers with this Groupon.
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Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum
Before his death in 1949, Robert Ripley was a frequent guest at Castle Warden, a stunning hotel that stood out among St. Augustine’s architecture. Perhaps he was drawn to the building’s unique design—all wide balconies and scalloped archways—or perhaps he was intrigued by the story of Betty and Ruth, two women who perished in a fire at the hotel in 1944, but still said to be seen in its windows. Whatever the reason, Castle Warden would become part of the Ripley empire a year after Robert passed away by housing a portion of his famously odd collection.
More than 40 astonishing exhibits fill the museum’s halls, including such attractions as the world’s largest erector set Ferris wheel, shrunken heads, and a motorcycle fashioned from the bones of especially rebellious animals. Inside Pirates: Predators of the Sea, guests explore the timber-shivering world of the watery bandits with models of ships and modestly garbed skeletons.
Ripley's Red Train Tours
Ripley's Red Train Tours range from daily explorations of the city to nightly supernatural adventures. Guests can get on and off the open-air Red Train Trolley anytime from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. as it stops at spots including San Sebastian Winery, Mission Nombre de Dios, and the oldest house. Alternately, they can embark on a Ghost Train Adventure to explore the city at night armed with an EMF Ghost-Meter. Other tours include seasonal Sunset Tours that take advantage of the long days of summer, the bay front’s cooler temperatures, and a recent peace treaty signed by the mayor of St. Augustine and the local merfolk. There are also Black History Tours that showcase local spots that were important in the Civil Rights Movement, including Zora Neale Hurston’s former residence and the site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1964 arrest.