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This post will help you plan your visit to Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, including tickets, discounts, as well as what exhibits you will see.
We highly recommend that you buy your tickets online in advance as you will save 30%.
TIP: Entry to Ripley’s is FREE with the purchase of several tourist discount passes.
This section lists the various ways to find discounted tickets or even free entry.
Tourist passes work by bundling admission tickets to allow for better discounts. These tourist discount passes include free admission to Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Often, they include Fast Track entry so you can skip the line.
Passes that Include Admission:
If you would like to learn more about tourist discount passes and which one would work for you, read our post: New York City Attraction Passes: Which One Is Best?
By pairing your Riley’s ticket with a bus tour or boat ride, you’ll pay up to 50% less than you would if you purchased each attraction separately!
City Sightseeing Boat Cruise + Ripley’s
City Sightseeing “All Around Town” Bus Tour + Ripley’s
Save 36% off of regular box office prices when you combine Ripley’s with another fun nearby attraction.
Ripley’s + Gullivers Gate
Includes admission to Ripley’s and to nearby Gulliver’s Gate, an interactive and immersive world of miniatures. The 50,000 square-foot display features small-scale reproductions of cities around the world. It is located just blocks away from Ripley’s. Learn more by clicking here.
Ripley’s + National Geographic Ocean Odyssey
Includes admission to Ripley’s and to nearby National Geographic Ocean Odyssey which uses photo-real animation with giant projection screens and immersive sound, to simulate an ocean voyage. Learn more by clicking here.
Unfortunately, we could not find a military discount for Ripley’s in Times Square.
If you show your AAA card at the box office you’ll receive $1 off admission.
The following section will provide information about how to get to Ripley’s, the best times to visit, how much time to set aside for your visit and what to expect to see.
Ripley’s Believe it or Not! is located at 234 West 42nd St between 7th and 8th Avenues.
Click on this link to a Google Map that can give you exact directions from your point of departure to Ripley’s via public transport, car or by foot.
Ripley’s is open 365 days a year from 9:00 am – 1:00 am. Note that the last ticket is sold one hour prior to closing.
If you want to avoid crowds, then visit on a weekday (Mondays-Fridays).
To guarantee lots of space, go between 9 am-12 pm. It begins to get a little busy around late afternoon, but still, you will not feel packed in. Mid-week evenings are also a very good time to go. You may want to even go after your dinner meal since Ripley’s is open until 1:00 am.
Ripley’s is one of the many options of things to do at night in NYC.
To avoid any possibility of a crowd, avoid Saturdays and Sundays between 12 pm-9 pm when Ripley’s is as busy as it gets. Again, if you are looking for a weekend evening activity, Ripley’s is a good bet.
Visitors report that the wait to get in is very short. You will minimize any wait if you have purchased your tickets in advance on their website. Most visitors spend between 90 minutes to two hours exploring the two floors off artifacts and exhibits.
No. We recommend that you do not bring large bags or luggage with you as there is no bag check. Smaller bags are permitted and are subject to search upon entry. If you need to find a place to store your luggage cheaply nearby, see our post Where to Store Luggage in New York City.
Yes, this location is accessible.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! covers two floors, with 20 themed galleries filled with over 500 weird, wacky and unusual objects like the world’s largest collection of shrunken heads, a lock of Elvis’s hair, a section of the Berlin Wall, and a two-headed calf.
In addition to the freaky artifacts, there are interactive experiences like you have never experienced.
The “Little Apple”
An interactive gallery which shrinks the 301-square-miles of New York down to a size small enough to let you see it all in one place. Do NOT miss the Empire State Building exhibit which gives the illusion that guests are hanging on to the top of the skyscraper, or even flying by it.
The only LaseRace in New York City and tests the guile and agility of New Yorkers as they duck, shimmy, pivot, and crawl through a maze of brilliant red laser beams in an effort to achieve the best possible time. Touch a laser, and time is added to your score.
New York Baseball Exhibit
The Black Hole
This dark, rotating vortex tunnel simulates the illusion that you are in a black hole, twisting and turning as you walk through the exhibit. Rails are along the walls if you need to grab on! (You can bypass it for anyone who is not up for this wild ride).
There’s so much more to see and experience. Find out for yourself!