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BIG Finds at Ripley’s Believe it or Not: Ocean City, MD

Robert Wadlow

World’s tallest man!

You can find a lot of superlative stuff inside the 32 Ripley’s Believe it or Not museums around the world; each location has more than 300 exhibits and artifacts. We’ve never been inside one of these “odditoriums” before, but we finally took the plunge last week while in Ocean City, Maryland. We discovered that this beachy destination is very seasonal, so there wasn’t a lot to do yet in mid-April. The 2.25-mile Boardwalk was hopping, however, and Ripley’s is in a prime location at the southern end.

Robert Ripley, a cartoonist and adventurer, traveled to 201 countries over the course of his life, and collected a vast, eclectic collection of oddities. Many of these (originals and reproductions) are on display here, alongside newer pieces collected in recent decades.

I think it’s safe to say that this is the only place you’ll ever see an authentic concrete section of the Berlin Wall displayed near a model oil rig constructed of match sticks, and a mural of Rihanna depicted in Lite Bright pegs. A whole lot of weird. We liked it!

As you walk through different rooms, you’ll find the exhibits fit into themes, like animals, space, and human extremes. Of course, we had to take a photo with a statue of Robert Wadlow, the world’s tallest man. Wadlow (1918-1940) reached a height of 8’, 11”, and weighed 440 lbs. His arm span was 9½ feet! Only 17 people have been recorded in medical history to reach the height of eight feet.

In another room, a replica of the world’s largest Great White Shark ever caught with a rod and reel was hanging from the ceiling, near an iron cage you could step into. It’s 16’, 8” long, 3,427 lbs, and was caught off the shores of Montauk, New York in 1986 by Donnie Braddick.

Great White Shark

Okay, so it isn’t the world’s largest ball of twine, but this 600-lb.ball of string is fun! More than four feet in diameter, it was constructed over a period of 40 years by Chester and Gladys Alton of Winter Park, Florida. Now there’s a couple that knows how to spend time together.

Giant ball of string

Finally, as we left, we found this giant tire just outside the exit. You’ll notice that both our children are smiling at the SAME TIME…believe it, or not.

Good Year Tire

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Ripley’s Believe it or Not
401 S. Atlantic Avenue, Ocean City, MD 21842



  1. George said,
    April 17, 2014 @ 3:13 pm

    I love Ripley’s Believe it or Not! My kids and i always sit down and watch it at night but i never knew where i could find a museum. This will have to be our next road trip. Thanks!

  2. Tina said,
    April 22, 2014 @ 10:13 pm

    I can’t imagine seeing that shark alive. Ripley’s is just amazing.. I wish I could visit the place one day…

  3. Robert Bruce said,
    May 1, 2014 @ 5:09 pm

    It’s a great museum and really entertained my kids, in fact, they enjoyed just about as much as the Fun City Arcade on the boardwalk. Great post.

  4. Suki F said,
    May 22, 2014 @ 9:40 pm

    I was in the one in Orlando. I found it cool in a weird way. But let me tell you, it is not for small kids.