Since Robert Ripley first displayed his collection of bizarre events and unusual items at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has become a household name, attracting more than 12 million visitors per year at various locations throughout the world. An ideal outing for curious student groups, the three Ripley’s sites described below all offer something a little different and are situated in some of the most desirable travel locations in North America. Take a look at these fabulous Ripley’s Believe It or Not! locations and what their host cities can provide your next student group excursion.

Frequently Asked Questions for Student Groups

Why should student groups see these attractions?

When planning a student group trip, it’s important to make sure students have a wide range of activities planned. While this is true, it can be hard to find places that are educational, yet engaging and exciting as well. Luckily, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! & Ripley’s Aquarium is a place where students can go to learn while simultaneously enjoying themselves and being blown away by all of the bizarre and interesting things there are to discover. Ripley’s attractions are a place that students of all ages can enjoy.

What types of assistance, discounts or other benefits does Ripley’s offer student groups?

Setting up a group trip is made easy through any of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! or Aquarium websites. Ripley’s offers discounts for student groups of 10 to 12 or more (depending on the location), and reservations can be made online. While some reservations can be made last minute, Ripley’s encourages groups to make reservations two weeks in advance of their scheduled arrival date. A confirmation and formal invoice will be sent within two to three business days. Reservations also allow groups to avoid the lines at admission counters.

Can I organize an evening visit at one of the attractions? If so, how?

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Niagara Falls is open until 1 a.m.; Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Ontario is open until 11 p.m. and Ripley’s in Atlantic City stays open until 10 p.m. Thus, it is feasible for student groups to plan an evening visit at any of these locations. As mentioned above, just be sure to make an online reservation at least two weeks in advance to ensure a spot, for reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Is there anything new at these attractions to be excited about?

Check out Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Atlantic City for the all-new Space Exhibits. Ripley’s Odditorium in Niagara Falls has recently undergone an update and now features more than 15 themed rooms and some 900 never-before-seen exhibits.

What makes these Ripley’s attractions stand out from all other attractions?

What makes Ripley’s attractions special is the fact that students can partake in an educational experience while having fun. They are eclectic, exciting and out-of-the ordinary, undoubtedly providing students a unique experience that won’t be found anywhere else.

3 Marvelous North American Ripley’s Locations

The following three North American Ripley’s locations provide student groups a distinctive and unforgettable experience.

Niagara Falls, Ontario

Gaze at the world’s rarest egg, two-headed animals and authentic shrunken heads at this Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium location in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Ripley’s 4D Movie Theater requires students to strap on their seat belts for a bumpy, realistic, one-of-a-kind movie theater experience. The state-of-the-art theater features outstanding digital effects and motion seats that will make you feel like you’re actually in the movie. Get ready for a photo-op with all your favorite celebs at Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks. From Harry Potter and Brad Pitt to Lady Gaga and Superman, students will get the chance to take photos (and even touch) over 100 life-life wax figures. New wax figures added this year include Minions and Donald Trump.

Nearby accommodations for groups:

  • Niagara Falls Cottage Lodge
  • Stonehaven Niagara 9
  • Sheraton on the Falls Hotel
  • Embassy Suites Fallsview

Ideal dining options for student groups:

  • Rainforest Cafe
  • Frontier BBQ & Smokehouse
  • Hard Rock Café
  • Niagara Clifton Family Restaurant

Toronto, Ontario

Ripley's Toronto

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto features an array of activities for students, including Behind the Scenes Tours. Learn about the complex systems that keep Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada running smoothly day-to-day. Join an educator for a personalized behind-the-scenes tour of our husbandry areas and get a closer look at the intricate systems that filter over 132 million litres of water a day. You will learn about what goes into animal care and gallery maintenance in a world class aquarium facility.  In 2018, Ripley Entertainment will be celebrating their 100th anniversary and to commemorate this, we will be installing a new Gallery dedicated to the extraordinary Robert Ripley.

Nearby accommodations for groups:

  • Chelsea Hotel
  • Bond Place Hotel
  • U of T Student Residence

Ideal dining options for student groups:

  • Hot House
  • Shopsy’s
  • Marche
  • Badali’s

Atlantic City, New Jersey

For a chance to see a spider made from scissors and knives, a roulette table made of over 14,000 jelly beans and the world’s smallest production car, head to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Atlantic City. This 12,000- square-foot odditorium features 14 themes galleries and 400 exhibits and artifacts, all on one floor. Students can also take the challenge of weaving through a web of lasers as quickly as possible to reach the end at the Laser Maze Challenge.

Nearby accommodations for groups:

  • Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center
  • Courtyard by Marriott Atlantic City
  • Knights Inn Atlantic City
  • Days Inn Atlantic City Beachblock

Ideal dining options for student groups:

  • Borgata Buffet
  • Carmine’s Italian Restaurant Atlantic City
  • Broadway Burger Bar
  • Kelsey & Kim’s Southern Cafe