F or over 90 years Ripley Entertainment Inc. has entertained visitors around the world, with over 90 exciting attractions in 10 countries, best-selling books, a network television series in more than 70 countries, and the longest continuously published newspaper comic in history which is still read daily in 200 newspapers, 42 countries, and 17 languages!
Cartoonist and adventurer Robert Ripley started it all in 1918 when he began drawing his daily feature.
The entertainment company that the cartoon inspired is the number one small tourist attractions company in the world … and is still growing!
Built on this foundation
Ripley’s now encompasses…
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditoriums
- Book Publishing
- Louis Tussaud’s Wax Works
- Guinness World Records Museums
- Moving Theaters
- Haunted Adventures
- Ghost Train Adventures
- Sightseeing Trains
- World-class Aquariums
- Mirror Mazes
- Laser Races
- Family Entertainment Centres
- Cargo Hold Stores
- Candy Factories
- Miniature Golf Courses
- Ripley Radio Oddcast
Over 15 years of aquarium experience!
Ripley Entertainment Inc. opened its first public aquarium, Ripley’s Aquarium, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in June of 1997. Since opening, Ripley’s Aquarium has educated and entertained over 15 million visitors and is South Carolina’s most visited attraction.
Ripley’s second aquarium, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee opened in December 2000, and in its first calendar year of operation (2001) entertained 1,952,199 visitors, making it the most visited aquarium in all of North America that year.
In the next decade Ripley’s plans to build more aquariums in tourist markets throughout North America and the world, including Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto, Ontario which is scheduled to open in 2013.
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley’s® Aquarium of the Smokies is literally teeming with life – our 10,000 exotic sea creatures comprise more than 350 individual species. There are more fish in this aquarium than there are people living in the entire town of Gatlinburg. Visit Aquarium Site
Ripley’s® Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is located in Broadway-at-the-Beach, an entertainment and dining complex that features restaurants, rides, shops and the 85,000 square foot Ripley’s Aquarium.Visit Aquarium Site