Disclosure: TCMS was provided with complimentary tickets to attend the below attraction. All thoughts and opinions remain my own and were not influenced.
The Memphis Zoo and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! have partnered together for a one of a kind experience that is sure to please. My daughter loves Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and collects all the books. She is obsessed with it! She’s also a huge animal lover so I knew this trip was going to be perfect for her! Chattanoogans, Don’t fear! Memphis is only a 4.5-5 hour drive and has so much to offer! You could totally make a weekend out of it! Who am I kidding, You need several weekends to take in all that Memphis has to offer!
More than 160 Ripley’s Believe It or Not! exhibits, artifacts and oddities can be seen at the Memphis Zoo until July 8, 2018. Visitors can view a wide variety of items in this amazing collection, such as life-sized animals made from yarn, chicken wire, oil drums and recycled tires. Elvis, barbeque and musical artifacts represent Memphis. There will also be the shrunken head, as well as prehistoric, futuristic and interactive exhibits from Ripley’s nearly 100 years of collecting. The 2018 Ripley’s Believe It or Not! exhibit is FREE with general admission to Memphis Zoo.
My family are I were amazed at not only the size of the zoo, but also the accommodations made. The parking lot to the zoo was full, so street side parking was available at no charge. The line into the zoo seemed long, but it moved fast and the staff was beyond helpful. Maps were provided so that you didn’t get lost. I especially love that the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! exhibits were marked on the map so that you wouldn’t miss a single one. Wheelchairs were also made available, which really impressed me.
There were so many animals that I had only dreamed of seeing up close and personal. I loved the Pandas, Hippos, Tigers, and Lions. My daughter’s favorite was the penguins. My son and husband were both impressed by the polar bears, Lions, and Tigers. Each exhibit was tailored specifically for each animal. I loved the variety and how up close and personal it was. Staff were located all throughout the zoo, which was helpful if you had any questions, got lost, or needed general information.
My daughter and I were quite fond of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! exhibits, artifacts and oddities. They were scattered all throughout the zoo so that you could really take each one in as you walked around. Each one had a label with information regarding that exhibit. I loved the Crochet Lions! They were huge and perfectly placed. I was able to really get a good look at them without blocking anyone else or holding up a line. I loved that the informational sign included who made it, why, and some impressive facts!
My daughter is an Elvis fan so she was over the moon about the Elvis painting. It contains more than 600 images of “The King” and was painted to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. There’s so much detail in this painting and I love how well it all came together.
We visited until closing time and there were still plenty of things we didn’t see. We took our time to really soak things in and enjoy it. My family was impressed and have already requested to visit again. Next time, we plan to make a weekend trip out of it! Have you visited yet? If so, what was your favorite part?