BE­LIEVE IT OR NOT!

Where First Coast - - WHERE NOW -

Born in 1890, Robert Ri­p­ley spent his life­time trav­el­ing and col­lect­ing bizarre items around the world, then shar­ing his sto­ries in news­pa­pers as well as ra­dio and TV shows. Af­ter he died, New York busi­ness­man John Arthur bought a ma­jor­ity of his ar­ti­facts and set up shop down South, in a beau­ti­ful old Moor­ish cas­tle in St. Au­gus­tine. Today, vis­i­tors will find 300 jaw- drop­ping ex­hibits in­side the na­tion’s first Ri­p­ley’s Be­lieve It or Not, like a space shut­tle made with 280,000 match­sticks, a mo­tor­cy­cle made from the bones of Florida road­kill and a “Star Wars” C3PO made from re­cy­cled parts. www.rip­leys.com

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