Believe it or not
Posted by keithosaunders on April 16, 2011
Last week my wife and older boy went in Boston on business, and to look at colleges, respectively, leaving my two younger children and I to fend for ourselves. The kids had the week off from school for the Easter break and I racked my brain to come up with something fun to do with them. Finally, after hours of thought, I decided to take them to the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum in Fisherman’s Wharf. Believe it or not, it didn’t suck. It got us out of the house, and we actually had a few laughs. Admittedly the museum is a bit of a tourist trap, but it actually does give you something — like a life-sized model of a Hummer built with 38,000 $1.00 lottery tickets — the cost of a real Hummer! I also got a kick out of the statue of the tallest man ever — 9′ 8″. It is remarkable to see something like that to scale and not just in a book.
At the end of the museum there is a mirror maze, which, of course, you have to pay extra to enter. We were rewarded with another 15 minutes of unbound fun. The effect really isn’t bad, considering the entire maze is contained in an area the size of my living room.
Now here’s why you live on the west coast: We went to one of the most touristy areas of San Francisco. We had driven into town rather than having rode BART, since it is impossible to park at the train station unless you have arrived by 7 AM. After twenty minutes of driving, we parked at a meter located directly in front of the museum. Cost? $3.00. We drove home over the Bay Bridge at 3:30PM. You’d think we would be going right into the teeth of rush hour. Nope, no traffic. And get this…the Bay Bridge has 5 lane. Fa-fucking-ive!! I love this place!