In most all of the popular vacation spots throughout the country, vacationers will find a Ripley’s Believe it or Not! museum and St. Augustine is no different; however the Old City’s Ripley’s Attraction is more unique than the others. Housed inside the Castle Warden, a beautifully restored 1887 Moorish revival style home, the St Augustine Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum offers a bit of history on St Augustine, much like the other attractions in the area, and is also filled with the oddities and unbelievable artifacts that Robert Ripley amassed.
The Castle Warden was built as a winter home for William G. Warden, who was a business partner of John D. Rockefeller and Henry Flagler. After Warden died, the beautiful mansion was sold to Norton Baskin and his wife, Pulitzer prize winning novelist Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, who is famous for writing The Yearling. The couple operated a hotel out of the building, and it was known as the Castle Warden during this time. What is interesting to note is that Robert Ripley, the famous explorer, anthropologist, and cartoonist, stayed at the Castle Warden several times during this time, and during his visits he often remarked that the Castle Warden would be a fantastic location to showcase his collection. In 1950, just after Ripley’s death in 1949, his dreams of a Ripley’s St. Augustine Museum came true. Since that time his collection has remained at the Castle Warden museum location.
Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum in St. Augustine is a great place for all ages. Come and explore the unusual, exotic, and shocking artifacts that have been collected from various parts of the world. In addition to touring the museum, Ripley’s also offers Sightseeing Trains which have been called one of the best Tours you can take. In recent years, the museum has begun offering a Ripley’s Ghost Train Adventure. Paranormal experts and museum operators believe that the Castle Warden may be haunted, after several visitors and workers remarked seeing a ghostly figure of a woman standing in the windows of some of the 2nd and 3rd floor rooms.
Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum is one of the most interesting places to visit in St. Augustine. Just minutes away from our Bed and Breakfasts on San Marcos Avenue, this Attraction is located right near other popular places to visit like St Augustine Beach, The Lightner Museum, St Augustine Bridge of Lions, you name it. Are you planning a Vacation or looking for great places to visit for a quick stop? Our Bed and Breakfasts offer the very best lodging right in one of the most historic and fascinating cities in the country. In addition to great beaches, attractions, things to do, and world class shopping and dining, St Augustine is the place to visit for a Beach Getaway. Plan your vacation today and instead of staying in one of the overcrowded Hotels, enjoy luxurious amenities, spacious bedrooms, and fine linens when you stay in one of the many award winning B&B’s