See Inside the Astounding 510-Foot Long Ark Encounter in Kentucky
Although the state of Kentucky may be known for its fried chicken, bourbon, Bluegrass music, and horse racing, it is also the home of the largest timber-frame wood structure in the world. Go ahead and add that one to your trivia night repertoire!
Did Someone Say, "Road Trip?"
This 510-feet long, 85-feet wide, and 51-feet high structure is called the Ark Encounter and is located in Williamstown, Kentucky. The ark's location halfway between Cincinnati, Ohio, and Lexington, Kentucky makes it the perfect distance for a day trip from the tristate.
If you want to plan a whole weekend trip, you can also visit the Ark Encounter's sister attraction, The Creation Museum, located only 45 minutes away.
Make Way For a New Theme Park!
Even though the Ark Encounter is undoubtedly impressive on its own, it is actually the first phase of a larger plan for a Bible-inspired historical theme park. As a one-of-a-kind experience for the whole family, the attraction plans to add a Walled City, the Tower of Babel, a first-century Middle Eastern village, a journey in history from Abraham to the parting of the Red Sea, a walk-through aviary, among other attractions, all geared towards providing a complete immersion in themes of the Bible that aim to entertain and educate.
An Experience to Entertain and to Make You Think
If you've ever heard the story about Noah's Ark or read the book of Genesis, you probably wondered how Noah could fit all of the animals on the ark. Or, better yet, how did he feed and care for all of them?
The massive seven-story timber ark replica is full of amazing exhibits aimed at not only wowing its visitors but also serving as an educational experience that may answer questions surrounding the story of Noah's ark and the flood. Visitors may even leave feeling inspired or thinking differently about this well-known Biblical account.
The Ark Wouldn't Be the Ark Without Animals
Aside from its beautiful craftmanship and engaging exhibits, the Ark Encounter also includes a petting zoo with animals from all over the world such as Tibetan yaks, kangaroos, and ostriches.
Screaming Eagle Zip Lines
If you are more of an adrenaline junkie, you can explore the encounter's Screaming Eagle Zip Lines where 22 zip lines await even the bravest of visitors. One of the zip lines ranges as far as 2,100 feet and is the longest zip line in the midwest. Talk about a rush!
Entertaining and... Good for the Environment?
As if this experience didn't sound amazing enough, it is also completely environmentally friendly. Utilizing some of the most advanced environmental technologies, it is one of the largest "green" projects in the United States.
How to Purchase Tickets
You can purchase tickets in advance for the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum on their website. For the remainder of 2022, kids that are 10 and under receive free admission. Also, be sure to check out their hours. If you plan to visit during evening hours, you will catch the ark completely lit up in rainbow LED lights.
See Inside the Ark Encounter in Kentucky