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Think Bigger and Visit the Ark Encounter

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By Kaitlyn Iocco

Visit the larger-than-life attraction that continually receives rave reviews. The Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky, features a full-size Noah’s ark built according to biblical dimensions. Stretching an impressive 510 feet long and towering over 50 feet high, the life-size ark is the largest freestanding timber-frame structure in the world.

Step back in time and enter Noah’s world when you board the ark. As you tour the three decks filled with world-class exhibits, you’ll see the Bible come to life. Our commitment to historical accuracy and artistic excellence will inspire you to think differently about the account of Noah’s Ark. You’ll get answers to some big questions such as, “How did Noah care for all of the animals?” “What happened to humans, animals, and the earth after the flood?” and so many more.

Your tour of the ark is just the beginning. Check out our state-of-the-art Answers Center auditorium for dynamic speaker presentations, uplifting concerts, and exciting animal encounters. Explore our gorgeous grounds, visit our fun and accessible playground with your kids, and enjoy a free ride on our beautiful custom carousel. And don’t forget to visit the Ararat Ridge Zoo, where you’ll encounter a variety of exotic animals including kangaroos, sloths, lemurs, camels, and more.

There’s something for everyone at the Ark Encounter. And kids 10 and under enjoy free admission in 2024! The Ark Encounter is family-friendly and fully wheelchair accessible (with wheelchair and scooter rentals available).

Feeling adventurous? For an additional ticket purchase, you can soar over our picturesque grounds as you zip down thousands of feet of zip lines. The Screaming Eagle Aerial Adventures feature mega zip lines, an 80-foot free-fall tower, and an aerial adventure course. Book your tour in advance or upon arrival.

Guests can also enjoy Truth Traveler: A Virtual Reality Experience for an additional ticket purchase. Embark on an epic adventure as you experience the building and voyage of the ark with the aid of special seats and state-of-the-art VR headsets.

Emzara’s Kitchen is a fan favorite when it comes to dining at the Ark Encounter. The two-story restaurant features a buffet with options such as fried chicken, roast beef, fresh salads, and mouth-watering sides including garlic potatoes and creamy mac and cheese. Other food venues throughout the park offer smoky meats, wraps, paninis, freshly made fudge, cookies, specialty coffees, and more.

Coming this July 30th through September 7th, you can experience the world’s largest Christian music festival, 40 Days & 40 Nights of Christian Music, at the Ark Encounter. Award-winning southern gospel, faith country, contemporary, and faith and worship music artists present more than 120 concerts over the course of the festival—and it’s all included free with general Ark admission!

There is so much to do and see at the Ark Encounter. Situated halfway between Cincinnati and Lexington and right off I-75, this one-of-a-kind themed attraction astounds and inspires thousands of visitors, young and old, every day. Plan your visit today at