Friday, June 30, 2017

NOAH'S ARK ENCOUNTER

Since we were less than thirty minutes from one of the most spectacular attractions in Kentucky we decided to go to the unbelievable ARK ENCOUNTER in Williamstown, Kentucky (not far from Georgetown).
ARK ENCOUNTER
Williamstown, KY
There are a couple of very positive things to say about the Ark Encounter.  The sheer size of the exhibit, the incredible craftsmanship and the state-of-the-art exhibits were amazing and inspirational.  We will never think the same about the biblical account of Noah's Ark again!

Entrance into Noah's ARK ENCOUNTER
The Ark itself is 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high.  The Ark has 3.3 million board feet of timber and is the biggest timber-frame structure in the world.  

Bow Of The Ark
Bow Of The Ark
Upon entering the Ark you have tons of questions so it is best if you do a little research before you go because you will never have all your questions answered (in your lifetime probably).   There is a lot planned for future expansion of the Ark Encounter - think BIGGER.

We decided to go on a Tuesday morning, but the Ark is opened Monday-Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  There are shuttle buses that take you from the vast parking lot to the Ark entrance.  

SHUTTLE BUSES provide transportation from the parking lot
to the vicinity of the ARK
There are strollers and electric scooters which can be rented.  If you have difficulty walking or getting around, you might reconsider this attraction.  There are also elevators if you are unable to walk to floors continuing the exhibits.  

Crowd Control is done with Walkway Aisles
on the ARK
Think how it is at Walt Disney World Resort, and all the turnstiles to get in the exhibits....same thing.  On the other hand seniors are given a reasonable discount for admission as well as a reasonable price for an all-you-can-eat buffet in an adjoining restaurant.  There are also lots of friendly and helpful staff to assist people along the way.

Lifelike exhibits of life on the Ark are
throughout the 3 stories of exhibits on
the ARK
We thought our decision to go on Tuesday would mean a small crowd.  It would have been except about 10 buses of teenagers arrived about the same time as us.  I have a feeling there is no day of small crowds here!  Once you enter  the Ark it is comfortable as far as the temperature is concerned, but you can't stop and read every single exhibit or you would be in line forever.  There are literally hundreds of signs to read and several movies, so if you have children be ready to explain what is happening in lots of areas of the attraction.  

The Murals throughout the Ark are beautiful!

Mural depicting Adam and Eve
While we saw lots of families at the exhibits I wondered how much it cost for a family of 4 or 6 to enter.  If they also went to the Creation Museum (their sister museum 45 minutes north), Screaming Eagle Zip Lines and Aerial Adventure, Ararat Ridge Zoo, etc., and ate at the buffet, and definitely spend some time at the Gift Shop....now that's a chunk of change!

Emzara's Kitchen Buffet Restaurant
As you Leave The ARK
There's a lot to see and do but you can upgrade your ticket to a 2-day, 7-day unlimited, or annual pass.  Did I mention it costs $10/day for parking?  Don't worry, there's an ATM machine if you need one.
Very comfortable and safe shuttles to take you
back to your parking lot
We enjoyed our day and we're glad we were able to go.  It is an amazing adventure and we know there is so much more to learn about Noah's Ark and the biblical flood.  There is a way to continue learning about this at AnswersInGenesis.org/ark and ArkEncounter.com.  
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