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Ark Encounter

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Incredible workmanship and beautiful exhibits.

From the time you arrive on the bus, you can't believe how large the Ark is. The workmanship of the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
NativePeach
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Palmetto, Georgia
A good day trip.

I went to the creation museum 3 times waiting for the completion of the Ark Encounter completion... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
jeromeh243
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batavia, United States
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Reviewed 4 days ago

From the time you arrive on the bus, you can't believe how large the Ark is. The workmanship of the boat was obviously a work of love. Run your hands across all areas of the wood and not a single splinter. The exhibits were very...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I went to the creation museum 3 times waiting for the completion of the Ark Encounter completion. It was worth the wait. I will go attend. It was handicap accessible. Be prepared to walk.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank jeromeh243
Reviewed 4 days ago

Wow what an impressive, interesting & educational experience so worth the drive and crowds. Plenty of room to see everything and read all of the placards. Make sure you take the time to watch the movies as it adds so much to the experience.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Cindy t
Reviewed 6 days ago

We certainly were not disappointed, having heard many good reports of this must-see attraction near Williamstown, Kentucky. It is very well signposted along the I 75, so you cannot miss it. Transportation after paying at the ticket counter was well organized. It did help that...More

Date of experience: January 2019
3  Thank JoyousTravellers4950
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband, daughter, and I visited during the Christmas festival, and we loved it! We only had 4 hours, and it was not long enough! We agree with the recommended 5-6 hour minimum. The ark was so much larger than we imagined, and we learned...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank SmokyMountainSummer
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I can’t say enough about The Ark Encounter. It’s not just a model of the ark built in a small town in Kentucky. It’s the Bible coming to life. It’s history and science. It’s multimedia presentations using scientific facts, equipping God’s people to defend their...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank RobbieM496
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was truly an great attraction to visit. Plan on spending several hours here. There is so much information about Noah's Ark that just blew us away. It's a great Christian site to visit. There is plenty to see and places to eat at this...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank besspiata12345
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is awe inspiring. Breathtaking in just its sheer size. The inside is like a museum. Lots of reading. Small children got bored quick. Many things closed during winter months that may have made better for the kids. Did have animals to feed and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank sweetdawn2012
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our 14-year-old and 10-year-old to the Ark Encounter over Christmas Break and they both had a great time. It took about 4 hours to go through the Ark, gift shop (which sells Fair Trade goods), and the Christmas Lights they have set up...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank James H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Crazy expensive! It’s definitely cool & a something we enjoyed seeing but I felt overpriced for about 2 hours. At $48 per person I felt it was a bit much. I did think it was well done and realistic to what was displayed just bring...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Kathy C
January 18, 2019|
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Response from PrincessSusan | Reviewed this property |
Not very well. In fact, you can't even gain access to the parking lot unless you commit to the parking fee. It is secured by a heavy gate of iron bars. Seriously. Then the ark is set quite a ways back from the parking lot... More
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Donna F
January 13, 2019|
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Response from grandma132016 | Reviewed this property |
They have everything you need. Lots of benches, scooters, & elevators. A wonderful experience. Don't miss it.
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January 12, 2019|
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Response from steveborden19 | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry. I have no idea. You must contact them directly.
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Buckmarko
Columbus, Ohio
Ark Busy? (2 Replies)
Hey o TA friends. How busy is the Ark Encounter on Saturdays in the summer? Thanks.
July 20, 2018|
Response fromJeff B|
Very busy! The attraction is extremely well done and popular. You will feel very crowded on a Saturday in the summer. We visited on a slower day in early March, and it was difficult to move at times. Definitely go, by try for a weekday.
CVEagle64_
Jasper, Tennessee
Ideas along I-75 Knoxville, TN to Williamstown, KY (5 Replies)
In August, we will be traveling from Knoxville to The Ark Encounter in Williamstown. This is a horse family so seeing horses in Lexington isn't of interest. Any suggestion for side trips (not horse related)that might be of interest to teenagers?
July 18, 2018|
Response fromSavantIII_11|
bassbum, You nailed it again. We have visited all of bassbum's recommendations, and agree.
Ann S
Ocean Pines, Maryland
When to visit the Ark (4 Replies)
What is the least and most crowded days to visit the Ark Encounter?
June 19, 2018|
Response frombassbum|
Like any other amusement: weekends are busy, weekdays are not, summer is peak season.