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Ark Encounter, Williamstown

#3 of 125 in Museums in Kentucky
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At, Ark Encounter you can journey back to Biblical times to meet Noah, his family, and the animals. In addition to the life-size arc, this theme park also features a zoo with exotic animals from around the globe, a restaurant, ziplines, and a gift shop. The extensive multimedia exhibits "teach" about the times before, during, and after the flood, the life on the arc, and other events mentioned in the Bible. Plan trip to Williamstown with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • This ark is so unbelievably massive, it makes it hard to convey the actual sheer size in pictures and in words. I went with my 6 year old daughter and non-abled body (wheelchair) best friend...  more »
  • Very interesting place to visit - the sheer size of the Ark is really impressive. Most of us know the story of the animals going on the ark two by two - but until walking inside and seeing cages for.....  more »
  • Overall hotel and staff are so kind and friendly. This is definitely my go to hotel when I arrive in town.  more »
  • Absolutely amazing. Adults will appreciate it more than the kids but if they know the story they will love it as well. So much to see and so many people there trying to see it. You need to give yourself a couple of days to see everything without over tiring yourself and to assure you get to see it all. The crowds can get large so reading the exhibits can be tricky that's a good reason to try to see it over a couple days instead of one long day. Lines moved very quick to get in and on a shuttle to the Ark. Landscaping is awesome outside of the Ark providing several picture perfect photo shots. Handicap friendly. The kids will get tired as it is allot to see. The small petting mini zoo like areas outside are very hot though with limited shade, small cramped areas for the animals to walk around in and little to no seating to rest your tired legs. The snack shops outside of the Ark were not open so cannot review those. The Ark's gift shop is wonderful with so many options of things to purchase. Prices aren't cheap but neither is the quality of the items. A great place to visit but wear comfortable shoes, and pace yourself.
  • Great place to expand your knowledge about the Ark and the animals during the time of the great flood. Not only you will learn a lot but you can have fun checking the zoo, petting some animals, check their shops and souvenirs and eat in their restaurant. The restaurant was so fancy and decorated beautifully. The buffet was worth it. The food were delicious and a lot to choose from. The whole experience was great. We arrived at the main counter and paid for parking and our tickets for around $100 for 2 of us then rode the bus to the cafe then walked a few distance to the ark. The ark was very detailed. Once inside, it gives the feels of being brought back into time. It feels like we rode the Ark that moment. There are also snack bars around each level of the ark if in case you get tired and hungry while walking through the whole history. Once done, they have a close by restaurant where you can eat at reasonable price. Then you can also check the zoo and pet some animals. Great place for the family and you can also buy a discounted ticket to see both the Ark and Creation Museum which is a few minutes away from the Ark.
  • The most amazing experience. Well worth the money. I do highly recommend getting there first thing so you can truly enjoy everything they have to experience. Puts such an awesome realization of what Noah and his family were able to accomplish. Makes the Bible that much more real! I am planning on saving up to bring my children there. It is a once in a lifetime experience that should be experienced more than once!!!!
  • Everything I thought it would be and more. This is a one-of-a-kind exhibit, a must-see. The park grounds are well-maintained, the staff is professional, friendly and helpful, and the guests are very friendly as well; everyone works together to keep the place clean and family friendly. I loved the buffet and really enjoyed the zoo. I would recommend this place for religious and non-religious people alike. Great place to take your family in Kentucky! 😁👍
  • Had so much fun and learning at the same time. A must if your in Kentucky area. Very well designed operation to keep you busy all day. From young to old there is something to do. Zoo and playground in great condition. Transportation inside phenomenal. Staff friendly and well trained. Exhibit is amazing and very well researched. To do everything you need at least 8 plus hours. Food restaurants available and gift shops. Extra entertainment over December for festive season. Less than a hour from Cincinnati and 3 hours from Bowling Green.

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