Ark Encounter is a full-sized Noah’s Ark that was created according to the dimensions as stated in the Bible. Located in Williamstown, Kentucky, it is the largest timber framed structure in the world and is a theme park with zip lines, a zoo, a museum and dining.

1.About Ark Encounter

About Ark Encounter
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Ark Encounter is in Williamstown Kentucky and is a theme park featuring a full sized, all wood replica of Noah’s Ark from the Christian Bible. The Ark was built partly by Amish craftsmen, to the dimensions mentioned the Bible, 510 feet long, 85 feet across and 51 feet tall. At night, the Ark is lit up with rainbow colors to symbolize the covenant that God made with Noah’s family to never destroy the Earth with water again.

Tickets for Ark Encounter can be purchased as single day passes, 2 day passes, 7 day passes, or annual passes and are available online or in person at the Attraction. Ark Encounter also offer combo package pricing when purchasing tickets with The Creation Museum. More details are available online through The Ark Encounter website. Hours change seasonally and are update via the website.


The Ark is divided into three decks that are lined with exhibits that allow visitors to experience what life may have been like on the Ark for Noah’s family and the animals that were on board. One exhibit allows visitors to walk through the pages of a graphic novel where the faith of college students is put to the test.

Other exhibits focus on Noah’s family and lineage, what their living quarters would have looked like, what kind of clothes they wore, who cared for the animals and what they may have broad on board with them. There are also several exhibits that focus on the question of how Noah could have possibly fit all the animals in the world on board the Ark. The pre-flood and post-flood worlds are explored, and there is an exhibit that depicts the promise God made to never again flood the earth.

Ararat Ridge Zoo

Visit live animals from around the world at Ararat Zoo. Ark Encounter visitors can even take rides on camels or donkeys while they engage in biblical teaching at the zoo which is included with Ark Encounter admission. There are petting and feeding stations with farm animals such as alpacas, goats and sheep, that is fun for the whole family.

Zip Lines

The Ark Encounter Zip Line course features 24 different lines with 10 of the lines reaching 1,000 feet and 2 of them reaching nearly 2,000 feet! Visitors soar at 50 miles per hour, 17 stories high in the sky, over beautiful landscape. Custom photography packages are available for purchase if you want to capture your adventure from a unique vantage point.

There are adventure courses and free fall tower jumps that are available as well, but not all courses are suitable for children.

The zip lines are closed from January through mid-March annually.

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2.Plan your Visit

Plan your Visit
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Emzara’s Kitchen is a two-story casual dining restaurant that is just outside of The Ark. Diners will enjoy an American style cuisine served in a buffet with some specialty dishes and diet conscious food options available. The Buffet menu changes daily; however, there is always a fully stocked salad bar, and dessert bar. Emzara’s also offers pizza ordering by the slice for those who do not wish to eat the buffet.

Inside the Ark, there is a snack stand on the first floor with a variety of snack options and drinks.


The Ark Encounter Gift Shop carries a wide array of educational gifts, accessories, books, DVDs, and toys centered around the Bible and Noah’s Ark. There is also a large assortment of apparel, handmade items, stuffed animals, an expresso café, fudge, and much more. An assortment of Noah’s Ark gifts are also available online through the website as well.


There are special events that happen throughout the year at Ark Encounter that are meant to enhance visitor experiences.

Maker’s Market- This 3-day shopping event held in the early fall is a global event featuring handmade, artisanal wares, that celebrates, creative God given ability and artistry.

Dia Latino- Latin Day is a day where all exhibits and teachings at The Ark with be in Spanish so that Spanish Speaking guests can enjoy a day at Ark Encounter without needing translation.

Deaf Day- Deaf guests and their immediate family members will receive special admission pricing on this day where ASL interpreters will be available and exhibits will be outfitted with video captions.

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1 Ark Encounter Driver, Williamstown, Kentucky, 41097, Phone: 855-284-3275

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