Ark Encounter
Ark Encounter
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Ed F
    Charlotte, North Carolina121 contributions
    Wonderful Experience!!
    When you first see the Ark it is breathtaking. The massive size is a wonder. As a Christian, this was a special experience. Even if you are a secular person, you will very much be amazed at the details of the building and design that went into it's construction. There is much to take in if you like to read every detail that is exhibited. It would take you more than a day if you did that. We were there for 6 hours and felt we saw all the important aspects of the Encounter. I would highly recommend the Truth Traveler VR experience, which is a separate purchase. First come, first serve. There are about 20 individual private booths, for lack of a better term, that seat 4 people so the flow is good. The movie is about 11 minutes long and well worth it. Each person gets a VR headset and the seats move slightly so you get a realistic experience. It's $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for kids. Their cafeteria (which is huge) is right outside by the gift ship. It is buffet (all you can eat) style. The food was very good and there was an excellent variety. Beef, chicken, fish, pasta, salad bar, desserts. All staff were pleasant and attentive. You will not be disappointed.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 26 February 2023
  • Roger B
    Tampa, Florida67 contributions
    Amazing
    Most amazing attraction! We first visited in 2018 and they have added some amazing things since then. I Liked the buses that transported us from the parking lot to Ark better than trams in 2018. Lots of information and worth going.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 March 2023
  • Steve R
    3 contributions
    The Ark Encounter is a Must See
    This is an incredible attraction! Legendary bible story comes to life in Williamstown, Kentucky! This reconstruction of Noah’s Ark, based on the bible’s dimensions and descriptions, matched with the known innovative ancient technology of its day, this vessel is possibly the largest wooden structure on the planet. The workmanship, enormity, research and attention to detail is incredible. Whether you’re a believer, or a skeptic, this fascinating attraction will start conversations about one of the most influential events in world history.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 March 2023
  • Camille P
    2 contributions
    Great experience
    Everyone was so so nice. So well done! So much info to learn. So much to see and do. Spent five or six hours there. Loved book store resources as well.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 March 2023
  • garyb36350
    Waterford, Michigan169 contributions
    Overwhelming
    We (I) wanted to know how the ark was constructed. The original and this one. We were here on a very cool, wet, day. The inside was very warm during our visit. The inside is very informative even if slanted. Just take that with a grain of salt. The displays are meticulous, and the entire place is spotless. Bathrooms are well kept. The ark is 510 ft long and has 3 decks. We walked the length 4 times. Is you have an issue they have powered carts available. One disappointing thing - the pictures are of the outside of the ark like it was just built with the bright wood hull. The reality is that it looks weathered. I’m glad I did it but once is enough for us. FYI - the on-site Restuarant has a great Buffett. Side note; tickets can be pricey plus there is a $15 parking fee.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 March 2023
  • Wendy P
    Fayetteville, Arkansas42 contributions
    Definitely Experience Once
    I liked it! It was interesting. Loved seeing the craftsmanship & exhibits. I enjoy learning and there was plenty of information to take in. My favorite part were the live animals and petting the goats (this part is outdoors). Make sure you ride the carousel. We also ate at the restaurant/buffet, which was good. Of course there’s tons of commercialism and opportunity to purchase pricey trinkets and “extra experiences”. I don’t think it’ll be somewhere I’ll take my young grandkids as it’s probably best for older kids, teens, and adults.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 March 2023
  • S H
    1 contribution
    One of the best museums in the South / Midwest
    I admit I at first felt skeptical of the ark counter, due to my training as an engineer. To the critics who dislike the statements made against evolution, I would respond that the views were presented objectively as theories or the other side of the story. The clearly-stated purpose of the ark encounter and creation museum was to promote the moral values of the Bible. From a historical standpoint, these values have stood the test of time, inspiring the Pilgrims, Founding Fathers and many others to make important decisions for the betterment of society. Promoting moral values does not promote a specific religion – in fact it is probably one of the best consequences of religion, regardless of which religion a person chooses. On the flip side, the theories of evolution are sometimes used as rationalization for animal-like, self-serving behavior in humans; this tends to harm other members of society. So, the consequences of the ideas promoted at both the ark encounter / creation museum tend to the betterment of society, regardless of whether all the ideas are believed by a particular individual. I agreed with many, but not all, of the ideas presented at the exhibits. It would be a shame to discount such a positive contribution to our society based on disagreeing with a few of their views. Based on 2021 estimates, the majority of US Citizens identify as Christian. So, this exhibit promotes mainstream society morals/values. Despite my initial skepticism, I thoroughly enjoyed the thoughtful, kind and positive presentation of alternate viewpoints regarding the history of our world.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 26 March 2023
  • porkchoprocks
    Columbia, South Carolina36 contributions
    Great b cuz it was exactly what I expected!
    I don’t get people giving bad reviews. This was exactly as I expected. Yes it’s pricey. So is every other attraction. Try going to Niagara Falls (or whatever) and see how expensive everything is. As for someone saying it’s based on “may or could” and not facts, what would u expect? Common sense tells u it can’t all be facts! If u know the Bible and want only facts then u would be complaining that it was just a big wood structure and boring! As for some saying young kids would be bored, ANY attraction that requires a lot of reading is going to be boring to them after the initial wow factor. What did u expect? A boat ride? Do your research before going and know what u are getting and have some common sense people. Ugh!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 March 2023
  • David J
    Rocky Mountain House, Canada223 contributions
    Unique - worth the visit
    This life size replica of Noah’s Ark is quite amazing just as a structure. The quality of the exhibits and the explanations on the inside is excellent. Many of the theories put forward are questionable, however both the believers and the non-believers can have an interesting day here.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 31 March 2023
  • OhioSharky
    Uhrichsville, Ohio92 contributions
    Massive!
    We visited the Ark Encounter and were in awe of the size of the ark. Unfortunately, we were not able to appreciate the exhibits throughout the levels due to the volume of visitors. It was Good Friday so perhaps this was the reason. Regardless, there was plenty of “elbow room”. Parking is $15 (not included in the admission charge) & there are shuttle buses running throughout the day. The indoor carousel was free for both adults & children to ride.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 7 April 2023
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Vincent B
Kailua-Kona, HI59 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
You must be kidding. I can not believe that schools take kids here and present this as a factual representation of an event in history. There is a Dinosaur in the ark!?
Written 23 February 2024
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Shapley_Hunter
Thebes, IL1,184 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Very impressive! The craftsmanship on the Ark is remarkable. I believe it does a good job of introducing people to the size of the Ark, as the Bible defines it, and presents the designer's intent of presenting the creation theory. It also presents arguments to refute some of the anti-creationist viewpoints.

As it was winter when we visited, most of the outside activities were not operating. The zoo was open, though most of the animals were sheltered inside their buildings, it being too cold for them.

I thought the price was a bit high, though I have no doubt it is necessary in order to pay for costs of upkeep and staffing. The $15 parking charge, on top of the entry fee, struck me as bit much, though. I am thankful that children under 10 are permitted free entry.

The staff were all friendly and professional. The facilities were clean and well-maintained. All in all, a pleasant visit.
Written 21 February 2024
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PAfarmgirl
Saltsburg76 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
We visited the Ark Encounter on a whim on our way back from a farm show The Ark is located very far back first you have to park then walk a good ways to the ticket counter ,there is no shuttle in the parking lot it was 20 degrees the day we went ,super cold to walk a long distance , parking is $15 and tickets for two with one senior were $117.00 children under 10 are free the Creation Museum is a separate cost , there are tons of children there , you board a bus and it takes you to the gift shop . You walk across a huge lot to enter the Ark .The Ark is beautiful , there is lots of walking , lots of reading ,if crowded you have to wait to read , we were a little disappointed in the empty cages when you first walk in and the lack of a real feel of animals .The movies were a little out of sorts , but entertaining and gives you a chance to rest ,Gift shops are nice This attraction would be better experienced in the summer
Written 21 February 2024
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Nicole A
Normal, IL12 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
I brought my 10 year old daughter and had a great time! I can see how beautiful this place would be in the spring/summertime but it was wonderful going with very low crowds! The animals weren’t out in the zoo because it was so cold but we really only went to see the Ark. lunch at the buffet was really good and the staff was friendly. We had a great day and enjoyed all of the exhibits inside. Great for my daughter’s age.
Written 17 February 2024
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LewistonBruce
Lewiston, ID68 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
Fantastic walking tour inside the replica of Noah's Ark. Several floors of life like animals and explanations of how the Biblical account would look. It was a very enjoyable tour.
Written 13 February 2024
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Donna R
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Friends
Glad we went in February and on a Wednesday when it was less Crowded. You could see it was designed to hand MUCH larger crowds than the day we visited. Next time we go we will stay in a nearby Hotel instead of Driving 2 1/2 hours each way on the same day.

My Brother-in-law found out there were Smoking areas, after the visit.

My Husband (an amputee) rented one of the scooters, and it was the best scooter he has ever been on. High enough to have a normal conversation, and to see some of the exhibits that were at eye level. The bus even had a ramp that could have been lowered so he wouldn't have to take a step.

The ark has tried to imagine, what it could of have been like. Food Storage, Waste disposal, lighting, Bedrooms, work areas, animal cages of all sizes, how all the different canines could have come from 7 pairs of canines. The internal structure of the ARK. You can tell lots, and lots of thought and time went into it.

It was built to the same standards of any modern day attraction. I saw some criterium on the price from other reviews, the "Profits" are being re-invested into the business, the next attraction is a tower of babel.

We will be going back.
Written 12 February 2024
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Irwin M
5 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
Have made one trip with grand kids and now planning a second trip with friends and camper so we can take the time to really enjoy the greatness of the Ark.
Written 7 February 2024
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Vicki C
2 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
I wouldn't recommend this attraction for young children. Lots to see. View at your own pace. Redtaraunts on the premise.
Written 5 February 2024
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Dan W
Rio Verde, AZ118 contributions
Feb 2023 • Family
Amazing experience. More than I expected. The exhibits and their descriptions and stories were very detailed and interesting. Quality facility with friendly and engaging staff.
Written 27 January 2024
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victor b
Suwanee, GA2 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Was a cool place and a lot of learning. A little commercialized selling stuff. But overall a good experience.
Written 20 January 2024
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  • Mon - Sat 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM