Ark Encounter

Ark Encounter Experience Bible history at the life-size Noah's Ark! The family-friendly Ark Encounter near Cincinnati also features a zoo, zip lines, and more.

Get ready to learn all about one of the biggest stories in the Bible with an educational trip to Ark Encounter. We are a one-of-a-kind museum in Petersburg, KY, featuring a full-size replica of Noah's Ark where visitors can learn all the details of the ark, life on the ark, animals on the ark, and more. We've taken a strict commitment to historical accuracy and artistic excellence in building the

largest timber-frame structure in the world, built in part by skilled Amish craftsmen. Ark Encounter is the only exhibit of its kind that will inspire you to think differently about the Biblical account of Noah's ark and the flood. Visit us through 2022 while kids age 10 and under are admitted free.

The next time you visit the Ark Encounter's Ararat Ridge Zoo, you may notice some new faces! The alpacas, pigs, goats, a...
01/11/2024

The next time you visit the Ark Encounter's Ararat Ridge Zoo, you may notice some new faces! The alpacas, pigs, goats, and donkeys from Eden Animal Experience at the Creation Museum are vacationing at the Ark Encounter while their new homes are being constructed.

They had a smooth journey to Ararat Ridge Zoo and are busy investigating their new habitats and eating plenty of hay. They will remain at the zoo until the renovations at the Creation Museum are completed sometime later this year.

01/11/2024

With a cast of 45 actors, lifelike puppetry, stunning sets, and mesmerizing costumes, C. S. Lewis’ The Horse and His Boy brings the unforgettable world of Narnia to life onstage at the Answers Center. Catch this special presentation on select days, January 10–20, 2024.

If you have visited the Ark Encounter, what advice would you give a first-time guest as they plan their trip?
01/10/2024

If you have visited the Ark Encounter, what advice would you give a first-time guest as they plan their trip?

01/08/2024

We are just days away from the first showing of The Horse and His Boy at the Ark Encounter. Tickets are still available, so get yours today! Learn more at ArkEncounter.com/narnia.

01/06/2024

You want to experience this in person! Today, our guests enjoyed a surprise visit from Hwin. The show opens Wednesday, January 10, 2024. Learn more and get your tickets at ArkEncounter.com/narnia.

The Ark Encounter’s Answers Center temporarily turns into the beloved world of Narnia, as Shasta, Bree, Aravis, and Hwin...
01/03/2024

The Ark Encounter’s Answers Center temporarily turns into the beloved world of Narnia, as Shasta, Bree, Aravis, and Hwin race against an enemy army to save Narnia and the North.

Yes, C. S. Lewis’ “The Horse and His Boy” is coming to the Ark Encounter as a stunning on-stage production for just a few select nights, January 10–20, 2024.

Recently, the crew loaded in the props and giant puppets, and puppeteers were interacting with guests at the Answers Center. Get your tickets now at ArkEncounter.com/narnia and, remember, kids 10 and under are free.

When you visit the Ark Encounter, you will see a large construction project underway.This project consists of the new We...
01/02/2024

When you visit the Ark Encounter, you will see a large construction project underway.

This project consists of the new Welcome Center, bus turnaround, and Jerusalem building to house the most up-to-date and one of the most spectacular scale models of first-century Jerusalem in the world.

These photos were taken of the construction site as we lay the foundation for the structures.

Happy New Year! Start making your plans to visit us at the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum in 2024 today!
01/01/2024

Happy New Year! Start making your plans to visit us at the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum in 2024 today!

Tonight's the last night of our annual ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter! Our life-size Noah's Ark, Ark Encounter's Ara...
12/30/2023

Tonight's the last night of our annual ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter! Our life-size Noah's Ark, Ark Encounter's Ararat Ridge Zoo, and grounds will be lit up between 5–8:30 p.m. Come out and join us!

ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter runs through December 30, 2023. Don't miss your opportunity to catch this year's even...
12/29/2023

ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter runs through December 30, 2023. Don't miss your opportunity to catch this year's event!

Three nights remain—what's your favorite display at ChristmasTime? We'd love to see your favorite photos from this year'...
12/28/2023

Three nights remain—what's your favorite display at ChristmasTime? We'd love to see your favorite photos from this year's event!

ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter is a special place to spend time with family and friends during the Christmas season....
12/27/2023

ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter is a special place to spend time with family and friends during the Christmas season. This event runs through December 30, 2023!

It's not too late to visit us for ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter! The event runs until December 30, 2023.
12/26/2023

It's not too late to visit us for ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter! The event runs until December 30, 2023.

Merry Christmas from the Ark Encounter!“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upo...
12/25/2023

Merry Christmas from the Ark Encounter!

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’” (John 14:...
12/24/2023

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’” (John 14:6).

Christmas lights twinkle around you as you explore the Ark grounds during ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter.
12/23/2023

Christmas lights twinkle around you as you explore the Ark grounds during ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter.

Bring the family to ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter for an unforgettable evening of festive lights, gift shopping, fa...
12/22/2023

Bring the family to ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter for an unforgettable evening of festive lights, gift shopping, family programming, and more.

While your family is in town visiting for Christmas, take advantage of the opportunity to load the car up and head to Ch...
12/21/2023

While your family is in town visiting for Christmas, take advantage of the opportunity to load the car up and head to ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter.

With snow finally arriving this week at the Ark Encounter, our zoo staff often get asked what they do with the animals d...
12/21/2023

With snow finally arriving this week at the Ark Encounter, our zoo staff often get asked what they do with the animals during snowfalls.

Any warm-weather animals (such as our sloth) are kept inside their heated indoor habitats to protect them from the cold. However, many of our animals are cold-tolerant and enjoy the snow.

While they always have access to heated indoor spaces, they often choose to stand in the flurries, just like our aoudad sheep here!

To learn more about how the zoo animals are cared for, follow the Ark Encounter's Ararat Ridge Zoo page!

See the life-size Noah's Ark in rainbow lights during ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter!
12/20/2023

See the life-size Noah's Ark in rainbow lights during ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter!

Admire Emzara's from the outside and then come inside for our delicious buffet!
12/19/2023

Admire Emzara's from the outside and then come inside for our delicious buffet!

Don’t miss live animal shows located at the Animal Actors Stage in the Ark Encounter's Ararat Ridge Zoo during Christmas...
12/19/2023

Don’t miss live animal shows located at the Animal Actors Stage in the Ark Encounter's Ararat Ridge Zoo during ChristmasTime.

This year’s event runs Tuesdays through Saturdays from 5–8:30 p.m. through December 30, 2023.

It’s the first snow day of the winter, and Irwin is celebrating by making a snow-wallaby! What’s your favorite snowy act...
12/18/2023

It’s the first snow day of the winter, and Irwin is celebrating by making a snow-wallaby! What’s your favorite snowy activity?

Follow the Ark Encounter's Ararat Ridge Zoo page for more adorable animal photos.

12/18/2023

The Horse and His Boy is coming to the Ark Encounter! Give the gift of this incredible experience this Christmas, and make lasting memories with your family. Bring the whole family (kids get in for free!) to the Ark Encounter and experience Narnia like never before. Learn more at ArkEncounter.com/narnia.

Looking for a perfect holiday activity? Visit us during ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter! This year’s event runs Tuesd...
12/17/2023

Looking for a perfect holiday activity? Visit us during ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter! This year’s event runs Tuesdays through Saturdays from 5–8:30 p.m. through December 30, 2023.

Make ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter part of your family’s tradition during this special time of the year.
12/16/2023

Make ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter part of your family’s tradition during this special time of the year.

ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter is a special place to spend time with family and friends during the Christmas season.
12/15/2023

ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter is a special place to spend time with family and friends during the Christmas season.

The view is remarkably photogenic as you take in our life-size Noah's Ark, the lake, and the gardens illuminated in a re...
12/14/2023

The view is remarkably photogenic as you take in our life-size Noah's Ark, the lake, and the gardens illuminated in a remarkable sea of rainbow-colored lights during ChristmasTime at the Ark.

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1 Ark Encounter Drive
Williamstown, KY
41097

Opening Hours

Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 6pm

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+18597272222

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Experience Bible history at the life-size Noah’s Ark! Meet Noah, his family, and the animals on the Ark. The family-friendly Ark Encounter theme park near Cincinnati also features a zoo, zip lines, and timber-frame restaurant.

Our full-size Noah’s ark, built according to the dimensions given in the Bible, spans 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high. This modern engineering marvel amazes visitors young and old. The Ark Encounter is situated in beautiful Grant County in Williamstown, Kentucky, halfway between Cincinnati and Lexington and right off I-75.

Visit us online at ArkEncounter.com to learn more!

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