Ark Encounter ~ A Life Size Noah’s Ark Experience
I received two passes to the Ark Encounter in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.
Have you ever wondered what it was REALLY like on Noah’s Ark? While there are some details told in the Bible, there’s speculation on many other pieces of this history. If you’re curious and want to learn more, consider heading to northern Kentucky for a visit to the most authentic replica of Noah’s Ark that’s found anywhere in the world, the Ark Encounter!
So How Big Was The Ark?
This is one piece of information that the Bible was clear about. God instructed Noah on the specific measurements that would be needed to withstand an intense worldwide flood, both to not break or overturn while also being able to support the animals and supplies. This massive boat was to be built 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high. To put those numbers into perspective, just picture 7 stories high and 1 1/2 football fields long!
Was It Really Possible For Noah & His Family To Care For All Those Animals?
Absolutely. The strategic design of the Ark would have made it very possible. Access to fresh air, water, and waste management through a variety of pulley systems and layout designs offers a manageable way to care for all the animals while also keeping the Ark ventilated.
But Could All Those Animals Fit?
Yes again. It would make perfect sense for God to have sent juvenile animals as opposed to full grown ones. Younger animals take up less space, eat less, and have less waste. Plus, they would have a longer lifetime to repopulate the Earth after exiting the Ark. In addition, each kind of animal pair would be able to reproduce a variety of their species based on their heritage. This means that Noah wouldn’t have needed every single kind of bear alive to end up with all the kinds out there today. This would hold true for all the different kinds of animals.
After parking, a shuttle bus transports visitors the mile trek up to the Ark Encounter. As guests approach this impressive structure, it’s clear this will be an experience like no other. From the very first glimpse, this towering ship brings history to life in a jaw-dropping way!
The Ark Encounter offers world-class exhibits throughout their three tour decks. We were able to get answers to big questions about the biblical account of Noah and the Ark as we toured Noah’s world aboard this massive “floating zoo”.
As we approached the Ark and entered the first deck, sounds of thunder and rain surrounded us. It really impeded our senses and almost brought a feeling of urgency as I allowed myself to get lost in the experience. The low lighting and realistic design makes the Ark Encounter feel extremely authentic.
The Flood begins and Noahs’ family is now on the ark with all the animals. As we toured this first floor, we saw a variety of animal exhibits, learned about types of creatures, and got to see how it would have been possible to have so many animals as well as food and water on board. The giant ramps also allowed traveling from deck to deck possible for people and animals alike.
The technology of the ark offers the insight I needed to see how things really could have worked to make this giant feat possible. The featured exhibits show how Noah’s family could have maintained the Ark while caring for thousands of animals. Our family especially enjoyed The Noah Interview Theater where we viewed a short video that shared about how the world was in Noah’s day and how they scoffed at Noah for building the Ark. Even so, Noah stayed the path God gave him and finished the task.
This deck was also fascinating. I loved seeing what the family’s living quarters could have looked like. Being that God never told them how long they would live on the Ark, it’s very possible that they created a nice space for resting, relaxing, and to help keep morale up. Continuing on, the As In The Days Of Noah Theater shared a video, while the rest of the deck is filled with Noah’s Ark books as well as a variety of scriptures from around the world dating back over hundreds and even thousands of years, and finally a Why The Bible Is True exhibit. Our 6 year old son absolutely LOVED this final exhibit as it was in comic book form. He stopped and read the entire thing (which took him about half an hour)!
There are also several other experiences, food, and things to do at the Ark Encounter. Guests can take a ride on the Screaming Eagle Zip Line, visit the Ararat Ridge Zoo, pan for fossils at the Fossil Find, visit a Pottery Shot, grab a bite to eat at Emzara’s Kitchen Restaurant, and more. While we didn’t do it all, our kids did have a blast at the Fossil Find while everyone enjoyed the buffet at Emzara’s. We choose to sit outside on the deck and enjoy the view of the bow end of the Ark while we ate which made the experience even better. (If you’re wondering, the fried chicken was amazing!)
There are several options available when visiting the Ark Encounter. General admission one day tickets are
Adults – $40
Seniors – $31
Children – $28
Kids Under 5 – free
To save money, guests can purchase a combo ticket for the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum for a slightly discounted price. Another option is an unlimited 7 day combo ticket which runs $99 per person, ages 5 and up.
Overall, the Ark Encounter was absolutely awesome. Everything felt so real and it was easy to get lost in what life really could have been like back on the Ark. The incredible craftsmanship was breathtaking and I truly learned a lot as I’ve always wondered how Noah and his family could have managed. Throughout the entire Ark, the Bible is quoted and many exhibits show how what the Bible says actually does hold true. Our family spent just over 6 hours at the Ark Encounter and, honestly, we could have been there even longer if the kids wouldn’t have been getting tired! The one thing I’d love to see changed is a lower entry fee to make this wonderful attraction available to more people.
Visit: Head over to Ark Encounter to learn more and start planning your visit today!
I’m a city girl turned country by my awesome husband and we have three busy boys and two darling daughters. I love spending time with my family, reading Karen Kingsbury novels, and catching up with friends while our kiddos have play dates. I’m blessed beyond measure and can’t wait to see what God has in store.
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