The Noah’s Ark Kentucky Museum is officially called the “Ark Encounter”.
If you are traveling, or are on vacation in or near Southern Indiana, Southern Ohio, or Northern Kentucky, this great adventure is well worth your time. While kids will love it, it’s not just for kids, that’s for sure!
This massive Noah’s Ark structure is built to full-size biblical specs and design and is overwhelmingly stunning. The moment you enter the door of the Ark you are instantly immersed in the scenes of the Bible.
There are several great nearby Hotels to choose from, here is a list of your best hotel options at the best prices.
START HERE: Check out this quick promo video about the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky – to get a look at it yourself.
Arrival Tips & Cost:
As you arrive at 1 Ark Encounter Drive, Williamstown, KY – you will find that there is ample parking for autos and RV’s.
The cost of tickets: $48 for adults, $38 for Seniors, $25 for youth (13-17), and $15 for children. – Under 4 years old are FREE.
We advise that you find a place as close to the front bus station when you arrive as you can. Don’t forget to purchase your parking ticket either at the Ark or at the bus station on your way back out. It will save you time at the exit if your ticket is ready to scan. Just scan and go rather than having cars wait behind you while trying to pay at the gate.
Once you park make your way to the bus station and get on board. That will take you down to the arrival staging area which is just a short walk to the Ark.
Tip: Have your camera ready for the bus ride in, there are some great photo opportunities from the distance perspective on your way in. Don’t forget to take a few shots from the arrival staging area. Most likely you will be tired on your way out and might forget.
We recommend you get a good smartphone lens kit for taking great photos wherever you go.
Things to Pay Attention to:
The Grandeur – There are plenty of things to notice once you are inside. The first thing we picked up on, besides the sheer grandeur of this giant Noah’s Ark Museum situated in Kentucky of all places, was the way the Ark designers allowed for so much natural light from outside, to permeate each deck.
The size of this vessel would rival any cruise ship we have ever been on. The actual size of this enormous structure is 51 feet high, 85 feet wide, and 510 feet long. That is about the size of one and a half football fields in length.
The Craftsmanship – Another thing that really stood out was the amazing wood craftsmanship that went into every detail of its construction. From the enormous trees that and beams that work as it’s super-structure, to the animal cages, and pottery storage shelves. The craftsmanship on this version of Noah’s Ark is worth taking note of.
Tip: From the center of Noah’s Ark, looking up you can see an amazing perspective of light from the top deck which makes for a great photo.
Tip: When you find this door, notice the passively lit shadow of a cross that is projected on it. It’s another great photo opportunity for you or your family. Other guests were very willing to share taking pictures of each other’s families to help out.
Noah’s Ark Kentucky is well worth the trip, but especially if you are already going to be in the area. Plan on making a day of it though, it’s too much to hurry through.
Special Exhibits & Hidden Treasures
Noah’s Family – Throughout the Ark museum, you will notice Noah’s family, Shem, Ham, Japheth, their wives, and of course Mrs. Noah…performing different tasks. One thing that was really interesting was the living quarters on board, as interpreted by the museum designers.
Here is a quick photo as an example:
There are many other exhibits for you to see. Honestly, some will stand out to you above others depending on your own personal interests. All of the exhibits are done exceptionally well and can be appreciated whether you are a believer or just an interested tourist.
Here is a brief list of some of the exhibits:
- The Flood Legends Exhibit – noting different legend about floods from cultures all over the world.
- The Pre-Flood World Exhibit – giving a dramatic visual idea of what the world might have been like before the global flood.
- Animal Exhibits – full-size 3-D depictions of all the animal “kinds” that might have been on board Noah’s Ark.
- Living Quarters Exhibits – a section of the Ark where the family might have resided and what their living quarters might have looked like.
Future Plans for Noah’s Ark Kentucky Museum
While we were there we got some inside information that they might be putting a restaurant on the fourth deck of the Ark.
There was even a little bit of talk about it being a “Brazillian Barbeque” since it was after the flood that mankind was then given permission by God to eat meat.
Brazilian Barbeque is known not only for being delicious but for having a wide variety of meats to choose from. The few times we have been to a Brazillian BBQ restaurant they not only served the typical beef, pork, and chicken, but also quail, and pheasant.
In our opinion, this would be a welcome addition to Noah’s Ark Kentucky.
Places to stay near Noah’s Ark Kentucky
There are several great nearby Hotels to choose from, here is a list of your best hotel options at the best prices.
If you are looking for hotels and accommodations to stay at while in the area, there are a few to choose from. The closest would be the Hampton Inn Dry Ridge which is about 6 miles away from Noah’s Ark Kentucky Museum.
All of the main hotels are a little bit farther away, but still convenient enough if you are wanting to stay close enough to the museum.
Here is a quick list of hotels that are nearby for your convenience.
Camping near Noah’s Ark Kentucky:
If you are looking for camping nearby the museum, there are plenty of reasonable campgrounds in the area to choose from.
Here is a quick glance of campsites in the area, click on the image to go to an interactive Google Map of the campgrounds near the Ark.
Places to EAT near Noah’s Ark Kentucky!
If you are looking to eat somewhere nearby that is outside of the park, here are some of your options:
- El Jalisco Mexican Restaraunt
- Cracker Barrel
- Happy Dragon Chinese
- Skyline Chili
- LaRosa’s Pizza Dry Ridge
We are not vouching for any of these eating establishments and have only listed them here for your convenience. If I was going to recommend any of them it would be Cracker Barrel because we love it (and we like their standard coffee too).
Where to find COFFEE near Noah’s Ark Kentucky!
As promised, we will always try to find the closest coffee options for any of our followers.
Located inside of Noah’s Ark Kentucky is Kezia’s Coffee. They have pretty good options if you are looking for some coffee to enjoy while there at the Ark Museum. It is located in the main gift shop.
As far as places to get coffee in the area, you will have to head north if you are looking for more than an average cup. Here are your other options:
We hope that this review of Noah’s Ark Kentucky Museum has been helpful and insightful as you consider your travel plans. Thanks for taking the time to stop by Coffee Vagabond!
“May your travel be safe, and your cup always full“. ~ Daren & Dana
As a reminder, The Noah’s Ark Kentucky Museum is officially called the “Ark Encounter”. Their website is www.arkencounter.com
After reading this review of Noah’s Ark Kentucky Museum, here is the story of Noah’s Ark directly from the Bible:
Genesis 6:5 – 8:22 “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. 9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. 13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. 15 And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. 16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it. 17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. 18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee. 19 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. 20 Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive. 21 And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them. 22 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.
CHAPTER 7 – “And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. 2 Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. 3 Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth. 4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth. 5 And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him. 6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth. 7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. 8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth, 9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth. 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
13 In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark; 14 They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort. 15 And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. 16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.
17 And the flood was forty days upon the earth, and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth. 18 And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth, and the ark went upon the face of the waters. 19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered. 20 Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail, and the mountains were covered. 21 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: 22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died. 23 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark. 24 And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.
CHAPTER 8 “And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged; 2 The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained; 3 And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated. 4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat. 5 And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen. 6 And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made: 7 And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth. 8 Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground; 9 But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark. 10 And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark; 11 And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. 12 And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more. 13 And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry. 14 And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried. 15 And God spake unto Noah, saying, 16 Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee. 17 Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth. 18 And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him: 19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.
20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. 22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. “
Thanks again for checking out our review of the Noah’s Ark Kentucky Museum.