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Bring Your Group to the Ark Encounter

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Bring your group to the Ark Encounter — one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kentucky!

This attraction, located in Williamstown, KY, features a life-size model of the biblical ark recorded in Genesis. At 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high, the Ark is a modern engineering marvel that awes guests at first sight of its immense timber-frame structure—but the outside is just the beginning! The interior of the Ark includes three decks of exhibits on topics ranging from animal care on the ark to post-flood geology, the ice age, and much more. You’ll enjoy seeing how Noah and his family might have set up their living quarters, how many animals would have needed to fit on the ark, and how this catastrophic global event changed our world.

In addition to the Ark itself, Ark Encounter has much to offer. Multiple food venues provide a variety of meal, coffee, and snack options, and our gift shops are a great place to find resources, Ark-themed souvenirs, and one-of-a-kind gifts!

Emzara’s Kitchen

During your visit, you’ll also want to make sure to visit the Ararat Ridge Zoo, where you’ll enjoy seeing and learning about exotic animals like lemurs, African-crested porcupines, emus, and sloths. And children and adults alike love meeting the friendly pigs and goats in the petting zoo as well as the red kangaroos in our walkabout. Camel experiences (or rides for children) are available most days at an additional cost.

Ararat Ridge Zoo

Your trip to Ark Encounter also includes access to the beautiful botanical gardens and the special programs in our auditorium and outdoor stages! Check our online daily calendar to see what is scheduled for the date you’re considering. Depending on the day, you could experience multiple live events like an animal presentation from our zookeepers, a culture or science program from one of our top-level speakers, or an uplifting concert with our popular resident artists, TrueSong!

Listening to an Answers in Genesis speaker

And if your group is especially interested in music, we have a special treat for you! From July 30 to September 7, 2024, the Ark Encounter is partnering with Abraham Productions to host an array of musical talent during the 40 Days and 40 Nights of Christian Music Festival. This annual event is immensely popular and features sought-after speakers and Christian music artists from multiple genres, including Southern Gospel, Faith Country, Contemporary, and Bluegrass. These concerts are free with Ark admission, so they’re an excellent addition to your experience!

Can’t come during the festival but love music? Check out the Gospel Music Weekends at Ark Encounter, sponsored by Singing News!

Find out more and plan your trip today at

Ashley Ricks

Ashley Ricks is the circulation and marketing manager for The Group Travel Leader Inc.