Last summer, our family visited Williamstown, Kentucky to visit the Ark Encounter. The boys were familiar with the story of Noah’s Ark and we thought seeing a life-size replica (and the promise of animals) would make a fun family trip. Be warned! It is massive! According to their website, you could fit three space shuttles “nose to tail” on the ark’s rook. That’s almost one and a half football fields in length times three stories of it! Keep that in mind when bringing the little ones. Bring your own strollers or rent one on-site.
Here are some highlights:
- The inside gives an insight as to what life may have looked like for Noah and his family during the time of the Great Flood. It recreates the cages where the small to medium animals were kept may have looked like. It also describes how Noah and his family would have fed and cared for these animals. Food and water storage in cisterns, pots, and sacks can be found in the belly of the ark.
- There are real animals outside and goats in their petting zoos which your little ones will be sure to enjoy.
- Near the entrance, save the play area for last when the kids need to let off some steam. The playground is clean and the equipment is relatively new. Kids loved the mini-zipline so make sure to get in line for it first.
- For 2020, all kids (10 and under) have FREE entrance to the Ark Encounter and to its sister site the Creation Museum.
Speaking of The Creation Museum, located a little over 49 miles to the north in Petersburg, this sister museum focuses on earth’s history as told in the Bible. With well-designed dioramas and exhibits for its storytelling device, it is sure to astound the child’s imagination and helps you recall the Bible stories of your childhood.
Depending on your pace, you can easily choose to spend one day at each site (which we did).
One caveat: you don’t have to be of the same mind with what the organizers believe in about the Creation story to fully enjoy the experience of what is considered to be the Best Religious Museum of 2020.