Kentucky has the distinction of having the biggest timber-frame structure in the world and a “MUST SEE.”
The structure is five hundred ten feet long (over one and a half football fields), 85 feet wide and, 51 feet high. The structure is called “Ark Encounter.” The Ark has 3.3 million board feet of timber.
After paying the fee, a short bus ride, you will be amazed of the replica of Noah’s ark. It’s details of the ARK which also includes modern conveniences of bathrooms and elevator, is a breath taking structure to see.
The ground level Ark entrance has a wheelchair and senior scooter entry. They have a pre-show prior to walking up into DECK ONE. DECK ONE has a variety of animal exhibits of cages and enclosures demonstrating how they possibly could have been transported on the ark from findings of that period. They also explained which types of creatures, and how many of each were bought on board per the Biblical account.
You than walk up the slow inclining ramp to DECK TWO, through to the Pre-Flood World leading to exhibits of how Noah and family possibly lived. The Noah Interview Theater gives a explanation of building the Ark and time frame to build it. The exhibits suggest how maintenance of the Ark and caring for thousands of animals during the flood was done, according to extended research of the time period.
Again you take the light incline ramp of the 510 foot long ark to DECK THREE and you observe the possible magnificent living quarters. They have many observation areas, of research showing the impact of the flood on the world, allowing the attendees to decide the trustworthiness of the Bible in History.
At the end of the Ark Encounter you can proceed outside to the Ararat Ridge Zoo, which includes a animal petting zoo. If you are young or young in heart proceed over to the Screaming Eagle zip lines and Aerial Adventure. The zip line reaches speeds of 50 mph and heights up to 17 stories, and MUCH MORE.
At the conclusion you can shop for something, or watch a painter paint a variety of hand-crafted items. If you are nearly famished you could snack on a variety of items such as eating fresh kettle corn, frosty ice cream, or a variety of warm donuts.
If you need to rest the weary muscles, dine at Emzara’s kitchen with the buffet of your favorite foods and specialty foods.
Originally we purchased a two day pass, but prior to leaving we upgraded to the Annual pass. You go through the experience at your own speed. The people are very courteous and helpful in making this a pleasant experience for people of all ages.
It is a delightful and educational.
Till Next Time
Louis W. Neiger, CLU, is retired from insurance and security planning, he lives in Newberry. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.