To celebrate its third anniversary, Northern Kentucky's Ark Encounter has announced that it will be expanding.
The biblical theme park, located in Williamstown, Kentucky, is known for its 500-foot-long replica of Noah’s massive wooden boat from The Bible and the Ararat Ridge Zoo, with camels and kangaroos, as well as a zipline and buffet. The Ark Encounter is helmed by Answers in Genesis, the same people who run the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky.
The park announced the news in a press release, which says the expansion will include three major additions:
- They will be adding a 2,500-seat auditorium for speakers and performers inside of the Answers Center.
- The Ararat Ridge Zoo is doubling in size with the addition of a walk-through kangaroo and emu space. It will also be adding lemurs, sloths, African tortoises, >aoudad sheep, live animal shows and more.
- The theme park is opening an accessible family play area designed for children and adults of all abilities.
The Ark Encounter has seen its fair share of controversy over the years, from tax-payers who have argued that a religiously-affiliated park should be privately funded to Bill Nye's criticisms of the attraction's scientific validity. Most recently, the theme park experienced rain damage to the road leading to the attraction and sued its insurers in federal district court.
Despite its tribulations, Answers in Genesis CEO Ken Ham says the theme park is doing very well and has contributed greatly to the local economy.
“I’m very pleased to report that while most attractions see their best attendance in year one and then experience a drop-off, we’ve seen the opposite. We’ve experienced another increase in yearly attendance at the Ark Encounter,” Ham says in the press release. “I’m happy to hear that several entrepreneurs are putting up hotels to help fill the demand for those people wishing to visit the Ark and Creation Museum.”
Learn more about the Ark Encounter and its expansions by visiting arkencounter.com.
Ark Encounter, 1 Ark Encounter Drive, Williamstown, Kentucky
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