As we see more people traveling to see the life-size Noah’s Ark, the Ark Encounter continues to grow and expand. So far this year, we introduced the West Village, which includes new dining options, a performance stage, and shops. Now, we are excited to announce that the East Village is open for our guests to enjoy.
As you walk through the East Village, located on the stern side leading up to our life-size Noah’s Ark, you will notice six large steles. Do you know what a stele is? In ancient cultures, it was an upright monument stone, sculpted and inscribed, often for significant purposes.
These steles provide you with a summary of Genesis chapters 1–6 as you prepare to enter the Ark. While the stones use hieroglyphs to give the true history of the world, explanatory signs accompany each stele. Check out a few photos of the steles and their corresponding signs.
The East Village will also house several live animal exhibits as well. Each day, our live bird exhibits get closer to being completed. These will be home to very colorful, vocal species of the parakeets, conures, lovebirds, and parrot or cockatoo kinds.
We will also have one mammal yard where you will see a variety of goats. At the bottom of the aerial photo below, you can see the yard where the goats will be.
Plan your trip to the Ark Encounter today, and be sure to take a walk through the East Village during your visit. Share your favorite photos with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using #arkencounter.