“This will be an amazing teaching carousel with lots of artwork and signage about the flood account in Genesis and the animal kinds on the ark. Families will love it! I believe it’s going to be extremely popular and another great addition to our family playground area at this world-class Christian themed attraction.”
Carousel rides are included with Ark Encounter admission.
Experience our Italian-made carousel and take a ride on a T. rex, Quetzalcoatlus, elephant, or another custom-made representative of a biblical kind! The deck of this carousel is set flush with the floor and includes a wheelchair securement system, providing access for all our guests! Learn about the animal kinds represented on this ride and enjoy a series of mural panels depicting the account of the global flood from the animals’ perspective.
The carousel includes a wheelchair securement system.
The carousel is indoors and can accomodate 37 riders plus six extra standing people (totaling 43 people). Children must be two years or older and at least 36" tall to ride, and must be accompanied by a parent unless they are over 48" tall. The ride is two minutes long and is included with general admission.
Azhdarchidae: Azhdarchid Kind
The azhdarchid Quetzacoatlus northropi was
among the largest winged creatures of all time.
Some researchers believe it was flightless, but
most suggest it actively flapped for short journeys
or soared for long ones. Its 36-foot (11 m)
wingspan was comparable to a small airplane. See my kind on Deck 1 of the Ark.
Bovinae: Cattle Kind
The term “bovine” often refers to large,
domesticated cattle, but the group also contains
wild buffalo, yaks, elands, and various antelopes.
Most have horns made of bony cores covered
in keratin sheaths, the same material as a hair,
fingernails, and toenails. See my kind on Deck 2 of the Ark.
Camelidae: Camel Kind
Feeling thirsty? Camels can slurp 25 gallons
(95 L) of water in just 10 minutes. Able to thrive
in hot, dry climates, they remove dust from their
eyes using third eyelids, and close their nostrils
to block out sand. They sure “nose” how to survive
in the desert.
Chalicotheriidae: Chalicothere Kind
Chalicotheres resembled giant ground sloths
but were generally more like horses, rhinos, and
tapirs. Some chalicotheres, such as Anisodon,
walked on their knuckles. They likely used their
clawlike hooves and long forearms to sweep soft
plant material into their mouths. See my kind on Deck 2 of the Ark.
Cervidae: Deer Kind
Most deer are easily recognized by their bushy
tails, long legs, and antlers on most species.
Deer are good swimmers and fast runners.
They can reach speeds of up to 35 miles per hour
(56 km/h). How fast can you run? See my kind on Deck 1 of the Ark.
Elephantidae: Elephant Kind
Elephants are impressive, with their large, flappy
ears, tusks, and trunks. Their trunks act as noses
for breathing, straws for drawing water, hands for
collecting food, and even snorkels, since they hold
their trunk tips above the water as they swim.
Equidae: Horse Kind
Once an important meat source, equids are now
more commonly bred as working stock, trusted
companions, and sports athletes. Keep an eye out
the next time you see a horse, zebra, or donkey:
they can sleep lying down or standing up. See my kind on Deck 2 of the Ark.
Falconidae: Falcon Kind
Powerful and fast fliers, falcons are raptors or
birds of prey. Adults use their thin, pointed wings
to slice through the air and swoop down to catch
their targets. Peregrine falcons are the fastest
animals on earth, with dive speeds topping
240 miles per hour (386 km/h).
Giraffidae: Giraffe Kind
Famous for its long neck and legs, the giraffe
is the tallest land animal today. This towering
African mammal also has a unique spotted coat.
Just like human fingerprints, it is believed that no
two coat patterns are the same. Okapis are also
members of this kind. See my kind on Deck 2 of the Ark.
Leporidae: Rabbit Kind
Rabbits are small mammals, known for their
speed, agility, and large ears. Their ears can
extend over 5 inches (13 cm), are able to rotate
completely backwards, help warm or cool their
bodies, and allow them to hear distant sounds.
Rebbachisauridae: Rebbachisaur Kind
Most sauropods had long necks, enabling them
to browse tall trees. But some, like 500-toothed
Nigersaurus, had features to help them nibble low
ground cover. Though Nigersaurus was a relatively
small sauropod, the related Maraapunisaurus
was one of the largest. See my kind on Deck 2 of the Ark.
Tyrannosauridae: Tyrannosaur Kind
An adult Tyrannosaurus rex could reach 43 feet
(13 m) in length, making it one of the largest
known land carnivores, although members of this
kind were originally plant eaters. They had large,
serrated teeth, small, two-fingered arms, and
steadied themselves with long, weighty tails. See my kind on Deck 2 of the Ark.