Plan Your Visit

  • pay for parking as you enter the parking lot
  • get your tickets (or have prepurchased tickets scanned) at the Admissions building
  • ride the shuttle to the Answers Center on the main Ark grounds

Get Your Tickets

Choose a bouncer pass or a general admission ticket. Admission to the Ark includes access to three decks of world-class exhibits and the Ararat Ridge Zoo.



The Ark Encounter has lots of optional programs and activities to enhance your visit. Check the Daily Activities and our Events Page to see what you can expect during your visit!


Find a Hotel

The Ark Encounter is located in beautiful Kentucky, 45 minutes south of Cincinnati, with dozens of nearby hotels and places to stay.


From unique dining to dynamic speaker presentations, concerts, hands-on activities, and more, the Ark Encounter is packed with experiences to make your visit fun, educational, and memorable. Some of these activities are an additional cost, but many are absolutely free with your Ark admission.

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Enjoy hearing from a dynamic speaker during your visit. You’ll learn more about God’s Word and God’s world during these special, family-friendly presentations.

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Learn more about Noah’s Ark and find the perfect memento to remember your Ark Encounter experience for years to come. Explore a wide range of books, apparel, stuffed animals, handmade gifts, and items from the Fair Trade Marketplace.

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Family Dining

Relax and enjoy a meal with friends and family in our two-story, casual restaurant. This extensive buffet features mouth-watering options for everyone!

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Plenty of Food Experiences

Throughout the park, we have dining options available. For lighter fare—sandwiches, salads, and/or snacks—visit the Olive Leaf Café in the Answers Center or any of the three decks inside the Ark. We also have coffee shops in both the Answers Center and in the Ark’s lower-level gift shop.

Looking for something more substantial? The all-you-can-eat buffet at Emzara’s Buffet is a guest favorite! Other great options include the Smokehouse, Southwest Grill, and Zofar’s, all of which feature outdoor dining.

Sister Attraction

The state-of-the-art, 75,000-square-foot Creation Museum brings the pages of the Bible to life, casting its characters and animals in dynamic form and placing them in familiar settings. Prepare to believe.

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More to Do in Kentucky

Looking to round out your trip? There’s lots to do in Kentucky! Visit the popular Newport Aquarium for a fun and educational outing, take a cruise on the Ohio River with BB Riverboats, or experience authentic Bavarian cuisine at the Hofbräuhaus Newport. And if you’re an outdoor enthusiast and don’t mind a bit of a drive, consider hiking in Red River Gorge or exploring Mammoth Cave National Park, which contains the longest cave system known on earth (as well as many above-ground activities).