There’s so much to do and see at the Ark Encounter, and we want to make planning your visit a smooth process. Check out our daily calendar and plan for the activities that are most important to you.
Make your visit even more special by taking part in the many experiences offered at the Ark Encounter.
When you arrive at the Ark Encounter, you will pay for parking on your way into the parking lot, get your tickets (or have prepurchased tickets scanned) at the admissions building, and continue to the shuttle which will take you to the Answers Center and the main Ark grounds.
Answers for Women is an annually held spring conference focused on encouraging and equipping women of all ages in the faith. This popular conference is known to sell out, so be sure to purchase your tickets early! (Note: Streaming options are often available if the in-person conference is sold out.)
Experience the world’s largest Christian music festival—40 Days & 40 Nights of Christian Music at the Ark Encounter. Sought-after speakers and favorite artists from multiple genres come to Northern Kentucky to provide more than 120 concerts over the course of the festival.
Our three-day Answers for Pastors & Leaders Conference is held every October and draws attendees from across the country. Enjoy admission to both the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum and learn from dynamic speakers during this conference.
One of our most popular events of the year is ChristmasTime, which takes place between Thanksgiving and New Year's and features dazzling rainbow-colored lights, live music, and special Christmas programs.
*Zip lines are closed January through mid-March.
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.
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.
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.
Relax and enjoy a meal with friends and family in our two-story, casual restaurant. This extensive buffet features mouth-watering options for everyone!
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.
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).