Attraction Rules

Welcome to the Ark Encounter. To ensure a safe and secure environment for our guests, please observe and respect the following:

  • In the interest of public safety, all persons, bags, packages, clothing, and other items are subject to security screening at the entrance, and also within the Ark Encounter. All vehicles on, entering, or exiting the premises are subject to search or inspection by Public Safety Officers or Peace Officers at their discretion.
  • We reserve the right to not allow any bag, package, or any other item to be brought into the Ark Encounter, and to deal with any unattended item or object in a manner we consider appropriate.
  • Please show courtesy to fellow guests and employees by not using profanity or engaging in unsafe, illegal, disruptive, or offensive behavior. For your safety and the safety of others, please refrain from running and from climbing railings, fences, and barriers. There is no fishing, swimming, or wading in the lake, and no walking on the ice when the lake is frozen over in the winter.
  • Proper attire, including shoes and shirts, must be worn at all times. Any form of costume, disguise or full face mask may not be worn by guests over the age of 10. Masks worn by persons over the age of 10 may cover the nose and mouth areas only. Clear face shields are permitted. We reserve the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that we consider inappropriate, or attire that could be considered offensive, disrespectful, or inappropriate to others.
  • For the comfort of all guests and employees, smoking of tobacco, e-cigarettes, or any other products that produce a vapor or smoke are allowed only in designated smoking areas.
  • Children under the age of 14 are to be supervised and accompanied at all times.
  • Photography, videotaping, or recording of any kind for commercial purposes is prohibited, including any unlicensed use of photographic images or recordings of the attraction or its exhibits for “editorial” use, or the sale, distribution or downloading of any such images or recordings for “editorial” purposes, unless written permission or a written license is obtained.

Prohibited Items

The following items may not be brought into the Ark Encounter:

  • Bags larger than 16 x 12 x 4
  • Illegal or illicit substances, drugs, or drug paraphernalia
  • Weapons of any kind, or objects that could appear to be weapons
  • Knives with blades over three inches and fixed-blade knives of any length are prohibited
  • Flammable items or liquids including aerosols and fireworks
  • Markers, Sharpies, or spray paint
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Cans, canteens, glass containers, glass bottles, or coolers are not permitted on site (inside or outside) at the Ark Encounter but may be stored in vehicles. (Unopened, plastic bottles of water are permitted.)
  • Outside food and beverages are not allowed. For those who require outside food due to allergy issues please contact guest services.
  • Balloons, balls, inflatable balls, Frisbees, or flying disks
  • Bicycles, skateboards, hover-boards, scooters, inline skates, and shoes with built-in wheels
  • Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles
  • No animals except for service animals assisting an individual with a disability. (“Comfort,” “therapy,” or “emotional support” animals do not meet the definition of a service animal and are not permitted.)
  • Laser pens, laser pointers, or similar focused light devices
  • Water guns, squirt guns, or any toy item that could be perceived as a gun
  • Musical instruments (except if you have received a written and signed consent from the Ark Encounter)
  • Noisemakers or air horns
  • Large camera tri-pods
  • Additional items that we determine may be harmful or disruptive


All guests and items on their person are subject to being searched prior to entry into the Ark Encounter, including members of the media. By requesting entry into the Ark Encounter, all guests are agreeing to be subjected to a thorough pat-down search, including emptying pockets and bags, and having those items examined. Individuals not agreeing to the aforementioned security measures will not be permitted into the Ark Encounter. Public Safety Officers shall, at all times, reserve the right to either deny any person entry into or to eject any person from the Ark Encounter, who in the sole and absolute discretion of the Ark Encounter are in violation of rules, which rules may be updated from time to time, with or without notice. Please note, camping and/or overnight parking is not permitted on premises.

Prohibited Activities

  • Selling of any goods or services not authorized by the Ark Encounter
  • Distributing any printed materials or recorded materials of any kind
  • Unauthorized demonstrations, religious ceremonies, or speeches
  • Engaging in unsafe acts or behaviors
  • Vandalism will be prosecuted. The Ark Encounter property and facilities are under video surveillance by the Public Safety Department.

Rights of the Ark Encounter

  • We may photograph, video, film/record any person who enters the Ark Encounter for any reason without payment to that person.
  • We reserve the right to deny admission, or to require a person already admitted to leave without refund, liability, or compensation if we consider that the circumstances require.
  • Ark Encounter rules and regulations are subject to change without notice.
  • From time to time and without prior notice and without refund, liability, or compensation, the Ark Encounter may change the hours of operation or close particular exhibits or attractions if circumstances require.