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Discounts & Special Days

The Ark Encounter loves families! We offer discounted admission for Moms and Dads on special days, and kids ages 10 and under are free. Also, if you’ve served our country in the armed forces, we want to show our appreciation by offering several discounts.

Friday or Saturday Afternoon Admission with Free Meal

To help spread out the arrival of our guests throughout the day, we're offering an online-only special ticket for entry on a Friday or Saturday at 1 p.m. or later—giving you up to 5 hours in the park. Each paid ticket purchased online includes a voucher for a free meal with a fountain drink, which can be picked up when you arrive. This special ticket is not available onsite at the gate and must be used by October 31, 2020. Yes, there really is a free lunch (or dinner)! Buy tickets.

Afternoon ticket offer not available with combo tickets. Cannot be combined with other discounts. Parking not included.

Special Promotions

Occasionally, the Ark Encounter will offer unexpected special promotions or free days to correspond with snow days in the local area, school vacations, and so on. To stay updated on these and other special promotional offers, be sure to follow our blog, Facebook, and Twitter pages.

Special Days in 2020

  • Mothers are free on Mother’s Day Sunday (May 10).
  • Fathers are free on Father’s Day Sunday (June 21).
  • Former and Active Duty Military are free on Memorial Day Monday (May 25).
  • Former and Active Duty Military are free on the Fourth of July (July 4).
  • Former and Active Duty Military are free on Veterans Day (November 11).

Special Days in 2021

  • Mothers are free on Mother’s Day Sunday (May 9).
  • Fathers are free on Father’s Day Sunday (June 20).
  • Former and Active Duty Military are free on Memorial Day Monday (May 31).
  • Former and Active Duty Military are free on the Fourth of July (July 4).
  • Former and Active Duty Military are free on Veterans Day (November 11).

These special admissions are only available for on-site ticket purchases and may not be combined with any other promotional offers or discounts. Children ages 10 and under are free.

Military Discounts

Active duty members of the United States Armed Forces (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard) receive a 20% discount off the purchase of up to 5 general admission tickets (adult or senior) with a current military photo ID or military dependent ID (not available online).

We also extend a 20% discount to retired members of the armed forces and veterans (not available online). This discount applies only to the former military member, not to family members.

These discounts may not be combined with combo ticket purchases, other promotions, discounts, or offers.