JANUARY 13, 2016
Ark Encounter will be open for “40 days and 40 nights” during its first 40 days of operation
Those eager to see the Ark Encounter when it opens July 7 will soon be able to purchase tickets for the massive re-creation of Noah’s Ark.
Anyone who purchased a Charter Boarding Pass or has sponsored a plank or a beam has had access to a priority-ticketing period since Jan. 5.
However, tickets will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at www.ArkEncounter.com. Tickets are $40 for adults, $28 for children and $31 for seniors. Parking is $10.
Phase one of the widely anticipated tourist attraction located in Williamstown will include the 510-feet-long, 85-feet wide and 51-feet high Ark, a lake, a large petting zoo, an animals and actors’ theater/multi-purpose room, a 2,100-seat restaurant, a queue-line garden next to the Ark and a gift store under the Ark.
Future phases will feature a pre-flood walled city, the Tower of Babel, and other attractions.
To accommodate anticipated crowds, the Ark Encounter will be open for “40 days and 40 nights” during its first 40 days of operation, in reference to the 40 days and 40 nights of rain as the Flood of Noah commenced.
It is anticipated that normal hours of operation will start after Aug. 15 unless crowds continue to be large.
For the first 40 days, guests can purchase daytime tickets for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or nighttime tickets for 5 p.m. to midnight.
The day and evening times will also offer some differing experiences.
“While the Ark Encounter will be able to accommodate 16,000 guests per day, our consultant’s research has shown that we could possibly expect more than that during the first few weeks of opening, especially during the summer time frame,” Ham said in late 2015 after announcing the opening date. “So, to make sure this themed attraction remains an enjoyable experience for everyone, we are adding a nighttime shift for the first 40 days.”
The Ark Encounter property at exit 154 in Williamstown, Kentucky, totals 800 acres and all utilities are available.
To purchase tickets after Jan. 19 or to learn more about the Ark Encounter, go to www.ArkEncounter.com
The Grant County News