- If they build it will they come?
The Ark Encounter, featuring a 510-foot-long replica of Noah's Ark, is expected to open in Williamstown, Kentucky in July, but don't go expecting to see pair after pair of animals.
Instead, there will be a petting zoo, as well as a future expansion with a first-century Middle Eastern village and a Tower of Babel.
The group behind the attraction, Answers in Genesis, is a "young Earth creationist group," The Guardian reports, meaning it believes that God created the Earth in six days about 6,000 years ago.
So far, they have raised $23.5 million in donations to go towards the $90 million price tag. When all is said and done, the group said the ark "should become the largest timber-frame structure in the USA," and will see 1.6 million visitors in the first year.
The Ark Encounter is affiliated with the Creation Museum 45 minutes away, which has a Garden of Eden area where "children play and dinosaurs roam near Eden's rivers."
1-day ticket to Ark Encounter
Parking pass not included