How about this Autumn weather? Now imagine it raining for forty days and forty nights, flooding the Earth as we know it. As a wise man once said, navigating the shark-infested waters off the coast of Amity Island: you’re gonna need a bigger boat.
Don’t worry, Kentucky’s got just what you need. Set your sat nav to Ark Encounter near Williamstown – right off I-75, halfway between Cincinnati and Lexington. Its main attraction is a full-size Noah’s Ark, built according to the dimensions given in the Bible. Which is not known for toning down its epicness, so pack comfortable shoes and bring a camera with a wide-angle lens: this massive ship is 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high. What- or however you believe, this truly is a stunning feat of modern engineering.
World’s largest timber-frame structure
Building the Ark and its small theme park reportedly cost upwards of a hundred million dollars, surely a small price to pay for being able to brave the Lord’s aquatic purge. Construction of the world’s largest timber-frame structure involved a team of around a thousand craftsmen, many of them Amish using the same traditional techniques for timber framing they’ve been perfecting for centuries. And it shows. There’s no telling if it will float, but when it does, it will stand even the most perfect of storms.
Meet the animals
Typically, a self-guided tour of the Ark will take two to three hours. Starting at the bottom, you’ll walk your way up three decks in total. Along the way, you’ll meet most of the animals that Noah and his family saved from perishing, while learning fascinating facts about survival, redemption and faith – Old-Testament style.
And the fun doesn’t stop there. Besides the Ark, the park offers the Ararat Ridge Zoo with live animals to pet and a thrilling zip line course with 24 different mega zip lines to enjoy the Ark from a bird’s-eye view. Need a power-up? In the two-storey Emzara’s Buffet Restaurant you can go to town on an all-you-can-eat buffet of Southern favourites, including salads.