The Ark Encounter, with a life-size version of Noah’s Ark as its centerpiece, passed its two-month milestone having received rave reviews from guests coming from all over the world. Answers in Genesis (AiG), which operates the attraction south of Cincinnati, reports that more than 300,000 guests have visited the Ark since it opened nine weeks ago. Meanwhile, its sister attraction, the Creation Museum, 45 minutes to the north, has seen attendance up 75 percent.AiG founder and CEO Ken Ham remarked on how far visitors have traveled to visit the Ark. “I’m often at the Ark Encounter, and I never get tired of seeing the many license plates in the parking lot from states like Texas or California, which is 2,000 miles away,” Ham said. “In fact, about 95 percent of our guests are coming from outside our region of Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, meaning that tourism dollars are flowing into Kentucky from people visiting from all over the country. But I’m particularly thrilled to see so many international visitors, from all kinds of diverse backgrounds, and many appear to be unchurched.
A group of 30 people visited yesterday all the way from Indonesia.” Once they see the massive Ark in person, visitors to the Ark Encounter — which have numbered more than 7,000 on many days this summer — can’t help remarking on its size and quality. “We have created countless raving fans,” Ham continued. “The three most-commonly used words to describe the massive Ark are ‘amazing,’ ‘remarkable’ and ‘awesome.’ Some have even called it the eighth wonder of the world.”