During a 2-day field trip, Emily’s 8th grade Christian School field trip adventure took her and her classmates to Creation Museum and Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky. Though the weather was still rainy on the second day of the adventure, the class was thankful to have this unique experience. In fact, the rain reminded them of the whole reason for Noah’s Ark being built in the first place: as a place of safety from the worldwide devastation of the Biblical flood!

Visit Inside Noah’s Ark

As they walked through the three decks of impressive exhibits, Emily was intrigued by the cages and feeding systems the ark included. There were all sorts of helpful explanations posted on the walls of just how the animals on board the ark could have been adequately cared for during the duration of the flood. The top level showed a realistic portrayal of what the living quarters may have been like for Noah and his family. The class got into a lively discussion about whether or not Noah would have had dinosaurs on the ark.

Petting Farm

One of Emily’s favorite parts of the tour was the Ararat Ridge Zoo, a petting zoo. Emily gave her classmates an enhanced tour by sharing her knowledge about each of the animals they encountered such as donkeys, camels, ostriches, Tibetan yaks, and kangaroos. She was quick to point out that the mother kangaroo was carrying an adorable joey in her pouch.

Exotic Animal Collection at Museum

The class ate lunch at Ezmara’s Kitchen, the two-story eatery located next to the Ark Encounter. This fun family dining establishment was decorated with all sorts of stuffed exotic animals. Once again Emily gave her classmates some extra information about these interesting creatures. She just can’t get enough of learning about animals and sharing her knowledge with those around her!

Largest Replica of Noah’s Ark

After the tour was over, the class posed for pictures outside the massive Ark structure. As the largest timber frame structure in the world, it towers at 510 feet long, 51 feet high, and 85 feet wide. Just being there in person really gave the students a better perspective of the size of the ark.

Emily would highly recommend visits to the Ark Encounter and the nearby Creation Museum, which are both affiliated with the Answers in Genesis ministry. Though groups often receive discounted rates on tickets, at the time of this writing general admission tickets to the Ark Encounter cost $40 for adults, $31 for seniors age 60+, $28 for children ages 5-12, and are free for children under five years old. Discounted combination tickets are also available for those visiting both the Ark Encounter and the nearby Creation Museum. They also offer unlimited seven-day combo tickets for both the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum, along with annual passes.