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  • Writer's pictureIngrid Lemme

Ark Encounter!

First featured in The Montauk Sun, August issue 2018

......Our next destination, Noah’s Ark in Williamstown, Kentucky, halfway between Cincinnati and Lexington, right off I-75, and located an hour and 15 minutes north of The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. But, we took the scenic route through the most idyllic picture perfect countryside instead and made it in less then two hours. This alternate course is truly worthwhile!

“We built the full-size Noah’s Ark to answer these questions—and more!”

Noah’s Ark opened 2 years ago and the ‘Ark Encounter’ was since on our list of ‘must places to see’. We parked our car at about 10:30 am in a busy parking lot and hopped on one of the large tour buses. We were then transported on a mile-long bus ride back in time and ascended to a view of the massive Ark. A sight that I will personally never forget.

We got our tickets at the will call counter and within seconds of entering the compound, and seeing The Ark in close proximity we both got the chills. Breathtaking is an understatement!

Though it was a midweek day early July, there were thousands of people and groups from all over the world trying to catch a close up photo as we did. A member of the Grace Baptist Church group of GA was so kind to return our favor after I took their photo and I promised them that they would make it into my article.

This modern engineering marvel amazed not just us but visitors from all over the world, young and old, believers, agnostics, atheists, all alike. As we entered Noah’s world aboard the massive Ark, we got to tour three decks filled with scores of world-class exhibit bays. These interesting exhibits allowed us to experience what Noah’s life may have been like and how Noah and his family might have cared for all the animals and how the Ark was big enough to fit them all on board.

“We built the full-size Noah’s Ark to answer these questions—and more!”

Bottom line, The Ark Encounter is a fascinating theme park featuring in the midst of all, Noah’s Ark built according to the dimensions given in the Bible, spanning 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high.

The largest timber frame structure in the world, created from standing dead timber, in part by skilled Amish craftsmen. The Ark is an architectural and engineering wonder containing three decks of world-class exhibits and the most ‘authentic’ full-size Biblical replica in the world.

And much to our surprise, the onsite restaurant serves some of the best home cooked buffet style food, serving up to 1500 people daily.

Kentucky is located in the Eastern Central part of the United States and Lexington easy to reach from New York with a 2-hour direct flight, twice daily.

Until next month from another interesting location! -- Love, Ingrid

As featured in The Montauk Sun, August 2018

!ngrid Lemme-Chalut

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