Americans are more than ready to get out, get away, and experience some “road-trip” freedom again. And there is no better fun destination than the combo Ark Encounter and Creation Museum attractions in northern Kentucky which reopened June 8th.
Two summers ago, my wife, Linda, and I loaded up and drove a full day (600 miles) from Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Florence, Kentucky, just south of Cincinnati, Ohio. My brother, Monty, and his wife, Janis, joined us on the way. It was a comfortable interstate highway journey followed by two days of spectacular entertainment and inspiration. The accommodations in Florence provided a short, easy drive to the Ark Encounter in Williamstown and the Creation Museum in Petersburg.
The genesis (pun intended) of these two attractions was from Answers in Genesis, an organization co-founded by noted historian and entrepreneur, Ken Ham, in 1980 as the Creation Science Foundation. Its name changed to Answers in Genesis (AiG) in 1994. Ken, AiG president, has been a life-long public advocate of the biblical perspective of creation. Through extensive scientific research and in-depth study of the Bible, he has challenged evolutionists with empirical evidence that the biblical “young earth” account of creation is totally compatible with pure science. Co-founder and Chief Communications Officer, Mark Looy, explains that the organization presents the gospel message to hundreds of thousands of people each year through their multifaceted programs and venues.
The Ark Encounter’s life-size replica of Noah’s ark is filled with archaic-like construction that would logically accommodate the massive number of animals on board. Displays explain how the animals were cared for. Figures of Noah and his family interacting with the animals make visitors feel like part of the family. The comprehensive experience flows into the grounds surrounding the ark presenting recreational options and more opportunities for a realistic view of how it all happened.
The Creation Museum reveals the earth’s beginnings based on the infallible Word of God. Visitors experience the truth of our planet’s history as created by the hand of God rather than the faulty reasoning of man. Nearly 150 exhibits demonstrate how the biblical assumptions of creation are scientifically authentic. Adults and children will be fascinated by the animatronic dinosaurs and talking heroes of the faith. The museum also boasts a special effects theater, a state-of-the-art planetarium, a petting zoo, nature trails, and much more.
So, if you’re craving a family-friendly four or five day vacation from the rigors of the last few months, these two educational and inspirational fun spots are great choices. And you can visit them both from one destination. Check them out at http://www.arkencounter.com and http://www.creationmuseum.org.