Since opening its doors in July, nearly 400,000 people have walked inside the 510-foot-long Ark Encounter from all over the world.
"It was Saturday in July we had almost 8,000 people. Tongue and cheek I called my boss and I said boss I think we need a bigger boat,” Director of Operations Patrick Kanewske said. "That's a tremendous response. Our market study told us that we would be about that. Really this fall we didn't think that we would continue to have the numbers that we have this fall, It's been tremendous."
He says the ark depicting Noah's journey is the largest timber frame structure in the world. During the week, about 3000 people walk the ark each day and just this past weekend 6,500. The ark isn't the only experience.
"There's a full zoo and a petting area for the zoo in addition to camels and donkeys you can ride. There's zip lines on the property,” Kanewske said.
There’s about a mile and a half of zip line to be exact and more is on the way to eventually make 9 miles of zip lining. That's not the only addition. A new 600 guest restaurant is scheduled to open next summer. And coming soon in the stern of the ark on decks two and three, theaters that will show bible themed films.
“Come next year though we will be breaking ground though we will be breaking ground on a theatre a large theatre a 1200 seat theatre to show movies,” Kanewske said.
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