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Tips And Military Discounts While Visiting The Ark Encounter, KY

The Ark Encounter is located in Williamstown, KY, forty miles south of Cincinnati, OH.

The Ark Encounters offers free admission to former and active-duty military on Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Veteran's Day. The park also offers a 20% discount on active-duty military members and five family members. Former military members (not family) also get a 20% discount. Discounts are not offered online. Check the Ark Encounters website for restrictions.

Photo Courtesy of Pixabay ~"Plan A Visit During Off-Peak Times

Try to visit the Ark Encounter during off-peak times. Mid-week and off-season will help you avoid large crowds and make your experience more enjoyable.

Visit The Ark Encounter Website

Before your trip, verify the days and hours of operation before your trip. Check for special pricing options and special events that might make the ark extra crowded on the day you plan to attend.

Plan For A 4- To 6-Hour Visit

Plan to spend at least a half-day at the Ark Encounter. There is much to see and do with various galleries and exhibits, plus an outdoor area. You don’t want to rush through and miss things. We visited for an entire day.

Wear Comfortable Shoes And Clothes

Wearing comfortable shoes is a priority. You will be doing a lot of walking both inside the ark and outside. The Ark Encounter is wheelchair accessible. There are wheelchairs, scooters, and strollers available for rent. There is a lot of movement, so comfortable clothes are essential." ~


The closest military lodging and camping is located on the Wright-Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, OH, about one hour and forty-five minutes north of the park.

For addresses, reservations, prices, and more concerning temporary military lodging facilities around the Ark Encounter in Kentucky, subscribe to our website to access our 2023 Temporary Military Lodging Guide™. Check out our 2023 Temporary Military Lodging Guide™ online sample to see what is included.

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