We recently had the opportunity to take a mini family vacation to Kentucky to visit The Creation Museum and The Ark Encounter. Taking the time to get away as a family is important to us and this trip was a memorable one. From the Bank to Creation and an Encounter we had a few fun-filled days.
Being a family of six does not make it easy when trying to find a hotel where we can all stay in one room, comfortably. We have found a chain that has suites that sleep six, however, there were none in the area where we were looking to stay. After doing a little online research, I found a viable option for us – Deborah’s Guesthouses. Several options are within a few minutes of the Creation Museum and 45 minutes or so of The Ark Encounter. We chose the one that seemed like the most fun – The Bank. That’s right; we stayed in a refinished old bank. There was a sign on the outside that said it was established in 1903.
We very much enjoyed our stay at The Bank. Jeff and I had a bedroom, the girls slept on a pull out bed in the living room, and the boys slept on bunk beds in the bank’s vault. It was fully furnished with a full kitchen, bath and laundry room. Having a kitchen is essential when you are traveling as a family of six. It was the perfect place for us to stay while we were visiting Kentucky.
The Creation Museum
We were blessed with four tickets to the Creation Museum. Blake was free, so we only had to buy one child’s ticket which was so nice. We spent a good portion of one day at the museum, touring all the exhibits and watching a show in the planetarium. The exhibits take you through the 7 C’s: Creation, Corruption, Catastrophe, Confusion, Christ, Cross, and Consummation. I was amazed at the realness of the exhibits. The people looked real, all the way down to having veins in their hands. The planetarium show we saw was about the stars and the universe and was exceptionally well done.
We went back another day and spent time outside in the gardens. The gardens were absolutely breath-taking. The picture up top with the title is from the gardens as is the one below with the kids on the bridge. Other than a bee sting incident, it was very nice to spend time in God’s creation.
The Ark Encounter
We were very excited to visit The Ark Encounter while we were in Kentucky. The Ark Encounter just opened this summer and is a life-size replica of Noah’s Ark made to the dimensions recorded in The Bible. I don’t think anything could have prepared me for its vastness. I mean, do you see the people that are standing by it. They are tiny.
The Ark spans 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high and is the largest timber-framed structure in the world. The exhibits ranged from how they stored their food, how the animals were stored, the workshop area, and living quarters including a kitchen. All the exhibits were properly labeled that they were only an artistic representation.
We also visited the petting zoo at The Ark Encounter. Both the Creation Museum and The Ark Encounter had zip lines, but we did not do those.
We had an amazing mini vacation visiting the Creation Museum and The Ark Encounter and spending our evenings at The Bank. If you ever plan to be in Kentucky, make sure you take the time to visit these marvels and also check out Deborah’s Guesthouses if you need an affordable and cozy place to stay.