Noah’s Ark park seeks expansion with new religious exhibit

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FILE – In a July 5, 2016 file photo, visitors take a selfie as a replica Noah’s Ark stands in the distance at the Ark Encounter theme park during a media preview day, in Williamstown, Ky. Grant County’s school board in Kentucky says the Ark Encounter theme park with a 500-foot long Noah’s Ark is not paying enough in property taxes. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — The founders behind a Kentucky Bible-themed attraction with a 510-foot-long wooden Noah’s ark say they are going to begin fundraising for an expansion.

The Ark Encounter said Wednesday that it will take about three years to research, plan and build a “Tower of Babel” attraction.

The park is in northern Kentucky. The ministry behind the ark, Answers in Genesis, preaches a strict interpretation of the Bible.

The Ark Encounter said attendance is picking up after the pandemic lull in 2020, with up to 7,000 visitors on Saturdays.

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