Terms & Conditions

40 Days & 40 Nights at the Ark Attendance Rules

The following Ark Encounter Rules are to ensure a safe and secure environment for our guests, please observe and respect the following:

In the interest of public safety, all persons, bags, packages, clothing, and other items are subject to security screening at the entrance, and also within the Ark Encounter. All vehicles on, entering, or exiting the premises are subject to search or inspection by Public Safety Officers or Peace Officers at their discretion.

We reserve the right to not allow any bag, package, or any other item to be brought into the Ark Encounter, and to deal with any unattended item or object in a manner we consider appropriate.

Please show courtesy to fellow guests and employees by not using profanity or engaging in unsafe, illegal, disruptive, or offensive behavior. For your safety and the safety of others, please refrain from running and from climbing railings, fences, and barriers. There is no fishing, swimming, or wading in the lake, and no walking on the ice when the lake is frozen over in the winter.

Proper attire, including shoes and shirts, must be worn at all times. Any form of costume, disguise or full face mask may not be worn by guests over the age of 10. Masks worn by persons over the age of 10 may cover the nose and mouth areas only. Clear face shields are permitted. We reserve the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that we consider inappropriate, or attire that could be considered offensive, disrespectful, or inappropriate to others.

For the comfort of all guests and employees, smoking of tobacco, e-cigarettes, or any other products that produce a vapor or smoke are allowed only in designated smoking areas.

Children under the age of 14 are to be supervised and accompanied at all times.

Photography, videotaping, or recording of any kind for commercial purposes is prohibited, including any unlicensed use of photographic images or recordings of the attraction or its exhibits for “editorial” use, or the sale, distribution or downloading of any such images or recordings for “editorial” purposes, unless written permission or a written license is obtained.

Prohibited Items

The following items may not be brought into the Ark Encounter:

Bags larger than 16 x 12 x 4
Illegal or illicit substances, drugs, or drug paraphernalia
Weapons of any kind, or objects that could appear to be weapons
Knives with blades over 1 ½ inches
Flammable items or liquids including aerosols and fireworks
Markers, Sharpies, or spray paint
Alcoholic beverages
Cans, canteens, glass containers, glass bottles, or coolers are not permitted inside the Ark but may be stored in vehicles. (Unopened, plastic bottles of water are permitted.)
Outside food and beverages are not allowed. For those who require outside food due to allergy issues please contact guest services.
Balloons, balls, inflatable balls, Frisbees, or flying disks
Bicycles, skateboards, hover-boards, scooters, inline skates, and shoes with built-in wheels
Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles
No animals except for service animals assisting an individual with a disability. (“Comfort,” “therapy,” or “emotional support” animals do not meet the definition of a service animal and are not permitted.)
Laser pens, laser pointers, or similar focused light devices
Water guns, squirt guns, or any toy item that could be perceived as a gun
Musical instruments (except if you have received a written and signed consent from the Ark Encounter)
Noisemakers or air horns
Large camera tri-pods
Additional items that we determine may be harmful or disruptive


All guests and items on their person are subject to being searched prior to entry into the Ark Encounter, including members of the media. By requesting entry into the Ark Encounter, all guests are agreeing to be subjected to a thorough pat-down search, including emptying pockets and bags, and having those items examined. Individuals not agreeing to the aforementioned security measures will not be permitted into the Ark Encounter. Public Safety Officers shall, at all times, reserve the right to either deny any person entry into or to eject any person from the Ark Encounter, who in the sole and absolute discretion of the Ark Encounter are in violation of rules, which rules may be updated from time to time, with or without notice. Please note, camping and/or overnight parking is not permitted on premises.

Prohibited Activities

Selling of any goods or services not authorized by the Ark Encounter
Distributing any printed materials or recorded materials of any kind
Unauthorized demonstrations, religious ceremonies, or speeches
Engaging in unsafe acts or behaviors
Vandalism will be prosecuted. The Ark Encounter property and facilities are under video surveillance by the Public Safety Department.

Ark Encounter / 40 Days & 40 Nights at the Ark

We may photograph, video, film/record any person who enters the Ark Encounter and/or attends 40 Days & 40 Nights at the Ark for any reason without payment to that person.

We reserve the right to deny admission, or to require a person already admitted to leave without refund, liability, or compensation if we consider that the circumstances require.

Ark Encounter/40 Days & 40 Nights at the Ark rules and regulations are subject to change without notice.

From time to time and without prior notice and without refund, liability, or compensation, the Ark Encounter may change the hours of operation or close particular exhibits or attractions if circumstances require.


P O Box 15969
Wilmington, NC 28408



1 Ark Encounter Drive
Williamstown, KY 41097

The entrance is just west of the
intersection of KY-36 and I-75 at exit 154.