It was our first time in Kentucky, and we really enjoyed it. We had several things on our list we wanted to see, and they did not disappoint.

Noah’s Ark

First up was a visit to a replica of Noah’s Ark. Built to scale, it’s called “The Ark Encounter,” and it’s a fascinating look back at the flood, the ark and the story of redemption. There is a ton to see and read, and it’s actually surprisingly tiring getting through all of the exhibits.

There are a lot of photos in our gallery. Below are some highlights.

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The cages where animals were housed. It was quite interesting to consider the types of animals that would have been onboard – not just lions, and tigers, and bears…

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Istiodactylid – nicknamed “duck-billed petersaurs” for the shape of their beaks.

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Cotylorhynchus – A casein that was rather bizarre looking, with proportionally small heads, sprawling stances, and massive plant-processing guts.

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Visit our YouTube page where there are many more videos of the Ark Encounter and all of our adventures.

The massive doors to the ark represent the one door to salvation – Jesus. The exhibit had a nice explanation of the gospel message throughout.

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There are also many artifacts and items – ancient Bibles, Torah scrolls, and more.

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We enjoyed our time visiting the ark and highly recommend it. There are activities like zip lines, camel rides and a petting zoo. Lots to do and see.

 

Kentucky Derby – Churchill Downs

Passing through Louisville, we stopped at Churchill Downs, home to the Kentucky Derby. We took a tour of the facility and spent some time in the Kentucky Derby Museum. It definitely gave us a greater appreciation of the Derby and other competitions.

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Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park preserves the world’s longest known cave system, with more than 400 miles explored. We took a walking tour that was very interesting. The tour began with a decent of 280 steps taking us down 250 feet below ground level.

It was hard to capture in photos. We were able to get pictures of some of the drip stones.

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Overall, it was fascinating. The Park Service offers a number of different tours – some easy, some challenging. We took the Domes and Dripstones Tour and enjoyed it.

Next stop: Tennessee.