Noah’s Ark theme park ready for a flood of visitors

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. — A Noah’s Ark attraction built by Christians who say the biblical story really happened is ready to open in Kentucky.

The long-awaited Ark Encounter theme park based on the story of a man who got a warning from God about a worldwide flood will debut in central Kentucky this week. The Christian group behind the 510 foot-long wooden ark says it will demonstrate that the stories of the Bible are true.

Its construction has rankled opponents who say the attraction will be detrimental to science education.

Ken Ham, president of the group Answers in Genesis, says the Ark Encounter will open to the public this Thursday, July 7. Ham noted that the date, 7/7, coincides with Genesis 7:7, the Bible verse that says Noah and his family entered the ark.

Ham says up to two million people could visit the ark in its first year.