Tripadvisor Ranks Ark Encounter a Top Thing to Do in Kentucky

Ark Sees the Return Tomorrow of the World’s Largest Christian Music Festival

on July 31, 2023

Editor’s note: This article was adapted from a news release that was recently distributed to the media.

The world’s largest Christian music festival returns to the Ark Encounter tomorrow in Williamstown, Ky. on the heels of listing us in the Top 25 Best Things To Do in Kentucky. And BetKentucky designated the Ark as number one, determined by the number of Google searches conducted in the past twelve months of what to do in the state. In second place was Churchill Downs/Kentucky Derby and in third was Mammoth Cave.

Tomorrow, 40 Days & 40 Nights of Christian Music returns to the Ark Encounter. This year,150 music artists will be featured—playing a variety of music styles—and several speakers and will run August 1–September 9, 2023.

New this year is the award-winning group Cain. Best known for the hit song "Rise Up (Lazarus)," Cain won the K-Love 2021 Fan Award for Breakout Single for "Rise Up." On September 9, Cain will close the festival, being held again at the Ark Encounter themed attraction south of Cincinnati.

Abraham Productions has organized multiple concerts that will be held Monday through Saturday. On Sunday afternoons, TrueSong will hold worship concerts and the Ark will provide a special speaker.

Attending concert performances is free with regular admission to the Ark Encounter for that day.

Attending concert performances is free with regular admission to the Ark Encounter for that day.

The musical roster features artists who will be performing country, bluegrass, southern gospel, inspirational, worship and other musical styles over 40 days and nights at the attraction’s huge 2,500-seat Answers Center at 4 p.m. Musical performances will also be held at the Creation Museum, 45 minutes away in Petersburg, on Wednesdays and Thursdays. On Sundays at 4 p.m., the Ark’s resident artists TrueSong will lead a special worship time with speakers from Answers in Genesis, operators of the Ark and museum.

Music artists and groups include:

  • Cain
  • The Isaacs
  • Jimmy Fortune
  • Selah
  • Triumphant
  • The Hoppers
  • Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
  • Karen Peck and New River
  • TrueSong (the Ark’s resident artists)
  • And dozens and dozens more

Music enthusiasts will hear from speakers such as Ark founder and popular speaker Ken Ham, nationally broadcast pastor Dr. Robert Jeffress, Tim Lovelace and many more.

“Millions of people across America love these various styles of Christian music,” Ham said. “Abraham Productions and the Ark Encounter offer a unique combination of award-winning groups, all coming to the world’s leading Christian themed attractions.” The Ark Encounter was voted again as the #1 Best Religious Museum in a USA Today poll and the Creation Museum finished second. Ham added: “The Ark and Creation Museum are the top Christian family friendly destinations in America. Guests at the music festival can tour the life-size Ark, explore the beautiful grounds, take their children or grandchildren to the playground and large carousel, and meet the zoo animals.”

Ark Encounter

The Ark Encounter, host of the 40 Days and 40 Nights music festival, sometimes attracts 9,000 guests a day. Guests enter the attraction through a rainbow arch, a representation of God’s covenant with the world never to send another global flood (Genesis 9:13).

Daily admission to the Ark Encounter gives free access to all the concerts and speakers that day and allows guests to explore the Ark.

Daily admission to the Ark Encounter gives free access to all the concerts and speakers that day and allows guests to explore the Ark, which at 510 feet long is the largest timber-frame structure in the world. Built according to the dimensions in the Bible, the Ark features three decks of striking teaching exhibits.

Admission prices, discounts, hotel options and additional details are available at Tickets can be purchased through or by calling the Ark Encounter at 800-721-2298.

The 40 Days & 40 Nights music festival at the Ark is sponsored by the Museum of the Bible, along with Christian Health Care Ministries, Singing at Sea, Templeton Cruises & Tours, and Singing News.

Answers in Genesis is an apologetics (i.e., Christianity-defending) ministry based in northern Kentucky, near Cincinnati. For more information on the two attractions, visit and


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