While planning our Amsterdam trip I found this gem and just had to visit the life sized replica of Noah’s Ark! While we were super impressed with the enormity of it, it was also one of those ‘bust’ attractions for us…I’ll explain shortly. It’s located in Dordrecht, Netherlands. We drove here after visiting Clara Maria on our way back home, it was bit out of the way but I wanted to see it.
I’m a very visual person so it was amazing to see a full sized replica in real life! We were impressed with the enormous boat and that was worth seeing however we didn’t not feel like the visit inside was worth it…for us at least. It was €45 just for the 4 of us! Which may have been ok if I felt like the visit was worth that…it wasn’t in my opinion.
There is a large parking lot and it only costs €1-2 to park for a few hours.
Where you purchase your entry tickets.
The displays were a bit cheesy and fake looking. There were random bible scenes in weird places, like they were trying to fill space. And the mannequins were kinda freaky, LOL.
I wish they had utilized the space better and made it more ‘realistic’ instead of these random scenes. I’m assuming on the real ark there wasn’t a ton of free space.
The fake animal displays did not fully depict how they could’ve gotten all the animals on the ark, I would’ve loved to seen a replica of that.
There were some live animals as well but they were apparently closing an hour early the day we went so everything was put up and they were starting to close stuff down.
Bea making friends.
You follow these prints around but at times it was hard to figure out which way they were going and it was kind of confusing.
Now if you have little kids there were some neat play areas and things to do but for my 11 & 14 year old they were under impressed as were Mr. B & I. But I just chalked it up to a learning experience and us finding that out the hard way so y’all don’t have to 😉
There are quite a few levels and quite a few stairs so you can get a workout if your doing it quickly 😉
The view from the top overlooks the water area, which is mostly industrial.
Overall I’d say it’s worth seeing if your in the area, but may not be worth making a special trip for. Truthfully we would’ve been happy with just seeing the outside & size for free instead of paying the high cost to see the inside, especially with older kids. If you have younger kids a visit inside for a few hours may be worth it for your family.
Know Before You Go
What: Noah’s Ark in Dordrechet, Netherlands.
How To Get There: It’s about 3 hours 13 mins from Spangdahlem, and 4 hours 18 mins from Ramstein. It’s about 1 hour from Amsterdam. GPS address: Maasstraat 14 3313 CR Dordrecht, Netherlands
Parking: Is abundant and costs €1-2.
Cost: €12,50 for ages 13 and up, €7,50 for kids ages 3-12, and free for kids ages 0-2.
Traveling with little kids: There are lots of stairs here so not sure about strollers, I didn’t see an elevator but I wasn’t looking for one either. You may want to call ahead and ask if you need to use a stroller.
How long: Plan on at least 1 hour if your doing a quick walk through, longer if you want to use the little playgrounds, eat, etc. Could easily spend 3-4 hours here with little kids.