What Is the Biggest Attraction in Kentucky?

In the early days of this humble blog, creationists were generating all kinds of news. They were causing trouble in various state school boards (remember the chaos in Kansas and Texas?), they were suing universities over the validity of their “science,” and several state legislatures were bogged down over the issue of teaching creationism in public schools. Alas, we can’t blog about that stuff any more. It’s splendid that all that idiocy has largely gone away, but now — what are we supposed to blog about?

Fortunately, we still have Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham, (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. As you know, ol’ Hambo is responsible for bringing to this sin-cursed world not only the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, but also his exact replica of Noah’s Ark, known as Ark Encounter. They’ve been a source of inspiration for millions of droolers.

Hambo’s new post is titled It’s Number 1. What’s he talking about? We’ll soon find out. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Attractions Magazine [Link omitted!] recently posted an article entitled “USA Top Attractions by State.” The article begins, “Recent research conducted by the online travel booking site Musement has identified the most popular attraction in every state of the country.”

We can all guess what’s coming next. Hambo says:

Now without even reading the article or looking at their map, I thought Disneyland would be the top attraction in California, and it was. I then suspected Walt Disney World Resort would top the Florida attractions (and it did), and the Georgia Aquarium would be number one in Georgia (and it was). Then I wondered, “Could the Ark Encounter be number one in Kentucky?” — and for this research, it is! [Wowie!] Who would have thought an unashamedly evangelistic, biblically based attraction could be in that position!

It’s amazing! And it tells us a lot about the competition in Kentucky. After that, Hambo tells us:

Actually, the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum have made Northern Kentucky the biggest faith-based tourist destination in America. [Ah yes, faith based tourism!] The financial impact on Northern Kentucky has been substantial to the tune of many tens of millions of dollars. Hotel occupancy is way above the national average, and thousands of jobs in the community have been created.

No doubt about it — Hambo’s attractions have made Northern Kentucky every drooler’s most desired destination. He continues:

But the greatest impact of all is the spiritual impact on millions of people who have visited. [Ooooooooooooh!] Thousands pour into Northern Kentucky daily (92% of our visitors are from outside Kentucky) to be impacted by these God-honoring, family-friendly Christian attractions.

Thrilling, huh? Let’s read on:

Both attractions are stunning and get rave reviews. As someone said to me, “The exhibits present the truth of God’s Word in a very professional, high-quality way, but they don’t do it in an ‘in your face’ way. And yet, it’s obvious that you believe God’s Word and want everyone to hear the saving gospel.”

Who was that “someone” who said that to Hambo? Was it you, dear reader? Anyway, here’s another excerpt:

From a human perspective, it was impossible that these attractions could have ever become a reality. [Huh?] But God miraculously brought an amazing group of people together and raised up dedicated supporters to make it happen.

Ooooooooooooh! It’s a miracle! Hambo’s post ends with a scripture quote, so we’ll let you have the thrill of clicking over there to read it for yourself. This is where we’re leaving him. And we want to know — what’s your opinion of Hambo’s big news?

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17 responses to “What Is the Biggest Attraction in Kentucky?

  1. I don’t know. I tried searching the web. A place called tripadvisor lists #1 in Kentucky as the Louisville Slugger Museum. (Louisville Slugger is a maker of equipment for American Baseball, not a violent felon.) Other sites listed before the Ark concern bourbon and horse racing. But I don’t know.

  2. Getting attendance figures out of museums is like pulling teeth, but generally I find the same as TomS. It is interesting that the top museums – applying a very broad definition – in Kentucky are devoted to baseball, whiskey, horseracing and fundamentalist religion. But there you are.

    I had a great-uncle who combined all that in one person. True story – my maternal grandfather’s elder brother. He died when I was a small child, but I remember him being discussed in hushed tones by my parents even when I was twenty or more. A fine cabinetmaker when sober, he was a binge alcoholic who gambled away the money he earned. When not on a bender, he attended a strange little Baptist (?) conventicle and was prone to quoting Biblical texts and thunderously denouncing the personal failings of others. My father remarked that when he was in that phase of his cycle, he would have provoked Mahatma Gandhi to violent assault. On the other hand, when drunk, he was violent himself, still mouthing texts – or sometimes gibberish that sounded King Jamesy OT. His brothers, and later his sons, put him in hospital several times, and God help his wife, only He didn’t. He must have been fairly close to insane – my great-uncle, not God. (Oh, I don’t know, though.)

    Of course I’m not saying that the great Commonwealth of Kentucky is like that. But still, it’s a fascinating combination of interests.

  3. chris schilling

    “But God miraculously brought an amazing group of people together and raised up dedicated supporters to make it happen.”

    Just like 9/11.

  4. https://www.musement.com/us/

    *Methodology: Each state was searched in Google Travel. (source: https://www.google.com/travel/things-to-do)
    To determine the most popular attraction per state, the attraction with the highest number of Google reviews was chosen as the most popular.

    For attractions that appeared as the most popular in multiple states (Ex: Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and Idaho), the state where a majority of the attraction is located was selected.

    Casinos and hotels were omitted from the results.

  5. AIUI, Google results are tailored to the preferences of the user.

  6. That explains why the former President’s attractions results are Big Macs.

  7. Naive of me, I know, but I am always amazed by the blasphemous arrogance of those who claim that God has intervened on their behalf

  8. @Paul Braterman
    It is commonplace in sports. But it is sanctioned by high authority wrt politics.

  9. God has a lot of football in Her google results history.

  10. Of an anonymous praise singer of Hambo’s creationist playground, our Curmudgeon asks:

    Who was that “someone” who said that to Hambo? Was it you, dear reader?

    It might have been me, but I can’t be certain.

    To be honest, after doing the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Day Tour, I don’t remember anything from the remainder of the week.

    Sorry if I let the team down…

  11. @Megalonyx, was it you who recmmended IF Stone’s Trial of Socrates?

    Anyway, I thought it was brilliant, and wrote about it at https://3quarksdaily.com/3quarksdaily/2021/09/another-side-to-socrates.html

  12. @ Paul Braterman: Yes, guilty as charged. I’m delighted you enjoyed Stone’s book as much as I did, and bravo on your article about it.

    It is as well to remember that, while ancient Athens is rightly celebrated for the early development of democracy, it was also in ancient Athens that democracy first failed–and in large measure due to populist demoagogues like Kleon, Kritias, and Alkibiades.

    I won’t name their present day equivalents, though N*g*l F*r*g*, B*r*s J*hns*n, and D*n*ld Tr*mp keep coming to mind….

  13. Gotta love Hambo the Prevaricator, (I think that should be his new condescending nickname.) Some of the lies here are subtle some are overt but they are all LIES. First he is attempting to equalize Disney theme parks and his Ark atrocity. That’s a bit of standard puffery, but then Hambo lets out a whopper, the biggest tourist attraction in Kentucky isn’t the Ark Encounter, it’s Mammoth caves! Mammoth Caves gets 2 million people per year, The Ark Encounter’s best year got less than 900,000.
    By the way, Hambo, In 50 years Mammoth Caves will still be there, Ark Encounter won’t be.

  14. If Socrates had a google results history, he would be glad that they auto-complete questions. Saves a lot of typing.

  15. Okay probably more annoyed than glad.

  16. When we get automatic steering in our cars, will that come with “correcting” our requests to drive us to where we “ought” to be going, rather than what we asked for?

  17. I think Hambo should build a statue of Mitch McConnell at the Interstate exit closest to Creation Crazy Land and Phony Ark Amusement Center.