More than 600 people attended the Ark Encounter as it released its newest exhibit Friday.
The new exhibit, Search for Truth, explores the Bible and Noah’s family, according to Ark Encounter President and CEO Ken Ham.
“This is a graphic novel approach to reach a contemporary culture to deliver a Christian message,” Ham said.
In the seven months it’s been open, roughly 500,000 people have visited, Ham said.
"We're getting so many people coming to the Ark Encounter,” Ham said. “In fact group bookings are through the roof, and our travel agent who books a lot of hotels says that they can't even get hotel rooms from April through June from Cincinnati to Lexington."
Roy Barnes, manager of Dry Ridge Motor Inn, said the attraction has definitely impacted business.
"July 7th (when the Ark opened) to about middle of October, we stayed packed every night,” Barnes said. “It's helped all the businesses out here and in the community."
The motel, just four miles from the attraction, is under renovation due to the spike in business.
"Before it used to be a small town, but now more people are stopping in,” Barnes said.