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“Great store with new owners who are adding the 'fun' for the kids!”
Review of Estes Ark

Estes Ark
Ranked #16 of 52 Shopping in Estes Park
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: New Owners as of August 2015. ESTES ARK is an amazing must see experience: Noah's Attic which has many ark novelty items and books and activities. Our Rainbow Curve Raceway nostalgic slot car race track a flashback in time (There are rental fees that include the car and control racing 1/24 scale cars). Business was established in Estes Park, CO in 1984 offering an adventure in shopping and fun on 3 levels. Over 10,000 stuffed animals featuring collectibles, antiques and many stuffed animals of all species, nostalgic games, candy and just plain fun items. Animals range from miniature to life size and exotic to National Park species. Newly added Sluice Mining on the deck. You get to pan for gems, fossils and arrowheads to bring home in a bag. Sluicing is open only in spring, summer and fall when weather permits. We are a National award winning store. Stop in for a visit, we would love to meet you! Visit website for store hours
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 28 March 2017

We recently traveled to Estes Park with Grandparents, 3 kids under 6 and 3 teenagers. As the teenagers were on a horseback ride, we needed something fun for the little kids. We went to Estes Ark as an 'only option' since arcades and other items were closed due to winter. LUCKY US! The new owners (husband/wife team) greeted us as the kids walked over the plank. The kids started by walking the 2 levels looking/touching/feeling all the different kinds of stuffed animals. Since it's an open concept type of look- we could see them at all times. When we were ready to try out the slot cars in the basement, the owner walked down with us and got the computers all set up. You can tell they enjoy the joy of little kids. Our kids did it for 5mins, took a break then 5mins again. After that was complete, we did the mining on the deck. I was shocked this was their favorite part. You pick a bag of sand from inside the store starting at $8. Depending on the size of the bag, depends on the price and the contents/size of rocks in the bag! You then take the bag outside, put it in a metal grate---dip it into the water basin to get the rocks real clean. They give you a guide and assist the kids matching the rocks to the card and identifying what they are. We left and went home happy. Daddy got back from horseback riding and they convinced him HE MUST SEE IT and off they went....so our kids upgraded to the larger bags for mining (it's true- rocks/interest level larger...but smaller bags fun too) & more slot cars. Hey- it's vacation, right?

Thank Kristen R
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Penny L, Owner at Estes Ark, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2017

Thank you for the awesome review Kristen! We do enjoy children and the faces they have when they enter the Ark. This is an amazing place and we LOVE sharing it. Thank you again and please come visit us again soon!

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Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

There are bears and stuffed animals galore in this store. There are also other great gifts and finds to bring back home

Thank Lynn C
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Reviewed 22 August 2016

There are new owners, and they plan to have more variety in the future. For now, there are still a lot of stuffed animals. The basement has a neat slot car track. And, of course, it's neat to see the building from the outside, as it is a nice looking ark.

Thank garbagecollector
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Reviewed 10 July 2016

I thought this place was an attraction. It is a stuffed animal store in a building that looks like Noah's Ark. If you like stuffed animals and have 30 minutes to spare, take a look.

Thank Tiz108
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Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

This place is chock full of all different kinds of stuffed animals! From the rare to the collectors, to the exotic! This place has it all! The staff are very personable and friendly!

Thank Tyler B
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