Visit a Ball Pit Beach in Washington, DC, This Summer

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Image credit: Snarkitecture

Through September 7 at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, you can visit an unusual beach—one made of plastic ball pit balls.

The BEACH is an installation created by the Brooklyn-based studio Snarkitecture. It covers the museum’s 10,000-square-foot Great Hall with an ocean of nearly one million recyclable, translucent plastic balls. White beach chairs and umbrellas adorn a 50-foot wide “shoreline,” and the ball-pit ocean ends with a mirrored wall to make the space seem even more vast. You can take a ball-pit swim or take up whatever you might do at the beach, including grabbing a drink from the snack bar.

Admission is first come, first served, no timed entry. Adult tickets to the BEACH are $16, ages 3-17 and seniors are $13. For locals, there are also season passes available starting at $30 for an individual adult, $15 for youth, and $75 for a family (good for up to 6 admissions per visit).

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Image credit: Snarkitecture

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