Seagaia Ocean Dome: The World’s Largest Indoor Beach
Let’s pour out a little liquor for the Seagaia Ocean Dome, the world’s largest indoor beach and a modern marvel that was taken from us too soon. It opened in Miyazaki, Miyazaki, Japan, in 1993, and (siiiigh) closed in 2007. Cause of death: too goddam awesome, apparently.
The dome measured 984 feet long and 328 feet wide, and featured a retractable roof, fake flame-spitting volcano, artificial sand and palm trees, and plenty of man-made waves. The sky was always blue, while the air temperature was locked in at 86 degrees Fahrenheit and the water was a steady 82. Was the fact that there was an actual beach 2/10ths of a mile away a factor in the Ocean Dome’s demise? Not sure. But we do know we could fill it back up with our collective tears.