Vinik Family Foundation Brings 15,000 sq ft Beach Downtown


We have the Riverwalk and Bayshore, we have the vibrant and historic Ybor City and a world class international airport, but what our city lacks is a true beach. That's what inspired the Vinik Family Foundation to partner with Snarkitecture to create The Beach Tampa. This 15,000 square foot immersive environment will feature an ocean of 1.2 million recyclable and antimicrobial white balls. The Beach Tampa will be free and open to the public. It will be open at Amalie Arena from August 5 to August 25. Hours: Monday through Thursday from noon to 8pm, Friday from noon to 10pm, Saturday 10am to 10pm, Sunday from 10am to 6pm. 

The environment will be located within an all-white enclosure made of construction materials including scaffolding, wall panels, and perforated mesh. The design is meant to connote a classic beach boardwalk populated with families visiting waterfront arcades and comfort food stands. Inside, visitors can enjoy a monochromatic beach hut, beach chairs, umbrellas and a 75-foot wide shoreline. Mirrored walls along the shoreline to create an infinite feel. 

“After visiting The Beach DC last summer, I was inspired to share Snarkitecture’s vision with Tampa Bay” says Penny Vinik. “The Beach Tampa transforms the familiar beach experience into a truly unique, visually stimulating and tactile activity. It’s just pure fun. Jeff and I welcome all of Tampa Bay to visit The Beach Tampa and look forward to seeing everyone there.”  

“The Beach Tampa is an interactive and immersive installation that explores the boundaries between art and architecture while inspiring play and relaxation” said Alex Mustonen, co-founder of Snarkitecture. “With all of our projects we aim to encourage visitor interaction and exploration of the surrounding environment in new and unexpected ways. We look forward to bringing a 15,000 square foot beach to Amalie Arena and inviting the public to experience downtown Tampa in an entirely new way.”  

Click HERE for more details about this unique event in Tampa. Parking is free in the South Regional garage. 

Written by Dex Fabian

Dex Fabian

Dex Fabian is the co-founder of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. A graphic designer by trade, Dex has been witness to Tampa Bay's explosion to become one of the hottest regions in the nation. In 2009, he helped develop the brand for I Love the Burg and in 2014 developed the branding for That's So Tampa and has been a regular contributor to both ever since.