10 Awesome Floating Attractions
1Floating Wooden Skateboard Ramp (Sierra Nevada, US)
This wooden skate ramp barge is the brainchild of pro skater Bob Burnquist, who decided long ago that regular ramps and half pipes were far too boring, so he collaborated with builders Jerry Blohm and Jeff King to create a ramp covered raft any skateboarding castaway would be proud to call home.
2Floating Forest (Australia)
The SS Ayrfield (originally launched as SS Corrimal), was a collier ship built in England in 1911 and used by the Commonwealth Government during World War II to transport supplies to American troops in the Pacific. It was sold in 1950 and operated as a collier on the sixty-miler run between Newcastle and Sydney, until 1972 when the ship's registration was canceled and it was sent to its final resting place, Homebush Bay.
A bunch of full-grown mangrove trees now call this rusty partly-submerged piece of metal home, creating a new and unique attraction that draws in photographers from all over the world.
3Floating Swimming Pool (Germany)
Berlin's floating Arena Badeschiff (that's German for “bathing ship”) swimming pool provides the perfect place to spend hot summer days at the bustling German capital. The 105-foot-long pool floats in the river Spree, and it invites the public to relax, sunbathe, do yoga and swim. Arena Badeschiff was developed by AMP Arquitectos, Wilk Salinas, Thomas Freiwald and the artist Susanne Lorenz.
4Floating Golf Course (Idaho, US)
You can find this floating golf course at the Coeur d'Alene Resort in Idaho, USA.
5Floating Cinema (Thailand)
The Archipelago Cinema is an auditorium raft designed to float on the sea, premiered at the inaugural edition of the Film on the Rocks Yao Noi Festival, in Thailand.
The theater was designed by German-born and Beijing-based architect Ole Scheeren.
6Floating Stadium (Singapore)
Made entirely of steel, the floating platform on Marina Bay measures 120 meters long and 83 meters wide, which is 5% larger than the soccer field at the National Stadium. The platform can bear up to 1,070 tons, equivalent to the total weight of 9,000 people, 200 tons of stage props and three 30-tons military vehicles. The gallery at the stadium has a seating capacity of 30,000 people.
7Floating Opera Stage (Austria)
8Floating Market (Indonesia)
Small boats called jukung bring merchandise with vegetables, fruits, all kinds of fish and household goods available to the floating market.
9World's Largest Artificial Floating Island (South Korea)
The island, under construction on the Hangang (Han River), is the first equipped with an aquatic convention center and is used for concerts, conventions, exhibitions and water sports.
The floating island consists of three man-made inter-connected islets. Islet 1, the biggest of the three, is three stories high and measures 10,845 square meters. It includes a 700-seat convention hall. Islet 2, a three-story structure measuring 5,373 square meters, puts a focus on developing facilities for cultural events. Islet 3, two stories high, takes up a 4,164 square-meter area and is devoted to various aquatic leisure sports activities like yachting. The total number of seats for exhibitions and conventions is 1,400. The islands can accommodate 6,200 people and are set to make the Han River, which 59 million people visited last year, an even more popular tourist spot.
10Floating Eco Hotel (Peru)
Thanks to Jordi Puig, the Peruvian architect who came up with the design for this innovative resort, the hotel can both provide tourists with an enjoyable vacation and keep a close eye on environmental protection by constantly monitoring and cutting down on its ecological footprint.
The hotel can accommodate up to 32 guests (2 in each of its 16 rooms). A lush lounge, an exercise room and an outdoor Jacuzzi also made their way into its design.
The 147-foot boat also takes guests to the remote and beautiful area of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, a unique preserved area. The mobile hotel brings tourism to these native areas along the Amazon, without being intrusive and also helps to support local communities and promote environmental conservation efforts in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
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