Candytopia in Miami: How to make the most of your visit and not lose hope in the marshmallow pit

     

 

 

Step through the gates of Candytopia and enter the ultimate Instagrammable world, where adults and children alike face an onslaught of color designed to dazzle all of the senses.

Step through the gates of Candytopia and enter the ultimate Instagrammable world, where adults and children alike face an onslaught of color designed to dazzle all of the senses.

Just be prepared to leave some dignity behind in the marshmallow pit.

This temporary interactive art installation has traveled the country and now finds itself at the Aventura Mall in Miami through Jan. 26. It’s the perfect daytrip destination for families or groups of friends wanting to get out of the house over the holidays.

It takes about an hour to traverse what organizers call a “marshmallowy mini-theme park,” a time span that is perfect for younger guests who may not have quite the same attention span as a group of 30-somethings weaving their way from room to room.

The installation is reminiscent of the super-popular Museum of Ice Cream that came to Miami Beach last year. Both hearken back to a simpler, more colorful time of life when ice cream and candy were your goals, instead of paying bills and getting promoted at work. For adults, this is a nostalgic escape. For children, it’s a sweet adventure.

Each room is themed and includes at least one Instagram-perfect photo opp spot. The second room is billed as “Wonderland,” with comfortable swings, fragrant flowers that pump candy-scented air into your face, and a green screen that puts you and your friends into the middle of a pool of melted chocolate.

In the next room, a wall and floor combine to create an optical illusion that, when photographed from above, appears to suck you into a lollipop-colored vortex.

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