This past weekend we visited Happy Place in Boston. It's a temporary exhibit designed around creating interesting Instagram photos. There are various stations where you can interact with the exhibits to create interesting photos.
Happy Place opened on April 5th. It was supposed to close on June 1st, but due to popular demands, they have extended the time until the 30th.
It's a fun place to go with the whole family. It's a quick trip as the whole experience probably won't last longer than a 1/2 hour - depending on the crowd size.
Things we learned
- Recommend make a reservation and show up at least 10-minutes early.
- You can easily see the bright colorful Happy Place sign from Boylston Street.
- The Internet isn’t great by the ticketing desk - so make sure to have your digital confirmation loaded up before you get to the place.
- This is a wait and shoot event. There are some places where you'll have to wait for the party in front of you to complete their pictures.
- No matter where you are, look around as there may be interesting backdrops that you may not have thought of.
- There isn't an attendant at every station. You may need to ask someone from another group to take your group picture. (It actually would have been nice to have someone come up with creative ideas and help with group shots.)
- After seeing the giant cookie, you'll see a long hall with the words "Don't Worry Be Happy." The best pictures spot is near the cookie room exit.
- Upside Down Room - Try holding on to the lamp to make it look like your avoid falling.
- Flower Room - We found better shot opportunities with the shorter ladders. This is a hard place to shoot because other people may inadvertently get in the picture.
- Confetti Room - The air in the room doesn't move much. To get the best effects you'll have to scoop up some confetti and throw it high in the air.
- Ball Pit - There is someone there to take your picture. You will have to take your shoes off and remove any loose clothing. They will use the camera burst mode to capture you jumping into the ball pit.
- Ball Pit Area - Don't miss the unicorn near the waiting area for the ball pit. Also, the Wallpaper clouds make interesting backdrops.
Before You Go
- Make sure to have plenty of disk space of your digital camera. (You'll be surprise on how many pictures you take)
- You can bring a DSLR - it’s not just for smart phones.
- I didn’t see any charging stations. Make sure your device is well charged or bring a portable USB charger.
- Bring a selfi stick for the few room shots after the kiss couch.
Finding Happy Place
Happy Place is located at 500 Boylston Street. The nearest T stop is the Green Line Copley station. Parking is available at the Clarendon Street garage.
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