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Solomon's Castle, Ona

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  • We visited Solomon’s Castle on the first weekend of June. It wasn’t very crowded and I can tell you why… Heat, humidity and mosquitoes - are three things you have to take into consideration if you pla...  more »
  • This was a great tour. Mr. Solomon was an exceptional artist. I couldn't believe all of the interesting things he made.  more »
  • Brought my husband here for a mini getaway with antiquing in Arcadia to follow. Mr. Solomon was a most prolific creator and worked in numerous mediums. We met several people who knew him personally an...  more »
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  • This is a fabulous place to visit for art lovers. The place opens at 10am and tours start at 11. They offer tours to the castle which are hilarious and were scripted by the artist and to Solomon’s workshop. I would not bother with the tour to the workshop which houses much of his old car collection. I think it was not scripted by him so the tour lacked humor and there are limited work there but a must do if you like old cars. Solomon's Castle covers 12,000 square feet and stands three stories high. Every exterior surface of the castle is covered with discarded aluminum printing plates. It has a moat and the most fabulous art collection created mostly by the artist and made from discarded “junk”. Fabulous montages and sculptures made from lawn mowers, cars etc. Just phenomenal. There is a restaurant which often has live music which is worth checking out. The restaurant is in a boat and light house which are both structures that Solomon built. They have wonderful stained glass windows, the food is standard American fare. The mayonnaise had much, too much sugar for me so I would avoid anything with it, limited vegetarian and virtually non existent vegan choices. For $156 you can spend the night at the castle which might be fun. The castle is about a 90 minute drive from Tampa but it is certainly worth visiting. The artist passed away a couple of years back but there is a YouTube video of him giving a tour around the castle.
  • Heard about this place for years and wondered what the art was going to look like. I was amazed. This man had such a great mind, to create so much without ever having written plans of his ideas and made it all to scale... Incredible! Loved seeing his "man cave" and what inspired him. Wow. Definitely worth the drive.
  • A very scenic drive to get there (old Florida, can you believe it's still out there?). The castle is a totally one of a kind experience filled with very cool art work. Pack a picnic lunch and drinks as there's not much else out there. The place has a restaurant I understand the food is so-so, I didn't eat there myself. Unless you're really into old cars from the 20s and 30s skip the museum tour and save a few bucks. Check out the nature trail instead, it's free and you get to see real Florida wilderness.
  • Solomon's Castle is a great place to visit for a day trip. The house/castle was built by one man who was an artist. The outside of the structure is sheathed in printing tiles from the local newspaper. Inside has tons of the artist's works as well as some of his other artist friends. The tickets to the castle are approximately $10 per adult and include the castle and the tour of the house grounds and inside. This is not really for physically challenged individuals as there are small doorways and stairs without wheel chair access. The restaurant that is on the grounds has some delicious foods that are priced within reason and the waitstaff is friendly. For an additional fee of approximately $7 you may also tour the car museum on the grounds.
  • This place is amazing. I can't believe one man accomplished so much in his life. Pun filled tours, but that made them more fun. The food at the boat in the moat was delicious, if you can try the deserts, but with the large and great tasting portions you'll be hard pressed. You can do like I did and have desert after the tour.
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