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Solomon's Castle, Ona

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#74 of 332 in Museums in Florida
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  • Visited Howard Solomon's castle in Ona,florida. It is out in country away from everything ,use your map well. The castle looks like it's covered in Reynolds wrap. It is covered by sheets of used alumi...  more »
  • We visited this spot and the children and the adults liked it. I felt as though it is an unusual place. Did someone say it was one man's dream castle? It was something etched in my memory. I think the...  more »
  • This is a very unique actual 'Castle' which was/is one man's dream. It's a museum- type building that you can tour, then fine inside or outside in a lovely rustic setting. The food is home cooking at ...  more »
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  • Solomon's Castle is a rare treasure in a place you wouldn't expect. Like the winding drive leading to a grand country estate, such is the reveal of the late Howard Solomon's majestic castle home. As you enter the gates and turn the corner, you'll swear you've entered a fairy-tale as the trees give way to a grassy clearing adorned by a glistening (literally) castle. Situated next to the castle in the moat is a life-size wooden ship complete with cannons and a helm atop. Aesthetics aside, Solomon's castle offers a full day experience complete with guided tours of Howard Solomon's artwork and sculptures (housed in the castle), a beautiful scenic trail by the river, a guided tour of Howard Solomon's private antique car collection, an eclectic gift shop, and last but far from least, a full restaurant housed in the boat! Additional outdoor seating is available which boasts live music in the busy season! As if all of that isn't enough to lure you to check out this unique experience, if you're looking for something a little extra special, you can actually stay the night in the castle! The Blue Moon room is available to book (B&B style) by visiting the website. Solomon's Castle gets 5-Stars for Uniqueness, Delicious Food, Friendly Staff, and Length of Stay Options. It's also definitely a repeatable experience. The food & atmosphere alone are worth the trip, but if you're an art lover, there is so much here, you're going to notice new things or hear new facts (different tour guides) each time you come. Me, I like bringing family and friends to my favorite spots to enjoy them through the eyes of someone experiencing it for the first time. This is definitely one of those places!
  • Absolutely worth the drive. The castle itself is gorgeous, the tour is worth it even if the art weren't good. However, it is! Beautiful pieces with lovely grounds dotted with surprise whimsy. The antique car collection is just as much fun. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes for strolling the outdoor trails. The restaurant is rather good as well. Bring cash, they do not accept checks or credit cards, though there is an ATM in the gift shop.
  • We took two grandchildren the the castle. We all found it fascinating. The tour guide regaled us with the "puns" associated with each individual piece of art. Solomon's wit and originality are evident everywhere. This is a delightful tourist site. We ate in the attached restaurant and enjoyed that too.
  • Hidden gem. My family had a wonderful day here. The staff and tour guides were top notch. Can't wait to go back.
  • An absolutely fantastic place to visit. We have been going there for years. The owner (who just passed recently) was an artist and built the entire place. It's a "got to see" kind of place. Family owned and operated.

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