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Solomon's Castle, Ona

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#73 of 329 in Museums in Florida
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  • What an awesome place to visit. Howard was an absolute genius! I had no idea what to expect and what I saw was great! This man made the most unique treasures. Everything made from recycled materials. ...  more »
  • 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 wor...  more »
  • We went in 2016 and are going back this year with another batch of friends. I guess things have changed from earlier reviews because we found the food excellent. Yeah, the Ark is rustic but the food w...  more »
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  • What a quirky little gem! We went on a Sunday afternoon and it was packed! We did both the castle and auto tour and they were well worth it. The grounds are beautiful, the tour guides are funny and informative and the entire experience is everything than encompasses a weird roadside attraction. It is definitely worth the stop if you are in the area.
  • What an amazing place to visit. Sure, it's a little out of the way, but it really is worth the trip. Mr. Solomon created some incredible works of art from what anyone else would have considered junk.The tour guides are wonderful and they really do provide a window into the personality of Mr. Solomon. We also enjoyed the restaurant. You don't usually expect great food at tourist attractions, but this place is the exception.
  • The castle is really cool. There is so much wonderful art in a variety of mediums and a ton of puns! It's definitely worth the trip. We did both tours, and the workshop was kinda interesting, but if you're on a budget and don't care about cool old cars (1935 and older), save your money. Also, the restaurant is really neat, but we thought it was too expensive and went to Giovanni's instead (delicious).
  • Quirky art by an interesting and talented man. The tour is entertaining and essential to the experince -- the script was written by the artist! Its location is remote, but a relaxing drive in the countryside. There's a restaurant named The Boat in the Moat that serves hot and cold dishes. Worth the trip, but more enjoyable on a cooler day.
  • 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!

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