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“Weird and wonderful” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Solomon's Castle

Solomon's Castle
4533 Solomon Road, Ona, FL 33865
863-494-6077
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Ona
Type: Art Galleries, Architectural Buildings
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Owner description: Home and working studio of Howard Solomon, an internationally known sculptor, features the artist's works plus landscaped gardens and nature trails.
Rochester, New York
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81 reviews 81 reviews
13 attraction reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Weird and wonderful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Out in the middle of NOWHERE (and depending on your route, watch out for a farm with the very odd looking brahman cows), this 'castle' shines brightly, with it's siding made from aluminum offset printing plates. As other have noted, the tour is 'canned' and full of puns, but the 'artist' obviously has creativity and talent, and you'll probably even catch a glimpse of him. The tour takes you through the castle - many museum-like rooms, as well as what seems to be the family's living room and kitchen. you don't go to the 2nd floor, but there are several steps up and down to navigate, so the 'living spaces' are not handicap-accessible. the food at the 'boat in the moat' is quite decent, and the recommended walnut pie was worth the calories. The biggest disappointment was the gift shop, that sold mostly odds and ends made in China.

Visited January 2013
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Bradenton, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Get place to spend the day.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Yesterday we went to Solomon's Castle. What a blast. This place is really off the beaten path but worth the drive. It is about 47 miles from Bradenton but it is a very pleasant ride. No traffic, great landscape of farms with cows and horses. They start you with a tour of the Gallery, our tour guide was Faith and she was wonderful. Everything in the Gallery is made by Solomon himself and there are some off the wall pieces of scultures and art. Very entertaining. After the tour you can walk the grounds which are nicely kept. We ate at the "Boat in the Moat" which Solomon also built. The food was wonderful and not expensive. You can also get served outside or in the other inside eating areas. There are two gift shops which also feature Solomon's art work. While we were eating Solomon himself came in and we thanked him for a wonderful experience. It is only $10.00 a person to get in. Try it!

Visited January 2013
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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Extraordinary Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

Wow, what a place, so hard to believe one man had the imagination and drive to build this fabulous castle complete with a 'boat in the moat'. The guide was wonderful with a very witty script written by Mr Solomon himself - the only downside was we felt too rushed on the tour and there is so much to see, could have done with much longer to look around. There is something here for all ages and children would, I'm sure, be entranced by the whole experience. We also had coffee in the 'boat' and only wished we could have been there at dinner time too. All the staff, mostly family, are so welcoming and when we encountered Mr Solomon in his workshop he was only too pleased to chat and pose for photos. Would love to return some day, many thanks.

Visited November 2012
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Vero Beach,Fl.
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“Tasty and unique”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Family owned. Diverse menu booth inside and outside eating. Fairly priced and we had entertainment. Traditional and some unique dishes.

Visited November 2012
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Lafayette, Indiana
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44 reviews 44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Unique”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

What a wonderful off the beaten track fun place to visit
One of those places you would never expect unless someone else has been
The Artist never throws anything away and has made so many items that show how repuroposing can work

Visited November 2012
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