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“Amazing Structures and Backstory” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Coral Castle Museum

Coral Castle Museum
28655 S Dixie Highway, Homestead, FL 33033
305- 248-6345
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Ranked #5 of 14 attractions in Homestead
Type: Castles, Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: If you had visited Coral Castle in the 1940s you would have been greeted enthusiastically by a man weighing a mere 100 pounds and standing just over 5 feet tall. He would have asked you for ten cents admission and introduced you to his fantasy world. Since it is documented that no one ever witnessed Ed's labor in building his beloved Coral Castle, some have said he had supernatural powers. Ed would only say that he knew the secrets used to build the ancient pyramids and if he could learn them, you could too. Today, you can tour the Coral Castle with our tour guides. Narration available in English, Spanish, French or German, Japanese, and Russian. Features of the Coral Castle Museum include a 9-ton gate, a Polaris telescope. We invite you to witness for yourself what millions saw on national TV's "Ancient Aliens" "Sabado Gigante's Don Francisco" "Good Morning America" "That's Incredible" "In Search Of..." "You Asked For It!" and "Ripley's Believe It or Not". Billy Idol wrote his hit song, "Sweet Sixteen" just for us. Coral Castle is one of the Top 10 Historic Hot Spots in South Florida!!
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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“Amazing Structures and Backstory”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

As many of the other reviews were saying, when I first walked up and heard the admission fee, I was skeptical. But my friend insisted, and we went in. This place was amazing. One man, a 5-foot one at that, managed to design, transport and carve everything in this place. And once you start listening to the continuous tours as you walk around, you will become even more amazed. Better yet, this is not a museum where you can't touch anything. In fact, visitors are encouraged to sit in the chairs, run their hands over the carvings, even climb up onto the throne. An amazing, amazing place, worth every penny.

Visited July 2012
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Churchton, MD
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“Awesome Story”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

This is a must see in Homestead/Florida City. At first glance it didn't seem like much of a castle but once through the gates and getting the tour, it is amazing, because it was quarried, fashioned, transported, and constructed by one man: Edward Leedskalnin, a 5-ft. tall, 100-lb. Latvian immigrant.
Many men have single-handedly built their own homes, but Leedskalnin's choice of building materials is what makes his undertaking so incredible. He used huge blocks of coral rock, some weighing as much as 30 tons, and somehow was able to move them and set them in place without assistance or the use of modern machinery.
Our tour guide filled us in on a lot of the history and Ed's story and we really enjoyed our visit.

Visited November 2012
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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“Mindboggling”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

When I was quoted a $15 admission price for adults I didn't think that the Coral Castle would be worth it, but I was wrong. Ed, the diminutive Latvian stone mason who built this place was incredible. You'll see something that is part Stonehenge, part astronomical observatory, and part Stone Age residence. He moved and carved these incredible rock sculptures on his own, some weighing as much as 23 tons. Definitely a near miraculous achievement. Narration by the friendly guide Julia really helped with the experience. Worth a splurge.

Visited November 2012
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greensboro,nc
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“Sweet history, good guide”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Ken, our guide, was so enthusiastic about the history and details and made our visit enjoyable. My husband is an engineer so he was very interested in all the building details. I liked that Coral Castle was pretty and the history was sweet :)

Visited November 2012
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“This Place is Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Located just a few miles up the road from The Floridian Hotel. One of the most Amazing things I have ever seen. Crazy-cool!

Visited October 2012
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