Solomon's Castle

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Solomon's Castle
4.5
Art Galleries • Architectural Buildings • Castles
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Visit the home, galleries and workshop of internationally renowned artist Howard Solomon. Tour the Castle, walk our beautiful nature trails and enjoy a delightful lunch at the Boat in the Moat Restaurant. Spend the day!
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Carltonowen
United States42 contributions
Oct 2020
A long way from nowhere you can a jewel in the swamp. The castle is amazing to walk around outside of but inside your mind may be blown by all of the repurposed art of Mr. Solomon.
Very busy man while living, passed in 2016, and loved pun's. The names of his art will fill in why I know he liked puns.
I would recommend visiting early, they open at 10 am, or in the cooler weather. Florians know just how hot it can get and the location can block a breeze.
The grounds are beautiful and you can find all sorts of flowers to look at.
The restaurant serves great food and milkshakes and other sweet treats. Almost worth the trip.
Be sure to have a printed map, phone serves is spotty at best. Take cash or use the ATM in the gift shop.
Written October 24, 2020
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HeatherFeather218
Tampa, FL6 contributions
Jan 2020
This was on my bucket list of semi-local atlas obscura places I wanted to visit so we took a drive out there yesterday. It's important to note that this place really isn't on the way to anywhere but the drive is an interesting opportunity to see natural central Florida landscape and some citrus groves. There is ample parking although further back it is unpaved but there is lots of shade, which is pretty desirable here in Florida. There were a lot of people here on a Tuesday in January but this being snow bird season is understandable.

I had read reviews and seen photos online but was was unprepared for the amount of and breadth of art Mr. Solomon created. Mr. Solomon was way ahead of his time in upcycling materials to create both art and functional things. I won't spoil any surprises but there are some really amazing things here. The tour is interesting and the script is loaded with puns which we were told was just how Mr. Solomon wanted it.

The boat was much bigger than I had expected and had a restaurant inside but there is also seating on a nice shaded patio on the other side of the boat or in the lighthouse building that is adjacent to the boat. We had lunch here and found the food to be relatively simple but fresh and very good as well as reasonably priced.

We did both parts of the tour so we also got to go up into a storage building where Mr. Solomon's antique car collection is housed. There are also more interesting transportation related art pieces housed here.

You can walk around and explore the large grounds which include some additional interesting buildings, a swamp area, and check out the cattle and miniature horses and burros in the field. There is a nice picnic area and a lot of native Florida plants and trees. I also saw the biggest staghorn fern that I have ever seen in my life.

I saw at least one review that was unhappy with the bathrooms but for this type of very rural, family owned and operated attraction, I don't think they were bad. They were clean, had toilets that flushed, soap, sinks that worked, and paper towels. I guess maybe I'm just not that fussy.

Overall, I'd absolutely recommend for an interesting day trip. It is probably better to go in cooler months due to weather although it is closed in August and September anyway. You may want to bring bug spray especially if you visit in warmer/wetter months.

I left here feeling like Mr. Solomon was someone I would have like to have known. Really interesting guy and glad his family is still sharing with the public.
Written January 29, 2020
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Lynn D
Sebring, FL1 contribution
Feb 2021
We went today for the first time not really knowing what to expect and were so delighted with our day. Directions were marked well on the highway. Parking was easily accessible and it only got better from there. The artwork is incredible and the back story was both funny and fascinating. The food at the restaurant" Boat in the Moat" was abundant and tasty although the service was somewhat slow...they were busy. Every employee we met were friendly and informative. I highly recommend this as a day trip for anyone; adults and teen alike but little kids may get bored. Pick a nice day to go and enjoy!!
Written February 23, 2021
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VickieJ03
Columbus, OH86 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
Amazing place to visit! This is about much more than visiting Solomon's Castle. It is all about seeing the amazing talent, imagination and sense of humor this man had. After talking with multiple employees, who are either family members or close family friends, it is obvious that Howard Solomon was a unique and wonderful man. There are two tours available, one of the castle and one of the auto, planes and trains exhibit. We participated in and enjoyed both. Lunch at the Boat in the Moat was reasonably priced, scrumptious and plentiful. We even took a walk on the nature trail. Time spent on this property was relaxing and serene. We will most likely return and bring friends.

PS: It is my thought that the folks who gave poor reviews simply did not have much appreciation for this type of art and creativity. It is not the type of castle that is full of fine furniture and beautiful china. It is a castle that was family home full of love and creativity in a peaceful country setting.
Written April 22, 2021
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Mark_and_Norma
Henrietta, NY128 contributions
Mar 2020
Visited Solomon's Castle as recommended by relatives who live in Florida. I had never heard of the place. Its in the middle of rural Florida (in the middle of nowhere frankly) but with good directions we found it quite easily.
The property is a private estate of the late Howard Solomon who created a massive art collection using only recycled materials. The artistry of his work runs the entire spectrum. He made large numbers of metal sculptures and wooden painting. Many of the paintings are Howard's interpretations of Master's work. The building itself is a site to behold with is aluminum exterior and themed stained glass windows. Beyond the Castle he has built a pirate ship and lighthouse now used a restaurant and gift shop. We had lunch in the outdoor garden area and the food was very good for reasonable prices.
Should you visit, BEWARE, they only accept cash (no cards).
Written March 17, 2020
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Rebekkasmom
Bradenton, FL140 contributions
Mar 2021 • Friends
I've taken visiting friends and family several times and everyone from kids thru seniors love it! Guided tours leaders are knowledgeable and tell Solomon's story with humor. I believe Mr Solomon's approach to his craft can be summed up by saying that every piece of material he used spoke to him and told him what it wanted to be. There is also a very good restaurant on site, in a boat also built by Mr Solomon. There is also a tour of his cars which I have not done. Don't let the remote location dissuade you from visiting. It's an easy uncrowded drive. Highly recommended for ages 5 thru 99.
Written March 23, 2021
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Grova J
Winter Garden, FL16 contributions
Feb 2020
A beautiful castle made from repurposed aluminum printing sheets. The castle is filled with interesting art works made from repurposed materials of all kinds. Our guide Cheryl was amusing a script written by the artist Howard Solomon. The boat in the moat contains a restaurant with tasty and reasonably prices food.
Written February 16, 2020
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Julie L
4 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
Today we celebrate our 15 year Wedding Anniversary and decided to take a day trip to see Solomon's Castle. Such a wonderful experience talking and learning about a creative artist and person of Howard Solomon. This is a trip for all ages to experience, between the education, the artistic talent and how Mr Solomon lived and his experiences and talent of art that began at age 4. Definitely a trip to come back to again soon and to bring the family and friends. I would love to stay on our next visit in the Blue Moon Room overnight! Thank you all the staff for an enlightening experience.
Written April 29, 2021
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John H
Fort Wayne, IN111 contributions
Jan 2020
We drove out to Solomon's Castle coming from Bradenton. Not a bad drive since the roads were in good shape. We found the tour of the castle fascinating with the art pieces created by Mr. Solomon very interesting. We only wish we could have spent more time examining the various pieces in greater detail but we understood other guests were waiting to see the castle. We had lunch in the restaurant which was very good. The price for the tour and for lunch was fair. I would certainly recommend the castle tour and lunch for anyone interested in unusual art.
Written February 19, 2020
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plan09
Lakewood Ranch, FL2,209 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
Hard to describe this attraction. Strange, interesting, mind boggling?
Solomon was an artist and created a world based on his imagination.
The tours leave concurrently with no set time table which can mean waiting depending on your timing. We finished the castle tour but had to leave after waiting 20’ as the other tour was in progress so our timing was unfortunate.
Lunch in the boat was a chance to cool off.
The employees (Cindy’s tour was fun) are friendly and the grounds beautiful but this is out in the middle of swamp land to be sure.
If you like weird Florida attractions this is got you.
Written July 24, 2021
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  • Tue - Sun 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM