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Review of Solomon's Castle

Solomon's Castle
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Ona
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
North Port, Florida, United States
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“day trip”
Reviewed March 21, 2013

We had a great day at this castle. Ate lunch at their restaurant & it was very good. Really a lot of neat things within the castle. Had guided tour. All in all very enjoyable day trip for us.

Visited May 2012
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Estero, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
300 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“Wonderful Day Trip - Inexpensive - Very Unique & Interesting !”
Reviewed March 21, 2013

WOW ... what a nice surprise going to Solomon's Castle ... really enjoyed it much more than I thought I would !! A bit of a drive from Ft Myers, but well worth it ... This unique gallery and workshop has been showcased on CNN, Animal Planet, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe etc etc. Pretty good chance you'll see the artist - painter - author (Howard Solomon) at work in his shop ... he is only too happy to chat. The tour guides are a 'hoot' ... lots of great humor going from one unique piece after another of Howard's work -- all the material to make the art work and designs come from discarded old engines, barrels, whatever ... all very creative. Highly recommend this attraction - bring your camera (lot of 'kodak moments') - inexpensive ($10 adults - only $4 for kids 12 and under). If your time table allows it take time to enjoy the 'Boat in the Moat Restaurant' on site (excellent home cooking comfort food at a reasonable price). Suggestion: Might want to follow the directions on their web-site ... a little tricky-rural area.

Visited March 2013
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Hanover Park, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Off the beaten path, fun!”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

We went with a large group and an 2 yr old. We were a bit concerned about that. But all was Great. The castle was interesting and funny at the same time. The Builder/ Artist was very approcable, enjoyable and a funny character. He was to be found somewhere on the grounds which is 90 acres with a moat and creeks, nature paths to enjoy, Bed and breakfast soon to open on the grounds at the Chocolate House, lots of seating thoughout for a little rest, very relaxing. You can have an overnight stay in a turrent of the castle or eat an excellent home made meal on the kid friendly boat in the moat. The studio is a collection of recycled items in process of sculpture or soon to be a sculpture. The have to gift shops with homemade wares. This was very well worth the out of the way place. Green and recycle nuts rejoice.

Visited March 2013
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North Port
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Bucket List It!”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

If it's not on your "bucket list" ---- I just have to ask what's wrong with you. Our first trip to this place I was whining "Are we there yet?" & Pretty soon I was whispering to the wife --- "This better be worth the trip."
Well, it is only about an hour from Venice & well worth the drive. Only $10 for the tour adults & children 12 & under $4.

If the tour is too speedy you can go back in on your own & take your sweet time........ The tour guides are witty & irreverent --- the script varies a little it is our second time through.

The food was a little lacking today, but the food is not what you come for the place was jumping and we should have had the special....... for a little over $100 you can spend the night & for a little more & King Solomon will dress up as a French maid & tickle your fancy.

This place should get an A plus grade just for genuine genius in recycling........ nothing goes to waste

Visited March 2013
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Des Moines, Iowa
Level 6 Contributor
198 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“"Amusing" is the word”
Reviewed March 1, 2013

If you can manage to find Solomon's Castle (they REALLY need to improve their signage), it's a fun place to visit. It's sort of a combination of museum and gallery, but you need to firmly tuck your tongue into your cheek when you're there. The artist (Howard) describes himself as sculptor, painter, author, builder of castles and maker of dreams. His primary medium is rusty metal in the form of various machine parts and sheet metal, but he also works in stained glass and wood. While he'll never be a Rembrandt, he is prolific in his field. He also has a sense of humor..if he's the one who wrote the tour guides' script. It is one corny joke after another..

Another member of the "team" is Howard's wife, Peggy. She is called the "plant manager" (because of her gardening) but I would like to add "saint" to her description. Spending your life surrounded by a collection of Howard's "treasures" would require a very large dose of patience and good humor.

Also on the grounds is a restaurant run by Howard and Peggy's daughter, Alane. In spite of the extremely grubby plastic tables and chairs, their patio is a nice place to have a very nice lunch.

All in all, it mess for a decent afternoon's entertainment.

Visited February 2013
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