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“Indescribable”
Review of Solomon's Castle

Solomon's Castle
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Ona
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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: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed March 25, 2013

I can't find words to describe this attraction. This is the ultimate recycler. He uses anything & everything and puts a funny spin on it. The tour was great but felt that it was a bit rushed. I would love to have had more time to really appreciate the pieces. I was so surprised that the tour included part of his residence. We also enjoyed lunch on site; very good food & very well priced. A bit of a trip and not easy to find, but it is a gem in the middle of no where! NOTE: Admission to the castle is cash only.

5  Thank Beth P
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

The week before we saw the Dali Museum in St Petes, and marvelled at Dali's genius. Then we went to Solomon's Castle and enjoyed the artistic work of another genius.
Lots of sculptures made out of recycled parts. The tour is amazingly well done, lots of humor and fascinating stories about the man. If you are lucky he will be on the premises and you can talk to him. The whole castle is made from recycled materials.
The restaurant is excellent, the food is all fresh, top quality, and fairly priced. Be sure to walk around the grounds and see the things he has made.
A bit of a ways to get there, but well worth it.

2  Thank Steve B
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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.

Thank Sharon T
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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.

1  Thank JMelq
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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.

Thank connerscats
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