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“Amazing Structures and Backstory”
Review of Coral Castle

Coral Castle
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Chosen TOP 35 out of more than 35,000 Museums in the United States "...guaranteed to be the highlight of your trip." Holiday Lettings from TripAdvisor!! TripAdvisor rates Coral Castle “Top 35 out of 35,000 museums across the U.S.” Top ratings from Yelp, New Times Magazine: “Reader Choice Awards: “Best of Miami” Ed Leedskalnin secretly built Coral Castle at night; excavating, carving, and moving 1,100 tons of coral rock. Experience Coral Castle’s “Love Story”, the History, the Science, and how Ed’s items work even after 93 years! Referred to as a Modern Megalith, Coral Castle is compared to the Ancient Megalith’s of the Egyptian pyramids, Stonehenge, and is considered by many, to be “one of the Wonder’s of the World”. Since 1923 Scientists, Engineers, Scholars continue to be amazed! See a hand-carved 9-ton gate, a Polaris telescope, the world’s only Sundial with seasons. Enjoy a movie short about the mysteries of Coral Castle, its creator; Edward Leedskalnin. Relax at the Coral Castle Cafe and enjoy our delicious gourmet menu. Visit our unique gift shop with Coral Castle collectables, science, natural stones, jewelry and much more! Seen on the History Channel, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Ancient Aliens, Univision, Telemundo, Sabado Gigante's Don Francisco, BBC! Even Billy Idol wrote his famous song; “Sweet Sixteen” in 1987 about Ed and his Coral Castle, Billy continues to talk about Ed all over the world and sing "Sweet Sixteen" in concerts today. Continuous live tours! Free parking.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Level 4 Contributor
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Amazing Structures and Backstory”
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
3 Thank phygem
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Churchton, MD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Awesome Story”
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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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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“Sweet history, good guide”
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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“This Place is Amazing!”
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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