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“As a sculptor, it was fascinating” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Coral Castle Museum

Coral Castle Museum
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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!!
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
New York City, New York
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“As a sculptor, it was fascinating”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

I visited Coral Castle 40 years ago as a sculpture student and found the place fascinating. I have always included images of Coral Castle when giving talks about great examples of folk or untrained art. Today I took a group of my own sculpture students for a visit. Unfortunately it has not aged well. Hurricane Andrew evidently did a lot of damage and subsequent owners managed to destroy much of its charm. Making it handicapped accessible with wide paved paths, tourist ready with lots of signage, adding an absurd and enormous gift shop saddened me. The tour I took years ago was given by someone who actually knew Ed Leedskalnin (the creator of Coral Castle) and told fascinating tales of its construction and of Ed. Today's tour was more like entertaining a group of tourists with very bad humor but not a lot of knowledge. Regardless, there is still something magical about the place that is not to be missed.

Visited March 2013
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Sigourney, Iowa
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“Coral Castle”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

Coral Castle was a wonderful place to visit, with very knowledgable guides who told the story of how it was created and shared pictures of the man and the story about the castle.

Visited March 2013
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Tampa, Florida
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“Hard to Pass Up”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

For $15 you get a brief visit into the odd and unexplained world of a man who moved mountains of coral using his own methods of leverage and weight and weighing only ~100 lbs. It's a quick experience and fun for some picture viewing and the free tour. The sun dial and moon fountain are also especially neat and worth seeing. Fun adventure that can take anywhere from 15-45 minutes.

Visited March 2013
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“How Was it Built?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2013

Coral Castle is unique in that a single man built it all by himself. It took him about 23 years. He had only hand tools and no electricity or running water.

Did you know there is a new book that describes how Ed Leedskalnin built this place? It covers just about everything--tools, quarrying, lifting, moving, cutting, erecting the huge tripods, and erecting the walls, tower, and obelisk. Its title is Coral Castle Construction.

Visited January 2013
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Atlanta, GA
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“An Enigma in Homestead...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

Ever wonder what tons of carved limestone could be shaped to look like? Well at the Coral Castle you can see first hand the tireless work of one man over many years to realize his vision in limestone as functional "castle". It is astounding to see what hard work, sweat, and tenacity can accomplish with simplest of tools. It really does boggle my mind. It is certainly worth the time to stop by and see when in the area. The admission did not seem to much to me as it is amazing to say the least.

Visited February 2013
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