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.