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“What is common in Egyptian pyramids, Stonehenge and Coral Castle?” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Coral Castle Museum

Coral Castle Museum
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Ranked #2 of 37 things to do in Homestead
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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: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Tampa, Florida
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“What is common in Egyptian pyramids, Stonehenge and Coral Castle?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

If you like mysterious stories with incomplete answers, you will appreciate a Coral Castle attraction. It is a story about a man with a genius mind, who purportedly suffered from unrequited love. So, he decided to build a castle, devoted to the love of his youth. What makes this attraction special is that Ed (was his name) built this 'open-air castle' using heavy (several tons!) coral stones without any help! He used simple tools, and he claimed to have learned the secrets of pyramids. He never disclosed any of such secrets to the public. Original Instruments and tools left did not help scientists and engineers either.
Coral Castle is located in Homestead, which is a 40-minute drive from Miami, FL. If you are in the area, it is a good place to visit. Definitely something different. Yet, it is relatively small. So, you will be able to see it all for 1-2 hours. Fees as of February 2013 were $15 per person. Parking is free. Take a guided tour, they are ongoing. It is worth taking a tour, as the guides provide lots of details, which you would not know just looking at the rocks. The place is cool for pictures. Do not get discouraged that it is not a big castle. The story is all worth it! - I am a personal blog writer and love to share my impressions on traveling and other topics. www.theamateurexpert.com

Visited February 2013
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“Interesting, for a hour or so”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

After reading the promos I thought the site would be more extensive. But what's there is fascinating. Most of the "coral" isn't coral at all, but rather of a local sedimentary limestone. The tour guides make that quite clear. If you go, be sure to join one of the tours as much of what you see is better understood if one goes on the tour.
The construction is amazing, especially when one considers that the entire site was built by a frail, little bit of a guy. His living quarters, sundial, and north star observatory are particularly interesting.
Don't figure on spending much more than an hour at the site.
There is a fee, but it's worth the price. (Of course I paid the senior rate :>)

Visited March 2013
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Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania
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“Architectural wonder”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

My husband heard about this limestone structure on late night radio and it sounded really amazing. It did not disappoint. The 2 hour tour, which is outdoors, was conducted by a very knowledgeable tour guide. The tours go on all the time so no matter when you get there you can join the one in progress. There is a nominal charge of $15, with a AAA discount of $1 and a senior discount for those over 65. There is also a snack bar and gift shop.

Visited March 2013
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Wainfleet, Canada
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“An interesting afternoon”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

We were exploring South Florida so stayed in Homestead as our base. Coral Castle was an interesting place to visit for an afternoon. It is a park-like setting made out of huge pieces of coral. The one thing I wasn't pleased about was that when we got there we were taken to a tour group that was already in progress, so we had missed the beginning of the tour. They have a video playing and I would rather have been given the option of watching the video and going on the next tour.

We did stay with the original tour and then waited for the next tour to start - and really enjoyed the personality of the second tour guide more. It was a fun place to spend a couple of hours.

Visited March 2013
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Carleton Place, Canada
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“Beautiful photographer's paradice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

We went here with relatively low expectations and were pleasantly surprised.
There is an optional tour which I highly recomend, the guy had great stories about the history here, and about how everythign worked.
This is not a large place but it is lovely. The gardens are very nice, the limestone structures are really unique and a lovely little suprise...there are several of species of lizards who live here. I had a great time enjoying the garden after the tour and doing a nice photoshoot.
We were with another couple so unfortunately I could not stay as long as I wopuld have liked. It is a very peaceful place, if you like gardens, and are a shutter bug you will enjoy this little gem.

Visited March 2013
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