Ona, Florida: Solomon's Castle

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4588 Solomon Rd, Ona, FL
90 min. from Tampa: near Bradenton, exit at St. Rd. 64 and turn E; 30 mi. later, turn S at County Rd 665, go 9 miles.
Tu-F 10-4, Sa-Su 11-4. Gated after hours. Closed Aug-Sept. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $12.50
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Solomon's Castle

One man's obsessive labor of medieval construction -- an aluminum-plated castle in the Florida swamps.

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We went to Solomon's Castle on a Wednesday, and it was very popular. You can't take photos inside, but this place is super cool! It was $16 for the castle tour. For an extra $6 you can head out to his barn for a bonus tour. We did both. The barn tour wasn't worth it, unless you like old Ford cars from before 1935.

[Randy Hoopes, 03/19/2021]

Portuguese Galleon restaurant.

Solomon's Castle

I just had to see Solomon's Castle. We went on a Saturday; I had no idea this was such a big attraction. The place was packed. Parking was limited. There was a wait time of 40 minutes to take the 45-minute long tour. So we skipped the tour and walked around taking pictures and had lunch at their own restaurant -- The Boat in the Moat -- which was good.

[bordeauxbarb, 02/19/2020]
Solomon's Castle

Mr. Solomon passed away in 2016 at the age of 81. Our guide informed us that her tour was scripted by Mr. Solomon, so the giggles and some groans remain included in the price of the tour. Mr. Solomon's daughter and son-in-law live on the property.

[Kathy & Ron - New Year 2020, 01/04/2020]

Galleon restaurant.

Solomon's Castle

Solomon's Castle is a fun and unusual trip. Thoroughly enjoyable and the restaurant is awesome!

[Patty, 03/26/2015]

The restaurant, The Boat in the Moat, was designed by Howard Solomon to resemble a Spanish Galleon (with attached lighthouse). Open Tu-Su 11-4. NO credit cards.

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