Florida is known to havemany mansions but it also has some hidden castles. Solomon's Castle is the most unreal place tucked in the woods that looks like you just arrived in the Land of Oz.
This castle is a man'sdream turned reality. The castle is open for tours Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. You can also have a leisure dinner at the castle by the boat's dining room. The Boat in the Moat restaurant offers one of the most unique experiences in Florida. Their menu features sweet tooth fairy delights, royal sandwiches, and the best pies suitable for a princess.
After lunch, tour the castle and explore more than 80 interpretive stained glass windows, countless metal sculptures, and the beautiful lighthouse. If you're wondering about its structure, Solomon's Castle was built with aluminum newspaper printing plates.
The hidden kingdom is located in the middle of a Florida swamp and sits in a 12,000 square feet of land. This castle is three stories tall and it also features an art gallery with things made of recycled materials.
Solomon's Castle was built by Howard Solomon with the purpose to find a quiet place to work. Currently, the castle features the sculptures and work that didn't sell by the sculptor. According to Roadside America, Howard chose this structure since the land he bought did not have enough high ground.
This place serves as a museum and also a great place to explore Florida nature while having a nice meal by the 16-foot boat.
If you are interested in visiting this whimsical palace it costs $22 to see the traditional castle and Howard's encore.
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Florida is looking to ease government-enforced COVID-19 restrictions as cases slowly continue to drop and vaccines are administered across the state.
Governor Ron DeSantis, in a press conference on Monday, issued an executive order that immediately suspends all current local COVID-19 restrictions, while also signing a bill that will prohibit local governments from enforcing COVID-19 emergency orders, including mask mandates and social distancing requirements, starting July 1.
On top of the new order, DeSantis also reinforced his ban on "vaccine passports," saying it is unnecessary to be "policing people at this point."
"If you're saying that, you really are saying you don't believe in the vaccines, you don't believe in the data," he said.
The Tampa Bay Times reports the order only prevents local governments from issuing COVID-19 restrictions, meaning local businesses and restaurants may still enforce restrictions such as mask mandates and/or social distancing precautions.