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Day Trippin’: #7


If you really want to get off the beaten path, head up to Ona, about a 2-hour drive from Sanibel Island.  It’s in the middle of nowhere, but well worth the drive.

Especially when you realize that your destination is Solomon’s Castle, a hand-built medieval castle complete with a moat.

The sculptor Howard Solomon started building the castle in 1974 out of aluminum printing plates thrown out by the local newspaper.

Years later, the ever-evolving, gleaming three-story-high castle now covers 12,000 sq. feet, including a courtyard filled with sculptures made from discarded automotive parts and a 60-foot replica of a 16th century Portuguese galleon that serves as the castle’s restaurant.

While the structure itself captures the imagination, it is the pun-filled tour led by Solomon himself that is truly worth the time.  For more information, click here.

Lots of fans on TripAdvisor.  And what better way to end your Day Trippin’ fun than with an escapade fit for a king and queen?

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