4533 Solomon Road
Ona, Florida 33865
Tel: 863-494-6077

By  Mike Miller   Updated July 8, 2023

Solomon's Castle is on the country roads northwest of Arcadia.  It's just about as Florida back roads remote as it gets.

You can't miss it, however, because of all the neat little signs that lead the way.

Solomon's CastleSolomon's Castle
Flickr/Steven Miller

It was founded by an authentic character who figured out how to live life his way.

Howard Solomon, who died in 2016, was a well known sculptor who created a gleaming three story castle that pops up out of the Florida wilderness.

It looks like a temple of some lost religion, maybe one that specializes in turning junk into art.

Howard SolomonHoward Solomon

Mr. Solomon was once nicknamed "The DaVinci of Debris" for his talent in making beautiful things out of items discarded by modern society.

The castle is 12,000 square feet of whimsical abstract genius.

Cabin at Solomons Castle
Cabin at Solomon's Castle
Photographic Destinations by Bob Kyle

It is not only home to Howard's family, but it is also home to his workshop, galleries, exhibition rooms, a bed and breakfast inn and a restaurant.

The castle is constantly evolving and changing as you will notice if you visit more than once.  And you probably will.

Turret on Solomon's Castle
Turret on Solomon's Castle
Photographic Destinations by Bob Kyle

The exterior of the castle is sheathed with shiny silver colored metal printing plates salvaged from a newspaper business, and given a church-like look with 90 stained glass windows created by Howard. 

A turret with a balcony gives the place a medieval look.

The interior lives up to the promise of the exterior.  

Howard originally bought the 40 acres of swamp in 1972 and he and his family lived in a double-wide trailer while building the castle.  He started with this workshop and built up and out from there.  

After seven years, the Solomon family was able to move into their new home.

Train Scupture, Solomon's Castle

The main floor of Solomon's Castle is where the galleries are.  

This area has hundreds of sculptures all made out of junk or as Howard called them, "found objects".  

Lovely Woman with Horse Sculpture
Lovely Woman With Horse Sculpture at Solomon's Castle
Photographic Destinations by Bob Kyle

Some of these objects include discarded nuts and bolts, beer cans, sea shells, oil drums, sheet metal and wood.

Howard created art from this unlikely collection by using several skills including  welding, painting, carpentry, wood turning and a great sense of humor.

For example, you will see a motorcycle made out of gears, sprockets and used car parts.  It's named "Evil Kornevil".

Solomon's Castle is the Home of Jeb the Bushman

Jeb the Bushman, Solomon's Castle

Another great object of art is "Jeb the Bushman".  

It's an elephant made from several oil drums with the tusks made out of manatee ribs (don't ask) and toenails made out of clam shells.

Outside Dining at Solomon's Castle
Outside Dining at Solomon's Castle
Photographic Destinations by Bob Kyle

An amazing sight is "The Menagerie", a room with dozens of sculptures made out of 50,000 wire coat hangers. 

Solomon's Castle has a unique restaurant named Boat In The Moat, replica of a Spanish galleon that sits in an actual moat. 

It is reported to be the best restaurant in Ona, Florida.:)

The boat restaurant at Solomon's Castle
The Boat Restaurant at Solomon's Castle
Photographic Destinations by Bob Kyle

Howard Solomon until his death was still active in the day to day operations of the castle and creating art.  The original 40 acres of swampland has now grown to 90 acres.

Solomon's Castle is a great place to spend most of a day!  If a day isn't enough, the castle also has some bed and breakfast rooms.

Solomon's Castle Stained Glass WindowSolomon's Castle Stained Glass Window
Flickr/Steven Miller

The castle is open Tuesday through Sunday, 1100 am to 400 pm from October 2 to August 1.  It is closed during the hot muggy months of August and September.

They accept cash or checks only, but do have an ATM machine.


More Photos Kyle


Our Facebook page has more than 130,000 followers who love off the beaten path Florida: towns, tourist attractions, maps, lodging, food, festivals, scenic road trips, day trips, history, culture, nostalgia, and more.  We post articles every day.  Please check it out and if you like it, we would appreciate a "like" from you.