The Coral Castle Museum in Miami, Florida, is a castle and stone garden surrounded in mystery. It was built from 1923 to 1951 by Edward Leedskalnin, who was originally from Latvia and stood at just over five feet tall and weighed only 100 pounds. Despite his small size, he worked alone to build his castle during a time before modern construction equipment. His creations were carved out of more than 1,100 tons of coral rock, and he worked at night so no one saw how he built it—people began to say he had supernatural powers. All Ed would ever say was that he knew “the secret of the pyramids.” His secrets died with him.
Today you can explore Coral Castle with the help of an audio guide, available in English, Spanish, German or French, or on a tour with a knowledgeable guide. You will see many features of the museum, such as a nine-ton gate that moves with just a touch of the finger, a Polaris telescope and functioning rocking chairs, all are made entirely of stone.
The Coral Castle Museum is located at 28655 South Dixie Highway in Miami. When using GPS to get to the museum, use Homestead instead of Miami. The museum is open Sunday through Thursday from 8am to 6pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 8pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and up, and $7 for children 7-12. Children 6 and under are free.