Our family and friends live in Miami, Florida. Whenever we have the chance to get to Miami, we go. Thanks to our pop-up camper, we go more frequently now. Miami doesn’t lack in things to do! So if you make it to Miami, take part of your day and head south to Leisure City to see Coral Castle.
Quick South Florida Day Trip – Coral Castle
The admission fee has definitely gone up from .10₵ but you won’t be disappointed. So what is Coral Castle and why is it in the middle of Leisure City, Florida?
“From 1923 to 1951, Ed Leedskalnin single-handedly and secretly carved over 1,100 tons of coral rock, and his unknown process has created one of the world’s most mysterious accomplishments. To this day, no one knows how Ed created the Coral Castle. Built under the cover of night and in secret, at a time when there were no modern construction conveniences, Ed would only say that he knew “the secret of the pyramids.” When he died, his secrets died with him, and to this day scientists and thinkers still debate Ed’s methods.”
I am not sure how Ed made this place nor do I understand why. Rumors that circulate around are that he made it for a 15-year-old girl he loved. Since it is just a rumor, and whether that is true or not, I do not know nor do I want to. Seriously, I’d rather not know. Let me just enjoy this limestone without drama. 🙂
“The grounds of Coral Castle consist of 1,100 short tons (1,000 t) of stones in the form of walls, carvings, furniture and a castle tower. Commonly believed to be made of coral, it is made of oolite, also known as oolitic limestone.”
Hurricane Andrew in 1992 did not shift these rocks!
What makes Coral Castle interesting, outside of the fact that Ed said he “discovered the secrets of the pyramids” and no one seen him make any of this? It’s an interesting castle near Miami! “Among them are a two-story castle tower that served as Leedskalnin’s living quarters (walls consisting of 8-foot-high pieces of stone); an accurate sundial; a Polaris telescope; an obelisk; a barbecue; a water well; a fountain; celestial stars and planets; and numerous pieces of furniture. The furniture pieces include a heart-shaped table, a table in the shape of Florida, twenty-five rocking chairs, chairs resembling crescent moons, a bathtub, beds, and a throne.”
The average piece weighed 15 tons!
South Florida Day Trip – Coral Castle