The man behind The Coral Castle Museum, Edward Leedskalnin, single-handedly built the coral castle in Miami, Florida between 1923 and 1951. Edward lived in Canada, California, and Texas before settling in Florida due to a welcoming climate change and his failing health. The Coral Castle Museum was a result of Ed’s heartbreak to his former fiancée, Agnes Scuffs and was made as a testament of his love. Before the Coral Castle Museum, Agnes called off her wedding to Edward leaving him sad and determined to prove his love.
The remarkable Castle structure has some pieces of coral that are 4,000 feet thick; yet surprisingly, Ed was a subtle man who stood barely over five feet tall and weighed only 100 pounds. His process is still unknown to this day, and the pieces of coral were moved and cut only using hand tools. He worked mostly at night to preserve his identity and worked on the structure until his death for the woman he loved and affectionately called his “sweet sixteen.”
The Coral Castle Museum, originally named Rock Gate Park, is one of a fascinating destinations in Miami and welcomes visitors from around the globe. The Coral Castle is open Sunday-Thursday 8 am until 6 pm and Friday and Saturday 8 am until 6 pm.
Ticket Prices are listed below:
- $15 Adults (ages 13-64)
- $12 Senior (ages 65+)
- $7 Child (ages 7-12)
- Children under 7 are free
Group rates and private events at the Coral Castle Museum are available by contacting Laura Maye at (305) 248- 6345 or via email at lauramaye [@] coralcastle.com for more information.
Directions to The Coral Castle Miami from the Miami airport:
- Take 836 West to the Florida Turnpike South
- Merge onto Florida Turnpike South
- Continue past the Homestead Extension, to Exit #5 Biscayne Drive at 288th Street
- Make a Right onto Biscayne Drive
- Continue West for 2 miles to SW 157th Avenue
- Turn right onto SW 157th Avenue
- The Coral Castle entrance will be on the right