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Miami's Coral Castle (Video)

What to do in Miami? Go inside this engineering marvel and fantasy world.

Just outside of Miami, away from the bars and beaches, lies ones of South Florida's most beautiful, yet bizarre, attractions. The Coral Castle, just north of Homestead, is an amazing stone garden composed of more than 1,000 tons of coral rock. The curious element of this attraction is that no one knows how its creator—a 100-pound Latvian emigrant named Ed Leedskalnin—built it. Away from the watchful eyes of the community, Leedskalnin began constructing the castle in 1923; he never revealed how he could move such massive rocks into place.

Nearly everything here is built of a limestone rock that was created from coral. The carvings, the fountains, the walls, the doors, the art and even the furniture are all built of stone. The castle has located audio stands throughout the garden to provide visitors information (available in several different languages), and there are also staff members who can answer questions about this mysterious stone park. They might even laugh if you tell them that the place rocks ... "might" being the key operative in that sentence.

Admission to the Coral Castle is $15 for adults; discounts are available for seniors and children. Coral Castle is open daily from 8 am until 6 pm and stays open until 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

(Video by Davidsbeenhere)

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