A Castle in Florida?

Today’s 🎉Adventure Friday🎉 took us to Solomon’s Castle in Ona, FL. What a cool, funky place! Hidden away in the Florida woodlands is this lifelong art project of Howard Solomon. They offer tours of the castle, which houses his stained glass window designs and and many metal sculptures. The Boat in the Moat Restaurant offers a great lunch and dessert menu with seating under the beautiful trees – and a rockin’ hotdog, according to Elliott 🙂 The grounds are packed with Florida flowers and nature trails that offer a great place to walk around and explore.

We also visited two of our favorite places – Rise and Nye’s and The Ringling . We had unfinished business with both of these places, so we needed a second day! Evan spotted beignets on the menu at Rise and Nye’s at our last visit, but we saved them for another day. So very glad we ordered them today! They were absolutely delicious. We always love talking with their staff, and it is such a treat to spend our Friday mornings with them.

At Rise & Nye’s, we provide secure, successful jobs which in turn help our employees form meaningful friendships with their peers; live independently; improve their public speaking, develop self-advocacy and communication skills; and feel valued and included by society. We celebrate and honor their special abilities!

The Circus Museum at The Ringling was pretty amazing. The highlight was the 44,000-piece Howard Bros. Circus Model that recreates the magic and enormous scale of the traveling circus. I even bought the book…it was that cool! Costumes, posters, wagons and train cars are on display, as well.

No matter where you live, there are always new places to explore. Plan it, and make your own 🎉Adventure Friday🎉!