The Coral Castle and a Taste of Miami

Price: $385.00
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Summary
Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Active, Culinary, Cultural
Shore Excursion Duration 8 Hours
Activity Level Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Samplings of local produce and coffee, a local lunch, and a flight of wine or beer are included.
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable clothes and sensible walking shoes or sneakers.
Restrictions The minimum age to participate is 13 years old.

The Coral Castle and a Taste of Miami

Perfect for history and archaeology enthusiasts, as well as garden lovers, this deep dive into the Coral Castle, complemented by a trip to an exquisite orchid farm and a fruit park, unveils remarkable Homestead and South Florida attractions.

Start your day with a guided exploration of the Coral Castle, a monument shrouded in mystery. A sculpture garden of stone built by one man - Edward Leedskalnin - between 1923 and 1951, the Coral Garden contains more than 1,100 tons of oolite coral rock that he single-handedly carved. Learn the legends behind why a man would spend 28 years carving such a site using nothing but homemade tools. Was it an homage to unrequited love, or simply a man's knack for ancient sciences and handiwork? Compared to England's Stonehenge and India's Taj Mahal, it is believed that Leedskalnin was determined to build an everlasting monument to his lost love.

Let the day unfold as you step into the bewitching world of an orchid farm, where the dazzling hues and exquisite patterns of these flowers, including rare and exotic hybrids, enchant your vision. Your adventure deepens with a taste exploration, sampling an assortment of tropical fruits on a one-hour guided tour of the extraordinary Fruit & Spice Park. This unique haven is celebrated as the one of the only tropical botanical gardens of its kind in the continental United States. The park's tropical climate allows for an impressive repertoire of more than 500 varieties of fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs, and nuts.

As lunchtime beckons, immerse yourself in a gastronomic journey that captures the area's flavors, reflecting the deep cultural heritage found here. This thoughtfully crafted excursion is designed to intrigue your mind, delight your senses, and treat your palate as you experience the alluring mysteries, lush natural splendor, and rich flavors that are quintessentially Floridian.