Finally my son was at the appropriate age to explore Rubel Castle in Glendora. You have to be at least 8 years old to be able to attend the tour. Rubel Castle is located in Glendora. Cost is $10 per adult and $5 per child. You have to call and schedule a tour. You don't need a group as they will fit you in. Now this isn't your average castle. You won't hear stories about royalty here. You will hear stories about friendship, perseverance, and imagination.
The tour lasted about two hours for us. It is a lot of walking there are stairs, tunnels, and uneven surfaces and you have to wear sturdy footwear. Everything and anything was used to make this castle. That is what makes it unique. You will find bottles, trophies, jail house doors, railroad tracks, and even motorcycle parts as part of the castle.
.Listening to the story of Michael Rubel and how he purchased the property at just nineteen years old. How he tried different businesses with those failing. How when he was little he used to build forts as a kid and had a dream of building a castle. How the community of friends and neighbors help build the castle.
The bottle house is the first structure that Michael Rubel built. He was inspired by Knott's and Calico Ghost Town. How cool is that! The ladder to the right of the picture takes you to a loft area where he slept.
When you visit point out to your kids all the different things in the walls. There are little trinkets everywhere. Yeah see the wall below Michael Rubel put everything that was shaped like a circle. Why? Cause he can lol.
The clock tower is powered by 1890 Seth Thomas Clockworks. It is really cool to see and hear. If you are doing the tour during the half or hour spot you will be able to see how it works. This was my sons favorite.
I don't want to give too much away. Watch the video and check out the tour yourself. You will love it!