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Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales

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On the National Register of Historic Places, Bok Tower Gardens sits atop one of central Florida's highest points. Spanning nearly 100 hectares (250 acres), this site features winding paths and secluded clearings. The Singing Tower, a 62 m (205 ft) tall Gothic-Art Deco structure, features a carillon with 60 large bells. You can wander through the gardens to find many varieties of blooming flowers, endangered plants, and tranquil pools, many designed by famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. While in the park, keep your eyes open for the 126 different bird species, as well as tortoises and snakes, which call the gardens home. Take a look at our Lake Wales trip itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Bok Tower Gardens and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • This was a place I decided to go to from seeing pictures my cousin had taken on a previous trip. It is not expensive to get into. They have a lovely garden and play area for kids. My favorite was seei...  more »
  • Stopped on the drive home from Orlando. You can easily spend at least a half day here. The grounds are so beautiful, and if you have a cool, not humid day, you can stroll the grounds for hours. Kids l...  more »
  • Very "Old Florida" attraction. Love this place. One of very few places in Florida where you can get a vista. Try to attend a Moonlight Concert, but bring bug spray after dark. They have been redoing t...  more »
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  • This is one of the best things to do in all of Florida. The grounds are impeccably maintained. The mansion was very interesting as the staff was very knowledgeable. From a children's play area to the tower itself, you can easily spend the whole afternoon here. Bring a picnic lunch or buy a sandwich at the restaurant. If you're anywhere near Bok Gardens and haven't been then absolutely make the effort or you will miss a truly worth while experience.
  • The grounds are extensive and beautiful with paths, a little mansion, and a carillon bell tower, which plays tunes at various times during the day. Sitting under the Spanish moss-dressed trees in the breeze is a peaceful rest in this beautiful garden. There is plenty for the nature-lover and photographer to contemplate here, and families can feed the koi fish. It is a little pricey, but worth the money, in my opinion.
  • This place is incredible! We had such a great time. It's a great place for a peaceful walk and the children's area is great! We ate at the cafe there and the food was really good. I highly recommend this place. We enjoyed it here so much that we bought a membership so we can come back all the time.
  • The grounds are some of the best maintained I've seen outside of Ireland, and the Singing Tower is gorgeous! We spend all morning and most of the afternoon simply wandering the grounds, enjoying the weather, and photography all the amazing plant life! The outdoor kitchen, with the edible garden next to it was a favorite of mine, as I love to cook, and gave me some great ideas!
  • This is a beautiful place to spend a day and wander through the gardens. Some of the views are beautiful and the walking trails are well kept. If needed, they have golf cart transportation to take you to the tower if needed. The kids area is entertaining and will surely keep them busy.