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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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  • Had a nice stroll around the gardens plenty of greenery which I loved very much being quite the outdoor person. You can stroll around the gardens or even get a golf cart to take you around at no extra...  more »
  • Strolling through the botanical gardens while listning to the melody of the bells coming from the Singing Tower carillon lets my stress ebb away and I feel Grounded again. Lovely place. If your ever i...  more »
  • My wife and I chose the Bok Tower and Gardens for a special day out for our anniversary. If you enjoy walking among beautiful landscape, gardens and scenery, you will love this place. Previous reviewe...  more »
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  • Always good for a peaceful day. So beautifully designed. The new improvements to the walking paths are a wonderful addition. It is easy to walk and look around without worrying where you are stepping. The hammock play area for children is a unique and fun place. The Cafe was a good place for lunch and ice cream! We live two hours away and it is worth the drive. We will be back!
  • The gardens are so beautiful! The tower itself is amazing and plays music several times a day. Definitely pay the extra five bucks to tour the manor, that was incredible. Bring your kids, they'll love running around the children's area that has plenty of park benches in the shade for parents to rest.
  • BEAUTIFUL. Breathtaking views. This is an amazing tower on the highest hill in Florida. I took my wife here for our anniversary and was not disappointed. There is history, gardens, a mansion to tour, a nice little cafe to eat at... I highly recommend taking the whole family. Bok tower is easily one of my favorite places in the state.
  • Wow. This is one of the best places to visit in Florida. It is a great deal for the money and a good full day of enjoyment (maybe one and a half). Great date location. New kids Park is awesome looking although the last time I was there I didn't have my kids for testing (although it is awesome looking, I almost played on it).
  • The new children garden is wonderful. Not your conventional playground. I love how it uses elements in the nature to spark kid's creativity. They can play music, read books,ale drawings, there is a little outdoor theater and a small water splash area for hot days.