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. Make Bok Tower Gardens a part of your Lake Wales vacation plans using our Lake Wales attractions planner .
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  • The gardens and trails were just beautiful. Have been wanting to visit for years and never seem to have enough time while vacationing. We went for the Christmas season decorations in Pinewood House. L...  more »
  • Went here with my daughter in her twenties and we spent 6 hours and need to return since we feel we did not see everything. We liked this so much we purchased a membership before leaving. The place is...  more »
  • Let me start with an explanation of the title. I am visiting from NH, my sister who lives in englewood FL. Her complex arranged for a bus trip to Bok Tower Gardens. We had a great time. The gardens we...  more »
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  • You can find peace and quiet here. Bok Tower is located on rolling hills on an immense plot delicately decorated with native (don't quote me) plants and trees. Numerous paved and rugged trails are lined with benches where you can sit and enjoy the scenery or follow the symphony of the birds which enthusiastically fly from branch to branch. There is room for everyone here. Children who like to run, bird watchers, plant enthusiasts, they even have a plant shop with everything from cilantro to persimmon to other non-edible plants I can't really name. This is also a place for photographers who are attracted to both interesting casts of light, architecture, and the obvious, plants. Highly recommend.
  • A beautiful area to spend a day at. The grounds are beautifully kept. They have a children's garden ( under 5 free). There is cafe ( which I bought some delicious honey wine from.) Beautiful backdrops for wedding photos. Behind the tower, there is an overlook. I would definitely go back, but I will wait for the fall.
  • Super awesome family fun place to visit. Rich in beauty and history. Plus Iincredible outdoor kid park area. They also have a plant shop, gift shop and cafe. So delicious all the vegetables are grown at the gardens so fresh and yummy. Bring the family or come alone it's so wonderful you won't want to leave.
  • This is a beautiful place for a light lunch and a nice walk. Love to hear the carrellon play. Always bring guests here so they can experience the beauty and peacefulness. Great get away from the crowds and noise of the mouse world 50 minutes north of here
  • 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.

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From river resorts with a wacky vibe to elegant bed and breakfasts, Lake Wales has an assortment of lodging options. Along the road from Winter Haven to Lake Wales are many large hotel chains that service both towns. Many of these offer last-minute accommodations to travelers along the road.
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