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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  • Great place to wander the gardens and beautiful water areas. Different times of the year you will find different plants and flowers flourishing. They also have many events throughout the year. You can...  more »
  • We visited on a Monday and even though it was during the holiday season, it wasn't too crowded. Very nice visitor's center and orientation film. We particularly enjoyed the Pinewood Estate all decorat...  more »
  • I had been hearing about Bok Towers for years, and drove over 100 miles to visit it. There were many traffic lights on Route 27 South to get there from I-4 ! Unfortunately, it being November, not much...  more »
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  • I've lived in Central Florida for 37 years and have never visited Bok Tower Gardens before. It was a great treat to visit. It is beautiful to walk the grounds and see all of the different trees and plants. The estate was worth the money to see a very well thought out and a well built house from the 1930's. The Singing tower was amazing to see and the views from the high tops was relaxing. The kids area was amazing as my 3 kids enjoyed every aspect of it. We will definitely come back to spend more time walking the Gardens.
  • Beautiful gardens, clean and well presented. Lots of nature to discover. The tower itself is colourful and historical, yet it looks so modern! Loved feeding the fish and taking wonderful photos of the surroundings. Gift shop had plenty of choice, staff were friendly and informative. The bathrooms were clean and tidy. Loved our day!
  • Beautiful trails both paved & mulched through semi tropical landscaping much of it natural to Florida but also some exotics like giant lily pads from South America. There is a very nice gift shop, an excellent cafĂ©, and a plant shop all with very reasonable prices. We didn't get to go inside of the tower but did hear the 1:00pm concert. The amount of ornamentation on the tower is amazing. You could spend hours just looking at the carvings. Daily admission is worth the visit and an annual membership is well worth it for the cooperating partner gardens and museums all over Florida. We also added the Pine Mansion Estate onto our tour which was worth the extra cost to see the architecture, period furniture and workmanship inside the house. We highly recommend the tour even in the summer time if you can tolerate the heat. There are benches everywhere and many shaded areas to rest.
  • Beautiful gardens. I love to sit on a bench under the oak trees and listen to the carillon bells play. Large property lots to see. A must do for outdoor adventurers. Only suggestion try not to go in the middle of summer. It is Florida and no local ocean breeze, very hot, but to be expected. Very nice cafe where you can cool off and get an ice cold beverage to cool off.
  • Love each visit we take to this gorgeous place. They have added so much in the past two years. Love the kids garden and all the vegetables and fruit trees great for children to learn where their food comes from! The tower is glorious. It was a very hot July day but well worth the trip. In fall it is perfect. My favorite view around is from the yard beyond the tower. Looks like rolling hills! The endangered plant section needs some love. Looked like it had not been weeded in ages and all the skinny cacti had shriveled up. Really wish that area got a bit more love. It is so important to preserve those plants! Other than that second it was perfect. Saw a few bunnies!!
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