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Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales

#1 of 186 in Parks in Central Florida
Must see · Garden · Nature / Park
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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  • Being relatively new to the area, decided to check this out. Ended upgrading my $15 admission to an annual pass! The grounds were absolutely amazing. Be sure to grab a map before you start...  more »
  • My 20-month-old son visited the tower and gardens on a trip to Tampa recently and he loved the children’s garden. I was shocked by the amazing quality of all of the facilities, but the dozen or so...  more »
  • This has to be one of Florida's most treasured hidden gems! Since it was our first visit we weren't sure how long we should allow but realized that 3 hours was not near enough time to walk around...  more »
  • Really lovely gardens and very helpful staff. Lots of FL native plants. .nice pathways....1/2 price for August for FL residents. Cafe has good clean salads and wraps. Nice area for children to play and experience gardening. Good kitchen garden which demonstrates what does grow well in Central FL . Nice gift store with some plants for sale too. The Buck house is interesting but does have a separate fee to view. It is an amazingly well built place.
  • This is one of most beautiful gardens. The staff take pride in keeping these grounds clean and lively. I love how they have a special in August . To where it is half off for Florida locals. The singing tower goes off at three . Very relaxing chimes. They have a cafe here with fountain drinks. There are many adventures on the hikes with such beauty that mother nature has to offer.
  • Huge property with so much to see! There are beautiful gardens around the entire property. Lots of walking from place to place on well kept sand paths and paved paths as well. The Buck house was absolutely gorgeous and all of the volunteers had a ton of info about each room. The tower is stunning! It's surrounded by a beautiful mote with coy fish! Be sure to bring your quarters to feed the coy!
  • A beautiful place, almost takes you back in time to old Florida. The kids really enjoyed the children's garden. Be prepared for a lot of walking but there are paved paths for strollers. Nice cafe and gift shop too!
  • We and the 3 kids loved the grounds and the Buck Estate. We sat and listened to the carillon and Bok tower had some strange/interesting symbol choices. Looks like a sacred place. Unusual and beautiful.

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