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Bok Tower Gardens

1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales, FL 33853-3470
+1 863-676-1408
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A hidden gem well worth a visit... or two... or three!

We first discovered Bok Tower Gardens in 2014 and have been back every year since. It’s a... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2016
TheBookworm78
A great place to visit, relax, and enjoy

This is a great place to visit. We took the mansion tour, heard the carillon play, explored various... read more

Reviewed 7 October 2016
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Explore the landscaped gardens of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. and one of Florida’s natural habitats on the Pine Ridge Trail. You can also discover the history of Edward W. Bok and the building of his 205 foot Singing Tower and tour the historic Pinewood Estate mansion to catch a glimpse of the luxurious lifestyle of the 1930s. Enjoy the all new Children's Garden, Edible Garden and Outdoor Kitchen and Wild Garden. Visitor Center includes exhibits on the life of Edward Bok and the Carillon. Enjoy a healthy meal at the Blue Palmetto Cafe and take home a memento from the Tower shop.
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1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales, FL 33853-3470
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Reviewed 9 October 2016

We first discovered Bok Tower Gardens in 2014 and have been back every year since. It’s a beautiful place to visit, where you can relax in the calm surroundings of the gardens, taking in the fantastic views, experiencing the sounds of the carillon playing and...More

Thank TheBookworm78
Erica S, Public Relations Manager at Bok Tower Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2016

Thank you for your kind review. We encourage you to make plans to visit Pinewood Estate during the holidays when the halls are decked and every inch of the home sparkles. The Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate is November 25-January 8 and there are...More

Reviewed 7 October 2016

This is a great place to visit. We took the mansion tour, heard the carillon play, explored various paths and gardens. They've really put a lot of effort into it and it shows. A wonderful half day spent!

Thank SanfordFoodie
Erica S, Public Relations Manager at Bok Tower Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2016

Our enhancements include nearly 8-acres of new garden areas and a 3-acre children's garden. We are very proud of these new areas and are glad you enjoyed your visit. Make plans now to return for our holiday extravaganza!

Reviewed 3 October 2016

the Tower is as impressive a sight as any in Florida with the pink marble & cocina exterior. The Carillon presentation was relaxing and beautiful. Only got to see a small portion of the gardens due to thunderstorm activity. Even with a shortened time it...More

Thank HERBERT R
Erica S, Public Relations Manager at Bok Tower Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2016

Thank you for your kind review. Please visit again soon.

Reviewed 3 October 2016

Easy to reach from most locations in Florida and well worth the drive. Plan to spend a leisurely and very enjoyable day (or several hours) enjoying this oasis of tranquil nature in a natural setting. Fabulous walking paths with lots of resting stops to relax...More

Thank Lynne D
Erica S, Public Relations Manager at Bok Tower Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2016

Thank you for sharing your experience. We encourage our guests to make the Visitor Center their first stop before touring the Gardens. Our video provides the history of Bok Tower Gardens and Mr. Bok's incredible legacy. Please visit again soon.

Reviewed 30 September 2016

We live about about 30 minutes north of here and have heard about how beautiful this property was and finally made time to check it out. From the moment we entered the property is wide open with rolling hills, orange groves and crisscrossed with hiking...More

Thank Mark K
Erica S, Public Relations Manager at Bok Tower Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2016

Thank you for visiting! We are looking forward to a spectacular holiday season with our Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate beginning Nov. 25 and continuing through Jan. 8. As a local, you will not want to miss the Sunset & Symphony Holiday Concert with...More

Reviewed 26 September 2016

The new children's garden/play area at Bok Tower Gardens is very nice. It is a "natural" play area with trees and rocks for climbing and a water play area. There is also an old pump where children can fill sprinkler cans, pots and pans and...More

Thank Kathleen M
Erica S, Public Relations Manager at Bok Tower Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2016

We have made a note of your suggestions - the summer heat has been brutal this year. In time, the plantings will grow larger and provide a better shade cover in the River Walk. Thank you for visiting and we look forward to your next...More

Reviewed 26 September 2016

One of my relatives who lives in central Florida recommended this as a day trip outing while I was visiting mainly to go to Walt Disney World. I'm so glad we went! My mom and I enjoyed walking the paths, seeing the plants and hearing...More

Thank StephersinPDX
Erica S, Public Relations Manager at Bok Tower Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2016

A trip to Bok Tower Gardens is the perfect way to unplug after visiting the attractions. Thank you for making time to visit the authentic Florida. We look forward to your return.

Reviewed 25 September 2016

Worth the trip to see an architectural gem from yesteryear in the Florida Highlands. Aside from Florida's springs, this is the most beautiful Florida inland location I've seen. You wouldn't expect the restaurant there to be worth the trip alone. Great fries! and the best...More

Thank margaret c
Erica S, Front Office Manager at Bok Tower Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2016

Thank you for visiting and enjoying our delicious cafe! We will pass along your kind comments to Chef Fulwood. Please visit again soon.

Reviewed 23 September 2016

This is worth the ride and admission fee! Been wanting to come here for 5 years. We arrived early on a Saturday and not a crowd. We walked the paths then went to tour the house on the grounds. It was an additional charge but...More

Thank R Enee A
Erica S, Public Relations Manager at Bok Tower Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2016

We were delighted to read your review. Thank you for spending time in our beautiful Gardens. We look forward to you next visit.

Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

We were unsure about going with three kids, but I couldn't have been more pleased! The children's garden was huge hit. The tower and gardens were amazing and the kids loved the Koi. The staff was so kind and helpful,giving us tips and kids friend...More

Thank Shelli K
Erica S, Public Relations Manager at Bok Tower Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2016

Thank you for visiting our Hammock Hollow Children's Garden. This new garden experience offers nearly 3-acres of nature play! We will pass along your kind review to our front line staff.

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Since you are a volunteer just stop and ask the ladies at the admissions reception desk or give them a call.
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21 August 2017|
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The bells ring every 1/2 hour. The bell concert takes place at 1 and 3 PM daily. You get a map and the ladies at the reception desk are very helpful. If the bell schedule has changed, they will let you know. Hope this... More
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Response from jksunnygirls | Reviewed this property |
MCO is the closest airport; however, it will take you about 2 hours to reach Lake Wales. I stayed at my time share resort in Kissimmee thus I do not have any information about area hotels near Bok Towers. This is a... More
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