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Bok Tower Gardens

1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales, FL 33853
863-676-1408
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Ranked #1 of 9 Attractions in Lake Wales
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Historic Sites, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. Around the Gardens the curious will find secret garden paths, picture rubbing posts as well as three geocache locations! « less
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Bradenton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

You can't beat the prices here!This was a place I have always wanted to visit and finally was able to. I will be back for sure! Such a lovely, relaxing place to be. I love being outdoors and everywhere you looked was more fabulous than the last spot! The singing tower provides the perfect musical setting to such a feast... More

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Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

A crown jewel, mounted on Florida's highest point, Bok Tower Gardens was well-worth the admission and time spent there. Walking the paths and enjoying the flower and fauna, we also enjoyed the carillion (bells) every half hour. Many of the plants we saw were some that we only see in hanging baskets or as inside plants in our home state... More

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Vero Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Lovely place to visit! We went during 'Boktober Fest' which had free admission, lots of plant vendors, food booths, and live music. There is a magnificent carillon bell tower with concerts throughout the day. There was a special television monitor that showed the player striking the organ-like instrument keys to produce the great tones. Breath-taking views around every corner of... More

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Kenmore, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Bok Tower Gardens was recommended to us so my wife and I went. Only wish we had arrived sooner. Grounds are beautiful with paths going all over to grand Vistas or small scenic secluded spots. The carillon bells play different tunes every hour and can be heard from probably everywhere within the huge grounds of this national historic landmark. Put... More

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Michigan City, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Bok Towers is by far the most beautiful place in Lake Wales. The grounds are perfectly landscaped from the variety of plants and koi pond to the fascinating spiders and serene reflecting pond with the largest lily pads you will ever see! All of the staff and volunteers who work there are extremely friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about Bok Tower.... More

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Berkshire MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We vacation in FL every year, and for several years had been "meaning to go to Bok Tower Gardens". We finally made it there with our, at the time, 4 year old daughter. It was a gorgeous day, and the grounds are simply beautiful. We spent a great deal of time just walking around outside looking at all the breathtaking... More

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

What a wonderful place to go and feel some peace. The history of Box tower and what it stands for is all about peace. It is also interesting to learn about the mountain ridge it is built on. Yes a mountain ridge in Florida.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

It looked like it need a little more work to get the gardens looking better. Some really looked dry. The cafe was nice and food was good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Bok Tower Gardens is a very lovely place to visit for any type of group. Wether it be family, friends, or even solo. It is absolutely gorgeous to walk around and look at everything. I personally love going there with my husband with a picnic basket. They have tables placed randomly just for that purpose and it is very romantic.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Been here many times and always feel renewed and refreshed afterwards. Stroll the beautiful gardens, tour the lovely house, and have a bite at the cafe--good food and very reasonable. The gift shop is worth a look, too. I especially enjoy visiting at Christmas as different groups decorate each room in the house. So festive--gets me in the holiday spirit,... More

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