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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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Davenport, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I went to Bok Tower a few times and never disappointed, a nice way to spend a morning. It's a bit different from the typical central Florida Theme Parks, but well worth it. Children might find it a little boring, but adults and retirees will love it. The history and grounds are impressive, along with the beautiful gardens, and make... More

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lakeland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

I recently visted bok tower, I loved the place very relaxing. It was my wife's and I 40 year anniversary and I thought I'd take her on a date to the gardens, unfortunately we had a bad experience in the cafe. We ordered our lunch and the cashier was excellent, but we had a young man bring our food out... More

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boktowergardens, Public Relations Manager at Bok Tower Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you very much for spending your 40th anniversary with us, and especially for your review and feedback. We take customer service at the Gardens very seriously and would like the opportunity to personally address your experience at our cafe. Please contact Chef Matt Fulwood at 863.676.1355 or mfulwood@boktower.org. More

Lake Wales, Florida
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62 reviews 62 reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Bok Tower is one of those places that seems very peaceful. The flowers, plants and tress all add to a comtemplative experience when sitting on the benches looking out over the Orange Groves below. It has an excellent restaurant and gift shop.

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Tampa, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The place was really nice!! The place had really nice scenery and the tower itself was beautiful and breathtaking. The garden was a little over-priced. We did get a 2 for 1 ticket, which made it worth it. Otherwise, it would be a little over-priced. The gardens themselves were nice, and the food at the restaurant on location was nice.

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Tampa, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Things have improved since my last visit in the late 80s. The music was disappointing however. It does get warm but shade is available and the cafeteria is air conditioned.

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Tampa, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

As we were returning from Ft. Lauderdale to Tampa, we happened upon Bok Tower Gardens. My AAA guide book described it an interesting place with lots of history. I'm glad we stopped. It is a hidden gem in the middle of Florida. The gardens are beautiful, with lots of different flora and fauna. The history of the place is very... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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76 reviews 76 reviews
19 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We have lived in Florida for 16 years, and all that time we missed this hidden jewel. If TripAdvisor gave more than 5 stars I would give The Bok Tower Gardens at least 6 stars. Perched on top of the Lake Wales Ridge, a fossil shoreline dune left from when the World was its normal temperature and there were no... More

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Whitefield, New Hampshire, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I've visited Florida several times but never visited the Bok Tower Gardens. This time I was determined to check it out! I'm glad I did! It is a National Monument...and I can see why! it is amazing. Wandering around the peaceful gardens, seeing foliage I've never seen before, brought my vacation to an entirely new level! In the background the... More

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Deltona, Florida
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61 reviews 61 reviews
6 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I have lived in Florida 45 years and have never previously visited Bok Tower Gardens. I don't think as a younger person that I would have appreciated it as much. This is a beautiful area, national monument and bird sanctuary. We heard the carillon (which plays every 30 minutes) and watched the film. We strolled the gardens and it was... More

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Hanover, Ontario
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Spent a wonderful afternoon here. We got the combo package at the tower which includes a tour of the 1930 mansion owned by a steel magnate. The house is amazing to see and worth the extra price. The garden’s azaleas were in full bloom which was lovely. (We were here in late February) Take the one hour tour which take... More

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