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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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Lake Wales, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This is such an uplifting environment to visit. Even better once you have seen the video and know some of its history.

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Palmetto, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Beautiful garden and the Tower is an amazing architectural example. Would have loved to have had a picnic , but rain later in the day, did not allow. If you are a geocacher, many finds. Definitely worth a visit if you want a relaxed , peaceful day.

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Key West, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Drove 8 hours to get here ... Arrived several minutes before closing only to find they had closed early .... Cash had been retrieved ... And attendant would not let us enter ... Even after pleading and begging .... If I could only express the disappointment ............ $#=+€¥#^.....

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

I'm sorry to learn of your recent experience at our entrance gate. Please understand that last admission to the Gardens is 5 p.m. daily. That being said, eight hours is a long way to drive without being able to enjoy the Gardens. Please contact me directly at bososky@boktower.org or 863.734.1210 to talk about how we might work together to correct... More

Palm Coast, Florida
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190 reviews 190 reviews
87 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We have been putting off seeing this attraction for years and have really missed out. We look forward to going back and seeing the early Spring blooms. Don't miss the concert of the bells and the museum.

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Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We now live in Central Fl and are always looking for new things to do. When I searched TripAdvisor, Bok Tower/Gardens was there with all its reviews and high ratings. For us it was about 1 1/2 hours drive there but WELL WORTH IT. The grounds are impeccable and the volunteers bend over backwards to answer your questions . Summer... More

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Melrose, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Bok Tower Gardens has always held a special place in our hearts. We went there when we were dating and even considered having our wedding there. Because our lives took us out of Florida, we haven't been back in a very long time. The grounds have changed over that time, but the experience is the same -- peaceful and beautiful!!... More

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

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 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
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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
19 helpful votes 19 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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