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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

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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Englewood, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

This is a lovely spot in the middle of Florida, far, not literally but figuratively, from the madding theme parks. Any time of year would be nice for the gardens--orange-blossom time comes to mind, as you drive through groves to get there. They have the best parking lot in Florida; it's shady and cool and the tower is ahead of... More

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North East
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

I hate to be critical when so many volunteers give up their valuable time but maybe we just visited at the wrong time of the year. We visited at the beginning of September and there was little to see apart from the tower which in itself is unique but entry is not allowed and many of the pathways were closed... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This was a return visit to the gardens. We had not been there for over 10 years… what delightful improvements!!! It was special years ago, but now there is so much more! The new visitors center is informative & well-staffed. The Gardens are well-maintained providing a true Central Florida Habitat The pond with the giant lilies was like I have... More

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Miami, FL
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87 reviews 87 reviews
38 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Bok Tower Gardens has offered some of Florida’s most remarkable experiences to more than 23 million visitors since 1929. Through its historic landscape gardens, unique Singing Tower carillon and magnificent 1930s Mediterranean-style mansion, the Gardens offer unparalleled opportunities for artistic, cultural, personal and spiritual enrichment. When Bok Tower Gardens founder Edward W. Bok immigrated to America from Den Helder, Netherlands... More

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Beverly, Massachusetts
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The garden and the singing tower was beautiful and very relaxing. Everything was well kept, only little complaint was there was construction being done on site and couldn't go through the paths on the map. It was nice to get away from busy theme parks and family to the calm and stress-less outdoors!

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Florida, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Beautiful gardens and bell tower. Best to go in spring or fall when there are more flowers and the weather is not so hot. Bell tower concerts in afternoon (3pm) are interesting.

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Warlingham, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 via mobile

I have been travelling to Central Florida for more years than I care to remember, but had never visited Bok Tower and Gardens before. My wife and I decided to spend a day there, and we were very pleasantly surprised. It is just so peaceful, and relaxing, as well as being beautiful. A day very well spent!

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Panama City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Lovely, peaceful place, family oriented. Fun for all ages. The history is absolutely amazing and the gift shop was fun and employees very friendly

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I was not familiar with the history of the gardens and tower before visiting. I was very disappointed that you cannot actually enter the tower, which is the focal point of the park. The bell music coming from the tower is a recording, and weak. I was greatly disapointed by this. The staff did not seem particulary familiar with the... More

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