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Bok Tower Gardens

1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales, FL 33853
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Ranked #1 of 9 Attractions in Lake Wales
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Museums, Gardens, Outdoors
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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!

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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Having just returned from a break in Florida (sort of a three centre break as we moved around, Orlando, Cape Coral and Naples), anyway, whilst we were staying just outside of Orlando, my wife and I agreed that the theme parks were not what we were looking for this trip, but what to do? Bok Tower....we had never heard of... More

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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47 reviews 47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

The Bok Tower caught my eye driving south on US 17 from Orlando to Naples. I decided to take the left turn in Lake Wales (when I saw it at a red light) and go see what it was all about. Wow, what a find! This is a world class place to visit. Wonderful gardens and an awesome tower built... More

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Winter Haven, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Peaceful, lovely, informative, great gift shop and café. You can feel alone even when parking lot is crowded. Be sure to visit Pinewood, the beautiful house also in the gardens at Christmas. Decorations are worth price of admission!

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13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

After driving and flying off and on for over two weeks it was incredibly relaxing to visit Bok and unwind in the beautiful gardens with only the music from the bells to break the silence. We fed the fish by the tower and then visited the restaurant to feed ourselves from a reasonably priced menu. If you want to get... More

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Boxford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Gardens, walking trails through extensive property, museum, gift/bookstore, casual dining, picnicking all top rate. Plan to spend a peaceful, enjoyable day and take home a plant from the small garden center as I did. A book on Mr Bok , from the bookstore , I found to be a great read. Check their web site out for special events, like... More

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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46 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This is not a superb botanical garden, but it's a great place for a stroll. Don't miss the view. Bring a picnic if you'd lie It's a home with a beautiful garden, a big impressive carillon tower, and a nice new visitor's center that tells the very interesting story of how Bok Tower came to exist. Fun history. I think... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I had never heard of this place before. We were visiting for a couple of days with my sister-in-law. She and her husband wanted to take us to what they referred to as the highest point in Florida. What we found was a total surprise. The magnificent tower can be seen from miles away. It is made of marble and... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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27 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

These gorgeous grounds were designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr., who worked with his dad (designer of NY's Central Park) on Biltmore Estate, among other major projects. FLO Jr. also was responsible for creating the National Park Service. He did an amazing job of turning this sand ridge in central Florida into a pastoral vision. $12 gets you admission to... More

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Kissimmee, Florida
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Whilel it may seem a bit of a drive from Orlando it is worth the trip if you like peace quiet and natures beauty.

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Wonderful place to visit. amazing views. shame the tower wasnt open.A must see for all .Great pinic area to.

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