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Bok Tower Gardens

Address: 1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales, FL 33853
Phone Number: 863-676-1408
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Ranked #1 of 25 things to do in Lake Wales
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Historic sites, Nature & Parks, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Explore the landscaped gardens of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. and one of Florida’s natural habitats...
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Type: Gardens, Historic sites, Nature & Parks, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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Anchorage, Alaska
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92 reviews 92 reviews
25 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Central Florida is known for it's crowd attracting mega amusement parks, but tucked away in Lake Wales a pleasant 1 hour drive southwest from Kissimmee is a low-tech beautiful soul enriching park. The star of the park setting is Bok Tower a multistory Carillion built atop the highest spot in the county. You'll see it long before you reach it.... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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67 reviews 67 reviews
16 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

It is so special to wander through the gardens with something to delight the senses at every turn. The azaleas were in bloom this week - absolutely stunning! The tower itself is a beautiful focal point for sitting and listening to the carrilon concert. Don't miss the historical display and definitely stop for an ice cream before browsing in the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Peacefully located in the orange groves of Lake Wales, Fl this unique place is a must see for anyone interested in gardens and unique music. The Carillon concerts are fun to listen too, and the gardens are beautiful. The location is peaceful and is the highest land point in the state of FL. Plan to spend 2 - 3 hours... More 

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GTA, Ontario, Canada
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76 reviews 76 reviews
25 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

When visiting be sure to also visit the house. Cost is only $3 extra. Give yourself 2-3 hours. Gardens are very peaceful. Bells are beautiful. There is a nice area to sit. They are doing some work on walkways and directions were not very good. Transportation between venues not very reliable -- you have to request several times. Walk is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

For my solo trip to Florida I wanted to visit attractions other then Disney. Florida has so much more to offer than the mainstream attractions you see on TV. I did some research before I traveled and came across Bok Tower Gardens. It looked like just the place for me and was only an hour away from where I was... More 

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Heathrow, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

If there is a price for the best hiden Gem Place in Florida ; the Bok Towers and Gardens would be a clear FRONT RUNNER. This Tower with its wonderful Carrillons is like being in some old european place. Its music, that you can here from very far, is really-really gorgeous. The Tower design details are also gorgeous. When you... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Gardens blooming, birds chirping, and the tower carillon! The history film excellent. We didn't experience any construction noise end of January. We spent 2 hours and could have stayed longer. Very nice find! The views at the Tower were wonderful.

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Lake Wales, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It's a must-see, hear, explore, enjoy experience kind of place. Olmsted-designed gardens, a majestic belltower (carillon) and an historic Mediterranean revival estate make this one of American most treasured places.

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Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Beautiful gardens. Have been many times. However, they are in the midst of redoing the entrance to the paths to the tower, at the cafe site. It will be beautiful I am sure, but eating lunch outside (which I look forward to each year) was very loud. I was hoping since it was Presidents Day, the workers would have the... More 

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Wisconsin
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This was an amazing find, absolutely beautiful gardens. So many varieties of plants, trees and flowers. Great pathways and w/c accessible. The Carillon music was absolutely beautiful. The musician playing was young and awesome.

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