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Bok Tower Gardens

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Address: 1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales, FL 33853
Phone Number: 863-676-1408
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Explore the landscaped gardens of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. and one of...
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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Wonderful way to spend a beautiful Florida day!

The Tower and the Gardens are absolutely, historically, fascinating, enjoyable, beautiful and memorable. They are something that everyone should visit at least once, if not on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Ravenswood, West Virginia
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Ravenswood, West Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

The Tower and the Gardens are absolutely, historically, fascinating, enjoyable, beautiful and memorable. They are something that everyone should visit at least once, if not on every visit to this part of Florida! The "concerts" are an event that should be planned to enjoy. The cafe offers a nice choice of refreshments and a lovely little outdoor seating area. I... More 

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Temple Terrace, Florida, United States
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is a place for adults. Went to Bok Tower for the Easter Sunrise service. It was very nice. The Carillon is unique, beautiful and the bells very special. If you go plan on spending time in the visitor center as it is quite informative and will give you an even better appreciation for the Carillon and gardens. There is... More 

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North Royalton, Ohio
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Took a short day trip yesterday to visit Bok Tower gardens. VERY pleased with this adventure. Nice garden grounds to walk, quiet, serene, nice mulch paths to walk. We also visited Pinewood estate inside the gardens. Price is $18.00 to view the tower, and to tour the estate. Not so sure I would tour the estate again, but the tower... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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195 reviews 195 reviews
52 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Five of us visited this attraction on a hot, still day in April. When we arrived, we noticed groups of people lingering outside of the welcome center. We were told that a kid had pulled the fire alarm, and no one was allowed inside until the fire department came to reset the alarm. Apparently the fire department didn't see any... More 

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Hyattsville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

The 205 foot marble singing tower is the focal point of the Bok Tower Gardens inscribed with mosaics, animal carvings, custom ironwork decorations and daily carillon concerts. To fully enjoy this National Historic Landmark, begin your tour in the visitor center where you can view a 9 minute introductory video about the gardens and the on site museum. As you... More 

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cashiers, nc
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55 reviews 55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

This place is so beautiful and the property is so nice I go every time I am within traveling distance. The flowers are always beautiful and the walk is not bad up to the Tower. Very calm and relaxing. The Singing Tower carillon concerts are at 1 & 3 p.m. daily, so listen if you are around. They can be... More 

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Spotsylvania, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

I have been going here since I was a little girl. So calming & peaceful! Do not go if you are going to disrupt others by talking on your cell phones, this is a journey to appreciate nature and enjoy the Carillon Bells. The best place to buy plants! Their Gift Shop is one of the best. Most that work... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We have been here before and whenever we are in the area we always visit. On this visit, there was a lot of construction going on which meant we were not able to visit all of the garden, noticeably 'the window on the world' bird hide which is a personal favourite. However, we still enjoyed our visit in late February... More 

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Stuart, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Wow, this was my first visit to this lovely garden which surrounds the incredible pink marble and coquina 60--bell carillon tower. This tower sits on Iron Mountain, which is one of the tallest points in Florida. Vistas of orange groves can be seen from the Tower area. At 1PM and 3PM the carillonneur plays a 1/2 hour concert which can... More 

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Dundee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I've been visiting Bok Tower Gardens regularly for some time now. (If you live locally & plan to return often, get a membership - it is well worth it!) BTG is quite near my home, so it is my 'sanctuary' to go to, for peace & tranquility. Mr. Bok left us all such a treasure! The tower never ceases to... More 

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