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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 13 Attractions in Lake Wales
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Museums, Nature & Parks, 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: Historic Sites, Gardens, Museums, Nature & Parks, 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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Plymouth, Minnesota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

We spent a few hours strolling around the gardens --- they were just beautiful and in full blook --- there were very few people there and the day was sunny and clear --- we stayed for the chime concert that is played from the Bok Tower ---- great photography opportunities are here.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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151 reviews 151 reviews
14 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

From the time we bought our tickets from the friendly young lady to the helpful cheerful shuttle driver we were loving this place. The flowers are beautiful and grounds well kept. We arrived just in time for the 1:00 PM concert which we enjoyed very much. Afterward we walked the paths enjoying the beautiful day and happened upon one of... More 

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Sioux Falls
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

The gardens are beautiful and can only imagine what it would be like when all trees, shrubs and flowers would be in full bloom. The clarion bells play on the half hour but there are actual concerts that play a couple of times a day. Closer to the actual tower, there is a monitor where you can actually watch the... More 

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North Bay
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

What a wonderful day! We started by visiting the Pinewood house which was absolutely beautiful, then had lunch at the café and then walked the gardens. It was like going to the jungle for the day. As you enter the grounds, they have a display of everything that's in bloom so you can identify everything you see. This is a... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

A beautiful garden designed around a magnificent bell carillon tower. The area immediately surround the tower was the nicest and best planted one. The grounds were well kept and identified. The mostly volunteer staff were helpful and friendly. A lot of history present and ongoing efforts to really improve the offerings and gardens. I did visit the adjoining mansion while... More 

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Summerland, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Lovely to meet up with family and stroll thru the garden and the bonus was a world-class concert by the resident Carillonneur Geert D'Hollander. Guests were seated in a designated area and could also 'watch' the concert on a screen. Very unique opportunity. Try to plan your trip for this very special kind of a concert! The grounds have extreme... More 

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New York City, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Loved this place. Beautiful and tranquil. Interesting history. Knowledgable volunteers. I was looking for something to do on a day off that I had while in Orlando on business that did not involve a visit to an amusement park or shopping. It was a long drive (an hour and a half each way) but worth it. The gardens are so... More 

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Holden, Massachusetts
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86 reviews 86 reviews
43 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Serene, informal gardens with meandering pathways wind up to the central attraction, a 205' tower housing a 60 bell carillon which provides a 1/2 hour concert twice a day. There are many benches to relax on along the way. Edward Bok who donated the beautiful tower and grounds to the American people is buried in front of the great brass... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

What an amazing day we spent on this place! All the gardens are just perfect! I have never seen so many different types of flowers all blooming at the same time, very peaceful place, amazing views, gorgeous plants. At the end you even have a chance to buy some of the plants for a very reasonable price. We will be... More 

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Hays, Kansas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

The Bok Tower Gardens is an attraction you may want to visit more then one time. The magnificent tower and the live Carillon Concerts are outstanding. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and encompasses several hundred acres of land that are used for conservation purposes. Improvements are on going and they have plans for way into the future.

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