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“fantastic and serene” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bok Tower Gardens

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
Type: Gardens, Historic Sites, Museums
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!
San Diego, California
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“fantastic and serene”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

Beautiful location. Wonderful to walk around and enjoy the beauty of nature. Be sure to grab lunch at the cafe and also take the home tour, especially between Thanksgiving and New Years. Beautifully decorated. Recommended for ages 10 and up as the museum and home tour is lovely, but not interactive for young children.

Visited December 2013
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“a nice change of pace”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

For those looking for something other than a theme park, this is a good place to visit. Beautiful gardens with an interesting centerpiece. Missed the concert, but would have stayed for it if we could have.

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“Most beautiful in May-June”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

While we visited the Tower Gardens in November, we would recommend visiting when the flowers at their best. It was still a most pleasant and relaxing visit with walks up to the Tower and through the gardens to sit and listen to the "Singing Tower".

Visited November 2013
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“Bok Tower and Pinewood Estate”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

We had an offer from Travelzoo to visit Bok Tower and Pinewood Estate for $20 a couple. What a treat! Although we were too early for most of the camellias, some were in bloom along with the azaleas. It was still nice to see the beautifully landscaped gardens and relax on a bench while listening to the Christmas bell concert coming from the magnificent tower. The Pinewood Estate was lovely. Each room was decorated for Christmas and the volunteers giving the tour were most pleasant.

Visited December 2013
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“Beautiful mix of the beauty of nature and the desire of man to make a difference.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

I had never heard of the Bok Tower until I received an offer to visit at a reduced prices. The gardens are well kept on a beautiful rise that sits above its surroundings. In the center of this garden is this 205 foot tower full of all variety of material and architecture. The staff and volunteers do a great job and have a love and respect for this magical place.
In addition the gardens also contain a 1930 mansion that around Christmas boats 8 rooms done in different Christmas themes.
I give it my highest complement, I will return.

Visited December 2013
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