This place has a serene, almost otherworldly beauty about it -- difficult to describe. As a native Floridian, I found it wonderful to be able to be in my home state and find a place where you can look out and see -- actual topography. Rolling hills in the distance carpeted in well-manicured orange groves. The gardens themselves are immaculately kept (10 full time gardeners/landscapers we were told, supplemented by an army of volunteers) and a joy to wander through. The architecture and facade of the tower are deceptively intricate -- it's impossible to get a tour of the interior, which is disappointing because from what we saw depicted in the detailed model in the welcome center, it looks amazing. If you are visiting the state, this is a perfect day-trip away from the bustle of the theme parks. If you are a native Floridian and haven't been here yet, definitely make the trip. I guarantee that upon leaving that day, you will already be planning your return.
Two minor quibbles/corrections to previous reviews. First, Iron Mountain ("mountain" being a relative term in this state, of course) , from which the tower rises, is not the highest point in Florida. It is likely the highest point in peninsular Florida, but the highest point in the state is in Walton County in the panhandle.
Second, and more importantly, I vehemently disagree with the suggestion that this is not a place to bring children who don't appreciate beauty and serenity. First, if you have such children, perhaps a visit to a place like this is just what they need to begin to find some connection with such things. Second, our two daughters are fun-loving and rambunctious and had a wonderful time exploring the trails and wide expanse of meadow sloping down from the south side of the "mountain". There is a children's center, a quaint lakehouse with informative posters on the walls to help identify wildlife and plants, fish and swans in the shadow of the tower itself, places on site for family picnicking and togetherness . . . it would indeed be a shame if this fantastic place was reserved only for those who frown upon hearing the laughter of children. The grounds are large and expansive -- plenty of room for everyone, including those who wish to find quiet places to reflect without being disturbed by others.
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