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“Quite a nice surprise.”
Review of Bok Tower Gardens

Bok Tower Gardens
Ranked #1 of 34 things to do in Lake Wales
Certificate of Excellence
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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. Enjoy the all new Children's Garden, Edible Garden and Outdoor Kitchen and Wild Garden. Visitor Center includes exhibits on the life of Edward Bok and the Carillon. Enjoy a healthy meal at the Blue Palmetto Cafe and take home a memento from the Tower shop.
Reviewed March 14, 2012

Grounds are quite nice with easy walking paths. A little oasis in the middle of FL.

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Reviewed March 10, 2012

We so enjoyed our morning spent at Bok Tower Gardens. The whole experience was a very positive one. Friendly staff, well laid out routes for walking the property and wonderful gardens.

The tower itself was very beautiful and the carillon sounds so nice. The meandering trails led us through the gardens and was very peaceful and relaxing. We loved the smells of the many plants. The "Window by the Pond" was cool, a rustic low building with glassed-in front over looks a pond. You can watch birds and other animals going about their business without disturbing them.

We also toured the grounds of the Pinewood Estate which is attached to the Gardens. This was quite lovely as well.

Overall well worth a visit.

Thank Hartley M
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Reviewed March 7, 2012

Touring Bok Tower Gardens & Pinewood Estate is a pleasant way to spend a few hours or the better part of the day, if you wish. I was surprised by the size expecting it be bigger with more walking required and I am in average shape with no physical problems. My 64 yr old mom found the inclines a little challenging as she has knee and hip discomfort but she was able to rest easily. I wouldn't recommend bringing small children. The experience is more of a walk in the woods than a visit to a flower garden. There are some lovely potted plants and flowers near the entrance to the garden but on the grounds you will find few flowers. There are many trees, shrubs, grasses, and meandering mulched pathways to explore. To me, the highlights include the tower, pond area, the estate visit, and the tranquility of the entire experience. The grounds do have some inclines and the paths are lined with rather chunky mulch so good shoes are a must. There are many benches throughout with plenty of places to rest. We brought sandwiches and had a picnic on a bench - very relaxing and inexpensive! The tower is impressive and beautiful with lovely live carillon music emanating from it daily. You cannot go inside the tower, but there is an outdoor TV screen showing the carillonneur during the performances. It is on the west side of the tower and there is seating. Mr. Bok is burried at the base of the tower and there is a moat with huge koi surrounding it. The Pinewood Estate tour costs a few dollars more (March 3-11 the upstairs is closed as visiting carrillonneurs are staying in the bedrooms so the rate is reduced) and is worth it to add variety to your visit. There are many tall trees draped with Spanish moss and tall swaying bamboo which create a romantic/eerie atmosphere. Lots of photo ops. Plenty of fresh air. A great place to relax and soak in the view.

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Reviewed March 1, 2012

A walk through nature and the history. Carillon is very nice

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Reviewed February 27, 2012

We enjoyed walking through the gardens and enjoying the view from the high point. The tower exterior is also beautiful.

Thank TriRidge
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