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“Bok Tower and Pinewood Estate”
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 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.

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Reviewed December 3, 2013 via mobile

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.

1  Thank 1stcityfr
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

First time visit. $24for couple entry to walk the grounds, view the tower and listen to christmas bell concert is mot too bad. The cafe on the grounds is very good.

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Reviewed December 1, 2013

We have been here a dozen times or so over the years. We are never disappointed. The gardens and tower are well maintained. The bell music is beautiful. You get a brochure with all the live concerts and songs played. There is a nice little bistro there with good food. The gift shop is well stocked too. They have outdoor concerts there sometimes. You MUST GO at Christmastime to see the decorated Pinewood Estate. The decorations get better every year. I agree with the other reviewer that the Peacock room is best and most unique in the house. We always have picnic lunch in front by the tables. You can bring a bible or other book for a peacefull afternoon. Get there early before crowds get bigger although they are never too bad. What a wonderful place!

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Reviewed November 30, 2013 via mobile

Worth a day trip if you are in central Florida. The bell tower is amazing. (You can not go inside unless you are a sustaining member.) We took the holiday tour of the estate. The Peacock room is my favorite. Interesting historical site overall!

1  Thank SZ2013
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