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“Lovely, peaceful oasis”
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 June 22, 2014

We visited Bok Tower on a whim while we were heading to Winter Haven to visit Legoland. I'm very glad we stopped! The gardens are absolutely gorgeous. The paths are well-shaded and cool. It was a really great place to let our 3 year-old son run around a little while my husband and I strolled.
Bok Tower itself is stunning work of art deco architecture with ceramic tile murals. Truly a monument to the 1920s belief that science and biology could be beautiful and spiritual. The bells in the tower sound frequently and provide wonderful music.
They also had a very nice cafe with, surprisingly, beer and wine for sale. I would love to stop here for a date -- nice long lunch with a bottle of wine, then strolling through the gardens! Very romantic and relaxing.
My husband is a huge Legoland fan, and we've agreed to make time for Bok Tower every time we visit the area!

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Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

If you are looking for a piece of old beautiful Florida, take the time and visit the Bok Gardens. It is about 1 hour from Orlando off of I-4 W and well worth the effort. It is filled with lush greenery and flowers. Very nice staff and even a cafe and gift shop. We enjoyed our visit.

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Reviewed June 14, 2014

Very peaceful and a great place to go to get away from it all and just listen to the sound of quite.
The gardens are very well maintained and have recovered well from hurricane Charley. The tour of the Pinewood estate is well worth the extra bucks to visit while you are there.

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Reviewed June 13, 2014

History, elegance, gardens, carillon music, solitude if you want it...who could ask for more! I've visited the gardens on several occasions, my favorite being a moonlight concert with the Orlando Symphony and the carillon tower bells...MAGIC!

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Reviewed June 13, 2014

On an overcast and slightly rainy day in June we had such a wonderful experience. I cannot say enough about Bok Tower Gardens.......just delightful. Relaxing, peaceful, serene, beautiful and lush. Everyone is so nice and helpful. The cafe food is delicious....really 5 stars. Sitting outside in the garden was lovely. The tower itself is so gorgeous. Highly recommend! Do not miss Pinewood.....the well preserved 1930's house on the property.

1  Thank Susy S
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