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Bok Tower Gardens

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Address: 1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales, FL 33853-3470
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+1 863-676-1408
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
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Explore the landscaped gardens of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. and one of...

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.

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Reflective

Very peaceful and reflective garden. Lots of beautiful greenery and flowers. No tours inside, but the bells are wonderful

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Carolina Beach, North Carolina
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Carolina Beach, North Carolina
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40 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very peaceful and reflective garden. Lots of beautiful greenery and flowers. No tours inside, but the bells are wonderful

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Helston, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A large garden with a carrillian bell tower which plays on a regular basis. If your English, as I am, the bell concerts are a novelty: as carrilian bells are long gone in England, so it's worth a listen. The gardens are quite large and full of camellias and other acid loving shrubs but nowhere as beautiful as the great... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We took back roads to get to the gardens from the North. Keep calm, walk slowly and take in the experience. There are many different natural scenes to enjoy. The tower. It's history and the carrlion bells are wonderful to see and here. New children's garden will keep the little ones busy and out of trouble. Have a great time.

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Thank Douglas G
Waddington, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We really enjoyed our self guided tour at Bok Tower Gardens. They provide maps and it is very well marked. It was very peaceful here. The tower was something to see even though you are not allowed inside. We ate lunch in the cafe on the premises. It was tasty. They also have a gift shop.

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Thank 11467Travel
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a gorgeous place. But I was very disappointed you can not tour the inside. There were pictures of the interior in my tour book, but it failed to mention you are not allowed inside. I was told it does not meet safety requirements because it only has a 2 person elevator and only one entrance/exit. Also certain days... More 

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Thank MargePit
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Bok Tower Gardens has been at the heart of Lake Wales since it opened in 1929. Featuring a carillon of 60 bells in the namesake tower, and surrounded by beautiful serene gardens and water features designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. - this is a delightful place to unwind, stroll the well maintained walkways and enjoy the varieties... More 

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East Lansing, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a ver big surprise. Had been there a long time ago, it is much improved. The grounds are beyond beautiful. It is very well kept up and the Carillon concert was very enjoyable. My husband is in a wheelchair and I was able to push I'm around. They did have a shuttle, but I decided to push him.... More 

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Carlisle, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a monument in the middle of nowhere built as a memorial to the founder of Ladies Home Journal, a Dutch immigrant who made his fortune in the USA. Lovely,serene setting, beautiful gardens, and a unique marble tower soaring into the sky. Also s good place for lunch.

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We have visited Bok Tower Gardens in the spring for the past three years and previously. We are always trying to guess when the azaleas will be at their peak! You can call for a report but they just want you to come anyway. Since they accept reciprocal membership with our Orlando Leu Gardens, we don't mind the drive. On... More 

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Erica S, Public Relations Manager at Bok Tower Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your detailed and insightful review. The reciprocal membership perks are a great to enjoy the beautiful gardens and cultural attracts throughout Florida. We look forward to your next visit. More 

Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was on a hunting expedition of the areas near my relocation from Texas to Florida. Seeing the sign for Bok Tower (?) I followed the sign. Oh my! What a wonderful surprise. Not only the most beautiful gardens I had seen since Fort Worth but the most amazing bell symphony amidst the tantalizing view and fragrances. My service dog... More 

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Erica S, Public Relations Manager at Bok Tower Gardens, responded to this review

Welcome to our membership family! Bok Tower Gardens offers a full line-up of special events and programs - you will have plenty of opportunity to put your membership to good use. Thank you for sharing your kind review and we look forward to your next visit. More 

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