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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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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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We stopped by to stretch our legs while passing through. This is just the place to do that. There are tons of walking trails, small restaurant and museum. You can make this a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 March 2016
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Sanford, Florida
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Sanford, Florida
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016

We stopped by to stretch our legs while passing through. This is just the place to do that. There are tons of walking trails, small restaurant and museum. You can make this a long or short trip. Bring quarters for koi food and make sure to hear the bell tower live!

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

The koi say thank you! We love that you enjoyed our garden "gems." Please stop by again soon. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

The gardens are spectacular.........the tower is amazing....it's quite a monument...If you are in central Florida it is worth a few hour walk through the grounds. The bell tower sounds wonderful and gives the place an ancient feeling.

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

Thank you for taking the time to share your comments! We are glad you had a spectacular time in the Gardens and hope to see you again soon. More 

florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

Nice gardens and grounds. Lots of shade and high enough to have some great views (rare for Florida). Great grounds for lounging the day away. $12 is a bit much for the park per person however and am shocked everytime I go. Their little cafe has nice food and reasonable prices. Go and Enjoy a leisurely day.

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

Thank you for your kind words! We look forward to your next visit. More 

Indianapolis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

Bok Towers is situated on 250 beautifully landscaped acres in central Florida. The bell tower is stunning and the beautiful home built on the site is well worth touring. A must see if you are in the area.

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

We agree! Thank you for your warm review. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

Bok Tower itself is very stunning. The bells that ring from the tower are beautiful and relax anyone at first chime. The grounds are perfectly maintained and well worth a day to soak in the quiet, observe rare plant species and reflect. The restaurant and shop are both great as well!! Definitely spend at least a half day walking around... More 

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Thank you so much for sharing your experience at Bok Tower Gardens. We are so glad you visited and look forward to your return. More 

Warren, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016

Fantastic grounds, beautiful plants and settings make this stop a wonderful, away from the crowds stop in Florida. The bell concerts at 1 and 3 daily highlighted our experience. Nice sitting area with a live video feed of the master playing with a gentle breeze at our shoulders meant for an outstanding three hour stay. The orchid sale area was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016

Beautiful tower set in lovely grounds filled with birds and butterflies seen tortoises etc.. just wandering around! makes a lovely relaxing afternoon out... plus cafe for lunch

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Tampa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016

I wasn't prepared for how beautiful this place was. It was an overcast, breezy day and the smell of flowers permeated the air everywhere. It was wonderfully fragrant. My young children ran through the expansive lawns and played hide and seek in the large trees as I relaxed, listening to the afternoon concert of the tower bells. The food at... More 

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Forestville, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

Had a great time visiting the tower and listening to the music. We visited on Founders Day, so were actually able to get onto the island to see the golden door up close and personal. Even my 9 year old grandson was impressed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

We visited this site after a couple of hectic days at Disney...what a contrast. Going first thing in the morning when it is quiet is the best time and for a brief time we seemed to have the place to ourselves. It is currently undergoing renovations, but that caused only minor problems as the temporary paths are well signed. There... More 

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

We are so excited to be in the final stages of our Children's Garden expansion. This exciting new chapter will provide a world of exploration for the entire family! The Grand Opening will be in September so be on the lookout for news this summer. The orange blossoms are extremely enchanting this spring! Thank you for your kind words and... More 

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