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Bok Tower Gardens

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Address: 1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales, FL 33853-3470
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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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Bok Tower is an absolute "gem" in central Florida. Come when it is cool, between October and May. You will see beautiful blooms in the Spring, beginning in early March. It is a... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2016
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 18 May 2016

Bok Tower is an absolute "gem" in central Florida. Come when it is cool, between October and May. You will see beautiful blooms in the Spring, beginning in early March. It is a place to relax and drink in the natural beauty. The history of Iron Mountain is nicely documented in the museum on site. The gift shop has wonderful... More 

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

You are correct! The Children's Garden will be a spectacular addition to Bok Tower Gardens. Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens is also a fabulous treat! See you again soon. More 

East Hartford, Connecticut
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445 reviews
146 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2016

Based on the high ratings on TA, we decided to visit here while doing an airboat tour in the area. The name can be a bit confusing, as there is the Bok Tower, the surrounding gardens, and the Pinewood Estate. Admission to Pinewood is an add-on to the Bok Tower Gardens ticket. The gardens are lovely and if we were... More 

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

We are so glad you made time for a visit to Bok Tower Gardens. We featuring three amazing attractions in one beautiful location - historic Pinewood Estate home tour, splendid gardens and the Singing Tower. Please make plans to visit again as our new Children's Garden opens in September - adding yet another wonderful venue to explore. Thank you for... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 May 2016

It was a fun walk. the garden is beautiful. love the fishes. every place have a description, which is very informative.

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

We are working on enhanced interpretive signage and a new exhibit hall display. These enhancements should be ready for guest enjoyment by next summer. Please do visit again as our Fall foliage, Holiday Extravaganza and Spring Peak Bloom are spectacular. More 

Winter Haven, Florida
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2016 via mobile

Bok is filled with beauty and history. The renovations and upgrades enhances the afternoon visit. We start with lunch there and then walk it off. Well worth the admission but better to be a supporter and get in free all year long for a donation and then you get to bring a friend for free. Parking is free and don't... More 

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

Thank you so much for your kind words and review. Our Gift Shop is the perfect spot for finding one of a kind gifts! We look forward to your next visit. More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2016

This spot is a little off the beaten path south of Orlando. If you like history and nature this is your central Florida getaway. The tower itself is majestic and the live carillon concert in the afternoons ringing through the gardens is very relaxing. The gardens with it's moss covered life oaks and diverse flora is very picturesque.

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

The best natural light is in the afternoon when the sun peaks through the moss and oak branches! Thank you for visiting. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

Wonderful half-day trip from Orlando. If you need a break from Disney or the hussle of the city this is a great place. Beautiful grounds, pay for the combo ticket and see Pinewood estate located on the grounds. Allow about 2-4 hours plus the drive. Peaceful and relaxing. Enjoy!

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

Thank you for sharing your kind review! Please visit again for our fall foliage. More 

Sebring, Florida
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119 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2016

We are regular visitors to Bok Tower and Gardens. The success of this gorgeous place is contagious and there is evidence of a major improvements to the gardens, grounds, buildings and offerings. Our donor membership level allows us to support this beautiful place plus a tour inside the tower, tickets to Pinewood Estate and the ability to bring guests total... More 

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

What a wonderful review and keen insight! Thank you for your kind words and continued membership - we are so grateful for our members and volunteers who are the lifeblood of Bok Tower Gardens. We are very excited to be nearing the end of construction and the grand opening for the Children's Garden will be September 10th. Please join us... More 

Jacksonville, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2016

It was years since I've been at Bok Tower and garden until I went to a wedding May 7, 2016. The garden is beautiful and well maintain around the Tower.

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

We agree! Bok Tower Gardens is a magnificent setting for a wedding. We are so glad you had a chance to visit. Be sure to return this summer as we unveil new paths and garden areas. More 

Lake Wales, Florida
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2016

My visit to Bok Tower Gardens and Pinewood Estate within the gardens was very enjoyable. The gift shop has nice merchandise and the cafeteria food is excellent.

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

Thank you for your kind comments and warm review of the Cafe! The Gardens will be spectacular in the Fall with new foliage and colors. Visit again soon. More 

Bartow, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2016

Went to Bok Tower Gardens for the first time yesterday. The grounds are very beautiful. There is a nice visitors center where you can learn about Bok Tower and the person who created this beautiful setting. They have a nice cafe to grab a bite or a drink and a gift shop with a collection of garden and outdoor items.... More 

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

Thank for your kind review and we look forward to your next visit! The fall is a spectacular time to visit. More 

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