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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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08:00 - 17:00
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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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Serene escape

Spent 4 hours here this morning. Arrived at 9am on a beautiful morning. First watched a short movie about the gardens and how they started. Then, with map in hand had a lovely... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Beverley, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent 4 hours here this morning. Arrived at 9am on a beautiful morning. First watched a short movie about the gardens and how they started. Then, with map in hand had a lovely wander, so many paths, all easy walking, some paved some bark chipping. Saw so many different flowers in full bloom ( we loved the little vases outside... More 

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

Thank you for visiting! The gopher tortoises can be hard to spot especially on warm days. We have had the best lucking spotting them in the Wild Garden and along our entrance road. Thank you for your kind review and we look forward to you returning to Bok Tower Gardens. More 

Punta Gorda, Florida
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32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The short movie at the Visitor Center should not be missed. The wild flowers in the fields, the plantings and the landscape were beautiful. After four hours, we had walked just over 2 miles and took several hundred photos. The tour of the Buck house was very well done, worth the extra cost.

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

Thank you for visiting and sharing your words of wisdom. We look forward to your next visit. More 

Hendersonville, Tennessee, United States
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164 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place just keeps getting better and better. The new children's garden is fantastic! It's full of fun activities, a water misting area, chimes, all sorts of interesting stuff for kids and adults who are with them. Most of the pathways are now paved which is great. The tower chimes on the half hour and has a program in the... More 

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

Thank you so much for visiting and posting your kind comments. Hammock Hollow has been an amazing addition to our Gardens and we look forward to a great summer of family fun. Your comments will be passed along to the Blue Palmetto team. Please visit again soon. More 

South Carolina
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79 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Quiet and some very nice paths and gardens. The concert with the carrilon (singing tower) put on a beautiful performance. It contains 60 bells and there were performances at 1PM and 3PM. Beautiful music which can be enjoyed from many areas of the gardens.

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

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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This would have to be my 3rd favorite gardens in Florida. It was very tranquil and the staff were very helpful and polite. The customer service is definitely 5 star! The Blue Palmetto restaurant was phenomenal. The pricing is a little over priced to not include the tour of the 'Buck House' but other than that I was pleased.

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

Thank you for visiting and sharing your kind comments. We will pass along your review to our team. More 

peosta, ia
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36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very relaxing and beautifully arranged garden. Very peaceful. Interesting displays. Lovely musical bells.

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Thank you for visiting. More 

St. Petersburg
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110 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful gardens, trees, lakes and amenities. Visitor center is dated with a nice cafe which offer food with affordable prices(Blue Palmetto Cafe-open 9-5pm). The gardens are well kept and the shuttle drivers are helpful and friendly. It is a must for a photographer as there are so many spots to capture Florida look. There is a nice children area. It... More 

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

Thank you for visiting and sharing your kind comments. We look forward to your next visit. More 

Vero Beach, Florida
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59 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I went away for a weekend to Lake Wales. We decided, at the last minute, to visit Bok Towers because I had heard it was awesome. We went on Mother's Day, so I got in for free. My husband paid $14.00. What a rip. While the grounds were blooming with flowers, there was a lot of dead... More 

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

This spring and summer has been unusually warm and the lack of rain is putting a great deal of stress on the gardens, even with frequent irrigation. Bok Tower Gardens added the pathways to provide better mobility for wheelchairs scooters and strollers which provides more accessibility for our visitors. There are still many pathways that are mulched for visitors that... More 

Quincy, Massachusetts
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264 reviews
154 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I didn't know what to expect for our first visit here, I just assumed it would be a quick in and out to see the tower but that was not the case at all! Lots to see and do! We walked to the tower first (I know the map makes it look like things are spread out far but the... More 

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

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for sharing your kind review of Bok Tower Gardens and Blue Palmetto Cafe. Please visit again soon. More 

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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to visit. The live concert was lovely. The tour of the estate I probably should have skipped.

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Thank you for your review and for visiting. More 

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